What is Reiki?

The word Reiki is actually a combination of two Japanese words, originally derived from Middle Chinese: Rei means soul or life and Ki means energy. Collectively, its meaning is described as “life force energy” or “spiritually guided life energy” while some English authors have loosely defined it as “Universal Life Energy”. It is believed to be the energy which keeps all of us alive and is found everywhere around us.

Fundamentally, Reiki is a spiritual Japanese practice to relax and reduce stress which also stimulates and promotes healing from several ailments. It is administered by a Reiki Master by laying his hands on the recipient to trigger the natural healing progressions of his body and reinstate his physical as well as emotional welfare. The basic principle behind this practice is that if one’s life force energy is low, he is more likely to suffer from diseases and if it is high, he will be happy and healthy. Reiki was originally established by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui in 1922.

Reiki and Religion

Many people believe that Reiki is a religious matter, which is not true. Though Reiki is a spiritual process, yet it is neither a religion nor associated to any specific belief. The Reiki practitioners claim that it comes from God and people from all the religions can benefit from it. They also believe Reiki is not reliant on any belief or religion, and it works for everyone no matter if they believe in it or not.
Though Reiki does not enforce any particular belief, yet it recommends practicing some simple ethical ideals for maintaining peace and harmony. These principles are common in all the cultures and religions. They are known as Five Reiki Precepts and include hedonism and prohibition against murder, stealing, sexual transgression, and lying.

Three Degrees of Reiki

After Reiki gained popularity in Europe, its two main branches were acknowledged: Traditional Reiki or Traditional Japanese Reiki and Westernised Reiki. Reiki has three classes of degrees namely First Degree, Second Degree and Master Degree Reiki. At First Degree a practitioner can heal himself and others, at Second he can heal others remotely, which is called distant healing, through certain symbols and at Third he can attune and teach others.

What Does Science Say About Reiki?

Medical science has failed to produce any evidence regarding the effectiveness of Reiki. During 2008 a methodical review of randomised medical trials was conducted which finally established that “the evidence is insufficient to suggest that Reiki is an effective treatment for any condition.” Therefore, it is advised that Reiki should not be considered an alternate to any medical treatment. If you want to try it, only consider to compliment your proper medical action.