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Reiki is 'light touch' hands-on system of natural healing and spiritual enlightenment introduced to the world by Dr. Mikao Usui, in Japan in the early 20th century. Today it is practiced in hospitals, clinics and alternative health treatment centers all over the world. A recent IARP survey of American hospitals indicates that many major hospitals now use Reiki for its therapeutic benefits both pre and post-surgery, and for patients suffering from stress and other disorders. It was originally conceived to allay suffering and to cultivate a spiritual practice and evolution. To learn more about the origins of Reiki and how it is useful today, read the article "What is Reiki?". Go to the alt.healer directory to find Reiki practitioners in your area.
What Happens in a Reiki Session?
In a typical Reiki session, the client lies down on a Reiki table, surrounded by soft lighting and meditation music. The practitioner tunes into the Reiki energy and the energy passes to the client by a light touch or from the practitioner’s hands at a distance of a few inches over the skin. The recipient draws the energy from the practitioner into his or her body.
Reiki recipients normally experience a warm supportive flow of energy, which can be felt as a tingling in the body, a relaxation of muscles and mind, and a profound sense of tranquility.
Each person’s experience of Reiki is different. Some people experience flashes of insight, perhaps understanding the reason why they chose to experience their dis-ease. Others contact inner spiritual guidance in the form of visions, insights and imagery. Some find old wounds, fears and long-ago memories rising to the surface, followed by a cathartic release. read more...
We Are All Affected by Our Environment
A Mountain Lake
Reiki energy can be compared to a beautiful, lucid, clear mountain lake that feeds all beings on the mountainside and in the valleys below. Imagine first that your body is a small pond connected to a beautiful garden on a mountainside. Environmental impurities, traumatic events, negative emotions, the residue of unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and the stress of modern life live on in your body and aura in pockets of blocked energy that disrupt the flow of prana necessary for health and wellbeing. The Reiki practitioner has a pipe connected to the lake of Reiki, which sits high above the garden and the pond. The Reiki practitioner pumps that pure water from the lake through the pipe into your pond, flushing out all the toxins that have collected over time inside your body, mind and aura. read more...
Reiki and the Zero Point Field
Reiki is a Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy.
Reiki energy is said to come from the Source of all creation. This Source is said to be the vital force that sustains the cosmos and infuses us with light and life, providing the energy source from which our bodies, and all forms of matter, arise.
People sometimes ask, could Reiki energy be an illusion? Could benefits come from a placebo effect? What is the scientific basis for such an energy to exist? Is this Universal Life Force Energy a metaphysical construct, a symbol, a myth?
On the contrary, we should ask ourselves if our common perceptions of reality create illusions. Perhaps our bodies and our egos are an illusion.
Perhaps energy is the fundamental nature of reality, the basic building block of everything in the perceptible Universe. If we could see the energy exchanges going on around us, we might live very different lives.
Selected Reiki Links
Reiki History, Reiki Training, Reiki Methodology
Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, provides an introduction to Reiki healing in this interview.
Gendai Reiki Ho is the English language website of the Reiki lineage taught by Japanese Reiki Master Hiroshi Doi, who is the author of perhaps the most informative text on Reiki now in English by a Japanese Reiki Master, Iyashino Gendai Reiki-ho, or Modern Reiki Method for Healing.
"Gendai Reiki-ho is a system of Reiki that I developed for myself, to receive the maximum benefit of Reiki, after having studied both traditional Reiki Ryoho and Western style Reiki," says Hiroshi Doi. "Its emphasis is on mind and body healing as well as spiritual growth."
Hiroshi Doi professes to have been a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, the secret Japanese society set up by some of Dr. Usui's students after his death, and which is still very much a closed book to foreigners to this day. He also received initiation into an American Reiki lineage from Mieko Mitsui, who had studied Barbara Ray's Radiance Technique, and into diverse other healing modalities, including Crystal Healing, Genkyoku Kiko, Seikiho, Dokiho, Astral Healing, and Silva Mind Control.
A Gendai Reiki-ho CD is available online for about $25 which demonstrates many of Hiroshi Doi's Reiki techniques, suitable for individual or group instruction.
