Luc C Duchesne, PhD
132 Leo Avenue Sault Ste Marie, Ont P6A 3V7
tel. 705 942 6552
My first encounter with Reiki healing changed
my life unexpectedly. Suzanne, my wife had coerced
me into taking a free appointment with a Reiki
practitioner who was visiting my workplace as
part of a health fair. Begrudgingly I accepted,
although it put a hole in my busy schedule as
a research scientist. I resented the intrusion.
My first surprise what that the Reike practitioner,
her name was Rachel, looked every bit as much
a professional as a massage therapist. Tainted
by my own prejudice I had expected her to look
like an eccentric clairvoyant, or perhaps even
a mysterious Gypsy. She explained to me that Reiki
is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy
which is what she was going to pass along to me.
Rachel was kind enough to overlook my nervousness
and she directed me to lie down on a massage table
like she had done to hundreds of other patients
before. She wrapped me in a thick blanket, dimmed
the lights, turned on relaxing music and placed
her hands on a my head. Even with my eyes closed
I saw a deep purple light that penetrated my body
and I felt intense heat radiate from her hands.
And suddenly, for the first time in a long while,
I was able to forget my burden of fears, duties
and commitments. Inexplicably the heat from Rachel's
hands had brought me peace in only half an hour.
My only encounter with Rachel turned me into
a Reiki junkie. From that moment on, I did everything
to get as much Reiki as possible, and I found
that Reiki had a powerful effect on me: it made
me sleep better, increased my concentration, made
me feel calmer, all around happier and more at
peace with the world.
Reiki is the gentle laying of hands for healing
by transferring life energy to the recipient.
Reiki takes advantage of the warmth and energy
that radiates from the human body by consciously
channeling it into healing through the hands of
the practitioner. I discovered by reading several
books on the subject that Reiki is widely practiced
as a non religious healing art worldwide and is
even used in conjunction with modern medicine
in several hospitals of the United States.
Reiki can heal various types of medical and psychological
conditions ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome,
depression, addictions, infections, and possibly
some forms of cancer although Reiki cannot change
genetic deficiencies. I have learnt from numerous
parents that Reiki has helped their children with
such medically complicated conditions as autism,
cerebral palsy, ADD and ADHD. My scientific background
made me doubt such claims, as they sounded too
good to be true. But then, six months after I
started receiving Reiki regularly I had rid myself
of Raynaud's disease which is a circulatory problem
that had made my skin and fingers turn white and
painful at the first hint of cold for 25 years.
After flirting with Reiki for a few months, I
became so fascinated with its healing power that
I decided to become a Reiki healer. For this I
needed to receive attunements from a teacher at
the master level which is the highest level in
the Usui Reiki system. The Reike family tree started
with Reike master Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar,
who reinvented Reiki in late nineteenth century.
The discovery of modern Reike is a fascinating
story by itself. Mikao Usui engaged in a ten year
quest to determine how Jesus performed healing.
Usui studied both theology and Tibetan Buddhism
and he concluded that both Jesus and Buddha used
the same healing method though they certainly
did not call their healing power Reike. Studying
the 25 century old texts of Sanskrit Buddhism,
Usui discovered healing formulas that enabled
him to heal himself and others, presumably in
ways similar to Jesus and Buddha's.
To train as a Reiki master I had to pass four
levels of attunement, each of them taking me to
deeper levels of introspection and inner peace
that I had never thought possible. But the most
fascinating and astonishing development was after
my first attunement when I realized that I could
channel energy through my hands. By performing
the proper preparatory steps my hands started
radiating intense heat!
My family became the immediate beneficiary of
my newly found healing power. My children won't
go to sleep before their daily dose of Reiki,
whenever there is a scrape or a bump they come
to me for Reiki, and when ill they crave the healing
and comfort of Reiki. My family has been changed
dramatically by Reiki and I can foresee the day
when my children will become Reiki practitioners
too. Already my nine-year-old son Gabe, has received
his first attunement and gives Reiki to the rest
of the family.
One of the greatest irony of modern medicine
is that it has taken away our ability to heal
ourselves as we have become dependant on synthetic
drugs together with complicated and expensive
technology. However, Reiki healing, which should
be practiced as a complement to modern medicine,
has empowered my family into a more holistic approach
to our health.
Diane Stein. 1994. Essential Reiki. A complete
guide to an ancient healing art. The Crossing
Reprinted from The Western Parent, December/January