Reiki is a Japanese word that means Universal life force energy. REI means God's wisdom. KI
is the Japanese word for life force energy. This is the energy that animates all living things.
It is the same energy that the Chinese call Chi, the Hindu's Prana, and others know as Divine
Love, Manna or Light. Reiki is spiritually directed life force energy.
Reiki is an ancient healing art form that involves the simple laying on of hands. A Reiki treatment treats the whole person: body, mind, emotions and spirit. The benefits are many including deep relaxation, peace of mind and feelings of security and well being. Reiki balances the body's energy centers and helps the body to heal faster.
A Japanese monk by the name of Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered this ancient healing system with Tibetan and Sanskrit roots in the 1800's. It was introduced into the United States in the 1930's by a woman named Mrs. Hawayo Takato.
General Information About Reiki
Strictly speaking, Reiki is not a martial art, as the word martial refers to "war." Reiki is a healing
art. Reiki, pronounced (ray-key) is an ancient "laying on of hands" healing art that utilizes universal
energy for healing and transformation purposes. It is a subtle, yet effective, way to integrate emotional,
physical, and mental balance. Its energy is not limited to time and space and, therefore, can be used on past,
present and future issues.
Reiki uses spiritually guided life force energy that promotes healing and health. Reiki energy
may be experienced by one as warmth, tingling sensations, images or colors that gently stimulate
the body's own innate wisdom to heal at the source of the problem. It promotes a holistic balancing
of the mind, body and spirit.
Reiki means universal life force energy. The word is derived from KI, the Japanese word for
this energy. Words to name this form of healing life force are known worldwide. They are ch'i
or qi in China, prana in India, mana in Hawaii, and orenda in Native America. Every culture
has its name for this vitality or life force energy. Another way of naming it is aura, the
electrical force field that surrounds the body.
Laying on of hands is a simple way of applying life force aura energy to relieve pain and
speed the healing process, to vitalize, regenerate and calm. It's a skill that anyone can
learn given the right opportunity. Reiki differs from other laying on of hands (touch healing)
in its use of formal positions for applying the energy over the chakras. The more significant
way it differs is in the opening/attunement and degree process. For more information on chakras
look in the extensive Reiki Links accessed through the menu at the top of the page.