Reiki (pronounced ray – key) is a lying – on of hands healing technique. This technique is thousands of years old and is thought to have originated as a Tibetan Buddhist practice that was rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Dr.Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. It is a very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone.
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese word- Rei and ki –Rei is the upper Japanese Kanji character on the cover of this book, ki is the lower character.
Rei – is spiritual wisdom
Mrs. Takata said the word rei means universal and this is the definition most have accepted. However, Mrs. Takata also indicated that this interpretation is a very general one. The kanji ideograms have seven levels of meaning, forming right from the mundane to the highly esoteric. While it is true that Rei can be interpreted as universal, meaning that it is present everywhere, this level of interpretation doesn’t add to our understanding of Reiki.
Research into the esoteric meaning of the Japanese kanji character for rei has given a much deeper understanding of the 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 is all knowing. It understands each person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and knows what to do to heal them.
Ki – the life force
Ki means the same as chi in Chinese, prana in Sanskrit and mana in Hawaiian. It has also been called, odicforce, 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 or the universal life force. This is the nonphysical energy that animates all living thing as long as anything is alive. It has life force circulating through it and surrounding it. When it dies, the life force departs. If your life force is low, or if 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 emperors classic of internal medicine” which is over 4,000 years old lists thirty – two different kind of chi.
Ki is used by martial artist in their physical training and mental development. It is used in meditative breathing exercise called pranayama and by the healing. Ki is nonphysical energy used by all healers. Ki is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind.
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.
Do all healers use Reiki?
All healers use life force or Ki but do not use Reiki. Reiki is a special kind of life force that can only be channeled by someone that has been attuned to it. It is possible that some people are born with Reiki or have gotten it some other way. Most healers who have not received the Reiki attunement from a Reiki master are not using Reiki but another kind of life force. People who already do healing work consistently report an increase of at least fifty percent in the strength of their healing energies after taking the Reiki training.