By Vicki Patterson
The word Reiki describes the free passage and transference of universal life force energy.
“Rei”- means “universal wisdom”
“Ki “means - “life force energy.”
Reiki is a universal, graceful and compassionate energy that can heal on many levels. As it flows through the recipients body, it will deeply relax, balance and calm their energy system. But reiki can do much more than this.
All of our energy systems are linked, I.e. mind, body, spirit; each of these systems is connected and can have an effect on each other. It follow then that if a cleansing, healing energy flows through the body, the spiritual body and the mind will also benefit. This is how Reiki works; flowing through the body, cleansing, healing and detoxifying the system on many levels and therefore healing the mind, body and emotions.
The passage is through the gentle laying on of hands at the main energy points on the body.
The process of attunement or initiation is what sets Reiki apart from other modalities of healing. Other forms of healing can be done intuitively or by someone who is “gifted.” This is not the case with Reiki; it can be learned by anyone. The attunment process enables all students who go through learning and initiation into Reiki to practice and give healing if they wish to. However, some students simply wish to take the learning and attainments for themselves and their own spiritual growth.
No religious philosophy is attached to Reiki, although it is based in a spiritual tradition described later in the Reiki story. This material is based on the Usui Tradition. This means that it follows the beliefs and lineage of Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese teacher, who is widely believed to be the founder of modern Reiki practice. Although it is believed that Dr. Usui rediscovered what was an ancient and previously widely tradition of healing