Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a traditional Japanese technique that has been practiced for over 100 years to promote stress reduction and deep healing. It was discovered in 1922 by the intense spiritual practices of Mikao Usui and later brought to Hawaii in 1937 by a woman named Hawayo Takata. She would go on to teach 22 Reiki Masters that carried on the tradition after her passing.
It is from Takata’s remarkable practice and teachings that we in the U.S, and all over the world, have the knowledge and ability to experience Reiki as we know it today. While rooted in philosophy, it is not a religion, making it a safe healing modality for people of all faiths and beliefs.
The word Reiki is represented by two Japanese kanji, ideograms used for the written language, Rei and Ki. “Rei” meaning “universal” and “Ki” meaning “life energy.” Reiki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things and is vital in everything we do.
While there are many types of healing energy, Reiki is a high frequency energy that can only be channeled by someone who has received the attunement for it, done through a Placement or Ignition from a Reiki Master.
Reiki energy is subtle and guides itself, rather than requiring the direction of the practitioner. The role of the practitioner is to simply channel the energy flowing from spiritual consciousness, either through the traditional approach of laying of hands or through the modernized approach of Distance Reiki.