Reiki is a Japanese healing practice for reducing stress and inducing the body to heal itself.
Reiki, pronounced Ray Key, is a Japanese word which means free passage of universal life force energy. This life force energy is known as Prana in India, Chi in China, Ki in Japan, Mana in Hawaii and Elan vital in Europe. All of us have life force energy; it is essential for life and needs to flow freely for optimum health.
The aim of Reiki treatments is to harmonise your life force energy and reconnect you to the universal energy. Reiki energy is said to come from the source of all creation. This Source is said to be the vital force that sustains the cosmos and infuses us with light and life, providing the energy source from which our bodies, and all forms of matter, arise. Our aura is an energy body that surrounds our physical body; it emerges from our chakras (the energy centres of the body) and reflects the state of our life force energy.
These concepts are the pillars on which all healing traditions including Reiki are built and can be found in the texts of ancient Chinese, Indian and Japanese philosophies. More recently, modern scientific understanding has started to converge with this ancient wisdom. Quantum physicists have discovered that the universe is made up of energy, the Zero Point Field, and this energy is the source of all matter in the universe including human beings.