The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words - Rei and Ki.
Reiki is a hands-on energy healing. A practitioner acts as a channel for the life energy to flow into the recipient and, if needed, induce a healing effect.
Placing of the hands is used in a specific pattern to direct and generate energy in various parts of the body.
Normally, the client is fully clothed, and the work is done on a massage table, although Reiki can be combined with other therapies.
Reiki originated in Japan and was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui.
Dr. Usui was a Christian minister. One day some of his students asked him if he believed in the miracles which Jesus did (healing, etc). Being a Christian minister he answered "Yes". They asked if he knew how Jesus had done this.
Not knowing how to answer that question, he resolved to find the way in which Jesus had healed. This immediately set him on a journey of many years.
Eventually this journey brought him to put together a system of hands-on healing which he called Rei-Ki meaning Universal Life Energy.
An important attribute of ReiKi is that it responds to ones thoughts and feelings. Ki will flow more strongly or be weakened in its action depending on the quality of ones thoughts and feelings. It is our negative thoughts and feelings that are the main cause of restriction in the flow of Ki. All negative or dis-harmonious thoughts or feelings will cause a disruption in the flow of Ki. Even Western medicine recognizes the role played by the mind in creating illness and some Western doctors state that as much as 98% of illness is caused directly or indirectly by the mind.
The places where negative thoughts and feelings collect is where Ki is restricted in its flow. The physical organs that exist at these locations are restricted in their functioning. If the negative thoughts and feelings are not eliminated quickly, illness results.
The great value of Reiki is that because it is guided by the Higher Intelligence, it knows exactly where to go and how to respond to restrictions in the flow of Ki.
As Reiki flows through a sick or unhealthy area, it breaks up and washes away any negative thoughts or feelings lodged in the unconscious mind/body thus allowing a normal healthy flow of Ki to resume. As this happens, the unhealthy physical organs and tissues become properly nourished with Ki and begin functioning in a balanced healthy way thus replacing illness with health.
This non-invasive, completely benign healing technique is becoming more and more popular. As western medicine continues to explore alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice.