What is reiki and how does it work?

Graeme Smith
Written by Graeme Smith

What does Reiki mean?

Reiki Symbols

The word Reiki is Japanese and means Universal Life Energy. Rei meaning Universal and Ki meaning Energy. Ki is also known in China as Chi and in India as Prana as taught in Yoga.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural energy healing system and is deeply relaxing which helps to promote and stimulate the body’s own natural healing abilities. This is also known as Homeostasis and the good news is that all of us have a natural ability to heal, we just need the right ingredients to align us for this.

Reiki is a very gentle and non-intrusive holistic therapy. It can be used alongside conventional medical treatment and other complimentary therapies.

Self Healing

Our own life force flows through us and if it becomes low or is disrupted, diverted or even stopped then we are more than likely to succumb to illness or suffer stress. Reiki helps our life force to flow freely helping to restore balance to Mind, Body and Spirit. When Mind, Body and Spirit are balanced and in harmony we will feel a deep sense of wellbeing together with restored energy levels and vitality.

Why does illness occur if we can all self heal?

So if we all have a natural ability to heal ourselves then why does illness and disease of both mind and body occur? A particularly good question indeed.

We as humans are very complex living organisms with a built in healing and balancing system, however, we can eat the wrong foods, live in the wrong environment, be exposed to very powerful negative emotions, our own and those of other people. Emotions such as hate or anger can have a very destructive effect on our true nature from inside out leading to the manifestation of physical symptoms e.g. unresolved anger issues can lead to gout. The life force energy which flows through all of us can easily become out of balance. Physical pain or discomfort may be a manifestation of an emotional trauma from a long time ago or from a more current one.