Reiki is pronounced as “Ray-Key”. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes and enhance healing at a cellular level. The word “Reiki” comes from Japanese Kanji. Kanji are ideograms used in the written language of Japan. The word reiki is represented by two kanji. They originally came from China and are based on simple drawing. Although overtime the symbol have changed and have become more abstract, one can still see the symbolic meaning.
Reiki is conducted by “laying on hands” and techniques such as this, have been practiced for thousand of years. Reiki is very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone.
- Reiki was discovered by Mikao Usui in March 1922.
- Usui-Sensei was born on 15th of August, 1865 in the village of Taniai in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, which is located near present day, Nagoya, Japan.
- Number of pupils who learned from Usui-sensei amounts to more than 2000 people.
- In April 1922, he moved to Tokyo and started a healing society that he named Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society)
“Reiki is also widely known as the Light of Christ”
Rei - Spiritual Wisdom
The general meaning of REI is universal and this is the definition many have used. However, Japanese ideograms have many levels of meaning. They vary from the mundane to the esoteric. So, while it is true that REI can be interpreted as universal, meaning that it is present everywhere. There is a deeper understanding of this kanji, which for our use, is more meaningful in describing the healing art of REIKI.
Kanji for REI
- The upper section portrays clouds and it’s meaning has to do with heavens. The spiritual realms are represented and more specifically those higher areas of consciousness that are beyond ego. This area goes by various names such as spiritual consciousness, Universal mind, God, the Supreme Being, the third heaven. From this realm comes creativity, spiritual healing.
- The lower section of REI represents the Earth and portrays layers of soil and stone. It is composed of three rounded squares which represents the three aspects of a human being — Body, Mind, and Spirit. This section represents the healer, who is located between heaven and earth. This acts like a bridge to bring the wisdom, guidance, and healing of heaven down to the people and livings of the Earth.
Ki - Life Energy
The word “KI” means the same as CHI in Chinese, PRANA in Sanskrit and TI or KI in Hawaiian. Science calls it BIOFIELD Energy. It has been given many other names by various cultures.
KI is life energy. It is also known as the vital life force or the universal life energy. This is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. As long as something is alive, it has life energy circulating through it and surrounding it. When it dies, the life energy departs. If your life energy is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When it is high and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. Life energy plays an important role in everything we do. It animates the body and has higher levels of expression. KI is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts, and spiritual life.
The kanji for KI contains a cross with emanating lines. It is said that this part of the figure represents the steam above a pot of boiling rice. The steam represents the spiritual, life-enhancing properties of rice.
The Chinese place great importance on life energy, of CHI. They have studied it for thousands of years and have discovered there are many different kinds of CHI. The Japanese also think of KI as having many ways it can express.
- GENKI is original or healthy KI
- BYOKI is unhealthy KI
- KI GA SHIMAZU is disappointment
- KI NO HAYAI is excitement
- KI GA OMI is depression
- KI NO OKII is generosity and so on
KI is the non-physical energy used by all healers. KI is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind. Reiki is a special kind of KI. It is KI that is guided by spiritual consciousness. It is defined as spiritually guided life energy. It closely describes the experience most people have of it: Reiki guiding itself with its own wisdom, rather than requiring the direction the practitioner.
KI is also used by:
- Martial artists in their physical training and mental development.
- It is used in meditative breathing exercises called pranayama, and by the shamans of all cultures for divination.
- Psychic awareness