Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is Japanese for Universal Life Energy, and is a word used to describe a natural system of healing. The word “Rei” means Spiritual or Sacred, and “Ki” refers to energy, the Life Force Energy that flows through all living things.
Reiki was founded by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th Century, and evolved through his research, experience and dedication to the art. Hawayo Takata, brought the system of Reiki, Usui Shiki Ryoho, to the United States from Japan.
Reiki is used for stress reduction and relaxation, and promotes healing within emotional, mental, physical and spiritual levels. The Reiki energy goes to where it is most needed within the client’s body, and brings balance and harmony to the whole person.
Reiki is given or by the laying hands on the body, in specific locations that correspond to organs and energy centers. Additional placements can be added, depending on the needs of the client.
Reiki is not learned in the same manner that other techniques are learned, ie through possible years of study, practice, and guidance. It is transferred from the Reiki Master to the student during an attunement. The attunement opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras as well as creating a very special link between the student and the Reiki energy, or universal life energy source. The attunement itself is an incredible powerful and sacred process.
The person attuned as a Reiki healer has had their body’s energy channels opened, and cleared of obstruction by the Reiki attunements. A Reiki attunement connects the receiver in an increased way to its limitless source. Upon receiving the first attunement in Reiki I, the receiver becomes a channel or conduit for transferring universal healing energy.
Anyone can learn to practice Reiki for self-healing, to treat others, animals, plants or the environment. A Reiki Master gives the student an “attunement” and teaches Reiki techniques. It is the responsibility of the student to commit to a path of self-healing and practice to become an effective Reiki healer.
Though Reiki is considered a form of spiritual healing, it does not have religious roots and requires no belief systems.