Reiki Energy Healing

the ancient art of healing touch

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is, in its simplest translation, universal life energy. It has also been referred to in other cultures as light, chi, prana, and spirit. It is the life force that exists in all things. The practice of Reiki is the art and science of channeling this universal life energy to promote spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Reiki is not associated with any particular religion and can be used alongside any spiritual system.

As Reiki involves directing the natural flow of universal energy, it can best be likened to recharging a battery. When a battery's energy supply is low, it doesn't function well. By introducing a charge to it, it can once again run on its own. Reiki works much the same way. If you are suffering from an illness (physical, mental, or spiritual), your energy supply is lessened, Reiki works to assist you in bringing your energy level back up to its natural flow, thereby enhancing your own natural healing powers. Reiki practitioners do not suffer from energy depletion, as they are trained to channel energy from the outside environment, not from their personal supply.

There are many "schools" of Reiki but the basic principles Reiki practitioners try to abide by are pretty much universal. Here's a loose translation:
reiki distance healing

In order to learn Reiki, an attunement is done by a Reiki master. This opens you up to the Reiki energy and connects you forever to the Divine Reiki Source. Attunements are done at three levels of Reiki. The Attunement is permanant and cannot be lost or taken away. Reiki is generally divided into three degrees (although there are some styles that use four and a few styles that use as many as seven).
Circle of Healing Purrs I'm a second degree Reiki healer, trained to perform both hands-on healing and distance healing. I especially enjoy working with cats. Reiki works just as well with animals & plants as it does with people and in my experience cats are especially sensitive to Reiki energy. In my online forum, the Circle of Healing Purrs, I perform distance healing for cats, along with a loosely connected group of "guest healers" that stop in whenever they can. There is absolutely no charge for this service; we are all happy to do it. As in life generally, but especially in Reiki, "what goes around comes around" and the Reiki healer often gains as much from sending Reiki as does the recipient.

Objects can also be infused with Reiki. I'm a jewelry maker and I can feel the transfer of energy as I form gemstone beads and sterling silver wire and charms into earrings and necklaces. And I've met many Reiki healers who experience similar feelings while sewing, cooking, gardening, writing, or doing any kind of hands on work. Reiki is truly a gift that keeps on giving :-)
reiki distance healing

You can learn more about these Healing Touch Earrings and some of my other designs on the Gypsy Cat Jewelry page.

Reiki Books, DVDs and Videos

The best book on Reiki that I've read is The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen & Frans Stiene. The authors' research is impeccable and their information unbiased and clearly presented. There's a detailed history of Reiki and its offshoots and step by step instructions on performing both Japanese and Western techniques. Whether you're new to Reiki or an experienced Master healer, this book is an invaluable resource.

A controversial but fascinating book is Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements plus Reiki Secrets You Should Know by Steve Murray. Steve is an Usui Reiki Master, Tibetan and Karuna Reiki Master who believes that attunements can be passed equally effectively from teacher to student in person or via the phone, the internet or a DVD or video recording. He has said, "Some Reiki Masters believe they can only pass Reiki Attunements in person and maybe they are correct for themselves, but I have passed many thousands of Reiki Attunements with my programs to people around the world successfully. And many other Reiki Masters are also passing attunements in similar ways. In the Reiki Video and DVD Attunements, I incorporate all the important universal and metaphysical laws to make sure you will receive the Attunements. I use the Hermetic Law of Similarity and my powerful intent while I am channeling Reiki energy, and Reiki symbols to one of my large healing crystals. The crystal will represent you in the now. I use Tibetan, Usui and Karuna Reiki symbols, as well as the long distance healing symbols, which transcend time and space to reach you in the now. I also use a natural, powerful location for the Attunements. The Vortex, Bell Rock in Sedona AZ or next to the Pacific Ocean. With your mind open, combined with my very powerful intent you will receive the Attunement. Again, your reality is in the now. Everything is in the now. You will receive the Reiki Attunements in the now. The Videos and DVDS serve as a link and portal between us. There are many thousands of people who are now Healers because of these Attunements. "

More Books about Reiki

Reiki Energy Medicine: Bringing the Healing Touch into Home, Hospital and Hospice
Libby Barnett, Maggie Chambers, Susan Davidson

Practical Reiki: Focus Your Body's Energy for Deep Relaxation and Inner Peace
by Richard Ellis

Hands-On Healing: A Practical Guide to Channeling Your Healing Energies
by Jack Angelo

The Book on Karuna Reiki
Advanced Healing Energy for Our Evolving World

by Laurelle Shanti Gaia

Complete Reiki Handbook
by Walter Lubeck

Essential Reiki A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art
by Diane Stein

A Guide to Your Practice of Reiki Energy Healing
by Penelope Jewell

Hand to Hand The Longest-Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story
by Howard F. Batie

Healing Body, Mind & Spirit A Guide to Energy-Based Healing
by John Harvey Gray & Lourdes Gray

Living Reiki: Takata's Teachings
by Fran Brown

The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui
The Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho Treatment Positions
and Numerous Reiki Techniques for Health and Well-Being
by Mikao Usui

The Power of Reiki An Ancient Hands-On Healing Technique
by Tanmaya Honervogt

Reiki A Way of Life
by Patricia Rose Upczak

Reiki for Children
Using Healing Touch and Raw Foods to Tap into the Power of the Universe
by Kytka Hilmar-Jezek

Rainbow Reiki
by Walter Lubeck

Reiki Fire new information about the origins of Reiki power
by Frank Arjava Petter

Reiki: The Healing Touch
by William Lee Rand

Reiki: Universal Life Energy
by Bodo Baginski & Shalila Sharamon

Reiki Y Los Animales
by Christel Seligmann

The Spirit of Reiki
The Complete Handbook of the Reiki System
by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter & William Lee Rand

Traditional Reiki for Our Times
Practical Methods for Personal and Planetary Healing
by Amy Zaffarano Rowland

Healing Music for Reiki

Reiki Healing Music Attunement Volume 1
by Steve Murray

The Healing Touch: Music for Reiki and Meditation, Vol. 2
by Shajan

Healing Music for Reiki, Vol. 4
by Aeoliah

Reiki (Mind, Body, Soul Series)
by Tina Allison

The Heart of Reiki
by Merlin's Magic

Reiki: Hands of Light
by Deuter

Inner Peace
by Steven Halpern

Seven Metals Singing Bowls of Tibet
by Benjamin Iobst

Reiki magazines

Reiki Magazine
Articles and stories by some of the world's best known and experienced Reiki masters and practitioners such as Phyllis Lei Furumoto and Paul Mitchell. Catering to both the beginner and the seasoned practitioner, Reiki Magazine features the latest information on every aspect of Reiki healing. Past subjects covered include treating animals with Reiki, Reiki for abundance, moving meditations, Reiki and recovery, ecstatic dance, Reiki and cancer, building a holistic practice, pregnancy and Reiki and distance healing. In every issue: calendar listings and coverage of world-wide Reiki events.

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