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Reiki: a laying on of hands and more

Reiki:  a laying on of hands and more

From the beginning of time, we humans have relied on the healing power of touch.  Both Buddha and Christ were said to heal by laying on hands. Studies show that infants and babies need touch to survive, thrive and develop proper emotional attachments.  So it is no surprise that in our modern world, when we search for answers outside of traditional medicine we return to the old remedy of touch.  The ability to practice  reiki (pronounced ray-key) was rediscovered by Mikao Usui on Mt. Kurayama in Japan.

At its simplest level, Reiki is a laying on of hands approach to relaxation and stress reduction.  During a reiki treatment, the client lies on a massage table, a bed or the floor, while the practitioner uses various hand positions on the body to stimulate relaxation and feelings of well being.   Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep or enter a state where their body is quiet and their mind is quite active.  Either way, the warmth of the practitioners touch and the absence of stress boosts the client’s ability to heal.
But reiki is more than simple touch.  Reiki’s true benefit comes from the manipulation of subtle energies that surround each of us that most people know as the aura.  This energy, known as ki or chi or prana, or a variety of other words in a variety of cultures.  The rei part of reiki translates as universal life force.  So the word reiki translates as universal life force energy.  Some people would refer to this as spirit or the divine, whatever one considers that to be.  Reiki is spiritually guided life force energy.   Although reiki is a spiritual practice it is not a religious one.  You do not have to be a particular faith or practice any faith at all to learn to do reiki.

The ability to channel reiki is passed from Master to student by attunements.  In traditional Usui reiki there are three levels of attunement:  I or beginner; II or intermediate and III which is Master (the Master attunement is often broken into Master and Master Teacher).  Once the attunement is complete the student can immediately channel reiki.
Reiki is a complimentary therapy, in that it works well in conjunction with traditional medicine and other holisitic practices.  Reiki is not a panacea, but here is some of what reiki can do:

  • reduces stress
  • promotes relaxation
  • increases energy
  • encourages restful sleep
  • relieves aches and pains
  • stimulates the immune system
  • supports the healing of serious illness

All of these items are on a physical level.  Reiki can also have a profound emotional, psychic and/or spiritual effect on both the practitioner and the client.  On the emotional level, reiki can help release past hurts or the remnants of past trauma.  On the psychic level, it can free blockages in the aura and the third eye.  Spiritually, it can deepen your connection with the divine.  What you get from reiki will depend on what you wish to receive from it and what you need.
The best way to learn about reiki is to experience it for yourself.  There are many, many reiki practitioners throughout the world.  To find one in your area, try the International Center for Reiki Training at or the International Association of Reiki Professionals at  If that doesn’t work, you might try doing an internet search to see what comes up.  If you can’t find someone in your area, remember that reiki can also be sent to you distantly from anywhere in the world.  It might not be hands on, but it is definitely healing.

Deirdre (Dee) Savoy is an Usui/Tibetan and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher.  She has been a reiki practitioner since 2004.  She is also an Intuitive and Card Reader, specializing in messages from the other side.  She is  the national bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including Spellbound.  You can visit her website at or email her at )

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