There are many different views of what Reiki is, but the prevalent theme is that Reiki is a practice of allowing life force to flow through us to bring about a healthier flow of energy in and around the body which leads to healing. Reiki is a Japanese technique that was either developed or rediscovered in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Rei translates to soul, spirit, or god’s wisdom and ki is life force or energy, giving us Reiki as spiritual life energy. Reiki is generally administered by placing hands over or on the body and allowing the flow of life force which can be found in everything to run through the giver into the receiver, it can also be done over distance. This infusion of life force helps us deal with stress and sickness, promoting health and well-being of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The experience of Reiki is different for each practitioner and recipient and can change with time and place. It is often described as a warm sensation but can also feel cool, tingly, or there may be no sensations.
While there are no traditional ties between Reiki and yoga, we are working with the same life force. In yoga we refer to the ki as prana and many of our physical and breathing techniques are intended to open obstructions to the flow of prana as well as to increase prana within the body.
At URU you have several opportunities to learn about Reiki and how it might benefit you and those around you. July 22nd from 2-6 PM at URU1, Tonya Morris will be offering a Reiki level 1 attunement. August 4th at URU1, Felipe Munoz, Tonya Morris, as well as other Reiki practitioners will be gathering to answer questions about Reiki and to offer the opportunity to receive Reiki energy from 5:30-6:30 PM, then starting at 6:45 all levels of Reiki practitioners will be gathering to share and receive Reiki from each other as we grow our community. There will be other opportunities for attunement held throughout the year with both Tonya and Felipe. You can direct questions about the event on August 4th to David Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.