By: Judy Rigby


Over recent years there has been a tremendous arousal of interest in the subject Reiki and associated energy healing systems. There are many, many people who can attest to the very real benefits which can accrue from working with Reiki. This can either be by receiving form a practitioner, or by making the commitment to self healing which deciding to take training in the Reiki system involves.

The word Reiki is made of two parts:

   "REI"  which means Universal and
   "KI"  which is the energy giving life to all things (also referred to as Qi, Chi, and Prana)

Working with Reiki is very simple. The system involves a set of principles, methods of treating yourself and others, and symbols which deepen one's understanding of the energies involved. The Reiki system and all the myriad offshoot forms of "Reiki" we have today, all stem from the work of Mikao Usui (1865-1926). His "discovery" of a healing system was the result of many years of serious study into a wide range of subjects and disciplines, culminating in the developement of a practice which was unique, blended elements of Taoist Q'i-Gong, Japanese Buddhisim and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Reiki is complete in itself and needs no study of anatomy, Western or Oriental medicine, psychology or engergetic systems. It is non-dogmatic, used by people of all faiths and none. All that is necessary is a willingness to work with compassionate detachment for the greatest good. Even the word "work" is a misleading way of describing the positive non-action in which lies the essence of Reiki. Learning the practice of Reiki is so much more about attaining an attitude towards healing self and others than it is about undertaking activities or memorizing information.

Broadly speaking, working with Reiki involves two aspects: the inner work of holistic self development, growth and healing, and the outer work of compassionate interaction with others. Both go hand in hand, and work on one aspect, will in turn enhance understanding of the other. In a well rounded practice, neither is emphasised and neither neglected. The closest I can get to answering the question: "What is learning Reiki like?"; is to say that it's like a hybrid between studying a purely personal practice such as yoga or meditation, and learning to become a practitioner in a complementary therapy such as reflexology or shiatsu whihc are practiced for the benefit of others. But far simpler than any of those things.

Reiki is probably the simplest healing system in existence. Its content is astonishingly easy to grasp when compared to the richness of benefits which it brings in terms of improvements to physical health, emotional well being and tranquillity of spirit. Of particular interest to Burn Survivors may be the fact that treatments may be given equally effectively both by touch and without physical contact. This means that it is possible for Reiki to be applied over areas where touch would be painful. As Reiki works on the non-physical as well as physical levels, it is not uncommon for recipients to experience a significant rise in their levels of self esteem and self confidence.

The best way to experience Reiki is to find a local practitioner, and book a session. That way you will be able to assess for yourself whether or not it is something which would be of benefit.