|Posted by [email protected] on October 24, 2011 at 2:40 AM|
What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese technique for using energy to promote relaxation and healing. Its discovery by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century is generally considered to be a 're'-discovery due to Reiki's similarity to other healing techinques that have been practices for thousands of years.
Reiki, the word, is a combination of two Japanese words, Rei and Ki.
"Rei", in simplest terms, means 'universal', but as with many Japanese words, the actual usage and meaning can vary. A more precise interpretation of Rei as it applies to healing might be 'universal wisdom', which suggests a higher wisdom in a spiritual sense. Divine, or Spiritual Wisdom.
The word "Ki" describes the same concept as Chi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit: Life Energy. Reiki, then, as a single word, describes Spiritually or Divinely guided Life Energy.
This concept of Divine or Spiritual Guidance of Life Energy is what differentiates Reiki from most other forms of healing, because the healing power is guided not by the 'Practitioner', by by recipient's need. Truly, a Reiki practitioner has no attachment to the outcome of the work and acts as a mere conduit or channel.
So, Reiki ... as a healing force ... can only be used for the recipient's Higher Good, and can cause no harm for either the recipient or the practitioner. Its application will always be positive ... and outside of human control.
Borrowed from Dan Stewart