an introduction to spiritual healing: reiki


Spiritual healing is often thought of as an elusive and vague concept- how exactly does one effectively cleanse the soul? Although there are countless outputs of doing so, spiritual healing can be very easy to learn and use. Reiki is one spiritual healing system that originated in Japan and has since empowered its practitioners.

The basic concept of Reiki is healing oneself and others through the laying of hands.

It is most commonly, and fittingly, defined as “universal life energy” as anyone can practice it as long as there is a sense of awareness connected to the practice. The flow of energy is believed to enter the practitioner through the head, down the midline, through the hands, and onto the recipient through the form of heat. Reiki is often described as peaceful to both its practitioners and its recipients, thus it benefits everyone involved. In terms of how it works… well, no one really knows. Some believe that it opens up the hara line, which runs through the core of the body. Some practices say it pertains to opening and closing chakras. Others may say that Reiki is the ONLY way to connect to divine energy. Regardless of the many theories, the best and most definitive way to understand Reiki is by DOING IT.

Like all worthwhile things in life, Reiki is centered around balance- physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It targets all aspects of one’s being through energizing and healing. Some common benefits include healing wounds faster, lowering one's blood pressure, reducing stress, and managing pain. It also can be used as an alternative to some medical treatments. Just as one’s spirit may be repaired, Reiki works to heal other major ailments.

Above all, Reiki flows when the ego goes. It only works best when its practitioners learn to exude mindfulness and positive energy by letting go of all anger or worry. Every day, one should learn to live by Reiki’s five main principles- don’t get angry, don’t worry, be grateful, work hard, and be kind to others.