Healing Rays Reiki and Seichem is a website devoted to Tera Mai Reiki, a Westernized Reiki and Seichem energy healing lineage based upon information channeled by Kathleen Milner. The knowledge of how the extra elemental healing rays of fire, water and air could be channelled was given to Kathleen Milner and she has now initiated many healers into the Tera Mai Reiki & Seichem system. Kathleen is based in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and her new book is called "Becoming a Shaman: It's Never Too Late to Be Who You Might Have Been".
The International Association of Reiki Professionals® is the professional association of the global Reiki community. Founded in 1997 to further the cause of Reiki and to work to serve you, the IARP has thousands of members in 48 countries. Practitioners can obtain insurance through IARP, which also provides a number of other valuable services for members.
The International Center for Reiki Training
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the re-establishment of Reiki energies in our modern world. William Lee Rand, founder and president of The International Center for Reiki Training, has authored "Reiki, The Healing Touch," "Reiki for a New Millennium," "The Spirit of Reiki," (along with Arjava Petter and Walter Lubeck) "The Reiki Class Tapes" and many other Reiki articles and tapes. In 1993-95, with the help of some of his students, he developed the Karuna Reiki® system of healing. He is also editor in chief of the Reiki News and editor of the Online Reiki Newsletter.
The ICRT has many resources for Reiki practitioners and students.
The Reiki FAQ provides those who are new to Reiki with a wealth of information explaining what Reiki is, the history of Reiki, how Reiki works, how to learn Reiki, and much, much more.
The Reiki News Article Archive contains many valuable stories, including:What is Reiki and Who Can Use It?, Distant Healing and the Human Energy Field, The Nature of Reiki Energy, Reiki Complements Traditional Medicine, and How Does Reiki Heal?
The International House of Reiki, located in Australia, was founded by Reiki Masters Frans and Bronwen Stiene, authors of The Reiki Sourcebook, and The Japanese Art of Reiki. The Stienes teach a traditional Japanese system of Reiki called Usui Reiki Ryoho. Usui Reiki Ryoho means Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method and is a non-Westernised form of Reiki which attempts to return to the very source of Usui Mikao's teachings.The centre teaches all three levels of the system of Reiki under their Japanese names of Shoden Level I, Okuden Level II, and Shinpiden Level III.
The International Reiki Federation, located in the United Kingdom, is a non-profit organisation founded by Sanjnashakti in 1997. It is "a federation of ReiKi people attuned by Sanjnashakti lineage, which has connections to the Dr Usui society in Japan."
IRF provides a helpful healing page with instructions for techniques useful in self-healing, healing diets, and relaxation and meditation techniques that are useful for anyone interested in living a better life.
Lightarian Institute for Global Human Transformation was founded by Jeannine and Christopher Jelm in Sedona, Arizona USA in 1997, as a non-profit educational organization to provide simple, yet effective and powerful attunement connections from the Angelic Realms and the Ascended Masters.
In 2006, the Headquarters of the Institute was relocated to Tucson, Arizona when Peggy Zeramby was appointed Managing Director. The founders, Christopher and Jeannine Jelm, still reside in Sedona.
Peruse the article archive to get the Lightarian perspective on the New Millennium, physical and etheric healing, mastering the use of light, and much more.
Life Positive is India's first body-mind-spirit monthly print magazine. Life Positive covers a vast range of holistic subjects, such as reiki, feng shui, Eastern philosophy and meditation.
Life Positive provides a wealth of resources of interest to Reiki students and practitioners, including a catalogue of the various schools of Reiki healing and their lineage -- the family history of the teachers in each school, along with information about their philosophies. This is an arcane and contentious area of Reiki research, so be forewarned. Consider this a good starting point for learning about Reiki.
Medical Research on Reiki Therapy -- This web site is dedicated to collecting, documenting and publicizing the information about the medical effects of Reiki therapy. It is intended to promote Reiki use in hospitals and to connect Reiki practitioners of different lineages, their patients and physicians through summarizing and providing medical information about Reiki therapy.
You'll find an overview of published medical research on Reiki therapy with bibliographical references, citations of ongoing clinical trials, including contact information for published authors and for institutions involved in the trials.
Rainbow Reiki is the website of Walter Lubeck, author of The Complete Reiki Handbook, Rainbow Reiki, and The Spirit of Reiki. (See photo to the right)
Walter and High Priestess Chisayi offer instruction in Lemurian Tantra, Three Rays Meditation, which is a form of spiritual alchemy focused on healing the heart, with the help of the Goddess and the Archangels.
