re-discovered by the Japanese Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900's. In its
eastern-world form it's a way of life, that the healing qualities are just a
benefit and not the center. There are 5 principles to reiki:
1) Just for today - do not worry.
2) Just for today -
do not anger.
3) Honor your parents and elders and teachers.
4) Earn your living
5) Show gratitude to
everyone and everything.
In the western-world, reiki is often taught and passed on as a healing tool alone.
Reiki is made of two kanji letters:
Rei - which means
Ki - (or Chi) which
means Life Force, or Energy.
It is important to
note that reiki is not the practitioner's energy, it is an energy that comes
from the universe, or god if you will, and is only being channeled through the
practitioner's body into the person receiving it. There is a nice saying about
reiki: "When ego goes, reiki flows" - the practitioner must
know and accept the fact they are only a channel for this energy, and that they
will receive no credit for any result or effect on the receiving person - for
good and bad.
The energy balances
the body and allows it to heal itself, whether it is physically, or
Reiki is not a
religion, and does not conflict with any religion. Anyone can become a reiki
practitioner once they go through a process called "Attunement". This
process lasts around 20 minutes, and is performed by a Level-3 practitioner,
also know as Reiki-Master. The attunement opens the channel in which reiki flows
through the person's body and allows it to flow smoothly through it. Reiki is
believed to be a sentient energy, that's what differs it from other types of
energy - it will move to the areas it is needed the most in the body and balance
them without the need for directions.
There are 3 ways of
performing a reiki treatment, the first is to lay-on hands, the second is to
pass with the hands just over the body without touching, and the third is a
treatment over a big distance (the 3rd one can be performed only by a level 2 or
There are three
levels in reiki:
Reiki I- the first level, introduction to reiki and learning how to do treatments.
Reiki II- the second level, a more advanced phase, includes distant healing and
Reiki III- the third level, also known as Master level, includes learning how to attune
others into reiki.
Some people do
believe there are 4 levels, the first and second levels are the same, level 3 is
split into two - a reiki master, and reiki master-teacher, which is considered a
4th level that only once you achieve it you may attune other people. This
depends on the branch of reiki you're master belongs to as these branches are
great many in number, and each has a slightly different beliefs about reiki.
The information that
appears in this article, includes the common beliefs that all reiki branches