Monday, September 2, 2013

Guest Blog: What is Reiki?


Most people are familiar with the word Reiki but I still meet a lot of people who don't really know what it is. Simply put, it's manipulating energy. Okay, okay, I see that you are looking at me with "huh?" still written on your face. Let me try to explain a little further.

Energy cannot be destroyed or created, it can only be moved, manipulated and transformed. According to Reiki.org “Reiki is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.” We drain our life energy when we only give and give and give and do not take care of ourselves. Without personal practices in place to replenish ourselves we become energetically depleted. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually spiritually guided life force energy.
A Reiki practitioner's purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Reiki practitioner's have received formal training and attunements to do this in a safe, authentic and professional manner. 

Reiki can be used for help in healing aches and pains (please note, that Reiki should never replace a doctor visit!), traumatic experiences, depression, chakra's, worry, stress, etc. I have found over the years that I have conducted Reiki that each person's experience is different. Some feel the energy flow that I am directing into their areas of concern, some see colors, messages come from God, their spirit guides or even loved ones that have passed over. Others see and feel nothing, but invariably they do feel a difference in whatever was plaguing them. Basically it's intangible (which is what makes it difficult to describe to someone) and you truly just have to experience it.

Energy is all around us and in us. The great thing is there is an unlimited supply! Whoohooo! How great would it be if you found yourself no longer constantly depleted? You can use the power of Reiki to direct your thoughts to whatever you want and need.

Want more abundance? There is a method of abundant prosperity Reiki that uses hand positions to encourage energy flow.

5 steps can take you there:

  1. While meditating, pay attention to your thoughts. Are they helping you create what you want?
  2. Place your hands on either side of your nose, with your fingertips resting on your closed eyelids. Release the thoughts that are not serving you, thanking them. Be grateful that your mind is bringing them to your attention.
  3. Cradle the back of your head with your hands. Invite in thoughts of abundance and prosperity. Invite beliefs that will help you.
  4. Think of abundance as glowing light that you draw into your body, pulling it in through your fingertips. Feel its pulsation. Bask in its glow.
  5. Thank the Universe for this abundant energy of abundance! Be grateful that all is already here for you. Believe it.

This is the Reiki of abundance. Abundant energy, abundant life, abundant health, abundant wealth. You already have it all!

If you would like to know more or schedule a Reiki session:

Or call Bo at (916) 502-1661

Bo Bradley is a healer, teacher, coach and author. She is on a personal mission to re-awaken the magick of the universe and within each person. She loves to help people find their own inner magick and light on their path to discovering their authentic selves. Bo is the proud mother of three wonderful young adults and is enjoying her "empty nest" being happily married to her husband in Carmichael, CA. She enjoys, reading, writing, hiking, and hugging trees (literally). 

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