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How Does Reiki Work?

Author: William Lee Rand

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How Does Reiki Work?

Do All Healers Use Reiki?

Reiki Can Never Cause Harm

Energy is Never Depleted

Does Reiki Work?

We are
alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows
within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians
and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called
the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body,
supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of
life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one
or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

The life
force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted
when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative
thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts
and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a
disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital
function of the organs and cells of the physical body.

Reiki heals
by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and
charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level
of the energy field in and around the physical body where the
negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative
energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears,
straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life
force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

All Healers Use Reiki?

All healers use life force or Ki, but not all use Reiki. Reiki
is a special kind of life force that can only be channeled by
someone that has been attuned to it. It is possible that some
people are born with Reiki or have gotten it some other way. However,
most healers who have not received the Reiki attunement from a
Reiki Master are not using Reiki but another kind of life force.
People who already do healing work consistently report an increase
of at least fifty percent in the strength of their healing energies
after taking the Reiki training.

This was
verified for me when I first began teaching Reiki. There were
two clairvoyant healers I knew who had highly developed abilities.
They could easily see the life force flowing through a person's
body, as well as see the aura and chakras. They could also communicate
with a person's guides and Higher Self. They were adept at moving
negative psychic energy out of the body as well as channeling
healing energies. In my twenty years of metaphysical work, they
were the most accurate and effective psychic healers I had met.

They told
me later they had doubted there was anything I was teaching they
couldn't already do, but that they took the Reiki training anyway,
simply to support me in my new work. After the attunement, they
were amazed at the difference they could feel between the healing
energies they had been using and Reiki. They said the Reiki energies
were more powerful and of a much higher frequency. They noted
also that Reiki didn't have to be guided like the other healing
energies they were using, and that the Reiki energies began flowing
without having to enter an altered state. They also indicated
the attunement process itself was a powerful healing experience,
releasing restrictions relating to their healing work they had
unknowingly acquired when they were healers in past lives. They
were very pleased they had taken the class.

Can Never Cause Harm

Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm.
It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create
the effect that is appropriate for them. One never need worry about
whether to give Reiki or not. It is always helpful.

In addition,
because the practitioner does not direct the healing and does
not decide what to work on, or what to heal, the practitioner
is not in danger of taking on the karma of the client. Because
the practitioner is not doing the healing, it is also much easier
for the ego to stay out of the way and allow the presence of God
to clearly shine through.

is Never Depleted

it is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner's energies are
never depleted. In fact, the Reiki consciousness considers both
practitioner and client to be in need of healing, so both receive
treatment. Because of this, giving a treatment always increases
one's energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of well-being.

For more
on Reiki, see the back articles in our Reiki
section. Also, we have introductory books, manuals, and
tapes available. For more information, visit our
Reiki WebStore

The above
text, except for "What Does Reiki Energy Feel Like?" is reprinted
from Reiki, the Healing Touch by
William Rand
. Portions of this text may be reprinted if the
original source is cited:

Rand, William. Reiki,
The Healing Touch
Southfield, MI: Vision Publications,

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