In its simplest form, Reiki is defined as an ancient Japanese hands-on energy healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is the age-old art of “palm healing” through which the energy of our body, mind and spirit is brought back into balance. It is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago, but the technique was only re-discovered and developed to its modern form and application in the late 19th century by Japanese Buddhist, Dr. Mikao Usui.
It was only years later, pre-World War II initially and then again more prominently in the 1970s, that Reiki was introduced in the Western World by Hawayo Takata, born of Japanese parents in Hawaii.
Today, Reiki is one of the more widely known and practiced forms of energy healing and involves the direct application of Chi for the purpose of strengthening the body’s energy system, i.e. the Aura.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – “Rei” which means “Universal/God’s Wisdom/the Higher Power” and “Ki” which is “Life-force Energy”. Reiki is therefore “Spiritually guided Life-force Energy.”
According to Dr. Usui, the body is more than just a collection of functioning parts. Everything, including the body and its organs, generates an energy frequency, our life-force energy. If our life-force energy is low or blocked, we are more likely to get sick, bringing on symptoms of injury, illness and disease. When our life-force energy is high and balanced, we can maintain our health and well-being. Reiki helps restore energy balance – being balanced helps maintain the normal and healthy functioning of the body, mind and spirit. It provides deep relaxation and offers the body the life-force energy where it is needed. It assists the body in breaking up energy blockages, promoting healing and eliminating symptoms of dis-ease.
Reiki is a way of natural healing that uses variable frequency energy to heal. The energy is electromagnetic in nature and can work on any level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In its simplest explanation Reiki incorporates elements of other complementary and alternative healing practices such as spiritual healing, aromatherapy, auras, crystals, chakra balancing, homeopathy, meditation and naturopathy. It involves the transfer of energy from Practitioner to client to improve the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy.
The principle teachings of Reiki embrace a life of balance and promote spiritual growth. However, Reiki is not a religion, nor is it based in any particular religious doctrine. Reiki does not infringe on anyone’s beliefs or personal values. People of many different faiths have discovered the life-energies Reiki offers.