What Is Reiki?

Reiki supports the body’s natural tendency towards wholeness.

“Reiki creates the space where healing possibilities exist.”
Kathleen Prasad, co-author ‘Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals In Your Life’

The Energy

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) translates from the Japanese words Rei meaning “spirit” and Ki meaning “energy;” thus “spiritual energy.” Another common translation is “universal life force energy.” Some cultures refer to this energy as Prana, Qi, or Chi. It’s the energy that quantum physicists talk about and study. It’s the energy of ALL things.

The System

Reiki is a system like Qigong and Tai Chi that enables a practitioner to access this readily available, infinite energy from the universe through easy to learn techniques. The system was developed by Usui Mikao in the early 1900s. Originally the system was used for spiritual development and is used today most commonly for “hands-on” healing. “Practitioners” of this system are not “healers” since we are neither using our personal ki nor manipulating the energy. It is the animal or person’s body that is taking and making use of the energy in their own unique way. All “healing” lies within.