While Reiki originated from Japan, it has since become a practice that has been embraced by people all around the globe- which isn’t really a surprise, given its many benefits for not only your health but your spiritual well-being as well.
If you practice any sort of faith and are curious about Reiki, you might be feeling more than a little hesitant, and I can easily say that that is completely understandable. It is, after all, in essence, a spiritual practice but it is not a religious one. So thankfully, the practice does not conflict with a majority of religious faiths around the world, so no matter your religious background, you can safely practice it.
This is a fact that is grounded in its widespread use worldwide. You’ll find that even priests, nuns, and other religious figures practice Reiki regularly! And that means these are Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Hindu, Taoist, and Buddhist figures. You’ll also see Wiccans, indigenous people, and more do the same thing. Yes, you’re reading that right: everyone, no matter their spiritual or ethnic background, is more than welcome to partake in the amazing, healing world of Reiki. It has an oddly unifying aspect to it that is so refreshing and wonderful to see. it brings about such a positive experience for anyone.
But you may also be wondering: why is everyone around the world so curious about Reiki? What is it about it that simply draws everyone in? Well, because it is, in essence, spiritual, it helps to sort of bridge the gap between the material and the divine for a lot of people. On top of that, you can do it immediately. It’s amazing to see how the practice helps people strengthen their faith throughout all corners of the globe. It’s that flexible.
For example, Reiki gained some prominence in Hawaii back in 1974. This is in huge part thanks to who was the sole Reiki master in Hawaii: Hawayo Takata. Hawayo Takata decided to try it in preparation for an operation in Tokyo, Japan. And it changed her, because soon after, she decided to take up training, as well. Her practice in Hawaii drew in celebrities from all around the globe as a result!
Now all the way in India, Reiki became quite popular in the early 1990s, when more than a million people joined in. People were more than eager to try it for its healing benefits, especially for people who had lower incomes and could not always afford healthcare. With the system of Chakra and the spiritual properties of it, it was only a matter of time before this match came to be.
Here in the United Kingdom, Reiki is also seeing some steadily growing popularity, with it being integrated into the UK’s clinical health system. Even the organization Cancer Research UK encourages the use of Reiki in cancer treatments! More and more hospitals and care services are advocating for Reiki in the healing process of patients.