Reiki and All Energy Therapies website was created by James Deacon, Master-level Reiki Healing Facilitator & Practitioner of Qi-Magnetic Therapeutics.
You’ll find a wealth of free, downloadable e-books about Reiki, including Reiki 101: The Essential Background Guide, The History of Reiki, and more.
Reiki Cafe is an indispensable community bulletin board, chat room and online watering hole for the entire Reiki community. With over 6000 members and over 50,000 posts, you can be sure you'll find someone worth talking to at Reiki Cafe, and often you'll find the answers to questions about Reiki that you didn't even know you had!
Reiki for Christians is a website created by Christians who practice Reiki, to answer questions Christians have about Reiki and to provide a place for Christians who practice Reiki to share their ideas and experiences.
"More and more Christians view Reiki as a practice that provides an opportunity to follow more closely the teachings and examples of Jesus healing the sick," says Marcia Backos on the homepage. " Others are concerned that Reiki has an Eastern origin and are searching for more information and experiences before deciding how to respond. Thoughtful, committed Christians seek accurate information and pray for guidance as part of deciding whether to adopt the practice of Reiki into their lives."
Read the online Reiki for Christians FAQ to get the answers to questions like "How do we know that healing is appropriate for Christians to do?", "How do we know that Reiki comes from God?", "Is Reiki a religion or a cult?".
The Reiki Foundation, headquartered in Brewster, New York, advocates a non-sectarian, yet fairly traditional approach to the study and practice of the Reiki teachings, which they see as synthesized from the Japanese Esoteric Buddhist traditions of Shingon and Tendai. Along with appropriate basic studies in Reiki, students are guided upon the path of Buddhist teachings as they apply to the nature of spiritual life and practice. Study of karma, rebirth, morality, spiritual responsibility, the Three Secrets, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha; along with personal practice modes will be established.
Reiki Learning Center of Phoenix, Arizona
and Flagstaff, Arizona, features Usui Reiki classes, healing sessions, meditation, Reiki shares, hospital visits, and Nomadic Reiki hiking. Barbara Lee, O.D., RMT, is available for private or group Reiki Classes if the calendar does not suit your needs. Barbara is available for speaking and workshops. You can see a wonderful resource page at her site about chakras & their relationship to healing. Read about Barbara's inspiring personal journey from being a doctor of optometry to becoming a Reiki healer.
Reiki Masters and Reiki Schools provides an overview of many different Reiki lineages now teaching around the world. Rather than duplicate their good work here, we simply point you in their direction. You'll find an overview of each lineage, website address and contact information. Find out more about Tibetan Reiki, Johrei, Raku-Kei, Radiance Technique, Vajra Reiki, and many more unique Reiki schools.
Reiki.nu is a Swedish website with lots of helpful information for Reiki newbies and longtime Reiki practitioners alike.
The Reiki Treatment Guide
provides a quick overview of the major chakras, the meridian system in the human body, Reiki hand positions used in energy healing, Reiki treatments for specific ailments, and the Reiki symbols. Reiki Pages
by Light and Adonea contains a huge, comprehensive interactive e-book on Reiki Ryoho. There's an introduction to Reiki
complete with detailed information from original Japanese sources. Reiki practitioners will benefit from the advanced Reiki techniques in this e-book, including the Flame and Candle Technique,
the Crystal Reiki Grid Technique
, the Continuously Resonating Reiki Crystal Grid Technique
, and numerous Japanese Reiki techniques taught by the Japanese Reiki Masters who elaborated the energy healing technique in the early 20th century. You'll discover the secrets of Byosen Reiki-Ho
, Reiki Mawashi
, and Shuchu Reiki
There are as many different histories of Reiki as there are diverse Reiki lineages in the East and West. Check out the Histories of Reiki
and interact with the meta-narrative by comparing and contrasting several different Reiki histories.
Adonea also offers a rich article archive composed of original stories, including The Four Original Reiki Symbols and Their Energetic Connection
, Questions and Answers with Hawayo Takata
, Dis-ease, a Simple Explanation
, The Reiki Cleanse, or, Getting Rid of Stuck Stuff, Reiki Eases the Work Necessary for Divine Growth and Alignment
, and many more.
