What is Reiki?
I perused many defining websites to find how others would describe Reiki. Many people get quite ethereal in their definitions of Reiki, which tends to only confuse those that are unfamiliar with this healing modality. It is truly very simple, though.
Rei-Ki (pronounced ray-kee) in its simplest translation from Japanese to English is as follows:
Rei = Universal
Ki = Life Force Energy (aka Chi)
All living people possess this energy. Reiki is the system which enrolls and directs this Universal Life Force specifically for healing. Healing can occur on any of the planes – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and karmic.
A Reiki practitioner is someone who has been trained in the art of directing this energy in a series of classes, as well as becoming a clear channel for healing energy. A Reiki Master has undergone further and more intensive training, as well as an apprenticeship program, which usually lasts a year.
Reiki is a gentle, hands-on healing therapy which has been around for centuries and is becoming more readily accepted by traditional healing communities.