Article: Reiki

Article on Reiki

By:  Effie Hadzis (Psychotherapist / Reiki Practioner)

Reiki:  Natural Energy Healing

Some of my clients have asked me, “What exactly is Reiki?”  I would like to use this article as a way to explain what Reiki is and the wonderful benefits of it.

Simply put, “Reiki” is a form of natural energy healing.  It was first discovered by Dr. Mako Usui dating back to about the mid 1850’s.  Since then Reiki has been passed down from teacher to student by initiation only and eventually found its way to the United States in the early 1950’s.

Reiki is a word derived from the Japanese as meaning “universal (Rei)”  “life force (ki)”.  From the Buddhist perspective, it is a practice that heals the body and mind using natural energy that already exists throughout the universe.  Please note, Reiki is not a religion of any kind but may be considered spiritual in nature.  The interesting thing about this healing technique is that you don’t have to believe in it or have any particular beliefs, in order for it to work. 

A Reiki practioner like myself, who has been attuned and initiated in the process, harnesses the universal life force that is transmitted through the hands and allows the “light” to pass through him/her to the recipient, acting as a conduit.  The Reiki energy emanates from Source (Spirit, God, Higher Power, Creator, Universal et al., etc.) which is love.  This abundant free energy could also be known as orgone, prana, chi, tachyon, and zero-point.  The practioner remains clear and grounded for the channel of energy to flow easily and the beauty of Reiki is, there is never an empathetic energy drain coming from the practioner.

Although most people cannot see chi (energy), modern physics tells us that beyond the level of the smallest particles of matter, energy exists everywhere, in the air we breathe, in our food and water and even inanimate objects (i.e. table) possess a low or slow frequency of energy.

Very often people who are physically ill or suffer from chronic pain, their chi energy within the body is most likely disrupted in some way; causing a misalignment with specific organs and body parts diminishing their vital function.  In addition, our thoughts and feelings ride on internal energies.  If our thoughts and feelings are often negative, over time this too can disrupt the natural flow of internal energy, manifesting disease in the body and mind.

The benefits of Reiki and its sacred energies bring healing, harmony and balance to all aspects of the human experience, be it spiritual, emotional, physical or mental.  It is an amazing healing tool that re-aligns and reconnects our internal life force (chi energy) so that it is flowing uninterrupted and allows our body’s natural healing ability to take its course. 

The life force (chi energy) flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras which are meridian points in the body.  We have hundreds of chakras throughout  the body but Reiki tends to focus on the main seven chakras aligned with the spine.  They are the crown chakra (head), third eye chakra (between the eyebrows), throat chakra, heart chakra, solar plexus chakra (stomach), sacral chakra (pelvic area), root chakra (base of spine).  The Reiki practioner uses a non-invasive approach by gently placing his/her hands on the meridian points of the body.  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 and causes the negative energy (thoughts, feelings, illness, stress) to break apart and fall away, thus allowing the life force to flow in a natural and healthy way.  Therefore, balancing, cleansing, and renewing our Internal Energy System, to the healthiest level that our body, mind and environment will allow.  Obviously, the quality of Reiki is dependent upon our intent and dedication.  The practioner needs to be sincerely dedicated and wish that everyone benefit from the healing technique for the greatest good and integrity of all concerned.  Also, as the practioner he/she never imposes or holds a desired outcome of the Reiki treatment.  The person is just simply ”radiating love” without concern for results; trusting the outcome will be exactly the way it needs to occur for the client.  There are also specific Reiki symbols the practioner can use when conducting long distance healing (or in person) for a client that are quite powerful and effective. 

The benefits of Reiki are many as mentioned above.  Reiki has been known to have aided in the healing of virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like:  Multiple Sclerosis, tumours in the body, heart disease, cancer, skin problems (i.e. Eczema), hormonal imbalances, impotence, cuts, bruises, headaches, migraines, insomnia, poor memory, lack of confidence, self-esteem issues, colds, flu, sore throat, fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc.  Not to mention the emotional benefits of increased happiness, peacefulness, empowerment and a general feeling of well-being and increased vitality.  Not only does Reiki help with the healing of body and mind but acts as a vehicle for sending prayers, and helping one’s spiritual evolution.  A Reiki treatment can also aid in breaking negative thought patterns.  By having treatments regularly, your health and positive qualities improve.  As you become more peaceful and less likely to react negatively to difficult situations; you become more conscious of negative behaviour patterns and recognize you have the power to transform them and not be a slave to bad habits.  Simply put, you will have the courage to change yourself and your life and be the best that you can be. 

Lastly, the Reiki practioner is not the healer or one responsible for the healing but acts as a conduit of the universal life force; whereby the practioner can help to stimulate or magnify the natural healing ability in another.  Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own healing through the lifestyle choices we make and the thoughts we hold.   The more positive and healthy our choices, the more empowered we become in our own healing and transformation.  Reiki is also a wonderful supplement to medical treatments, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism.

If interested in a Reiki treatment, please contact me at or telephone me at:  416-751-9619.  I also do long distance healings for anyone unable to come in person.  (Healings can be for physical or emotional/mental reasons).  *Distant healings can also occur for a particular location (i.e. a place of devastation from an earthquake or hurricane).  Please note, long distant healings can be just as profound and powerful as in-person healings.

Many Blessings,

Effie Hadzis (Psychotherapist / Reiki Practioner)

(R.I.H.R., B.A., B.Ed., Reiki Level 2)