Reiki Overview

Reiki Ryoho (or Reiki-ho) is a spiritual practice developed by Mikao Usui in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It includes a form of hands-on-healing, which has origins in India and the East dating back to the time before Christ and Buddha. Due to the traditional method of passing knowledge from generation to generation by word of mouth, many of these techniques have been lost through the ages. Mikao Usui developed the Reiki-ho techniques currently practiced to aid students’ development and spiritual evolution.

Reiki is a two syllable Japanese word meaning universal life force. Although the proper Japanese pronunciation is LYE-KEY, it has been westernized to RAY-KEY.

Rei means universal, omnipresent – present everywhere at the same time. Esoterically Rei means spiritual consciousness, the omniscient wisdom from God or the higher self.

Ki is the non-physical vitality that gives life to all living things. Many cultures understand and recognize the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being.

Ki energy can be activated for the purpose of healing. When you feel healthy and full of enthusiasm, the flow of Ki in your body is high and unencumbered. Life seems easier to deal with and you have a higher resistance to illness and disease.

However, when your Ki is low because maybe you are under stress or feeling unhappy and tired you will be more susceptible to disease and sickness. Your attitude will be generally negative and you will find it difficult to deal with life’s challenges. Ki is the very essence of the soul; it leaves the body when a person dies.

Reiki is holistic; it works on the body mind and spirit by stimulating a person’s own natural healing abilities. The blocked emotional and physical elements that lead to illness and disease are cleared. Reiki is neither positive nor negative; it is in fact the highest and most profound vibration of life. Divine in origin, it allows us all to become one with all things alive in our world. Reiki is pure unconditional love and joy bringing all who experience and embrace it principles together in harmony.

The skills and techniques associated with Reiki-ho are simple and easy to learn. Small children and adults can equally comprehend and incorporate this Japanese form of healing into their lives. Regular contact with Reiki will bring the recipients mind body and spirit into balance. It will also help prevent future creation of illness and disease.


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    I feel like I am ready for this learning. I had been ill for over 2 years and when I had gotten better I felt like a changed person, an alive person. I am now living life like I want to. willing and ready for challenges. I have been afraid of water and so never learnt how to swim and now I am going to learn through swimming lessons. I am 67 years old, but I am going to try things out and hope to succeed!!! this too I would like to learn more about…reiki-ho!!! thank you for this information. I am Native Coast Salish and would like to help our peoples whenever I can here on the reserves. what better way can I help

      • Randall Hall
      • December 9, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the feedback.

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    I’ve heard people talk about Reiki, but didn’t know much about it. Thank you for this informative post. What is the best way to find a good, authentic Reiki Master?

      • Randall Hall
      • August 7, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for that great question. The answer is really too long to post here in the comments, so I will get one posted up soon.

    • mary
    • August 13, 2015

    thank you for providing this wonderful information. I am new to Reiki so this is very valuable learning.

      • Randall Hall
      • August 13, 2015

      Thank you for stopping by. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me – or submit them with the form on the Contact Me page.

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