What is Reiki?

WHAT IS REIKI?

Reiki (pronounced “Ray-Key”) is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage, nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true, a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked, it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress, and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.

HISTORY OF REIKI

Reiki is believed to have been associated with Mikao Usui, who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki. Today, Reiki takes many forms. However, Dr. Usui’s method is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process, where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students.

Credit: International Association of Reiki Professionals (iarp.org)