The use of Reiki as a healing technique has spread dramatically and gained worldwide popularity. What makes Reiki unique and easily accepted by people is that though it is spiritual, it does not conform to any religion. It is not dogmatic in nature and it does not force one to believe or give up anything in order to learn and use Reiki. A healing practice that has been practiced for more than a hundred years, Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900's. The whole basis of Reiki healing rests on the existence of life energy that is believed to be in abundance in our universe. This supposedly essential life-force energy is considered 'universal' because it is the essential underlying force that makes up every living thing. Boosting and balancing this energy in and around us can bring us health and vitality to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of being. Although medical science does not officially acknowledge the healing powers of this energy, studies have shown that its practice can calm a patient before operation and hasten the healing process thereafter. Even Reiki masters cannot come up with clear explanations on how this works. They can only describe the whole process as one that links them with a cosmic radiant energy.
Unlike other forms of alternative healing, hands play a crucial role in this treatment. It is through the hands that Reiki healers harness this power to cure people of their troubles and illnesses. This holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. Reiki energy works from the outside and gradually works its way in which helps maintain balance and order in the body. It usually does not depend on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore, it is available to almost everyone. It has been successfully embraced by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Treatment through Reiki involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner to the patient or client. When a recipient undergoes a Reiki session, he/she allows the energy to be taken into his/her body. In order for Reiki healing energies to have quicker and lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for his/her healing and take an active part in it. People who practice Reiki regularly have more energy than others and lead their lives joyfully. Reiki helps the practitioner resolve conflicts that are present within the person, thus making the person experience greater levels of relaxation and energy. The natural bodily processes of renewal and detoxification are enhanced by Reiki, which helps the body become more receptive to life energy. For an individual to benefit from Reiki, he/she must undergo initiation. Initiation is the means by which universal life energy is bestowed on the recipient through a Reiki master. The Reiki master acts as a channel of God, to release healing powers. The initiation does not deplete the energy of the practitioner; it only reinforces it and protects him/her from any negative manifestations.