The word “Reiki” (pronounced Ray Key) is a Japanese word that is made up of two characters, “Rei” and “Ki”:
- Rei = spiritual or sacred (the Holy Spirit, Mystery, Gift, Nature Spirit or Invisible Spirit)
- Ki = energy (the Physical Energy of Nature, Talent or Feelings)
“Reiki” literally translates as Spiritual Energy and is also called Universal Life Force energy. It is known as Ki in Japan, Chi in China, Prana in India and many other names in other cultures. This life force energy is the energy that flows through all living things. Our bodies are not only bones, muscles, nerves, glands, and organs; we also consist of an energy system that keeps our bodies functioning smoothly. This unseen energy is active around us and flowing through us, giving us the energy we need to survive, just as the air flows and gives us the oxygen we need to breathe in order to live. It’s the same energy that nature uses to make trees grow, the flowers bloom, etc. This Universal Life energy can be activated for the purpose of healing.
When we feel healthy and full of enthusiasm, the flow of energy in our body — our vibrational level — is high and unencumbered. Life seems easier to deal with and we have a higher resistance to illness and disease. However, when our energy is low, maybe because we are under stress or feeling unhappy and tired, we will be more susceptible to disease and sickness. Our attitude will be generally negative and we may find it difficult to deal with life’s challenges.
Reiki works to bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance by stimulating our own natural healing abilities, clearing the blocked emotional and physical elements that lead to illness and disease. It seems to have a way of knowing what is needed for each person, as it is naturally drawn by the recipient in a treatment.