Reiki is a Japanese technique used for what is most commonly known as energy healing. The word Reiki is broken into two words: “Rei” meaning universal spirit and “Ki” meaning life force energy. Together, the combination of these two words is what defines Reiki as “Universal Life Energy.” Reiki is not a religion, but a spiritual healing practice.
Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui in the early part of the 1900’s, and Usui Shiki Ryoho or Usui System of Natural Healing is the the most widely used form of Reiki in the U.S. During the early 1920s, Usui did a 21-day practice on Mount Kurama-yama called discipline of prayer and fasting. Common belief dictates that it was during these 21 days that Usui developed Reiki. This teaching included self-discipline, fasting, and prayer.
Similar to other energy healing modalities like acupuncture, Reiki focuses on healing and balancing the body’s energy through the seven main chakra (energy) points.
Crown Chakra – “I Understand”
Awareness, knowledge, consciousness, spiritual connection, brain, nervous system.
Brow, Third Eye Chakra – “I See”
Intuition, seeing clearly, third eye, eyes, nose, ears, skeletal system.
Throat Chakra – “I Speak”
Communication, creativity, thyroid glands, larynx, trachea, teeth, mouth, throat.
Heart Chakra – “I Love”
Love, balance, compassion, peace, centeredness, heart, respiratory, immune system.
Solar Plexus Chakra – “I Do”
Will, purpose, self-esteem, energy, metabolism, nervous system, stomach, gall bladder, large intestines, liver, pancreas.
Sacral Chakra – “I Feel”
Desire, fluidity, passion, reproductive organs, lymphatic and circulatory system, adrenal glands.
Root Chakra – “I Am”
Survival, security, grounding, spine, bladder, kidneys, blood flow.
What is Reiki used for?
Each and every one of use has life force energy flowing through our body via our chakras. When the flow of this energy is blocked, unbalanced, or disrupted it can cause diminished function on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki heals by flowing positive energy through the energy pathways to restore the body’s natural alignment. Stress reduction and relaxation are probably the most common reasons people seek Reiki, but more specific healing can be achieved. Relief from stomach problems like IBS, migraines, anxiety and depression, and the quest for spiritual elevation can all be achieved through Reiki.