Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
The word “Reiki” has significant meaning, incorporating layers of understanding and wisdom. The first three letters, the Rei, refers to the spiritual consciousness, the Divinity that is always present in our lives – even when we fail to recognize this blessed aspect of ourselves and others. The last two letters, the Ki, is the name given to the life force energy within our beings. In other cultures, it may be called chi, prana, or similar terms – all describing the same energy.
When these two components are combined, a wondrous synergy is created. Synergy is the phenomenon of the power created when two whole parts are combined; the result is more powerful than the simple addition of the two parts. In other words, this new creation is more than 1 + 1 = 2. In the case of Reiki, the power is 1 + 1 = unlimited possibilities.
It is difficult to explain exactly what Reiki is, and how it works. Due to the element of spiritual consciousness guiding the life force energy, there are elements of mystery. We cannot wrap our cognitive, thinking minds around this. Perhaps, there are simply no words in our languages to describe something so indescribable! The possibility of attaining lasting peace and harmony in our lives seems virtually impossible – as we live in the midst of conflicts, greedy power and continual diminishing of certain groups of people. It can be hard to remember the unconditional love that is always with us. Through Reiki, we experience moments of exquisite love and peace. We feel overwhelming gratitude for this blessing.
Many times, I have read how the English language does not have the rich vocabulary for the word love, as some other languages do. Yes, I can say I love to eat chocolate, I love my job, and I love my family. Internally, I know the vast range of emotions associated with these three things. Chocolate is fun, my job is fulfilling, but my family is my life purpose. Using the word love can seem insufficient in describing the strong feelings I have for my husband, after decades of marriage! Using the word Reiki may also seem insufficient for the many blessings it has brought to my life.
Yes, we may use the word Reiki many times every day, either in silence or spoken. Every time we think, or speak Reiki, let us try to remember the great significance of this sacred word. If we approach this name with gratitude and love, our understanding of its sacredness will grow. The loving energies of Reiki will embrace and assist us on our life journeys. If we let the name roll off our tongues with no thought or emotion, or we simply take the name for granted, then we have missed opportunities to grow and heal within its Divine Energies.
Let us always be aware of the richness of the gift of Reiki. Let us always honor its name. Let us always live in gratitude for the gift of Reiki.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)