What is Reiki?

Reiki, the word, is Japanese. It is written with two Japanese kanji, meaning ‘spiritual energy’

Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘spiritual energy and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century in Japan and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. 

Everything has the energy or ‘ki’ in it – even a piece of paper or a plant, every item in the room, the building itself, the city, the country, the world, the universe and on and on. There is an unlimited amount of energy. This energy may seem invisible or elusive but it is, in fact, all-encompassing. It is this energy that makes, not just humans, but worlds function. It is the fuel that drives humans and gives ultimate structure and purpose in life. This is Reiki. It is the energy of everything, it is neither a religion nor is it intrusive. 

If we already have energy or ki, why do we need the practice of Reiki? To help understand, envision a free-flowing river. This beautiful river is like energy flowing easily down through the body. Occasionally a pebble, or even a rock, will fall into that river, making the flow of the water a little more difficult.

These pebbles are human worries, fear, anger, and each pebble builds on top of the other. Soon there is only a trickle of water running in that once beautiful free-flowing river. And so it is with energy in the human body. Energy flow can be obstructed so much that at this point physical pain may be experienced. During a Reiki treatment, the pure flow of energy is re-aligned within the body. It washes down, clearing obstructions and strengthening the flow of energy. This not only helps us feel physically better, but it allows us to feel a connection to the understanding of one’s purpose on earth and the most effective way of achieving it. 

Join Maija Kovalevska, as she introduces the Japanese System of Reiki and explores what it is and how it aids the body in releasing stress and tension by creating a state of deep relaxation. Maija also shares her personal journey with Reiki explaining how it has supported her spiritual development, as it has for many other Reiki practitioners.
Perhaps you have never tried Reiki before, or if you have tried it but still have questions, you will find this introductory workshop helpful in understanding how this practice can support you in your day to day life. If you are interested in learning how to practice Reiki or feel you need to develop your confidence as a Reiki practitioner, the workshop will help you to explore your next steps.
As well as exploring what Reiki is and how it can support you in your daily life, the workshop draws to a close with a shared and deeply relaxing Reiki session for all to experience.

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  • Reiki has no religious belief system.

  • It is a path for spiritual and philosophical exploration.

  • It is a tool for life management.

  • It is a healing energy

  • It gives an outlet for empathy and compassion,

Healing Hands Edinburgh The Reiki School

Shibumi International Reiki Association

21 Albert Street, Edinburgh. EH7 5LH


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