What is Reiki?

Reiki is a unique form of alternative medicine, started first of all in Japan by the Buddhist Monk Mikao Usui in 1922.  The idea behind this concept is that a practitioner or a therapist can transfer a form of energy called “the universal energy” through the medium of touch(through palms) and activate one’s life energy force that is the principal basis upon which a person’s well-being and health depends. Since its inception, it has been adopted by different cultures through different times through the course of its advancement.

Reiki Symbols: What are they?

Reiki Symbols are a set of three alphabets in Japanese that have a special significance and are introduced to the person who has reached stage II of the healing process. The symbols, though not having any inherent value of their own, are used to channelize and focus energy for a specific purpose. These symbols respectively are: Power Symbol (called Cho Kei Rei), The Mental/Emotional symbol (called Se He Ki) and Distance Symbol (called Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen). When making use of them, they are shown to the student who is being made to attune with the higher energy. This process actually empowers these symbols so that they achieve their purpose. The symbols are placed in front of the student and they are impressed in their minds so that it achieves a union with the metaphysical energies. This is used to awaken creativity, relieve pain and illness, curtail stress, enhance the immune system, increase a person’s self-awareness and create a positive attitude.

Origins and a brief history of Reiki

The process of Reiki, which is essentially a hands- on healing process has been known since centuries, in different places by different names. It is generally believed that such a methodology of healing existed in the civilizations of India, Egypt, and Tibet etc. in earlier times. However, it is thought that a similar process by the name of Reiki was rediscovered in Japan in the beginning of 20th century by Mikao Usui, who was a Buddhist monk. With him and few other grandmasters, the process spread and evolved a bit. It passed down through a generations of practitioners in other parts of the world with a slightly modified version and continued to provide healing to a spectrum of different people. However, the Usui system has been and still continues to be one of the most widely used methodologies. The masters are trained through an initiation process and they subsequently pass on the expertise and knowledge to their students.

The Process of Reiki

A typical Reiki session lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes. Before it, a practitioner may discuss with the person any issues or problems they might be facing or what do they expect from the session. The person is then made to rest comfortably on the chair or lie on the back. Concerning the popular query, no piece of cloth is removed from his/her body, although comfortable, loose clothes are preferred. A usual session may be a hands on or the hands are placed slightly above the body. The practitioner then transfers the “universal energy” to the person’s body through a series of hand movements starting from the forehead and covering trunk, legs and feet. A person may feel a feeling of warmth or tingling sensation or an enlightened state of comfort and relaxation.

What is Reiki Used to Treat?

Reiki can be used as a complimentary treatment. It does not offer any cure as such but can used for common afflictions like headache, stomachache, stress, anxiety, pain etc. It has been found to reduce the negative and harmful effects of traditional medicines and enhance the healing rate in serious diseases like heart problems, leukemia and cancer. It has been shown in some cases that Reiki improves recovery during chemotherapy and significantly curtail the time spent in hospital. Basically the idea behind Reiki is to channelize positive energy towards the person or the patient and bring his/her internal energy in attunement or harmony with universal life force energy, thus helping to create a favorable environment and positive attitude for the patient, assisting in their curative stage.

Is Reiki Safe?

Reiki is primarily a wellness promoting exercise and no side-effects whatsoever have been found to be associated with it. Thus, many physicians don’t argue against the idea of undergoing Reiki along with their conventional treatments. Moreover, no external substance is either ingested or applied on the skin, thus eliminating chance of any reaction or reflex. Hence it is absolutely safe.

Whether Reiki is for me?

Reiki is a promising and positive exercise and anyone or everyone can choose to benefit from it. It is not necessary for one to be a patient or suffering from any affliction or disease but a person can undergo Reiki sessions just to feel better and support their health and well-being. Since Reiki can help accord many other benedictions like promoting sleep and revealing stress and tension, people take regular sessions to recharge themselves and attune their spirit with their life. Nevertheless, Reiki does helps in boosting internal power to fight all major and minor problems of the body.

Benefits of Reiki

  • Removes any energy block to help a natural balance between all the senses
  • Better levels of energy
  • Lowers tension and stress by creating a relaxed body state
  • Removes any confusion by clearing the mind and improving focus
  • Improvement in the self-healing ability of one’s body
  • Assists in better sleep
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Relief in pain
  • Removal of toxins from one’s body
  • Better immunity
  • Spiritual evolution and emotional cleaning
  • Better creativity levels


Reiki is a very simple technique and in a way a spiritual healing method that hardly requires any material inputs but its benefits seems manifold without any perceived or real side-effects. With such advantages abound, it is rapidly becoming one of the most popular methods of complimentary treatments and is being adopted by many people around the world. The best thing about Reiki is that it can easily learnt and can be used to enhance the quality of one’s life and their family alike.