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What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is healing is an ancient healing form but was rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. The Usui system of Reiki is a very simple yet powerful form of healing which is easily given by anyone who has been attuned to Reiki. 

This Universal healing energy does not hurt though a recipient may feel physical, mental, emotional or spiritual shifts as healing happens.


The word Reiki has its roots in two words: Rei means universal and Ki means life force or energy. 

Rei is the energy that makes the divinely manifested universe – from the physical planes of consciousness through the emotional, mental and spiritual planes of consciousness.

Ki is the energy that all things are made of, like the Chinese Chi (as in Chi Gung and Tai Chi) and is the fundamental energy that makes up everything. 

Reiki is a divine healing energy and can only be channelled by someone who has been attuned to it. The attunement or initiation is the continuation of an ancient process of aligning the initiate with the Reiki healing energies using sacred Reiki symbols revealed to Mikao Usui. Once attuned the initiate is a channel for Reiki healing energy for life.

A Reiki healer is a channel for this divine healing as the healing energy moves through the healer to the recipient. The healing energy does not come from the Reiki healer but rather it comes through them and therefore does not deplete their own energy. The amount of healing energy that is channelled is no doubt amplified by the love and purity of the healer but the Reiki attunement means that an unlimited amount of energy can be channelled by the Reiki practitioner.

The Reiki healing energy goes to where it is needed in the recipient’s mind, body and soul but the hands of the healer are placed in specific positions over the chakras and limbs so that the energy can flow quicker and more easily through the consciousness. Reiki healing is only for the greatest good and can never be abused. Reiki healing can melt away fear and pain and uplift the consciousness with divine love and wisdom.

Reiki has no doctrine attached to it and I know that this is attractive to people who may be spiritual but not religious. I have also found that people of different religions have embraced Reiki and have found no conflict with their existing faith. Reiki is seen by many people as a manifestation of divine love and can therefore be used together with their prayer and devotional practice. I know that for many people Reiki can bring about a greater self-awareness or spiritual awareness and this, for some, might be an inevitable part of healing – bringing about positive life changes in perhaps unexpected ways.

Healing can lead to greater inner balance, love, wisdom and harmony with the world and universe around us and this is true holistic healing for better health and greater happiness.

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