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If we break apart the two Japanese characters that make up the word Reiki, we have “Rei” which translates to “Light” and “Ki” which translates to “Life-force.” Reiki is pronounced (ray-key.) Reiki is the manipulation of metabolic energy through touch. It is a very simple, non-invasive technique that encourages stress reduction, relaxation and healing. The Reiki practitioner lays their hands on or near a physical point on the body that corresponds to certain nerve centers that store energy (chakras). As the Reiki practitoner holds their hands at that chakra point, the Reiki energy that is needed corrects any blockages, sluggishness or overload in that area. Reiki is very gentle, warm, pleasant, and relaxing.
Reiki is not a religion. Reiki is kind of like “The Force” from Star Wars. In Star Wars, Yoda describes the Force to Luke by saying,
“Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.”
The Five Principles or Precepts of Reiki
Just for today...
Don't get angry
Be kind to others and honor your elders
In the east, the body is a considered a ‘sacred temple’, so surgery was never considered an option. Ways of healing that did not break apart the ‘sacred temple’ were found, hence energy healing. In the foundations of Western culture we find that the Greeks also described the energies of what made up the body and the universe. “Greeks (Aristotle) believed that all the matter in the universe was made up of four basic elements-earth, water, air, and fire.
The Upanishads in India, in ancient times, identified these elements respectively as "Prithvi, Aappas, Vayu, and Thejas " and added one more element "Akash" to identify space in which these elements interacted with appropriate forces to sustain the universe. These were termed " Pancha Bhuthas," and the philosophers, by sheer inspiration, tried to unify all these into a coherent picture of space, time and matter.” (From B.S.MURTHY http://www.saeindia.org/Home/MITLecture.htm)
And oddly enough, we have come full circle and find validity in these descriptions of the universe again. In our own age of scientific enlightenment, this view of the universe metaphorically describes the same things that scientists like Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos; professor of mathematics and physics, Columbia University, are grappling with in string theory, or the theory of everything.