Everyone in the Reiki community should read Reiki Masters, all level practitioners, all disciplines. . .This is a message to you
.Reiki Plain and Simple
: A Comprehensive Guide to Usui Shiki Ryoho. Free e-books and manuals for the various levels of Reiki available to download, written by Vincent Amador. Amador has an irreverent and insightful perspective on the history of Reiki, on the various flavors of Reiki, and on the practice of Reiki generally. Vinnie says, “Your focus determines your reality. Where awareness is, there you are. If your focus is reiki, then you are reiki. Do not think it, BE IT. . . In the moment we are reiki, we are the expression of what is in love, compassion and kindness. We touch, we heal. In the moment when you stretch out your hand to heal where there is no self, no other, you *are* Reiki."
The Rose Carr Reiki Centre, in Lancashire, England, has published an online research report on 237 Reiki clients from 1999-2003, which indicates the identifying characteristics of these Reiki clients, the types of conditions for which they sought healing, what Reiki clients experience during and after individual treatments, and progress Reiki clients say they have made toward their treatment goals over time after a series of Reiki sessions. This is a very interesting study, which indicates Reiki was found to be extremely useful to alcohol addicts, people with allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bereavement, birth trauma, and many more conditions. There is also detailed information about conditions for which Reiki clients did not feel significant progress was made over time.
Seichim is a form of energy healing developed by Patrick Ziegler after a private initiation during an overnight stay in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid in 1980. You can read Patrick's story online. Patrick studied Reiki in the early 80s and began teaching Seichim in 1984. Patrick is currently located in Pennsylvania, where you can email him at email@example.com. You can also search the Seichim website's online list of authorized Seichim teachers to find one in your area.
Usui-Do Reiki is a close reconstruction of Mikao Usui's system as presented by Yuji Onuki, a student of Toshihiro Eguchi. Additional information was provided by several surviving students of Usui including a Buddhist nun who was born in the 29th year of Meiji (1897) and who had trained with and assisted Usui-sensei from 1920 until 1926. At the present time only Dave King and Laurie Ann King are the only recognized Usui-Do facilitators outside of Japan.
Reiki Healing, Universal Life Force Energy and the Zero Point Field
Anne Baring is a British Jungian analyst whose website contains many insights into the fascinating territory where frontier science intersects transpersonal psychology, mysticism and comparative mythology.
Here’s a link to an article Anne wrote introducing the concept of the Zero Point Field.
is organizer of the Institute for Global PeaceWork in Portugal, and of Tamera, a spiritual and ecological community. Here’s a link to Reiki for Society: The Path to World Peace, Dieter’s fascinating take on the role of Universal Life Force Energy in a healthy human community, and on the role of Reiki in establishing a true human civilization based upon peace and spiritual principles.
Dr. Bernard Haisch
, astrophysicist, is Director of The California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (CIPA), dedicated to exploring fundamental problems in physics (e.g. gravitation, inertia, the nature of mass) as well as very-long range technological possibilities that may emerge from the properties of the quantum vacuum.
Here’s an article Haisch wrote in Science and Spirit magazine called Brilliant Disguise: Light, Matter and the Zero-Point Field.
Is matter an illusion? Is the universe floating on a vast sea of light, whose invisible power provides the resistance that gives to matter its feeling of solidity? If Haisch is right, then the Zero Point Field could be the source of Universal Life Force Energy, which some call Reiki, and others prana or chi.
For those who want to explore Haisch’s brilliant theories firsthand, here is a link to an article by Haisch at the CIPA website providing a scientific introduction to the Zero Point Field. The CIPA website is chock full of both scholarly and popular articles on gravitation, inertia, and other topics crucial to understanding the new astrophysics of light energy and super-string theory.
is the author of a ground-breaking series of articles on "healing energy" published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. These articles have now been developed into a book, Energy Medicine: the scientific basis, published in the Spring of 2000 by Harcourt Brace/Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Jim is one of the few academic scientists who has explored the basis for complementary and alternative medicines. He has published 26 full-length scientific articles in academic scientific journals and 40 articles in alternative and complementary therapy journals. In his work, he refers to the same science that provides the foundation for modern clinical medicine.
Here’s one of Oschman’s seminal articles, Science Measures the Human Energy Field, located on the website of The International Center for Reiki Training.
And here’s a link to Oschman’s own website.
This is not a substitute for medical advice.
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