Reiki Basics

What is Reiki?

Reiki2Usui Reiki Ryoho heals Kokoro [mind and spirit] first, and then makes the body strong and healthy.” — Mikao Usui

The following is provided, with permission, by The International Center for Reiki Training:

A Brief Overview:

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


A Reiki treatment involves the use of  a practitioner’s hands, on or near the recipient.  The practitioner acts as a bridge or channel for Reiki – which I believe is equivalent to the Holy Spirit of Christianity and AUM/the cosmic vibration of Indian tradition – to flow to the recipient.  The practitioner is a facilitator of healing, and not the cause or director of healing.  The director is the Higher/Christ Consciousness, or “The Son” as in The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Source of Reiki healing is God/Creator/Source.

Reiki training is very simple.  It opens a student’s energetic channels, thus enabling Reiki to flow through them more readily.  Anyone trained in Level 1 or higher Reiki can administer an effective treatment to themselves, loved ones, pets, plants and more.

Reiki touch is light, and non-manipulative, and touch is not necessary – a full and effective treatment can be given without physical contact.  There is no need to remove clothing.

The practitioner’s hands provide a balancing and very relaxing influence for the recipient.  When we are relaxed, our own natural healing mechanisms are activated and we find it easier to connect with our own inner light, strength and peace.  Reiki is sometimes described as a shortcut to meditation and is a form of spiritual practice as well as a technique for relaxation and healing.

As Alice Moore, RN, MA explains, “Research on various types of energy work has shown that, in addition to deep relaxation, Reiki can promote a reduction in anxiety, muscle tension, and pain, can promote accelerated wound healing, and can promote wellness and a greater sense of well-being. It is useful during illness, after injuries, pre- and post-op, as well as for health promotion” (see my Reiki and Science page for more information).

Reiki is a holistic modality that treats a person rather than simply seeking to suppress symptoms.  It is safe, with no known contraindications.  It provides an enhanced sense of well-being to anyone at any time, either through occasional treatments or as part of a daily routine of self-care.

Reiki compliments other forms of healthcare and may be used in conjunction with them, either as the primary form of care or as an adjunct therapy.  If you feel you have a serious condition, consider other healthcare options in addition to Reiki.

If you would like to feel better, you can benefit from Reiki.