Reiki pronounced ‘ray-key’ translated from Japanese to English means ‘Universal Energy’ or ‘Spiritual Energy’. ‘Reiki’ written in Kanji below is broken down into two parts Rei and Ki. Rei translates to ‘spirit.’ Ki ‘the energy of the ‘universe.’
What does this all mean?
Jasmin Harsono, Reiki Master Teacher and author of ‘Self Reiki’ published by DK and founder of Emerald and Tiger a conscious lifestyle brand explains the practice.
There is a consciousness that animates and connects to all life. We tend to perceive the world and everything within it to be physical or material; Quantum Physics tells us that everything that exists in the whole universe is made up of energy that continuously flows and changes form.
The system of reiki
The system of reiki (a Reiki practitioner would usually be taught and practice this system) is a Japanese ancient healing art and spiritual practice founded by Mikao Usui born in Southern Japan in 1865.
The system consists of 5 elements, meditation, hands-on healing, reiki principles, attunements and mantra/symbols. Most people have heard of or are familiar with hands-on healing which is commonly shared. The elements are taught over three stages, level 1, 2 and 3.
When we first awaken to reiki (usually practitioners are given attunements to start their experience), we begin to remember what was always part of us, the unification of the mind-body-spirit, and the universe.
Through life force energy and consistent practice of the elements, we start to create this flow that helps us to stay balanced, grounded and centred in our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. Reiki is transformative, creating shifts with our mindset, deepening our intuition and supporting our overall wellbeing and health.
We learn to listen deeply and discover the vast and profound intelligence that lies within us, letting go of the external and lasting imprints from the outside world.
There is a misconception that this means we will always be 100% well, and never have to face any problems in life. The truth is we probably will have too, but we can diligently work through what arises in our life, in the present moment when we have this profound awareness of what is happening within and around us.
How do I start to practice?
You may want to book in a reiki session with a practitioner or learn the system of reiki yourself. It is essential to have your own direct experience for words can never explain what it is to feel.
This reiki grounding practice is excellent to do in the morning or whenever you want to feel centred. When you are feeling unbalanced, grounding helps you to feel rooted in your body, helping you to feel calm and focused.
Find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and start to bring your attention inwards. Hara means belly and is the central axis point in the body to access ki, life force energy. You may want to rest the palms of your hands on your belly to help bring focus to this area.
A simple Reiki exercise
Try the following grounding exercise for 5-10 minutes.
• Take a deep breath into your hara and say, “Breathing in”. On the out-breath, exhale any stagnant energy and say, “Breathing out”.
• Visualise yourself firmly rooted into the ground, with a cord that runs from your hara into the earth below. Sense the grounding of your body, mind and soul.
• Feel grounded and connected in the moment, just as you are. To end, take a deep breath into your hara, then fully breathe out.
Find this Grounding Exercise on page. 88 of A little book of self-care, Self Reiki by Jasmin Harsono, published by Dorling Kindersley, illustrated by Kotaro Machiyama.
Find out more about Reiki in Jasmin’s little book of self-care here.
Jasmin Harsono is a Reiki Master Teacher, Sonic Artist, Speaker, and Intuitive Wellbeing Guide. She is the author of ‘Self Reiki’ published by DK and founder of Emerald and Tiger a conscious lifestyle brand promoting positive awareness through vibrant connection to body, mind and spirit. For more information, please visit https://emeraldandtiger.com/