What is Reiki?



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What is Reiki?


Definition of Reiki


Quite simply, Reiki is an energy healing technique. First taught in Japan, it is considered a type of alternative medicine. Developed in the early 1900’s by Mikao Usui, Reiki is derived from the Japanese words rei, meaning “universal,” and ki, which refers to “life force energy.” Reiki can help promote relaxation and aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced.


What is a Reiki Session Like?


The act of “laying on hands” to promote healing or provide comfort is perhaps as old as the human race. A mother uses her hands to comfort her infant in an instinctual way. Reiki practitioners use their hands to direct energy to and within the client with respect for both the energy and the client. However, “getting Reiki” does not need to include physical touch. 


In a Reiki session the client lies in a comfortable position, fully clothed, and just relaxes. Sometimes clients fall asleep. The Reiki practitioner places her hands near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. Reiki can also be performed remotely. Energy is not bound by the same rules of time and space as are our minds and physical bodies!


What is the Training?


Practitioners learn to provide Reiki by studying with a Reiki Master. There are three levels of training, one, two and master. Attunement, administered by the Reiki Master, is the process by which the student “tunes in” to Reiki energy and is able to practice Reiki. Individuals learn the history of Reiki, information about energy flow in the body, and about the role of specific hand positions.


The Reiki Principles


Reiki is not a religion, though many consider it a spiritual practice. Mikao Usui is said to have written the Reiki principles, which are used as a meditation by Reiki practitioners. They were written in Japanese and there are many slightly different translations published. Here is one version:


The secret art of inviting happiness

The miraculous medicine of all diseases

  • Just for today, do not anger.
  • Just for today, do not worry.
  • Just for today, count your blessings and honor your fathers and mothers, your teachers and neighbors.
  • Just for today, do your work honestly.
  • Just for today, be kind to every living thing. 


Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer

Pray these words to your heart

And chant these words with your mouth


I think this is a lovely meditation. It’s helpful to focus on the moment, just for today and I will be grateful and do my best to be decent and kind. No one is perfect and each day we try again to be the best version of ourselves we can.


Do you do Reiki?


I have been attuned for levels one and two. I do not currently offer formal Reiki healings. I invite Reiki energy into my workspace and use it to support me in supporting my clients. 


Give it a Try!


I invited you to try out a Reiki healing session. Research someone in your area, or someone who works remotely, and treat yourself to a new way to relax. 




Quest, Penelope. Reiki for Life: The Complete Guide to Reiki Practice for Levels 1, 2 & 3. New York, NY. TarcherPerigee. 


Stein, Diane. Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to An Ancient Healing Art. Freedom, CA. The Crossing Press, Inc.





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