What is Reiki?
From Johns Hopkins Medical Center:
“Reiki is a very specific form of energy healing, in which hands are placed just off the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands.” Reiki can also be done “long-distance,” as a form of prayer. According to many versions of its origin, Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese seeker of spiritual truths, brought the Reiki method of healing into human awareness in 1922 after a deep spiritual experience. He is said to have begun teaching others after a serious earthquake hit Japan and he felt urged to spread his knowledge.
In a Reiki session, the practitioner is seeking to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client. The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing.
Since there is no regulation of Reiki practitioners in most places, you may have to do some investigating to find a qualified professional.”
From Tricia Alexander, the Reiki Master who attuned me:
For some, Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) is an alternative New Age healing art, and for others it is a meditation technique. REI means universal, also refers to the spiritual dimension and the soul – KI means the vital or spiritual life force energy which flows through all that is alive.
The system of healing that evolved from Dr. Usui’s method is called the Usui System of Natural Healing or Usui Shiki Rhoyo and is used to release stress and to promote balance on physical, mental, spiritual and emotional levels. It accelerates the body’s ability to heal physical ailments, relaxes the mind and works to reduce pain, stress and suffering by increasing and balancing vital energy.
Reiki encompasses a gentle, non-invasive method of touch on a series of body points – this releases blockages of energy and restores balance in body, mind and spirit.
Reiki can be used any time or place. It combines nicely with other holistic practices and compliments standard medical practices. It is not a belief system and does not conflict with religious beliefs. Reiki expands within giver and receiver – the qualities of love, caring, compassion, integrity and peace.
What Reiki Means to Me
Becoming Reiki Level II attuned means that I have the ability to be intentional with practicing wellness arts in my work as an artist. I get the most fulfillment form a concert when someone comes up to me afterwards and tells me that my songs comforted and supported them. They tell me their stories. They tell me my singing helps them get into a peaceful place and see hope again. When I understood that my calling as a singer and songwriter was to support others in their journey toward wellness and self-love, I sought out mentoring and Reiki attunement from Reiki Master Tricia Alexander, fifth generation attuned from Dr. Usui. (Learn more about Tricia at her website!)
Now I support the natural healing power of music with the powerful and wise energy of Reiki, a long tradition once lost and then rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui nearly 100 years ago. Reiki informs all the wellness work I do.