Reiki translates as “universal life force energy” and is an amazing holistic energy healing method. It was originally developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui a Japanese Buddhist, but has since been adapted by various other teachers of varying traditions. Originally taught as a system of spiritual development for people, Reiki is now taught throughout the world as an effective technique for “self-healing”. It works by balancing the energy of the body, mind and spirit and can be seen being used for healing in both people and animals!

In her article How Does Reiki Heal?, Laura Ellen Gifford describes the body’s energy system and how it is related to Reiki healing in the body (our’s and the horse) :

Our body is composed not only of physical elements such as muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, organs, glands, etc.; it also has a subtle energy system through which 'life force energy' flows. This subtle energy system is composed of energy 'bodies' which surround our physical body and assist us in processing our thoughts and emotions. The energy bodies have energy centers called chakras, which work somewhat like valves that allow life force to circulate through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. We also have energy meridians and nadas. These are like rivers, or streams which carry our life force energy throughout our physical body, to nourish us and assist in balancing our body’s systems and functions.

Our physical body is alive because of the 'life force energy' that is flowing through it. If our 'life force' is low or blocked, we are more likely to get sick, but if it is high and free flowing, we more easily maintain health and a feeling of well-being. One thing that disrupts and weakens the flow of 'life force energy' is stress. Stress is often caused by conflicting thoughts and feelings that get lodged in one's subtle energy system. These include fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, etc. Medical research has determined that continual stress can block the body's natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself. The effects of unreleased stress range from minor aches to major health concerns, such as heart disease, digestive disorders, respiratory and skin problems. Reiki restores energy balance and vitality by relieving the physical and emotional effects of unreleased stress. It gently and effectively opens blocked meridians, nadas and chakras, and clears the energy bodies, leaving one feeling relaxed and at peace.

As Reiki is a natural non-invasive form of healing, it will never harm you or your animal. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. For many, a treatment feels like a warm glowing sensation that flows through them and surrounds them. It usually leaves the individual with a feeling of relaxation and a sense of peace, security and overall well being.

Note: While Reiki is a powerful and effective healing system on its own, it is also a wonderful complement to other therapies that may be helping an individual recover. It is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. Always consult your doctor about the best course of medical treatment for yourself.

Would you like to learn the sacred practice of Reiki? 

Carrie is a certified Usui Reiki Master and offers a unique certification program to allow individuals to learn the sacred concepts and practices of Usui Reiki for both humans and equine. Please refer to the Workshop link here or above to find the next Level 1 and Level 2 Reiki trainings, as well as some other workshops that may help to improve healing or other aspects of your or your animal's life.