Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It is a spiritual healing technique in which practitioners can help your body heal itself through touch. “Rei” translates to “Universe” or “Life Force,” and “Ki” translates to the physical energy of the body (also known as Qi); put together, Reiki translates to “Universal Life Force Energy.”
That means the job of a Reiki practitioner is to help your body work its own healing magic.
Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not a massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided Life Force Energy.
Life Force, also called Vital Force, Universal Energy or Prana, is a non-physical energy that animates all living things. As long as you are alive, Life Force is flowing through you and surrounding you. If your Life Force is low or if there are obstructions in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When it is high and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. Ki plays an important role in every aspect of our life; it animates the body and is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life.
We are alive because Life Force is flowing through us. Life Force flows within the physical body through “pathways” called chakras and meridians. It also flows around us in the field of energy called Aura. The Life Force nourishes the organs and cells of the body supporting them in their vital functions. When the flow of Life Force is disrupted, it causes deterioration of the functions of the organs and tissues of the physical body.
Life Force is also responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept either consciously or subconsciously negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts or feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause disruption in the flow of Life Force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and the cells of the physical body.
Reiki heals by flowing through the effected path of the energy field and charges it with positive energy. It raises the “vibration level” of the energy field in and around the physical body, where the negative thoughts or feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and disintegrate. In doing so, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathway, thus allowing the Life Force to flow in a healthy and natural way.