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Reiki is a form of energy healing re-discovered by the Japanese Zen Buddhist Dr. Mikao Usui, born in 1865 in Japan.


  • As a businessman, scholar and doctor he became fascinated with the ability to perform healings. This lead to a long search, eventually taking him up Mt Kurama, Japan, where he fasted for 21 days. It was during this retreat that he had acquired the insight that led to the re-discovery of this system of healing.
  • His gift was of great value during the 1923 Kanto earthquake. His teachings became established then, having passed through various teachers since his death in 1926.
  • Although there are a few versions of Reiki, those teachers that use the “Usui” method follow the principles as laid by Dr Usui of “inviting Happiness” into one’s life.
  • This is achieved by working with the Five Reiki Ideals and Three Degrees of Attunement. The Ideals promote self improvement as essential to Reiki healing. Alignment of energy is achieved through the use of ancient Reiki symbols.
  • Reiki is a Japanese word that is translated as “universal life energy”. This results from the meaning associated with “Re”, being “Universal” and “Ki” as “Life Force Energy”.
  • Ki is also referred to as God, Buddha, Prana, Qi and Love Energy.
  • Ki is the all-including cosmic energy from which all other universal energies have been generated, the vital living force.
  • Everything in the universe is made up of this energy, though each life form or object manifests different energy forms and frequencies.
  • Reiki is one of the manifestations, the seventh form and the organiser of all others.

Stein, D. 1995. Essential Reiki - A Complete Guide to an Ancient  Healing Art. Crossing Press. Berkely. Toronto.