A Brief Overview
The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is
connected directly to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many
cultures since ancient times. The existence of this "life force energy" has been
verified by recent scientific experiments, and medical doctors are considering
the role it plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing
Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to
tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve health and
enhance the quality of life.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught
in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master. Its
use is not dependent on ones intellectual capacity or spiritual development and,
therefore, is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to
thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and
surrounds you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and
spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of
peace, security, and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is
a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement
that everyone can use.
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Rei - Spiritual Wisdom
Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who introduced Reiki to the West, said the word Rei means
universal and this is the definition most have accepted. However, Mrs. Takata
also indicated that this interpretation is a very general one. The kanji
ideograms have many levels of meaning. They vary from the mundane to the highly
esoteric. So while it is true that Rei can be interpreted as universal, meaning
that it is present everywhere, this level of interpretation really doesn't add
to our understanding of Reiki.
Research into the esoteric meaning of the Japanese kanji character for Rei has
given a much deeper understanding of this ideogram. The word Rei as it is used
in Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean supernatural knowledge or
spiritual consciousness. This is the wisdom that comes from God or the Higher
Self. This is the God-Consciousness which is all knowing. It understands each
person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows
what to do to heal them.
Ki -- The Life Force
Ki means the same as Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit and Ti or Ki in Hawaiian.
It has also been called, odic force, orgone, and bioplasma. It has been given
many other names by the various cultures that have been aware of it.
Ki is the life force. It is also called the vital life force or the universal
life force. This is the nonphysical energy that animates all living things. As
long as something is alive, it has life force circulating through it and
surrounding it; when it dies, the life force departs. If your life force is low,
or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to
illness. When it is high, and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick.
Life force plays an important role in everything we do. It animates the body and
also is the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life.
The Chinese place great importance on the life force or what they call Chi. They
have studied it for thousands of years and have discovered there are many
different kinds of Chi. The "Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine"
which is over 4,000 years old, lists thirty-two different kinds of Chi or Ki.
Ki is used by martial artists in their physical training and mental development.
It is used in meditative breathing exercises called Pranayama, and by the
shamans of all cultures for divination, psychic awareness, manifestation and
healing. Ki is the nonphysical energy used by all healers. Ki is present all
around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind.
Reiki is Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy
It is the God-consciousness called Rei that guides the life force called Ki in
the practice we call Reiki. Therefore, Reiki can be defined as spiritually
guided life force energy. This is a meaningful interpretation of the word Reiki.
It more closely describes the experience most people have of it; Reiki guiding
itself with its own wisdom, and being unresponsive to the direction of the