What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY) is a method of energy work developed by Dr Mikao Usui during the last century. The Japanese word 'Reiki' means 'Universal life energy' and Reiki is part of a long tradition of disciplines from the East based on working with this energy known in China as 'chi', in India as 'prana' and in Japan as 'ki'. In the West we are familiar with other eastern disciplines such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Shiatsu and Acupuncture, which also work with the concept of free-flowing life energy.
Modern physics has revealed that our common-sense assumptions about the solidity of all matter fail to explain the real nature of the universe. According to author and Reiki Master, Frank Arjava Petter, '.. what used to be thought of as "solid matter" is in fact rapidly moving energy particles. Solidity is an illusion caused by the limitation of our perception. Everything is energy and, therefore, alive and receptive to energy.'
Reiki is an extremely powerful yet gentle energy for treating oneself as well as other people. It provides a way to bring harmony and balance to the body and mind. Though its roots lie within eastern traditions, Reiki is not a religion or faith and is not in conflict with any religious beliefs; anyone can receive or learn to give Reiki. The Reiki practitioner serves as an energy pathway for Reiki to be supplied where it is needed. All the client needs to do is to ask for and be willing to receive this help.
Reiki doesn't promise miracles or claim cures but it does offer a safe and non-invasive means of helping a client in the natural process of self-healing. Injury, bad environments, stress, bereavement and loss or negative lifestyle-choices can block energy flow, which may lead to health or emotional problems. Regular Reiki treatments can promote well-being and relaxation, and may also help encourage positive health and life choices. Some practitioners and teachers see Reiki simply as a tool for healing, while others regard it primarily as a means of personal development. Each person's path with Reiki is individual and it isn't necessary to have a particular focus in order to benefit from Reiki, either as a client or as someone who has had Reiki training.