Reiki is a very simple healing modality yet at the same time it is very profound healing work.
Reiki is the name given to this system of natural healing for the body and mind, developed by Dr. Mikao Usui who lived in Japan during the the 19th century. To read further about his story you can read about the history of Reiki at reiki.org.
Translating what Reiki means in English isn’t that easy. The meaning doesn’t really cross over.
Reiki is actually two Japanese words — Rei and then Ki. The ‘Rei’ part can be described as something universal, invisible, and all knowing. The ‘Ki’ part can be described as the life force animating all things. It’s important to keep in mind that the words don’t translate exactly and I don’t believe that they are meant to.
Over the last 8 years that I have been practicing Reiki on others and on myself, I have come to accept that there is a reason for why the meaning tends to be both vast and ambiguous.
I don’t feel that Reiki can be fully known. Reiki uniquely grows with each one us and expands us in our own due time. At different intervals of our life, Reiki will be different for us. Reiki is a path to personal development and spiritual growth.
Physics explains that energy exists in everything and that it’s everywhere. It is in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, in the light from the sun and the moon. Inanimate objects have energy too, just that they are lower frequencies of energy.
This same energy is the energy behind Reiki. Remember what rei-ki translates into? Universal life force. This energy is the creative force behind all of life. It is that which nourishes and sustains natural life cycles such as cycles of birth, life and death of all living things.
When we are connected with this energy through Reiki or through prayer or meditation we feel less separate from other living beings and things. Rather than separate or isolated we feel more whole within ourselves and with all of creation. We feel a greater sense of unity to all that surrounds us. We also start to feel supported, safe and confident to be all that we are.
It’s fine to call Reiki energy God or Universal Life Force. What matters most to understand is that this energy is not only all around us, but also within us. This is a subtle energy. It exists within our bodies and minds and we can work with it to restore and heal ourselves. It also exists in the natural world — in plants, flowers, trees, rocks, minerals and crystals.
Taking walks in nature has a very healing effect. Part of me doesn’t know how it actually happens but I don’t need to know because I experience a shift in my subtle inner energies. If I feel anxious there is hardly anything else more effective to calm me than a walk among trees or beside the ocean. After I come out of this natural care, I am new again. Any anxiety I may have felt has long left. This healing effect happens each time. It always works. The energy that emanates from the trees, rocks and sun has a corresponding effect on body, mind, and spirit.
The energy that emanates from nature is one and the same with universal life force energy that runs through our bodies. In our bodies the energy pathways are called meridians.
When these energy pathways in our bodies are out of balance or out of alignment illness can take hold. Like other alternative or complimentary therapies, Reiki helps the body, mind and spirit to re-balance itself. Reiki will help to unblock and realign our energy pathways. It promotes health and well being within us.
Reiki is practiced in almost every country in the world. Its healing intelligence transcends religious, cultural, and political boundaries. It can fit practically into any lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually.
Reiki is universal.