Welcome to the Path of Light Reiki.
I am Anita Levine, a certified Usui Reiki Master and ordained minister of the Universal Life Church. I am committed to healing myself, human beings, animals, and the planet.
A simple explanation of Reiki is that it is a form of energy healing which uses the life force, otherwise known as prana, chi, or ki. This energy permeates everything; it is around us and within every living thing. The word "Reiki" means "spiritually guided life energy". During a session, the practitioner will gently lay their hands on the patient or hold them a few inches away from the body. It can also be applied by "beaming" the energy from a distance while the patient is nearby. There is also "long distance" healing, used when both people/animals are in different locations. This is usually shorter than the basic 1 hr. in person.
Reiki treats the whole person/animal, which includes body, mind, and spirit because health is achieved through the balance of all of these. It relaxes the patient so that the energy can flow freely and the body can heal itself, as nature intended. It is not a religion and can compliment other forms of healing.
Energy healing has been used in various forms for thousands of years. The founder of this system was Mikao Usui, born in 1865 in Japan. He was a Buddhist, who was well educated and traveled extensively. He was determined to find answers and ways to heal himself and others. On the last day of a 21 day Buddhist training course, he was illuminated by a great Light. This experience gave him the knowledge and ability to heal. In April, 1922, he moved to Tokyo and started a healing society named, "Usui Reiki Rhyoho Gakkai" (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society) Much has been written about this and can be easily researched for more information.
Reiki is not a replacement for other medical treatments. It is most effective when the patient is open minded to it's benefits and always requires permission from the receiver. It is now being included in many hospitals, veterinary clinics, and animal shelters.