The word Reiki comes from 2 words, Rei (universal life force) and Ki (Energy). Reiki is a spiritually guided life force energy. The Reiki energy is channeled through the reiki practitioner to the receiving person or to oneself. The Reiki energy will help to harmonize and balance the body, mind and spirit.
Reiki was re-discovered in the mid 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui whose personal mission was to discover the secret knowledge of hands-on healing. After earning a Doctorate in Theology at the University of Chicago, he traveled to India to study Sanskrit formulas and symbols in the old Buddhist Sutras which he thought held answers to his quest. Upon returning to Japan, he and decided to go to the sacred Mount Kuriyama to fast and meditate for 21 days hoping to contact the consciousness described in the Sanskrit formulas. On the 21st day he received the Reiki symbols and attunement which gave birth to the Usui system of Reiki.
Reiki is passed down from Reiki Master Teacher to student. Once a Reiki practitioner is attuned and receives the symbols, the symbols are activated with each session the practitioner performs. The attuned Reiki practitioner does not use their own energies, but becomes a conduit and calls upon the universal life force energy of Reiki.