Reiki is an energetic therapy developed in 19th century Japan, wherein the practitioner acts as a channel for healing energy to be transferred to the patient. The Reiki therapist places their hands on the patient and, using the intent to heal, allows the flow of energy to commence. This transfer causes a strengthening of the patient’s own “qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) or inner energy.
History of Reiki
Mikao Usui originated Reiki in 1922 after a twenty-one day retreat on Mount Kurama, involving meditation, fasting, and prayer. Usui said that by mystical revelation he had gained the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune others to what is called Reiki.
Usui was an admirer of the literary works of Emperor Meiji, and, in the process of developing his Reiki system, summarized some of the emperor’s works into a set of ethical principles, which later became known as the Reiki Principles (“GOKAI” in Japanese).
Many Reiki teachers and practitioners aim to abide by Gokai or the Reiki Principles, one translation of which is:
“The secret method of inviting good fortune.
The marvelous medicine for all sickness.
Just for today:
Do not be angry
Do not worry
Work with integrity
Be kind to others.”
Benefits of Reiki
In addition to inducing a relaxation response, Reiki treatments can decrease pain, improve health by focusing on a particular complaint, and provide insight for the patient. It can benefit emotional health as well as physical health.