is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming increasingly
popular worldwide. What makes Reiki unique is that it incorporates
elements of just about every other alternative healing practices
such as spiritual healing, auras, crystals, chakra balancing,
meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy.
involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient
to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through
the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques
for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy
within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy
healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and
(pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing
universal life energy, the energy which is all around us.
It is derived from rei, meaning "free passage"
or "transcendental spirit" and ki,
meaning "vital life force energy" or "
universal life energy".
practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal
and harmonize. Unlike other healing therapies based on the
premise of a human energy field, Reiki seeks to restore order
to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced.
energy has several basic effects: it brings about deep relaxation,
destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides
new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy,
and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.
laying of hands is used in Reiki therapy also as in spiritual
healing. There is a difference though. In spiritual healing,
a person with a strong energy field places his or her hands
above a particular part of the recipient's body in order to
release energy into it. So, here the healer is the one who
is sending out the energy. In Reiki, however, the healer places
the hands above the recipient; however, it is the recipient
that draws the energy as needed. Thus, in this case, the individual
being healed takes an active part in the healing process as
opposed to having a passive part in spiritual healing. The
individual takes responsibility for his or her healing. The
recipient identifies the needs and cater to them by drawing
energy as needed.
there are a few positions in which the practitioner is in
contact with the patient (such as cradling the head), most
Reiki treatments do not involve actual touching. The practitioner
holds his or her hands a few inches or farther away from the
patient's body and manipulates the energy field from there.
is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years
ago. Seers in the Orient studied energies and developed a
system of sounds and symbols for universal healing energies.
Various healing systems, which crossed many different cultures,
emerged from this single root system. Unfortunately, the original
source itself was forgotten.
Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan,
rediscovered the root system in the mid- to late 1800s. He
began an extensive twenty-one-year study of the healing phenomena
of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient
sutras (Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit). He
discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly
to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal
life energy for healing.
then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered
to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form
of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his
death around 1893.
tradition was passed through several grandmasters of reiki
such as Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis
are many forms of reiki being practiced now. The two principal
ones are: "the Usui System of Natural Healing"
and "the Radiance Technique."
Usui System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the
body's energy, promoting its ability to heal itself.
is useful in treating serious serious illnesses as well as
others. Examples are: sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal
diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.
was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since
then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.