What is Reiki

When one refers to Reiki, they are referring to the life force that lives within every living body, human or animal. Every living body radiates energy and warmth.  When someone’s life force is low, they are more susceptible to illness and stress.  When their life force is high, they are more likely to be happy and healthy.

This life force is recognized by many cultures, each having their own name for it.   It is known as ‘Prana’ in India, ‘Mana’ by the Polynesian Hunas, ‘Ruach’ in Hebrew,  ‘Ch’I’ in China, and ‘Ki’ in Japanese.  ‘Rei’ in Japanese means ‘Gods Wisdom’ or the ‘Higher Power’.  Reiki is spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is not a Religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in for it to work. Since Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

How Does Reiki Work

Reiki is administered by the ‘laying of hands.’  We all have chakras in the palms of our hands.  The life force energy flows through these chakras onto the body through a series of hand positions.  Intention is set by the practitioner for healing, and the life force energy goes to those areas of the body that need the healing.  A Reiki practitioner may put their hands on someone’s head with the intention of helping to ease a headache; the life force energy not only will address the headache but will also address the part of the body causing the headache.  Reiki energy heals by turning the effected areas into positive energy; it raises the vibration of the energy that surrounds the body.

Reiki not only heals the physical body, but also the emotional and spiritual layers of the aura (the energy body). Reiki can never cause harm.  It knows what the body requires, and will adjust the energy to suit those needs.  The energy will flow to where the body needs it most and in the amount needed. 

Reiki can be used in conjunction with regular medicine and psychological treatment.

Who can Benefit from Reiki

Everyone living body can benefit from Reiki.   It is both powerful and gentle. It has a long history of use aiding in the healing of virtually every known illness and serious patients with MS, heart disease, and cancer have benefited.  It helps to ease the side effects from chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression.  Other areas such as skin problems, stomach ache, bee stings, bruises, broken bones, headache, colds, flu, sore throat, sunburn, fatigue, and insomnia have also seen improvement.  Reiki has also been helpful in the recovery time from surgery, and is always beneficial and works to improve the effectiveness of all other types of therapy. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance and has many benefits for both client and practitioner. If a client has a health condition, and wants to be treated with Reiki, it is recommended that they do so under the supervision of an enlightened medical doctor or other health care professional. Reiki will improve the results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress, and help create optimism.  Reiki has no side effects other than feeling refreshed and energized, and a positive and balanced outlook.

Do you ever get tired or run down from giving Reiki treatments?

Because it is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner’s energies are not depleted. It is not the practitioner’s energy being used! The practitioner is channeling “Universal Life Force Energy, The energy that surrounds us all and sustains life! It is the energy from the “God Source” or, the “Higher Power!” Because the Reiki practitioner is channeling this healing energy, he/she receives the benefits as well!  Whenever I finish giving a Reiki treatment my energy level is up and I feel surrounded with feelings of love and contentment!

Do you need to concentrate in order to channel the Reiki energy?


This is one of the more interesting observations of the Reiki phenomena. When a Reiki practitioner’s hands are placed on or near any living organism, the Reiki `turns on’ automatically. There is no conscious effort needed on the part of the practitioner. If a Reiki practitioner is asleep and his or her hands are placed on another person’s injury or wound the Reiki starts flowing even though the practitioner is asleep. You do not have to learn how to give Reiki. If you have been initiated to Reiki, you simply have to place your hands on or near the body.

 Does Reiki have anything to do with religion?


Reiki is not a religion. It beholds no doctrines, creeds or contradictions to the Universal Laws of Consciousness and Love. Reiki is very spiritual in nature, but there is nothing you are required to believe in before you can learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki will work whether someone believes in it or not!

When you are giving someone a treatment, what are you feeling?
How do you know the energy is flowing?


Once one places a hand on someone, within a few seconds the palms will start to pulse and the hands will become hot. Other sensations are tingling, pins and needles, cold, or electrical feelings. This will continue for the whole treatment. Over different parts of a client’s body the hands are extremely hot! It is important to note that the sensation can vary from treatment to treatment, and the sensation in the hands felt by the patient can be very different to that felt by the practitioner. Sometimes the practitioner experiences his hands as being cold and the person being treated has felt them radiating intense heat. The Reiki switches off after a period of time on one position on the body. It switches on again when the hands are moved to another position. When one area is `fixed’, you move on to the next area.

What can you do to make the Reiki flow stronger?

The flow of the Reiki seems to vary according to the degree of disharmony in the person/animal. When the patient is seriously ill or very upset emotionally, the Reiki flows more strongly. It therefore flows on demand according to the degree of disharmony in the persons body/mind.

Can Reiki be used with other therapies?

Yes, it can be combined with other therapies very successfully. Reiki is completely safe and it activates natural healing energy within us. It will enhance the effects of other complementary healing arts such as massage, acupuncture, shiatsu, foot reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, color therapy, homeopathy and many others. Many practitioners of other modalities have reported that their work has intensified since learning Reiki.


Is the Reiki flow the same in both hands?


The Reiki flow is the same in both hands. There is no `giving’ or `receiving’ hand to worry about when using Reiki. There are some systems which need to observe different rules For example, keeping both hands on the patient; not crossing the hands; treating on the correct side of the body, etc. This is, unnecessary when using Reiki.

Is the Reiki flow affected by the health of the practitioner?


Even a very sick, weak person who is correctly initiated to Reiki can give treatments
that are just as strong and effective as a Reiki Practitioner who is in good health.
The Reiki energy is not coming from the physical energy from the body of the practitioner.

Can you treat yourself with Reiki?


Because Reiki operates independently of the practitioner’s body, practitioners can lay their hands on their own bodies and enjoy all the benefits of Reiki.

Can anybody be initiated to Reiki?


Anybody can have the Reiki activated in his or her hands. It is even possible to initiate people in comas, sick people or children. Provided you receive all four of the Initiations you will have the Reiki in your hands for life.

Are there any harmful side effects from Reiki?

There have been no reported cases of negative effects from Reiki.
Some people have observed what at first appears to be negative effects. When the body is undergoing a healing process, there can be short term effects which cause some discomfort. This is sometimes called a “healing crisis”. People with a great deal of accumulated stress or emotional blocks can feel everything coming up at first with treatments as their body starts to process the effects of the Reiki.

Can you use Reiki on animals and plants?

Animals tend to respond faster to Reiki than humans. It is really great to be able to give your pets Reiki since domestic animals tend to take on the stress and emotional traits of their owners. Plants also respond to Reiki because they are living energy fields that can be out of balance and will respond to the harmonizing effects of Reiki. I have seen animals come up to someone giving Reiki to someone else and “ask” for some for themselves.  Animals have a keen sense about the energies and tend to sense the healing energies.  Some animals may feel a bit startled at first, but will quickly settle into enjoying the feeling of the energy.

What is a Reiki Master?

The Reiki Master teaches Reiki classes.

How many levels or degrees are there in The Reiki system?

Level 1: Physical healing.
Level 2: Emotional, Mental, Spiritual healing enhanced physical healing.  Absentee or long distance healing is taught at this level.
Level 3: Master level for higher energy levels and for teaching Reiki