Reiki is both a healing technique and a path to enlightenment, founded by Mikao Usui in Japan, circa 1900.
Pronounced ray-key, this Japanese kanji can be interpreted as ‘spiritually guided universal life force energy’. Japanese kanji have several levels of meaning from the mundane to the esoteric.
‘Rei’ can be generally interpreted as Universal or Spirit. ‘Ki’ is the vital life force which flows through and around all living things. Ki (also known as chi) energy can be guided by intention (or will).
Reiki can help you better manage your own health: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki can be used on yourself, other people, plants, animals and situations. It can be used to improve the nutritional value of food and the efficacy of medicines. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies.
Reiki is so easy to learn and simple to use, that children can become practitioners. As the Reiki energy moves through the practitioner it dispels blocks and negativity before being channelled through to the recipient, thus never draining the practitioner. Continued practice promotes spiritual refinement: prompting the practitioner to take full responsibility for their future development and giving them a conscious understanding of our ever-changing world.
Inspired by the teachings of Gautama Buddha, Reiki practice consists of three components: Meditation, the Precepts and Healing techniques. The combination of these three components is indeed ‘a mental and spiritual improving method’.