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The Power of REIKI as a Path for HEALING

Updated: Feb 22

Reiki, a form of energy healing that originated in Japan, has gained popularity worldwide as a complementary approach to wellness, particularly among those seeking to heal from deep-seated trauma, including the aftermath of religious and sexual abuse. As an inaugural blog post for Our Chaotic Zen, let's delve into the intricacies of Reiki, its benefits, origins, principles, and how it stands apart from traditional therapy.

How Does Reiki Work?

Reiki is based on the concept of "life force energy" that flows through our bodies. A Reiki practitioner, who has received training and attunement, uses gentle hand movements either just above or on the client's clothed body. The intention is to guide the flow of energy, promoting the individual's self-healing abilities. This process is believed to help in tuning into trapped emotions, providing a pathway to release negative feelings and align the body and soul for a more balanced life.

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki has been associated with a variety of health benefits, including:

  • Relief from pain, anxiety, and fatigue: Studies have shown that Reiki can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, and the breathing rate in patients, contributing to a sense of relaxation and well-being.

  • Treatment for depression: Reiki sessions have been linked to improvements in mood and may be used as part of a treatment plan for depression.

  • Enhanced quality of life: Particularly for women with cancer, Reiki has been found to improve sleep patterns, self-confidence, and depression levels.

  • Boosted mood: Reiki may relieve anxiety and depression, leading to a greater sense of mood benefits.

  • Management of symptoms and conditions: Such as headaches, tension, insomnia, and nausea.

Origins of Reiki

Reiki was developed in the early 20th century by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan. It has since evolved and spread globally, with various forms being practiced, including the Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki, which is recognized for its healing potential.

Principles of Reiki

The Five Reiki Principles are spiritual tenets that guide the practice:

  1. Just for today, I will not worry.

  2. Just for today, I will not be angry.

  3. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

  4. Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

  5. Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing[4].

These principles encourage living in the moment and cultivating gratitude and equanimity, which are essential for healing and spiritual growth.

Who Might Want to Try Reiki?

Reiki is suitable for anyone looking to enhance their well-being. It is particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with trauma, stress, or chronic conditions. It is a simple technique to learn and does not require any prior experience with healing or meditation. There are no known harmful side effects, making it a safe option for most people.

Reiki vs. Traditional Therapy

While traditional therapy often focuses on psychological and behavioral aspects, Reiki operates on the belief that healing can be facilitated through the energy flow within the body. It is a complementary therapy that can be used alongside conventional medical treatments or other therapeutic techniques.

Reiki is not intended to replace medical or psychological treatment but to complement it, offering a holistic approach that addresses the body, mind, and spirit. It can be particularly empowering for those who have experienced trauma, as it provides a gentle way to facilitate self-healing and regain a sense of control and peace.


Reiki offers a unique and gentle way to address the complexities of healing from trauma and to promote overall well-being. As we launch Our Chaotic Zen's new website and share this knowledge with our community, we invite you to explore the potential of Reiki in your journey toward healing and balance. Whether you're grappling with the effects of past abuse or simply seeking a more harmonious state of being, Reiki may offer the support and tranquility you need.

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