Reiki is an ancient healing art that is thousands of years old and was rediscovered in the mid-1800 to early 1900’s by Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui was a Japanese monk and educator who sought the origins of the healing art from the Tibetan sutras, ancient records of cosmology, and philosophy. The laying on of hands method of Reiki is akin to healing used by Buddha and Jesus. Dr. Usui passed the Reiki Master initiation to Dr. Chijuro Hayashi and Dr. Hayashi taught Mrs. Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the United States in 1938. From there Reiki has spread rapidly. Reiki is taught in separate Level I-Level III classes or in a single session that encompasses Level I-Level III classes and cost varies among Reiki Master teachers. Ellis (1999) eloquently states:
“Reiki is a system of healing that has been developed to bring us directly into contact with the creative intelligence and the vital energy of the universe. This is achieved through a series of transmissions from a Reiki teacher, designed to re- connect us to this universal ki. It is then practiced by developing our awareness of our own energetic self and bringing ki into ourselves to revitalize our body and free it from emotional issues, belief systems, and physical disorders that no longer serve us. As our ability increases and our awareness grows we can allow this energy to flow through us for the benefit of others. Reiki is a way of bringing us home, of re-connecting with the essence of who we are. Reiki is a way to remove the veil that prevents us from experiencing the union with the divine. So Reiki is a doorway that can re-connect us to the very place we came from. Reiki is a doorway home (p. 15).
Barnett & Chambers (1996, p. 2) say; “Reiki, hands-on healing art, a powerful adjunct to conventional therapeutic modalities, fuels the body’s homeostatic mechanisms and thereby assists in the restoration of balance on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. Reiki is a powerful process for self-healing and distant healing. Anyone can learn Reiki; it is simply passed on from the teacher to the student. Reiki heals through the connection of the participant with the practitioner in the flow of the life force. The life force flows within the physical body through the charkas, meridians and nadis. The life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body and when the flow is interrupted or blocked, there is diminished function in the physical body.
The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging it with positive energy. Quantum physics has discovered what ancient people have always known, our bodies are interacting fields of energy. This concept is new to the Western world, but the concepts are deeply rooted in the Eastern cultures, such as India, China, Japan, and Egypt. Within these cultures it is accepted that the body is made up of dynamic energy systems, invisible energy fields that interact within the individual, between individuals, and within the environment.
Barnett, L., & Chambers, M. (1996). Reiki energy medicine: Bringing healing into home, hospital, and hospice. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.
Ellis, R. (1999). Practical Reiki: Focus your body energy for deep relaxation and inner peace. New York: Sterling Publishing Co, Inc.