What is Reiki?


Reiki is a hands-on healing technique, which is based on the idea of a universal life force. Reiki practitioners believe that it is possible to access this force and use it for healing mind, body and spirit.


Universal energy

The concept of a life force has been recognized in many cultures for thousands of years, and similar concepts are used in many other complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and shiatsu, as well as in physical and spiritual practices, such as tai chi and yoga. In China this life force is known as chi, in Hinduism as prana, and by the ancient Egyptians as ka.

The beliefs and practice of reiki emerged in nineteenth-century Japan and from there were taken to Hawaii, California, and the Western world.

The work reiki itself is made up of “REI”, meaning “universal” in Japanese, and “KI”, which means “life force”.

A natural flow

Reiki practitioners connect with, and draw upon, the universal life force energy that is all around us, so that it flows through their hands and into the person who requires healing. The receiver draws the energy that they require at that time: the giver cannot make anything happen.

By laying their hands on various parts of the body in turn, they transmit energy to help restore is natural flow around the recipient’s body. This also releases any blockages that may prevent the recipients from reaching their full potential. The effect of reiki is not always immediate or obvious, although for some people it can be dramatic and instant. Reiki is thought by its practitioners to have its own inherent wisdom and act as a force that gives people what they need, rather than what they ask for.

Although anyone can benefit from receiving reiki treatments, many people become curious about reiki and take formal lessons.

A spiritual gift

Reiki is more than a complementary therapy, it is a complete system os five elements, enabling energetic connection, so it can be regarded as a spiritual journey or life path. Many people say that the healing and balancing of the bodies natural energy flow creates a sense of openness. This offers the opportunity to expand one’s consciousness bringing peace and wholeness as well as often releasing long-held stresses and pain.


Article by book “Secrets of Reiki” (Anne Charlish & Angela Robertsshaw).


Fernanda Feijó.


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