WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki, pronounced (Ray Key) means “soul energy.” It is a subtle energy healing practice that originated in Japan with Mikao Usui in 1922.
It is considered a subtle energy because the effects of the practice are profound without producing any fireworks. Some people refer to Reiki as a meditative practice because that is the feeling produced during and after a healing treatment.
However you think about it, Reiki is used primarily for self-care and the main reason to learn the practice. It has also been found to be effective in therapeutic applications with a qualified practitioner - that is, having a Reiki treatment from someone else.
Reiki promotes balance and healing on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. When the body is in balance it allows the natural healing system to function at an optimal level. A balanced body means stress is reduced and feelings of peace are increased.
Though the literal translation of the word Reiki from Japanese is ‘soul energy’ it is not a religion or a philosophy. It does not require any spiritual or esoteric background to practice. The knowledge of the soul does not belong to a specific religion or denomination - the idea of the soul is found in all cultures - allowing Reiki healing to be practiced by anyone.
There are several names and schools for Reiki now but the energy is the same. Once a practitioner has been properly attuned or initiated into the practice they can never lose the ability to use Reiki for themselves or someone else.