What is Reiki and how does it work?

Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times.

The existence of this “life force energy” has been verified by recent scientific experiments, and medical doctors are considering the role it plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing process.

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, that is in and around everything. Reiki affects all levels of body, mind, and spirit. Reiki accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal and opens the mind and spirit to the cause of disease, disharmony, and pain.


Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Mikao Usui, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and Mrs Hawayo Takata.

What makes Reiki unique is that it incorporates elements of just about every other alternative healing practices such as spiritual healing, auras, crystals, chakra balancing, meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy.

Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being. In its long history of use Reiki has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury. Reiki is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy.

Self Healing Reiki Therapies

“I believe there exists One Supreme Being – the Absolute Infinite – a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it…

This power is unfathomable, immeasurable, and being a universal life force, it is incomprehensible to man. Yet, every single living being is receiving its blessings daily, awake or asleep. Different teachers and masters call Him the Great Spirit; the Universal Life Force; Life Energy… I shall call it “Reiki” because I studied under that expression…”

~Hawayo Takata