What is Reiki?

Rei:  Spiritual Wisdom  Ki:  Life Energy

The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. many names:  qi in China, Ki in Japan and prana in India.  The ancient Hawaiians called it ti or ki.  It has also been called orgone energy and elan vital.  Science refers to it as bio-field energy.  When your life energy is low, it is more difficult to deal with stress; you may not sleep well and you’re more susceptible to illness.  When your life energy is strong, and are less likely to get sick, Reiki is a technique that increases a person’s supply of life energy.


Reiki energy allows muscles to relax and increases blood flow to treat areas, which in turn quickens the healing process.  Practitioners and clients report help with stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains and other minor conditions.  Occasionally, miraculous results are reported.  Reiki also promotes psychological healing, including release of anger, fear, worry, sadness and other unhealthy feelings, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence and tranquility. 

Brief History

Reiki was developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui and was brought to the west in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. The popularity of Reiki has grown exponentially in the past several decades. 

“Each of us has the potential of being given a gift by the divine, which results in the body and soul becoming unified. In this way (with Reiki), a great many people will experience the blessing of the divine. …First of all, our Reiki Ryoho is an original therapy, which is built upon the spiritual power of the universe. Through it, the human being will first be made healthy, and then peace of mind and joy in life will be increased.”

-Mikao Usui, “Reiki Ryoho Hikkei, Dr Usui’s Handbook”

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