Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice developed in the early twentieth century by a Buddhist monk named Usui Sensei. Its aim is to maintain—or restore—balance and to provide spiritual well-being.
With Shinto, Taoist and Buddhist roots, it is based on the transmission of Ki (vital energy) through the hands and meditation.
In the West, Reiki is known as a therapy because it stimulates the body’s natural healing ability. It is mainly used for reducing pain, stress and anxiety as well as relieving discomfort.
Originally, Reiki was used to reach Anshin Ritsumei (a state of complete inner peace). It has five practices to achieve it:
- Gassho Meditation
- Gokai (five philosophical principles)
- Reiju (Japanese practice of ‘giving life’)
- Reiki techniques
The teachings of Reiki are divided into 3 degrees known as ‘Reiki levels’ in the West—some Reiki schools divide the last level in two. These degrees are called shoden, okuden and shinpiden in Japanese.
It is not mandatory to do all Reiki courses in order to practice Reiki. Only the first course is necessary.
Anyone can receive a Reiki session. It is not necessary to have practiced before.