What Is Reiki ?
by Anna Pizzoferrato
Reiki is an ancient healing art that has recently been re-
discovered in Japan. With the resurrection of Reiki in this
age of mass and almost instantaneous communication,
word of its power is quickly gaining the attention of the
The mode of transmission of Reiki energy
from a Reiki practitioner to a recipient was
originally believed, by those interested in this art, to be
limited by physical proximity. The Reiki practitioner would
place their hands gently on, or a few inches above the
Reiki recipient's body. Upon further exploration of the
potential of Reiki, "sending" the energy to the recipient or
situation has proven to be just as beneficial as Reiki
"hands-on" sessions. In fact, those who are too busy to
carve out the time for a Reiki session can now go about
their business while receiving the energy.
such as myself, have directed Reiki energy to boardrooms,
pets, surgical procedures, courtrooms, business offices,
plants and even sporting events. Reiki distance energy
healing has become a viable option for those who would
rather not have a "hands-on" session, are home bound, or
simply don't have the time for a session. After
experimenting with this mode of transmission,
was utterly amazed at the results. One year of daily remote
sessions to a seriously disabled arthritic friend ended up
just about eliminating the crippling condition. Today this
friend is not only employed, but is doing work that
requires physical movement and stamina. As the power of
Reiki spreads, individuals seeking Reiki energy now have
more options in weaving treatments into their schedules
ORIGIN OF REIKI ENERGY
The origin of this powerful healing energy is believed to
be divine. It is the same energy that has been channeled
by all the historically famous healing giants. Regardless of
its source, or why it works, the results are always positive
and directed toward the best outcomes. There is no
danger of misuse or abuse. Reiki energy cannot be forced.
An individual simply will not take in what it does not
want. When Reiki energy is accepted, the highest
good of all prevails. The recipient of Reiki need not
study, understand or believe in its power and beauty. In
fact, the recipient need not be awake while receiving the
energy. Reiki energy always delivers the highest good.
Considering the source, how could it do anything else?
The only prerequisite is that the recipient, on a soul level,
really wants to heal. The positive effects of Reiki energy
could be quick and dramatic, or, take time to be noticed.
The results are unpredictable and pleasantly surprising.
One simply needs to trust in the intelligent nature of the
source. An acute power of observation would be handy,
only to affirm it's often subtle life changes and effects.
FOREIGN NAME - UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED ENERGY
One need not be mislead or intimidated by Reiki's foreign
name. Reiki is called such because, as it happened, this
old system of prayer and healing was again returned to
mankind via a Japanese man called Dr. Usui. The name
"Reiki" is Japanese because that was Dr. Usui's native
language. This healing art was known and utilized long
before it's resurgence under a Japanese name. The divine
is not concerned with nationality. When utilizing Reiki
energy, one is merely tapping into the magnanimous love
of the divine (God, life force, universe, Christ force, etc).
Famous ancient healers such as Jesus used the exact same
source of energy as is used by "Reiki." Jesus once said that
all he can do can be done by us and even more. The
key ingredient is trust. As a Reiki Master, I have learned
to trust in the goodness and intelligence of this energy.
APPLICATIONS & LIMITATIONS
The beauty of this divine love is that it does not
discriminate between believers and skeptics. Its power
has been utilized to positively impact a multitude of
people and situations from NBA basketball games
(calming potentially volatile players) to conservative
institutions such as Wall Street. The healing power of
Reiki can be directed toward individuals, pets, plants,
living/working spaces, businesses, situations and even
future events. This loving energy now called "Reiki" is
incapable of hurting other individuals for personal gain.
Extremely specific requests can be very limiting. One
needs to reflect on the general desired outcome behind
the request. An example would be to ask for the "growth
of one's business." It would be more productive to ask
what you would want from its growth. It may be better to
ask for "financial freedom." This broader approach frees
up the hands of the divine to send you your best outcome.
Reiki always works toward the best outcomes. When my
clients present me with a request, I will ask that the energy
be utilized for the "highest and best" of the individual or
situation. It is good to remember that one is only limited
by their imagination and purity of intent.
REIKI HEALING FACILITATOR -
TRAINING AND LEVELS
An individual can receive Reiki from what is known as a
"Reiki practitioner." The practitioner can lightly place their
hands on various parts of the recipient's clothed body or,
the practitioner can remotely send the Reiki energy. In
both distance and hands-on healing, the recipient's own
body's innate wisdom actually draws the energy through
the practitioner and directs it to it's highest good. The
healing occurs on a soul determined priority basis.
Healing can be physical, emotional or spiritual. I always
find it interesting and amazing to witness how the healing
unfolds. The practitioner is not responsible for making
healing decisions for the recipient. The recipient is the
actual healer. The Reiki practitioner merely acts as a
conduit of the energy thus serving as a "healing
Those who believe in a supreme intelligence can elect to
believe the source to be divine, thus creating a
cooperative union between one's inner knowing (the
soul), and the source (God). My personal evaluation of its
magnificent power places God/Universe/Source as the
ultimate source of this energy, however, one's personal
beliefs or lack thereof do not hinder nor enhance the
results of a Reiki treatment.
Other healing modalities manipulate "Ki" or life energy.
Examples include the martial arts, acupuncture, therapeutic
touch, and other forms of "energy work." Reiki is different
in that it is extremely focused and need not be guided by a
special effort or entering an altered state. The energy
destination is divinely directed.
