What is Reiki?

What Is Reiki? by Kriss Erickson


Reiki is a calming, balancing universal frequency that supports the recipient’s natural ability to heal himself. Mikao Usui, the Japanese founder of Reiki, dedicated his life to rediscovering what he called the “Secret of inviting happiness: The miraculous medicine of all diseases.”


Usui rediscovered an ancient, hands-on, energetic method of reminding his fellow human of their ability to heal themselves. He chose the word “Reiki” which means ‘spiritually guided life-force energy’ to describe what he felt.


Reiki is shared through three Reiki Pillars:


The first Pillar: before the session begins, the Reiki practitioner asks the Universe to open an energy channel to benefit the recipient.


The second Pillar: the ‘indication of the spirit’ where the Reiki practitioner thanks the Universe for the opening of the energy channel.


The third Pillar is the treatment itself.


When the Reiki session begins, the practitioner floats her hands in the recipient’s energy fields, above the body. This is called Byosen scanning. The recipient’s body sends signals indicating where it would like attention. The signals might feel like heat, cold, heaviness or tingling to the practitioner.


The byoki, or body energy, helps to draw the Reiki practitioner to a specific area, say, the recipient’s head. The practitioner places her hands on the indicated area and holds that area until the energy feels clear.


The main focus of the session is the connection between the sentient, Universal energy frequencies that we call Reiki and the recipient. The Reiki practitioner is a channel for the energy—a human connection to give the recipient a stronger connection to the healing frequencies. The recipient doesn’t need to tell the universal frequencies what to do, and the Reiki practitioner doesn’t need to ‘make’ anything happen.


The supportive goal of the Reiki practitioner is to read the energy frequencies and to be aware of the flow, interaction and sense of the energies. This in turn helps the recipient to be more involved in his own healing process.



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