The return of Reiki

July 2017

By Jamuna Rangachari

Even though old, Reiki is still relevant and highly useful amidst a plethora of new holistic healing techniques, says Jamuna Rangachari

Not so long ago, Reiki was highly popular and widely discussed in every strata of society. Introduced in the Indian subcontinent in the 1990s, it spread soon and almost everyone had done one or the other course in it.

But after a few years, people became sceptical about it because many had started to use it to further their commercial interests. But despite this, it cannot be denied that Reiki showed us the power of energy healing and the strength we all have to heal ourselves and the world.

In early 2000, my husband was scheduled to go for a long study course, leaving the family behind for a while. This made us quite anxious. We wondered how we would cope with issues like the children??s education,  his mother??s health and so on, in his absence. At that time, his sister advised us to get familiar with Reiki and practise it everyday to remain stress-free. We found a Reiki teacher shortly afterwards and did the course. This was one of my first introductions to the spiritual tenets of Reiki. Though we are not religious practitioners of Reiki and do not do it everyday, certain principles, like being in gratitude, being kind to everyone and knowing the power of our touch in healing ourselves, have seeped into our lives and consciousness.

What is Reiki?

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word Rei which means 'universal life' and Ki which means 'energy'. The late Dr Mikao Usui (1865- 1926) was responsible for its discovery and propagation all over the world.

A voracious reader of various spiritual traditions, he was pained to see the suffering of common people and wanted to find the secret of Christ??s miraculous healing powers. He embarked upon a 21-day fast and meditative retreat on Mount Kuryama, which finally culminated into a him having a vision of Sanskrit words and symbols encased in a bubble.

After seeing these symbols, Dr Usui ran down the mountain in excitement. On the way down he stubbed his
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