To best understand the name Reiki we can split it into two parts: Rei & Ki.
Rei – means universal higher knowledge or spiritual wisdom. This wisdom comes from God, Universe, or the Higher Self (whichever term is comfortable to you), and is the God-Consciousness, which is all knowing. It understands each person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties, and knows how to heal them.
Ki – is life energy. This non-physical energy animates all living things. Ki flows through our channels in our electromagnetic bodies supplying us with our life force energy. It is the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts, and spiritual life. If your life energy is low, or there is a restriction in its flow, you are more vulnerable to illness.
Reiki can be defined as universal life force energy. This energy is channeled through you, the practitioner, to your client. It is something anyone can learn to do, as we are all intimately connected to the universe. The ability to give Reiki is learned simply through oral tradition and initiations (attunements) from a Master Teacher to the student. These follow the original teachings founded by Reiki Grand Master Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1800’s. Reiki is a useful tool for self-awareness and personal transformation and will often provide support for students to release many unwanted issues from the past. Reiki is a non-invasive therapy, and can work effectively through clothes, blankets, and even a plaster cast. Reiki can be used alone or as a complementary healing method along with other therapies. It is not affiliated with any religious dogma or practice, enabling people from any religious background to learn it. Reiki guides itself and the practitioner with its own wisdom, rather than requiring the direction of the practitioner. Because of this, you, the practitioner, will enjoy the freedom of being a participant assisting those you treat in remembering who they really are, and be the catalyst that allows them to heal themselves.