To Your Health -
Reiki and Self Care
- by Oriethyia
- Common sense - and an astounding number of articles in the
last several years - remind us of the basics of maintaining and
enhancing health. Eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, avoid
excess. With increasing frequency, we have renewed information on
the value of certain ancient practices like yoga, qiqong, and
- Reiki is a gentle and natural healing art, rediscovered in
Japan in the late 1800s. A form of energy healing, it involves a
simple laying on of hands, and the practitioner's ability to act
as a conduit for what the Japanese call 'ki' ('chi' or 'qi' in
Chinese), or "Universal Life Force Energy". But while I have
focused the earlier articles on defining Reiki, how it is learned,
and its use by practitioners all over the world, the focus of this
article is on Reiki for self care.
- The very best way to use Reiki is to give yourself a full
treatment every day. Some people start or end their day in this
way, gently laying hands on their own bodies, letting the energy
move into their hands, and then to the areas of the body that need
attention as well as the routine positions of the standard
- When I self-treat daily, I have more energy, am less stressed,
more able to laugh at the things that would otherwise frustrate
me. After months of daily self treatment I discovered another
benefit: it was as if, after chasing madly after serenity and
mindfulness, I suddenly backed into the room where they lived.
When I started to react in a less than optimal way to a given
situation, some smarter, calmer part of me kicked in, coming up
with gentler, more simple solutions and ways of responding. I
found that in many ways, daily self-treatment mirrored the
benefits of daily meditation.
- When we take time for ourselves to do healthy things, things
we know are good for us, our bodies, minds and spirits respond. So
by all means eat a balanced diet. Get gentle, regular exercise.
Take a class in yoga, qiqong, or Reiki. And give yourself a
treatment every single day.