What Is Reiki?
The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly to our
quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. The existence of
'life force energy' has been verified by recent scientific experiments, and medical doctors are
considering the role it plays in the functioning of the body, the immune system and the healing process
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 enjoy a good quality of life.
An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but it is
transferred to the student by a Reiki Master. Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or
spiritual awareness and, therefore, is available to everyone. It has been successfully transferred to
millions of people of all ages and national 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 soul 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 knowing and self-improvement that
everyone can use.
Rei - Spiritual Wisdom
The word Rei means universal and this is the definition most have accepted. However, this
interpretation is a very general one. The kanji ideograms have many levels of meaning. They vary from
the mundane to the highly esoteric.
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 all knows. It understands each person
completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows what to do to solve them.
Also, when a person is at peace and in harmony, it knows how to protect and help to keep these
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. This is the non-physical 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, this life force departs. If your life force is low, or 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 in martial arts 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 harmony. 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 practitioner.
Is Reiki a Religion?
Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and it there is nothing you
must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will
work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God or the Creator, many people find
using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an
intellectual concept of.
Because Reiki is not a religion, for optimum well-being in light of Eastern medical theory that we are a
mind-body-spirit unity, it is necessary to live and an act in a way that promotes harmony with others.
Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki System of Natural Healing, recommended that one practice
certain simple, ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony which are nearly universal across all
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