Reiki literally means the universal life energy. Rei is universal energy that knows no bounds. Ki is the vital life force in all of us. The concept of the life force has been known to the various ancient cultures. It is known as chi in China, prana in India, ruah by the Hebrews, and light by the Christians.
Reiki is a method of transmitting the universal life force to a person in need. Reiki energies have great healing properties that can be used to mitigate human ailments and sufferings. Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk, has been attributed with the honor of rediscovering this noble healing art in the nineteenth century. Mikao Usui is said to have undergone a 21-day fast and meditation before receiving empowerment in the form of symbols mentioned in the scriptures.
Reiki is a hands-on healing technique. The healing energy can pass through the practitioner only after receiving attunement. It opens up a distinct channel that allows the passage of Reiki energy from the healer to the receiver. A healing session might take about an hour to an hour and a half. The treatment starts from the head that includes laying hands on five positions, and then moving on to the front torso and back torso.
Reiki helps in chronic ailments, pain situations, stress and tension. It works on four different levels, the physical, emotional, energy, and subconscious. In a world where we are used to instant gratification, results from Reiki treatment may appear to come slowly. Energies may take their own time. So, the receiver will have to exercise due patience for a fruitful result.