Reiki - that’s a bit healy feely innit? Well, yeah, but
when it seems everyone knows someone who’s doing it, maybe
a wee bit of info wouldn’t go amiss. Alan surgeon ( ‘wee
ailin’, man-about-town, columnist & reiki healer ) rubs
his hands and gets stuck in.
Reiki is a revolution. With Reiki there is no need for the use
of any type of drug or herb. There is no muscle manipulation like
physiotherapy and you don’t need to study for a considerable
amount of time to learn. Receiving a treatment or learning this
'complementary therapy' is a weird, but wonderful process. It’s
a healing energy passed on by someone who has been attuned, through
placing the hands on specific areas of the body.
There are a few myths surrounding Reiki’s origin. One being
a healing process practised by monks within Tibetan Buddhism. Another
is; it started in the early 1900's in the city of Kyoto in Japan.
Mikao Usui, a school teacher, was often asked to explain the healing
miracles attributed to Jesus Christ, so he searched for an answer.
He travelled across Japan and America, but it wasn’t until
his return to Japan that he approached the monks. The monks were
no longer interested in matters concerning healing the physical
body. They did, however, allow Usui to study ancient scrolls and
scriptures. It was here he found the answers.
According to legend, he then decided to go and meditate at the
top of Mt Kurama and fast for twenty-one days. He hoped to reach
some conclusions in his little knowledge and understanding of physical
Just before the last day he saw a bright light coming towards
him. It struck him and, in this state, he was shown the Reiki symbols,
their meaning and use. For the next few years Usai began to help
beggars in the streets of Kyoto. A school was later opened and
Mikao Usui trained sixteen students to master level.
The first thing I am often asked is 'what is Reiki?' The actual
meaning is Universal Life Force Energy. This sounds very daunting,
but Reiki is a natural healing process and can’t do any harm
to your body. Whether you have received a treatment or are learning
Reiki, your body will go through a natural cleansing process. This
will involve all of the negative energy and repressed emotion releasing
from your body; clearing 'blockages' caused by stress or anger.
This is done by working the hands down the body taking time to
let the energy flow through each charka. This is an energy vortex
in the body. There are many of these obtaining and releasing energy.
Our spiritual, emotional and mental health has an effect on their
actions and efficiency. There are seven 'main' charkas in the body,
which are concentrated on during a treatment:
It is not essential to concentrate on these specific areas as
during treatment energy flows through the entire body, so there
is no chance of any energy vortex not being reached!
When receiving or giving a treatment I have experienced some weird
feelings and sensations! I have laughed, cried, felt tingling (all
over!) and even itchy, which (going by the myths) means you are
in contact with the spiritual world! I have also felt a strange
floating sensation whilst healing myself. It's kind of like when
you go to bed really drunk and your head is spinning, but instead
of feeling sick you feel completely relaxed and you enter a peaceful
tranquil place that you never want to leave. Being a Reiki healer
means that I use Reiki to deal with various difficult and stressful
situations in my life. Most recently, having to juggle a stressful
time at work whilst moving house. It can also be used to calm nerves
for presentations, as it acts as a relaxing form of meditation.
When going for a treatment you can also choose whether to have
an emotional or a physical treatment. An emotional treatment focuses
on releasing bottled up emotions whether it is to do with love
or something which has happened in the past that has upset you.
A physical can be used if you have a specific area you want to
be healed such as an injury sustained whilst playing sport or at
Not everyone is interested in complementary therapies but if you
learn Reiki you can send distant healing to those who doubt it
and watch their lives really change!
by John Tompkins