Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is most often translated as "universal life force energy", is a combination of two Japanese words - Rei which means "Spirit" or "Universe" and Ki which is "life force energy". Reiki is a natural, vibrational, hands-on healing practice which utilises the presence of universal life force energy or Ki/Chi, to support the body’s self healing ability.
When your life force energy is high and flowing freely, you are healthy and happy. If your life force energy is low, you are vunerable to illness, depression and stress. Reiki works on all bodily levels, the physical body, the mental body and the body of your spirit. Reiki is natural. An input of pure energy, which accelerates the body's natural ability to heal physical ailments and disease.
The system of Reiki was founded in Japan in the early 1900's Mikao Usui and has been passed down from teacher to student since this time. It was introduced to the West in the mid-1900's by Hawayo Takata who was born in Hawaii of Japanese descent. Maiko Usui founded the Usui System of Reiki and today the Usui System of Reiki is widely used throughout the world as both a self-help tool and to assist others in a multitude of situations from private practices to hospitals.
It is a modality that does absolutely no harm. Other natural therapies claim to have similar effects as Reiki, and they are right in that they all have the energetic principle which aim at stimulating the body’s energy so it will flow smoothly again, removing the blockages, and hence promoting healing.
While other therapies tend to require detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology, precise techniques and awareness of contra-indications (certain conditions they can’t treat because they might have adverse effects), Reiki requires none of these.
All peoples on earth throughout history have known about the invisible force that seems to keep things alive and going. It was understood that some kind of energy was flowing around, through, and within all living things. The Indians called it Prana, the Chinese called it Chi, the Japanese called it Ki, the Hawaiians called it Huna, etc. And this energy was studied rather thoroughly by shamans, medicine men/women, yoga masters and other energy practitioners.
There are numerous stories which tell the wonders of Reiki. Although true healing is a holistic process and often takes time, we are not short of stories that Reiki helped heal serious illnesses like cancer, heart attacks, strokes, etc. But it is best for us not to boast that Reiki cures diseases or can diagnose: that is simply beyond our qualification. It is advisable that one does not solely depend on Reiki for reclaiming and /or maintaining health. By using common sense, where necessary, we should seek conventional medical care. Reiki is best described at the moment as a style of natural therapy which reduces stress, although practitioners do know it is far more than that!
Reiki can provide one solution by its very nature. It is extremely gentle and non-intrusive. Reiki can do no harm. Reiki is not a religion and requires no particular belief system. Reiki is very versatile and can be used on yourself, family and friends, pets, plants and situations.