Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese energy technique used for stress reduction, relaxation and rebalancing of ones energy. Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei and Ki.
Rei means Higher Knowledge or Universal Consciousness.
Ki means Life Energy or Universal Life Force. This is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is used by all healers and is present all around us. This energy is also known as Prana, Life Force, Ki, Chi or Light.
As human beings we have life energy circulating through us and surrounding our bodies. If our life energy is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, we are more susceptible to illness.
When our life energy is high and flowing freely, we are less likely to become ill.
Life energy plays an important role in how we feel and experience life.
Is Reiki a Religion?
Reiki is spiritual in nature, however it is not a religion. There is nothing you must believe, in order to receive or learn Reiki. Reiki does not depend on a belief system, and one will experience it whether they believe in it or not.
Because Reiki comes from Universal Energy, it enables all people to go beyond intellectual concepts, and simply experience their spiritual connection.
History of Reiki
Dr. Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki, was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai, in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture near Nagoya, Japan.
Following is an explanation of Dr. Usui’s experience from when he first reconnected to Reiki in 1914.
Dr. Usui went to Mount Kurama where he enrolled in Isyu Guo, a 21 day period of fasting and meditation. It was during this time that a bright beam of light entered his crown chakra.
From this experience, he realized he had received the ability to give healing to others without depleting his own energy.
Dr. Usui used this new-found healing ability to help others by working with the poor in Kyoto for seven years.
In 1922, he moved to Tokyo, and started a healing society called Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakka, which means “Usui Reiki Healing Society”.
He also had a Reiki clinic in Harajuku, a district of Tokyo, where he taught classes and gave treatments.
Following the 1923 Kanto earthquake which devastated Tokyo, Dr. Usui began treating as many as he could with Reiki. Because of the demand for Reiki he built a larger clinic in Nakano, Tokyo in 1925.
His reputation as a healer spread throughout Japan. He began to travel so he could teach and treat more people.
During his travels he taught more than 2000 students and initiated 16 teachers.
The Japanese government gave him a Kun San To award for doing honourable work to help others.