Video we can't print of: Barbara McGregor talks about what Rei-ki is at the natural therapies expo using Catherine Brastel for the demonstration.

What is Rei-ki?

by Barbara McGregor

Rei-ki is a system of manual therapy which is a passive, stationary, hands-on treatment, not requiring movement or pressure for its principal effects of relieving stress and pain and stimulating the body's own healing processes, by enhancing the flow of life force energy through direct touch.

Rei-ki is the ancient art of hands-on healing. It is a simple manual art with a philosophical understanding of the human function; it is not a religion.

People learn Rei-ki to assist themselves and others. Since the only tools used are the hands, it is always available and can be practiced even while watching TV. It integrates into one's life very easily and is great to have in your everyday "toolbox".

Dr Mikao Usui, scholar and mystic, rediscovered it in Japan a century ago. Rei-ki was introduced into Australia in 1983 by Beth Gray, the first Western Rei-ki Master who chose Barbara McGregor as her successor in Australia.

There are two stages or levels in the practice of Rei-ki, according to the original Usui tradition, taught within the Usui Rei-ki Network.

Rei-ki I

Access to the first level, Rei-ki I, can be acquired in a single three-day (usually 20 hours) seminar - an investment which brings a lifetime of benefits as no further classes are necessary. The technique can be integrated into daily life at the touch of your hands. During your Rei-ki I seminar you will receive four 'energy transfers' via the crown of your head through to your hands by direct contact with your teacher.

Rei-ki II

If you choose to progress to the optional advanced level, Rei-ki II, you are also given a way to increase the potency of the energy flow and to project the energy over long distances to serve others who are not within reach. There is also enhancement of your extra-sensory perception potential. Rei-ki II is a three day (or evening) 18-20 hour seminar involving two further, more complex energy transfers. Further class attendance and daily practice is not essential, though of course is beneficial.