We speak with reiki master Torsten Alexander Lange about this spiritual practice and how to harness it’s majestic benefits…
My most important discovery with Reiki was that it actually worked. It was tangible (I could feel a sensation in my palms) and I got results (often an incredible before-and-after effect). No special abilities are required to learn it, and after an attunement (the initiation ceremony offered in a Reiki course) everyone will develop the trademark feature of Reiki, healing hands.
Using it on a daily basis, though, my surprise got even bigger: Reiki worked on every aspect of my life, from the physical to the psychological, from changing life circumstances to a deeper spiritual understanding.
Reiki goes well beyond what I expected when it was introduced as an ‘energy healing practice’. Or, maybe, my understanding was simply too limited – after all, energy really means that everything is interconnected and can move and transform. Healing doesn’t just apply to the physical, but includes a complete holistic view. And Reiki is not just a therapy but indeed a personal spiritual practice. In fact, this is how it all started: a connection to higher levels of consciousness, discovered in the early 20th century by Japanese scholar Mikao Usui as the result of a deep meditation practice.
Here are my top 10 ways Reiki can heal our life:
1 Physical Healing
Reiki promotes physical healing and overall well being and can be used for any illness. Pain is often significantly reduced and the healing process accelerated. It is completely safe and there are no cautions or contraindications, no matter if you use it on a little cut from a kitchen knife or to treat a cancer patient.
2 Complimenting allopathic medicine
There is no need to use Reiki instead of conventional therapies. It perfectly complements them and even reduces side effects of medication. Did I mention the NHS now accepts Reiki in hospitals?
3 Pets, plants, food
My dog loves Reiki. One of my students treated a bumble bee until she could fly again, and my near-dead chilli plant turned out an almost industrial production of hot peppers. You can also use it while cooking or charge a ready-made meal.
4 Inanimate Objects
Whether it is a dishwasher, power drill, computer, printer or car – nothing is immune to Reiki. Even the ticket machine at Richmond Station finally accepted my coins after some Reiki!
5 Difficult situations
Just think of a situation, and intend to send Reiki to it. Or connect to the energy before you go into a meeting. I am sure it will run more smoothly.
6 Harmony and balance
Reiki helps to relax and allows us to deal with anxiety, depression, and emotional problems. We feel more balanced and calm – and it can do wonders if we have a problem in our relationship!
7 Courage and Strength
“I left my old job!”, “I finally had a word with my boss”, “I now have the energy to follow my dream”. These are some of the many stories I hear from students after learning Reiki.
8 Heightening intuition
“Where did this mart idea suddenly come from?” Reiki opens us to the realm of intuition, guidance and creativity. Not just a few Reiki students were able to develop amazing psychic abilities.
9 Understanding the Universe
Using Reiki (which can be translated as universal or spiritual life force energy) we connect to something beyond what we can grasp with our five senses. You may call it the universe, God, love, or just energy. In Reiki it is often felt as the light.
10 Helping others
Is there anything more fulfilling than being able to help others? With Reiki we can! Rather than leaving it to the ‘professionals’, everyone attuned to Reiki can give treatments. You can treat your colleague’s headaches, help a chronically ill relative, or give Reiki to your neighbour’s cat. Reiki turns empathy into practice.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, I thought so, too. Until I started to witness it on a daily basis in my own life. If you practice Reiki already, I am certain you agree. If you are new to Reiki and intrigued, why not have a treatment – or even learn it for yourself…
About the author
Torsten A. Lange is founder and director of the Reiki Academy London where he teaches Reiki students from all over the world. His book Reiki – Heal Your Body and Your Life with the Power of Universal Energy will be published by Hay House on 7 September 2015.