There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
-Carl Jung

Reiki definition from Steve Murray's site:

Reiki is a powerful, precise system of healing which is believed to have originated in Tibet thousands of years ago. It accesses a universal life force energy. This energy, also known as prana, mana, chi, holy spirit and source, helps promote healing in all living things on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The Reiki Master and Reiki Practitioner are channels for this healing energy.

The word Rei as it is used in Reiki is interpreted to mean knowledge of spiritual consciousness which is all knowing. Ki is the life force. It is also called the vital force or the universal life force. This is the non-physical energy that animates, circulates and surrounds all living things. If there is a restriction in the flow of ones's Ki a vulnerability to illness occurs. When it is high and flowing freely better physical and mental health is experienced. Life force plays an important role in everything we do. It animates the body and is the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life.

How Does Reiki Heal?

Life force flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians and nadirs. We are alive because of this. It flows around us in a field of energy called the "Aura," nourishing the organs and cells of the body as it supports them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in the organs and tissues of the physical body. The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings and becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to our energy field, thus causing a disruption in the flow of our life force and diminishing the function of our body's organs and cells. Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body causing the negative energy to break apart and fall away. This is where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached in so doing. Reiki clears, straightens and helps to heal the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

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