What is Reiki?

The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words, Rei and Ki.
Rei may be interpreted as supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness. This is the Wisdom that comes from God or the Higher Self. This Wisdom knows the cause of all problems and how to heal them.
Ki is the life force, the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Reiki may, therefore, be defined as spiritually guided life force energy.
A Reiki healer acts as a channel between the Wisdom and the patient. The healer has no influence on the degree of healing but simply facilitates the flow of energy to where it is best needed.
This is something similar to the healer being a telephone line between the patient and the patient’s higher self.

Below are some condensed notes from William Rand in his book “The Healing Touch.”

The Attunement.
Reiki healing is transferred to the student by a Reiki Master where the student is connected to the Reiki source.

Giving Reiki.
After attunement all that is necessary is that the healer places her hands on the patient with the intention of healing.

No Harm.
Reiki can do no harm because the patient’s higher self is directing the energy flow. The healer is not doing the actual healing and cannot take on the patient’s problems.

Energy is not depleted.
Because the healer is only channelling there is no adverse effect and the healer will benefit from the process.

Anyone can learn Reiki.
Reiki is passed to the student after attunement and there is no need for years of study and meditation.

How does Reiki Heal?
There is a life force that flows through us and sustains the body by nourishing the cells and organs. When the life force is disrupted it affects their functioning and causes dis ease. Reiki heals by restoring the balance of the energy flow.

What can be treated?
Reiki has assisted in healing almost all known diseases.

Is Reiki a religion?
Reiki is not a religion. It can be defined as a spiritual path.

 History of Reiki

A Brief History of Reiki.
The history of Reiki, like all other histories, is tainted with different views of the one event. Rather than give one version and its variations here are a few relevant facts that appear to be common to any of the versions I’ve read.
I have done no original research.

Reiki is an ancient form of healing that was lost and then rediscovered, during a mystical experience, by Dr. Mikao Usui who was a Japanese psychic.

In 1922 Dr. Usui started a healing society in Japan. He created three degrees (or levels) for Reiki healing and initiated a small number of followers. One of his followers, Dr. Hayashi, a retired naval officer, was charged with preserving Reiki. He did this and further developed the Usui system. He gave the knowledge to his wife and to Mrs. Hawayo Takata.

Mrs. Takata practiced Reiki healing and initiated twenty-two people into Reiki mastership.

Today, Reiki is known and practiced in many parts of the world and is increasing in popularity and acceptance.

Dr. Usui developed a set of ideals or principles to accompany the healing process and if these are followed there is little else to do. Different groups have modified these ideals slightly but the essence remains the same.

 Principles of Reiki as presented by Mrs. Takata

Reiki image 1Just for today, I will let go of anger.                                                                                                                

Just for today, I will let go of worry.

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.  

Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing


Joanna has been using Reiki for more than 12 years and offers Individual sessions and Distant Healing and also runs Reiki  training courses at the Flourish Centre Westport.

The First degree of Reiki offers the Student techniques for Self-Healing most importantly and also for working with friends and family. Some students are drawn to experiencing the Gift of Reiki for their own self empowerment and growth aswell as self healing and may or may not choose to offer healings to others. Continuing the training also increases the depth of experience and immersion into this path of  healing for self and others.

The Second degree offers distant healing techniques, practise protocol and use of the Reiki Symbols for working in a professional capacity , and integrating with other therapeutic techniques such as massage, aromatherapy etc.

The Third degree completes the atunements’ to all 12 rays of Reiki energy and accelerates self growth and healing.

Reiki share and exchange evenings are offered between trainings’.

Please see timetable page which is regularly updated with next available workshop details. Or contact me directly.

087 2462591

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