What is Reiki?


Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique meant to assist in stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

Reiki treats the whole person to include body, emotions, mind and spirit. It creates many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in creating a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. It is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve health and enhance quality of life.

One does not have to be an intellectual or spiritually developed to learn and use Reiki. It is available to anyone who has a desire to use it for the purpose of helping others. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Reiki is spiritual in nature but is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from The Universal One, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

Even though Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five principles of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Mikao Usui admired. The Ideals were developed and included to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. These ideals are meant to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for his/her healing and take an active part in it. The Usui system of Reiki is more than just the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their intrinsic value.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind

~~Usui Mikao
  • Starz Radio
  • Blog
  • Yahoo!
  • Manta
  • Google Groups
  • Starz Youtube