Going through a special intensive training certifies a Reiki
practitioner. The training is conducted by a Reiki
Master/Teacher and includes a sacred ceremony called an
"attunement." Generally, only after being attuned, can one
channel the Reiki energy.
There are different levels and abilities of a Reiki
practitioner. To advance from one level to another, a
perspective Reiki practitioner must receive an
"attunement". Generally, a person cannot channel Reiki
energy without this ceremony. The first level is Reiki I. A
Reiki I practitioner is empowered to channel Reiki energy
by physically touching an individual with their hands.
There must be physical proximity. A Reiki II practitioner is
able to "send" the Reiki energy as well as giving hands-on
treatments. Again, a special attunement is required to
move to this advanced level. The Reiki II practitioner can
direct Reiki energy to an individual, plant or animal or
situation. When feasible, permission is required. In cases
when granting permission is not possible, the Reiki
practitioner can seek soul-approval. The next level is Reiki
III. A Reiki III practitioner is known as a Reiki Master. In
addition to the abilities of Reiki I and II, Reiki III
practitioners are empowered with the ability to give
attunements. A great deal of training by the master occurs
prior to, and then after, the attunement.
FUTURE OR PAST EVENT
Reiki distance healing energy can be sent to a past or
future event. A childhood trauma can be relieved of its
grip on a suffering adult. An important exam or
presentation can be performed with a commanding
calmness. A Reiki II trained police officer can send Reiki
into a home where a disturbed individual is about to harm
themselves or others. Reiki sent to hospice patients could
reduce the pain and anxiety of those about to expire.
Peace would replace fear. One preparing for surgery could
experience less pain, lose less blood, and have a faster
recovery. I choose the word "could" because the use of
the energy is determined by the recipient's soul. The only
guarantee is that the Reiki energy is going to the highest
good. It always does.
SITUATIONS AND CORPORATIONS
Situations can often benefit from Reiki energy. The Reiki
energy gently works to produce harmony and clarity
where anxiety and discord had prevailed. Both the home
and workplace are excellent targets of Reiki energy.
Relationships that are "stuck" are moved toward the
highest good of all. The end results could be resolution or
dissolution. All parties will have the opportunity to move
toward their higher good. Corporate teams across the
country have been utilizing Reiki as a gentle catalyst
toward harmony and greater productivity. Dysfunctional
teams have moved toward harmony and trust while
corporations reap the benefits. Homes and workplaces
that just didn't "feel good" have been cleared of negative
residual energies using Reiki's infinite power.
Emotional paralysis resulting from an unexpected loss,
event or confrontation responds quickly to hands-on or
remotely sent Reiki energy. The individual will experience
a calmness and clarity that will help them make rational
decisions as to their course of action. Thus far, a majority
of my Reiki distance energy treatments are to individuals
who have lost their ability to function due to an emotional
upset. Hurts inflicted by loved ones rank high on the list
for producing an emotional paralysis. The individual is so
gripped with emotion that they cannot even secure
medical or psychological assistance. I am still in awe as to
the power of Reiki to bring peace to where there was once
REIKI DISTANCE TREATMENTS -
The beauty of Reiki distance healing is it's practicality and
it's power. As a trained scientist, I can understand the
need to have more than anecdotal evidence. Only after I
experienced the power of Reiki first hand did I truly
believe in its authentic power.
For those of you who would like to seek out some data, I
can direct you to some scientific evidence. Distance Reiki
is energy directed like a powerful prayer. By "prayer" I am
speaking of directing your energy rather than asking for
divine favors. Dr. Larry Dossey has documented scientific
studies on the power of prayer. Before Dr. Dossey's early
book, "Healing Words" was published in 1993, only three
U.S. medical schools had courses exploring the role of
prayer in health. Currently, nearly fifty medical schools
offer such courses. The majority of them use Dr. Dossey's
books as the textbooks for the courses. References are
made to controlled double-blind experiments with
unknowing groups of human patients. The results affirm
the undeniable power of prayer.
A second set of experiments that can be researched are
those conducted by Bruce and John Klingbeil, the
founders of Spindrift. Their experiments on prayer utilized
simple organisms instead of humans. The choice of less
complex subjects reduced the variables inherent in human
studies. As expected, prayer significantly affected the
germination of seeds as well as vitality of various lower
organisms such as yeast and molds.
As a certified and experienced Reiki Master/Teacher, I
view the acceptance of Reiki energy as both preventative
and healing intervention. The amount of time and
sessions required varies from individual to individual. I
have observed that major life changes and physical
healings may take some time. It took a bit of time to create
the illnesses or situations, thus patience and trust are
helpful. On occasion, illnesses that are being forced from
the body, actually get worse before they get better. This is
when it is so very important to continue with the
treatments. As your body is working to rid itself of toxins,
it is extremely important to drink large quantities of water
and continue with prescribed medical/psychological
medications and recommendations. Reiki should not be
used as a substitute for medical care. It should be used as
a compliment to professional medical/psychological care
medications and recommendations.
About the author:
Anna Pizzoferrato is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. Her
passion and specialty is Reiki Distance Energy Healing.
She offers single event, 14 and 30-day Reiki distance
sessions. Her website offers a free Reiki-charged sunset
as well a monthly complimentary drawing.
Added Jan 4, 2003
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