What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

What is ReikiSherri is a Reiki Master and uses Reiki as a tool where she feels it will be helpful to assist her clients in their journey.  Reiki is very relaxing, safe and allows physical, mental and emotional energy to flow more freely and naturally.  She also teaches Reiki I, II, III and Mastership and encourages all of her clients to receive a Reiki session and to be at least Reiki I Attunement. 

Reiki Introduction and History

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.  It was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s.  Reiki is administered by “laying on of hands” and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years.  Reiki is a very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone.

The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words-Rei and Ki.

Rei-Spiritual Wisdom

The word “Rei” means universal and this is the definition most have accepted.  However, this interpretation is a very general one.  Japanese ideograms have many levels of meaning that vary from mundane to the highly esoteric.  The word Rei as it is used in Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness.  This is the wisdom that comes from God or the Higher Self and is the God-Consciousness which is all-knowing.  It understands each person completely.  It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows how to heal them.

Ki-Life Energy

The word “Ki” means the same as Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit and Ti or Ki in Hawaiian.  It has also been called many other names in various cultures.

Ki is life energy.  It is also known as the vital life force or the universal life force.  This is the non-physical energy that animates all living things.  As long as something is alive, it has life energy circulating through it and surrounding it; when it dies, the life energy departs.  If your life energy is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you are more vulnerable to illness.  When it is high and free flowing, you are less likely to get sick.  Life energy plays an important role in every thing we do. Ki is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life.

Spiritually Guided Life Energy

It is the God-Consciousness called Rei that guides the life energy called Ki in the practice we call Reiki.  Therefore, Reiki can be defined as spiritually guided life energy.  This is a meaningful interpretation of the word Reiki.  It more closely describes the experience most people have with it; Reiki guiding itself with its own wisdom, rather than requiring direction from the practitioner.

Is Reiki a Religion?
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, for optimum well being in the light of Eastern medical theory that we are a mind-body-spirit unity, it is necessary to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

As the practice of Reiki has spread round the world in a 30-year period and is rapidly entering public awareness, Christians have approached its use in a variety of ways. More and more Christians view Reiki as a practice that provides an opportunity to follow more closely the teachings and examples of Jesus healing the sick. Others are concerned that Reiki has an Eastern origin and are searching for more information and experiences before deciding how to respond. Thoughtful, committed Christians seek accurate information and pray for guidance as part of deciding whether to adopt the practice of Reiki into their lives.

Because one of the spiritual gifts is healing, devoted Christians who take direction from the above scripture have looked into the laying on of hands and more recently, the practice of Reiki. In addition, many Christian seekers have found John 14:12 an important source of guidance as well as reassurance that becoming healers it is not only possible, but also something we as Christians should develop if we feel spiritually guided to do so: “I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me will do what I do-yes, he will do even greater things because I am going to the Father” (TEV)

Scripture clearly indicates that healing is something appropriate for Christians to be involved with. Christians who have a solid foundation in their faith know that God will always protect and guide them. Those Christians who practice Reiki do so within the guidance and protection of God secure in the belief that they have been guided to follow Jesus’ example to be a healer.

How Does Reiki Work?

We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

Reiki Can Never Cause Harm

Because Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. One never need worry about whether to give Reiki or not. It is always helpful.

In addition, because the practitioner does not direct the healing and does not decide what to work on, or what to heal, the practitioner is not in danger of taking on the karma of the client. Because the practitioner is not doing the healing, it is also much easier for the ego to stay out of the way and allow the presence of God to clearly shine through.


Sherri Hughes