What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced "Ray-Key") is a combination of two Japanese words: Rei, or spiritual wisdom, and Ki, the vital life force. Combined, it translated to be universal life energy, or spiritually guided energy. It was discovered in 1914 by Mikao Usui during an extended fast and meditation on Mt. Kurama. After his experience, he developed a healing system called Usui Shiki Ryoho (the Usui System of Natural Healing). Reiki found its way to the Western world through Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who learned about the system through one of Dr. Usui's students, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.
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All forms of energy healing used in this practice access the universal energy. Reiki is one way of accessing that energy, Sekhem-Seichim Reiki (SSR) is another, and the list continues to grow as humans become more perceptive and find new ways to access it. It does not deplete the practitioner's energy or cause the practitioner to take on the client's symptoms.
The practitioner utilizes and directs the universal energy to effect change in a client's energy field, or aura, which empowers the person to use his or her own healing abilities. The practitioner is a facilitator.
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