What is Reiki?

Usui / Holy Fire lll Reiki Ryoho

What does “Reiki” mean?
Pronounced “Ray-key”
The word “Reiki” is composed
of two Japanese words:
“Rei” = “God’s Wisdom” or “Higher Power”
“Ki” =”Life Force Energy”

What is Reiki?

What is Reiki? Reiki is natural healing using the universal life force energy. Reiki, an abundant, and gentle spiritual energy is not tied to any specific religion or nationality. 

Reiki is a healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that helps promote healing. It is a form of energy healing in which hands are placed just above the body. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive, non-manipulative, and non-intrusive.

Reiki therapy is based on an Eastern belief that vital energy flows through your body. That energy flows through every living thing. Reiki practitioners place their hands just above your body — to help guide this energy in a way that promotes balance and healing.

A Japanese man named Mikao Usui developed Reiki in the 1920s. The term comes from two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means universal, and “ki,” which loosely translates to a life force of energy. You may find it very relaxing. Reiki has been studied for conditions like pain, anxiety, and depression. More than 60 U.S. hospitals have adopted Reiki as part of patient services, according to a UCLA study, and Reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals in the U.S. It is used in the following and many more:

  • Emory University, Atlanta
  • ​Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Illinois
  • Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine Digestive Center, Maryland
  • Hartford Hospital, Connecticut
  • The Bramson Cancer Center, Pennsylvania
  • Winchester Hospital, Massachusetts
  • Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle

It is also available at the top three cancer hospitals in the US:

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas
  • Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

It’s a complementary treatment, which means you use it along with proven traditional medical treatments. It doesn’t cure or get rid of any health conditions by itself.

​Reiki is not a religion. It is indeed spiritual in nature. It is not a religion because it has no dogma and because there is no conflict between Reiki and any belief system. This is like prayer, it is a spiritual practice but it is not specific to a religion, nor is it its own religion.

Reiki is a combination of two Japanese ideologies – spiritual wisdom and Ki life energy. The kanji of Rei depicts the heavens and the earth, and between the two there are three stones – meant to symbolize the three parts of a person: body, mind, and spirit. This goes by many names such as spiritual consciousness, the universal mind, God, the Supreme Being, the third heaven, and so forth.

​Ki means chi (Chinese), prana (Sanskrit), ti or ki (Hawaiian), or scientifically speaking, bio-field energy. What it means is life energy. Most healers work with ki energy in some form, but not all healers combine spiritual wisdom with this life energy work.

Studies show that reiki treatment may create feelings of:

  • Peace.
  • Relaxation.
  • Security.
  • Wellness.