What is Reiki?

Reiki word
Reiki Japanese calligraphy

Reiki (pronounced Ray Kee) is an energy healing system that involves the laying on of hands by the Reiki Master. Its roots date to ancient India, Tibet, and possibly much earlier.

Unknown to the modern world for many years, it was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan in the early 1900’s. Since then, it has been passed down from teacher to student, and from practitioner to recipient.

The Japanese word “Reiki” stands for the Universal Life Energy that permeates all of creation and emanates from the Absolute and Infinite Source – that which sustains life and promotes healing in all living things.

Rei means “universal” and refers to the soul, the supernatural, the ethereal force and the spiritual dimension.

Ki stands for the vital life force energy which flows through all living things.

The joining of these two characters reflects the balance inherent in the Universal Life Force Energy which is Reiki. Because Reiki is universal, it is useful and appropriate to all purposes and situations. Although Reiki is a Divine Gift, it is not a religion, nor is it affiliated with any religion.

Since it was introduced to the United States in 1973, many Reiki practitioners have emerged to share the gift with others. Formal medical studies have shown that Reiki has the following measurable effects:

  • Reduces pain
  • Helps insomnia
  • Calms anxiety
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers heart and respiration rates
  • Reduces bleeding
  • Raises the red blood cell count

Reiki can be used for people, animals, situations, food, water, plants – truly, anything in life!

Reiki is a Gift

Learning Reiki does not require long hours of study or years of arduous effort. It is passed from teacher to student through the miracle of attunement. Reiki can only be used for good, healing the healer, as well as the recipient – and promoting compassion from within.