What does Reiki Mean? Exploring the Japanese meaning of Reiki

by | Nov 29, 2022 | Reiki & Self-Healing, Reiki Healing

What does Reiki Mean? Let’s explore the real meaning of the Japanese word Reiki.

“…Reiki is pure energy; it is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. Reiki is available to all who wish to tap into it, accept it, and become one with its energy and wisdom…” – Garry Malone, The Founder of the RHA 

Reiki is a healing technique just like Yoga, massage or acupuncture, used for relaxation and stress reduction. A Reiki Practitioner will place their hands gently on or above the body using different hand positions to channel energy to the client, in order to balance in the flow of healthy life-energy around the mind, body and spirit. It works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, promoting overall peace, wellbeing and intense relaxation. But what does Reiki actually mean? Let’s break it down. ‘Reiki’ is a Japanese word, made up of two components: ‘Rei’ and ‘Ki.’ Although the proper Japanese pronunciation is RYE-KEY, it has been westernised to RAY-KEY.
💚Rei (pronounced ‘ray’) – Universal, Divinely guided, Spiritual Wisdom, Higher Power, All-knowing, Sacred, omnipresent –present everywhere at the same time. This acknowledges the fact that Reiki comes from a Higher Power. This energy source can never be depleted.
💚Ki (pronounced ‘key’) – Life Force, Vital Energy, Breath. This is the energy of life.  It is as ancient as the Universe.  It is the invisible vitality that gives life to all living things. It is basically what keeps us alive, it can be thought of as the ‘soul.’ Many cultures understand and recognise the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being.
Together, Reiki translates as: Universal Life Force Energy.

Reiki the Universal Life Force

There is a non-physical ubiquitous energy that gives life to every living organism. For many thousands of years we have known of this energy and have sought to develop ways to harness its power to heal and influence our lives.

The Japanese call this energy Ki. It is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by a number of Asian cultures and the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost by most of the western world.

We carry this energy in and around our bodies from the moment we are conceived. Many successful disciplines such as Reiki, Tai Chi, Feng Shui, Meditation, Yoga and Acupuncture have been developed to control and greatly enhance the flow of this energy in and around the body. The energy itself is pure and has omniscient wisdom.

Ki energy can be activated for the purpose of healing. When you feel healthy and full of enthusiasm, the flow of Ki energy in your body is high and unencumbered. Life seems easier to deal with and you have a higher resistance to illness and disease.

However, when your Ki energy is low because maybe you are under stress or feeling unhappy and tired you will be more susceptible to disease and sickness. Your attitude will be generally negative and you will find it difficult to deal with life’s challenges. Ki is the very essence of the soul; it leaves the body when a person dies.

Reiki is holistic; it works on the body mind and spirit by stimulating a person’s own natural healing abilities. The blocked emotional and physical elements that lead to illness and disease are cleared. Reiki is neither positive nor negative; it is in fact the highest and most profound vibration of life. Divine in origin, it allows us all to become one with all things alive in our world.

Reiki is channelled through the hands. When you place your hands on your own body, or the body of another person for the purpose of healing you connect with the universal life force. The wisdom of Reiki then goes to work to bring about healing, balance and whatever is needed on a holistic level.

The skills and techniques associated with Reiki are simple and easy to learn. Small children and adults can equally comprehend and incorporate this ancient form of healing into their lives. Regular contact with Reiki will bring the recipients mind body and spirit into balance. It will also help prevent future creation of illness and disease.

Many cultures have developed techniques and disciplines that stimulate the flow of KI energy around the
body. However, Reiki is the easiest to learn and administer. The techniques are simple to master. The results are profound.

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Who invented Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese system of hands-on healing and self-development, with its origins in India and the East dating back many thousands of years to the time before Christ and Buddha. The original name, disciplines and techniques of Reiki were lost due to the traditional method of passing knowledge from generation to generation by word of mouth. Exactly when this ancient art of healing disappeared is difficult to determine.

However, we do know that it was rediscovered by a Japanese Scholar and monk name Dr Mikao Usui at the end of the nineteenth century. It was in fact Dr Usui who fashioned the name REIKI.

What are the Benefits of Reiki?

Reiki is a natural non-invasive energy technique that can be harnessed to reduce stress, promote relaxation, ease anxiety, boost immunity and assist in pain-relief.

💚 Reiki restores the natural flow of healthy balanced Ki energy to the body.

💚 Reiki allows for deep release and relaxation of the body

💚 Reiki assists the body in releasing pain and trauma

💚 Balances the chakras (the energy centre in the body)

💚 Reiki calms the mind and helps promote clarity

💚 Reiki assists the body in cleansing itself and the removal of toxins

💚 Reiki connects mind, body and soul

💚 Reiki expands spiritual growth and self-understanding. 

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How does Reiki Work?

Within each person there is an inner energy system that works to maintain health and healing by balancing the flow of Univeral Life Force Energy. This system is made up of 7 main energy centres known as the Chakras.

Each chakra is responsible for supplying energy to specific parts of the body. When they are blocked or clogged the body becomes sick and the flow of energy is diluted. 

10 Things That Weaken the Life Giving Energy

1. Too much alcohol
2. A poor diet
3. A lack of exercise
4. Drugs
5. Tobacco
6. Negative habits
7. Stress
8. Poor breathing
9. A lack of sleep and rest
10.Negative psychic activity

A full Reiki treatment reopens the chakras and rebalances the flow of the universal life force around the
body. A person will normally need four full treatments on four consecutive days to boost the flow of Reiki energy. 

This will stimulate the body’s immune system and natural healing abilities. Normally the body will begin by
cleansing itself of toxins. As the poisons are removed, the body becomes re-balanced and the healing process can begin.


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