What Is Reiki?

Learn More About Reiki and Its Benefits

For thousands of years, Buddhist monks have sought to unlock the secret of self-enlightenment that is trapped inside all of us. Reiki therapy harnesses the vital ki or life force energy through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient. The transfer of ki is an exhilarating experience, and almost everyone who is touched by it feels instantly better.

Reiki treats the whole person—mind, body, and soul—not just the out-of-balance parts. While there is a spiritual element to reiki, it is non-religious in nature.

Reiki benefits the physical body in two major ways. First, reiki can help build stronger immunity by treating the whole body. This holistic approach to wellness works well with Western medical treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, pre/post surgery, and medications.

Reiki’s second physical benefit is that it can speed up the healing process for many modern medical procedures. Reiki therapy is so successful that many cancer treatment centers have reiki specialists on staff.

Reiki’s benefits extend beyond physical well-being and can truly enhance your psychological health and spiritual growth. Reiki therapy reduces stress, one of the major causes of physical disease, by inducing a state of deep relaxation and peace. Anxiety melts away, and emotional and mental blockages vanish, opening the door to greater spiritual awareness.

Healing with Reiki Involves Learning About Reiki at Many Levels

The Usui tradition is based on Five Precepts:

Just for today:

  • Do not be angry
  • Do not worry
  • Be grateful
  • Work honestly
  • Be kind to all living things

These five simple principles can free blockages and release vital ki, balancing the mind, body, and soul. By focusing on the here and now, reiki reduces stress and anxiety, increases energy and productivity, and speeds up the body’s natural healing and immune system. Understanding reiki means understanding the three degrees of attunement.

The First Degree, called Shoden in Japanese, is the elementary stage that involves basic hand placements and the principles of holistic treatment.

The Second Degree, called Okuden in Japanese, is the stage in which the student learns to harness the power of reiki symbols, which better focus the strength of reiki’s healing characteristics. Mastery of this degree gives the student practitioner the ability to use the distance healing power of reiki.

The Third Degree, called Shinpiden in Japanese, is the final master training in Usui reiki. Master-teachers who have reached the Third Degree can train other students to become reiki master-teachers.

The best way to understand the healing power of reiki is to experience it for yourself.