What is Reiki?

How did it come about?

In the mid 1800’s a Japanese born Buddhist monk, Dr. Mikao Usui who was a Buddhist scholar born in 1865 dedicated his life to helping others. One day while teaching, one of his students asked how Jesus facilitated the healing miracles that he performed. Dr. Usui set out on the path to answer that question. He was determined to learn the secret healing so that he may help others.

One of his journey’s landed him to Mt Kurama in March 1922 at the age of 57 where he fasted and meditated for 21 days in order to attain a high altered state of consciousness which he believed would empower him with healing energy. On the morning of the 21st day, he almost gave up and left, but a great spiritual energy came down into the top of his head and he became enlightened. The energy also bought with it Reiki Ryoho, which is the ability to heal. The word reiki is derived from the Japanese word’s rei (meaning Universal) and ki (meaning the vital life force energy that flows through all living things).

He then began healing people. Dr. Usui later taught Dr. Chujiro Hayashi on the healing method using reiki ryoho, who continued his steps; Dr. Hayashi later added techniques which included hand positions and attunement.

By 1938, there was only 13 teacher students of this type of healing (reiki ryoho), one being Mrs. Takata who brought Reiki to the West, in Hawaii. In 1970 Mrs. Takata began training other reiki masters. For 40 years she taught people Reiki and its history. By 1980, she trained 22 reiki masters. It is from these 22 teachers that reiki spread throughout the west.

The emphasis was always on healing – reiki was originally taught for healing and a path to your true self – a spiritual path. Today, some use reiki only as an option to obtain relaxation.

What Reiki can do for you and what are it’s health benefits:

  • Stimulate and/or improve your body’s immune system
  • Put you into a meditative state
  • Relieve pain and tension
  • Support patients that are undergoing medical treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis and surgery
  • Help become energetically balanced (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually)

Touching or no touching?
There are many reiki practitioners that touch, I typically do not. So, there is no pressure, manipulation or any type of massage.

What does Reiki feel like?
You might experience Reiki in the form of sensations like heat, tingling or even a pulsating. You may even feel like a sensation (energy) moving through your body. I have had people say that they also experienced seeing colors.