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May 2, 2005


This is the most comprehensive article I have found about Reiki.

Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is a Japanese word that literally means spirit energy. It is based on the idea that cosmic, life-force energy surrounds us and if channeled correctly, can restore balance to the body, enabling it to heal itself on a multitude of levels.

For many, reiki has helped them find relief from arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stress, allergies, high blood pressure, heart conditions and chronic pain. Reiki is also purported to enhance personal awareness, promote creativity, strengthen the immune system and clear toxins.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, places reiki with biofield medicine, which involves systems that use subtle energy fields in and around the body for medical purposes. Other systems include therapeutic touch (or touch therapy) and qi gong, a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation.

And when they work on others, practitioners say they feel rejuvenated, enlivened and at peace.

The five ethical principles of reiki as taught by the Japanese monk/educator, Usui: Just for today, do not worry. Just for today, do not anger. Honor your parents, teachers and elders. Earn your living honestly. Show gratitude to every living thing.

Posted by linda at May 2, 2005 9:05 AM

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