What is Reiki?
The word Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word, which means ‘Universal Life Force Energy’. It is thought to have originated in Tibet thousands of years ago and was rediscovered by a Japanese Monk, Dr. Mikao Usui in the mid-1800’s.
Reiki is based on the ancient wisdom and sacred symbols of Tibetan Buddhist monks. The system of Reiki is a very simple yet powerful form of healing that can be given, received, and easily learned by anyone.
Besides the potential of healing the body, Reiki can lead one to go beyond the ego and see “Reality.”
Reiki is a system of natural healing involving the laying-on of hands. The actual words ‘Rei’ and ‘Ki’ are thought to originate from ‘Raku-Kei’ and are from the Japanese language. Raku is the vertical energy flow and Ki is the horizontal energy flow through the body. Raku-Kei is the art of science and self-improvement used by ancient Tibetan Lamas dating back thousands of years. The Ki or Chi energy is the vital Life- Force that flows through all living things, animates all life, and is the primary source of our thoughts, emotions and spiritual existence. Universal energy is received and passed through the Reiki Healer, to the recipient.
Therefore, the word Reiki refers to the balance of a universal and life force energy. Because of this balance, it will somehow give the correct amount of energy that is required when used in healing and will naturally find its way to the areas where it is most needed, without the practitioner having to give any direction.
A Reiki treatment works by dissolving or releasing toxins through the vibrations that take place on a higher frequency within the body, whether it is on the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level. Creating a harmonious environment from within one’s self.
When giving Reiki, it does not matter if it is a person, a pet, a plant or an object, the energy will flow into it, restoring balance. Reiki is used in self-healing, and for one’s family and friends. It is offered in private practices, hospitals and even in the corporate world where they now recognise how Reiki can be very beneficial and offer relief for stress.
Usui Reiki, which is the original form has been in use for over one hundred years.