What is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy balancing modality that induces a state of peace and joy in the body, mind and spirit. It is so relaxing that just one hour of treatment can be equivalent to four hours of sleep. While Reiki mainly focuses on the subtler levels of being such as emotional and spiritual aspects, it can bring deep balance to the physical body.
As one progresses along the path of Reiki, through getting attunements, treatments and incorporating the philosophy of Reiki in their daily life, a deeper unfolding comes forth: that it reveals itself as a way of connecting to one’s authentic self, that one realizes that they are already whole, perfect and complete.
What does the word “Reiki” mean?
The etymology of the word “Reiki” derives from the combination of the Japanese Kanji characters rei and ki. Rei translates to “spirit, miraculous, divine” and ki means “gas, vital energy, breath of life, consciousness.” Thus, the joining of rei and ki means “Universal Life Force Energy.”
Difference Between a Reiki Treatment and an Attunement
A Reiki treatment is similar to a massage, except rather than using physical touch, the practitioner directs their hands to where the energy is needed, whether by following their intuition, the client’s requests or following the traditional Reiki hand positions. Their hands can either be lightly touching the client, or hovering a few inches above them. Since there is no “hold” for the Reiki energy, the effects slowly leave the client’s system like the soreness of your muscles eventually return after a massage. It is different for each treatment, but the energy lasts for approximately two to three days.
An attunement is a process in which the Reiki energy is sealed into the student’s body by a Reiki Master Teacher (RMT), who has been attuned to all four levels of the Usui Reiki system. After the attunement, the student will have a direct connection to the Reiki energy that they can access at any time.
History of Reiki
Reiki was discovered by Dr. Maikao Usui of Japan in the 1920s. Dr. Usui was born August 15, 1865 near present day Nagoya, Japan. He was a Buddhist Monk. Around 1920, as the legend goes, he was in a bit of an existential crisis, pondering upon the meaning of life and went to the top of a mountain in Japan to meditate and fast. After 21 days of sitting in silence and not eating, he received an infusion of the Reiki energy with visions of the symbols. At the time, he knew he was receiving something but he didn’t know what it was. As he walked down the mountain, he stubbed and hurt his toe, and realized that Reiki could be used for healing his hurt toe as well as other things.
Some believe that Reiki has its origins going farther back in time, that it is from ancient Tibetan times, and Dr. Usui was able to access the symbols and the energy through his connection to his Buddhist practices.
Spirituality of Reiki
Reiki is not a religion, yet it is a spirituality that honors the life force within all things. Dr. Usui established five principles on how to create a peaceful life. These principles do not require a knowledge of Reiki to be effective. He developed these ideals upon the belief that our spiritual, emotional and physical health begins when we take responsibility for our own well-being.
- Just for today, I will not worry
- Just for today, I will let go of anger
- Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly
- Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbors and every living thing