Since I first started my reiki journey in 2010 I regularly get asked what reiki is. The word reiki itself comes from rey (meaning spirit, soul, universe) and ki (meaning energy). Together the 2 words could mean soul or spirit energy but is more that of universal life energy.
Reiki originated in Japan and the term is used to describe any type of healing based on life force energy. Dr Usui developed his method which is the type of reiki which I practice and this is called the Usui System of Natural Healing or the Usui Shiki Ryoho.
Reiki is not a religion nor is it a medical treatment. It is based on the understanding that all living things have an energy and any blockage or disruption to the flow of this energy can manifest physically and emotionally if someone is ill or has negative thoughts and emotions. Energy flows through the body through pathways called Chakras, Meridians and Nadis. It also flows around us in a field called the aura. Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charges them with positive energy. This rids the body of the negative energy and allows for the life force energy to flow freely and naturally through the body.
For some this can seem like a lot to take in and I know that some may be skeptical of its effects, I was certainly of this view coming from a medical background having studied Physiotherapy. I used to hold a lot of negative thoughts about myself and could never forgive myself for the things I had done in the past, really beating myself up about everything. I am still working on these things as old habits die hard but I really have found that reiki has helped me to love myself more. Having experienced reiki first hand I have certainly felt its benefits and think it is a fantastic alternative therapy.
Love and Light!