Yes, Reiki is a spiritual practice.
Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, developed Reiki as a system of healing first for oneself. It’s secondary to share Reiki with others.
There are many layers as to what makes Reiki a spiritual practice. Here are four main aspects:
1. When you learn Reiki you become deeply connected to yourself. You also become very aware that you are connected to something greater than yourself which you’re a part of.
If you have an existing spiritual practise or are just starting out, learning Reiki helps to connect you to your natural state of joy and peace.
One way Reiki differs from other spiritual practises is an attunement process. For some receiving an attunement is a profoundly spiritual experience. For others, it helps them to feel calmer and happier.
Everyone experiences an attunement differently so it’s best to receive a Reiki treatment, and/or attunement, with no expectation.
During Restore Naturally Reiki courses and treatments you also learn about an important energy centre in your body, known as your hara. You learn how to connect with it in your daily life which help you to create greater feelings of balance and self confidence.
2. As you practise Reiki on yourself regularly you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings and how these impact yourself and others.
Once you are aware of how you think and behave you begin to notice how some of your thoughts create more peace in your life and how others create greater tension.
Once your awareness increases you can take steps to be gentle with those thoughts and emotions that cause yourself and others harm. You can practise accepting that they are there, and then practise letting them go. And instead cultivate thoughts and feelings that create goodwill toward yourself and others.
The Reiki principles are an excellent guide for cultivating compassion for yourself and others.
3. As your Reiki practice develops you become more present to what is happening in the here and now.
When you receive Reiki or do self treatments you enter a deep state of relaxation. This state of relaxation can promote sleep or make you feel more energised depending on what you need at the time.
As your mind and body relaxes you spend less time worrying about the future and less time regretting the past. You become more present to what is happening in the here and now, so greater feelings of peace and joy naturally follow.
Learning Reiki is such an wonderful addition to your life and those around you!
That is not to say that those who practise and learn Reiki walk around in a constant state of bliss! The spiritual path is all about practise. As you engage regularly with Reiki self treatments, the Reiki principles, and meditation your connection to Reiki naturally grows stronger.
4. Reiki is a heart opening practise
Like many other spiritual practices, the essense of Reiki is love. When you learn Reiki and practise Reiki self treatments you connect to an infinite supply of love. This may sound a little odd, and is something that need to be experienced, but learning Reiki takes so many people by complete surprise. Myself included! I had no idea of what to expect before learning Reiki and was amazed how it changed my life. Read my full Reiki story.
Since 2002 I have taught hundreds of people Reiki who have had similiar life changing exeriences. Read about them here.
Restore Naturally Reiki courses include simple meditation practises taught by Mikao Usui. They also include a fun and detailed discussion on theReiki principles, and practical ways to apply them. When implemented, the Reiki principles enhance your feelings of happiness and well being.
You may be reading this and feel concerned that you are not “spiritual” enough to learn Reiki.
Yet anyone at any stage of their life can learn and receive Reiki.
Restore Naturally Reiki courses are attended by those who have an existing spiritual practise or those who have never experienced Reiki before.