Essential Reiki

Demonstration of hands on reiki healing

What is Reiki?

Reiki (霊気) is from Japanese and is the combination of two words, “rei” and “ki.” This means “universal life energy,” also known as “chi” to East Asian cultures and is the same subtle energy encountered in the Chakras.

It is an alternative method of hands-on healing, discovered in 1922 by Mikao Usui (1865-1926), a Japanese Buddhist. It has, since its inception, sprouted some different branches from traditional Japanese to Western variants. The posts in this category focus more on USUI Reiki than the Western alternatives.  USUI uses intuitive techniques to find areas of discomfort in the body and aura, while Western variants utilize energy lines, Chakras and hand positions.  For a more in-depth account of Reiki History, take a look at this page.

Gassho prayer position in Reiki

Holistic Healing

Reiki is a form of holistic healing. Holistic healing treats the body as an interconnected whole, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Different than Western medicine’s inclination to focus treatment and diagnosis of individual symptoms, the holistic approach attempts to balance the entire body, based on a patient’s circumstances. For instance, two patients with identical symptoms may receive different treatment.  This is true for Chinese medicine, perhaps the best-known form of holistic medicine.

Reiki energy is ever-present in our bodies and throughout the Universe, but depending on our current circumstance, it may be weak or stifled. This is a prime cause of physical and emotional problems in the body. It may be remedied through receiving Reiki healing or learning to use Reiki. This helps to balance the Chakras and correct the flow of Reiki energy through the body. With the proper balance of mind, body & spirit, the body’s natural healing processes can work more efficiently.

Reiki, unlike some other energy healing methods, such as Qigong, cannot be intensified, directed by the will or concentration of the practitioner.  The practitioner is simply a channel for the energy to flow through – the hands are used to direct the energy to the receiver, or self, in the case of self-healing.  Through experience, training and use of symbols a practitioner can direct stronger energy flow.  However, this is not through conscious will.  The energy flow is like a water pipe – the more experienced the practitioner, the wider the pipe, thus greater energy flow.  For example, a beginner trained in level 1 may require 5 minutes per position during healing.  Level 2 or 3 practitioners can direct as much energy in half the time or less.

For more information on holistic healing, read here: What is holistic healing?

Over time we will add more posts covering each level and the traditional Japanese varieties.

Unlike other forms of healing, it has the unique attribute of benefiting both giver and receiver. Using Reiki is win-win, heal others at the same time as healing yourself.

  • Helps to reduce blood pressure
  • Pain relief
  • Detox the body and strengthen the immune system
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Improved sleep
  • Slows down aging – also a benefit of Meditation!
  • Spiritual growth
  • Deep relaxation and stress relief
  • Helps to activate natural healing

Also take a look at the category archives in the right-hand sidebar and posts in Reiki Healing & Reiki Symbols sub categories, for more inspiration.