Reiki (pronounced “ray key”) comes from two Japanese kanji characters. The first, rei, means “universal, transcendental spirit, a boundless essence.” The second, ki, means “life force energy.” Thus, Reiki translates into “universal life force energy.” This energy resides in and acts in all created matter- humans, animals, vegetable, or mineral. It is the activating force of the universe. When this force leaves the body, life has departed.
All cultures and religions have a name or concept which corresponds to the meaning of Ki in Reiki. For example:
Chi – is found in Chinese medicine, in acupuncture, Qigong, and Tai chi.
Prana- is found in yoga.
Light – in Christian teachings.
Ti – in Hawaiian.
The Nature of Reiki: Reiki (ray-key) is a system of natural healing that channels energy through the practitioner’s hands. Reiki was rediscovered by a Japanese monk named Dr. Usui (1865-1926) in the late 1800’s. A Hawaiian woman named Madame Takata introduced it to the U.S. forty years ago. Reiki promotes a source of well being through noninvasive therapeutic touch. Reiki is unconditional love and when offered from one person to another, can result in healing. Some practitioners decsribe Reiki as being electromagnetic field, frequency or vibration. The word Reiki is derived from a combination of Japanese kanji characters: Rei – realm of spirit, spititual consciousness and the all knowing, universal. Ki – denotes power, life force and vital, radeant energy. Reiki is the same energy wihich acupuncturists work. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. Reiki is gentle and noninvasive, it is very powerful. It is an ancient, natural healing system for stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki is administered by the “laying on of hands” and is based on the idea that unseen life energy flows through everyone, and is what causes us to be alive.
Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well being. Many people will experience a very loving, calming and soothing feeling. During a typical 1 -1 1/2 hour Reiki session, the patient lies down and the practitioner places their hands in a variety of positions on the body. The patient can be treated in a seated position, and the session may be shortened to 20 min. if time or health limitations are a factor. Four consecutive treatments will yield the best results.