Reiki is a very simple healing modality yet at the same time it is very profound healing work.
Reiki is the name given to the system of natural healing for the body and mind, developed by Dr. Mikao Usui who lived in Japan during 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’ve come to learn that they aren’t meant to.
I don’t feel that Reiki, this universal life force energy, can be fully known. Reiki grows with each one us and expands within us uniquely and in its own due time, like flowers that bloom or seeds that grow.
At different intervals of our life, Reiki will show up differently for us.
Reiki is not only a natural healing system, it is a path to personal development and spiritual growth that can take you on an abundant life journey.
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.
Th energy of the universe, of all that is, is the energy behind Reiki. Reiki is universal life force energy. It is the life force energy that 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, be it 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 feel supported, safe and confident to be all that we are.
It’s fine to call Reiki energy God/Goddess 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 subtle energy. It exists within our bodies 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. Many times when we’re in nature we experience a subtle shift in our energetic body. I know for me, 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. The energy that emanates from the trees, rocks and sun has a corresponding effect on body, mind, and spirit. So many times I have heard people say that they encounter God in nature or that God for them is nature.
Nature’s energy is universal life force energy, and that’s the same energy that runs through our bodies. In traditional chinese medicine, the energy pathways that run in our bodies are called meridians.
When the energy pathways in our bodies fall out of a natural balance we might not feel well, either mentally or physically. Worst case scenarios can be illness of some kind.
Reiki helps the body, mind and spirit to re-balance and restore itself, naturally. Reiki helps to realign our energy pathways through releasing any energetic blocks or “kinks”. 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.
Like music, Reiki is universal.