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What is Reiki?

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Reiki can be described as a word, as an energy, and as a holistic healing system.


As a word, Reiki (pronounced "RAY-KEE") is a Japanese kanji which means "universal life-force energy," although this could just refer to the Ki part of the word. It means "spiritual energy".

The top kanji, calligraphy, is the word "Rei" and the bottom shape is "Ki." Rei can be translated as "soul," "spirit," "wisdom," "divine," "essence," "sacred" or "mysterious power," while Ki usually refers to "life-force energy" or "universal energy".


As an energy, Reiki is "spiritual energy". It refers to a vital, life-sustaining energy that flows throughout the human body (any live body). The Ki operates at a high vibration and fast frequencies with make it difficult to see. It can be detected through various forms of electromagnetic equipment. The energy removes blockages in its flow that vibrates at lower frequencies. I will get into more detail about this in a later post. Reiki can operate at a higher and faster vibration than Ki that is present in a physical body so it can move through all parts of the human energy field to break through energetic blockages and promote healing.


As a Holistic Healing System, Reiki is a healing process that anyone can benefit from. It brings comfort to people suffering from a range of conditions. It should not be referred to as a cure or religion or belief system. It is a natural form of healing that enhances other treatments. Conventional medical treatments as well as other therapies should be considered and sought. Reiki is "holistic" because it affects body, mind and spirit while helping with complete, deep, relaxation and a sense of well being. This helps the body heal more effectively and efficiently. It is possible to give yourself Reiki and treat animals and other creatures.


A Reiki practitioner should complete the following:

Training in three or more levels

Know the origins and history of Reiki

Have spiritual principles for living

Completed the attunements for the ability to use Reiki

Learn how to apply Reiki and the symbols and techniques

Learn hand positions


To receive the benefits of Reiki, one can lie on a table fully clothed and relaxed. The practitioner gently places their hands on or near the body in a series of positions (non-intrusively). There is no pressure, massage, etc. Energy flows through the practitioner and passes through the client. Reiki energy can not do harm.


Lynn Tincher

Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Practitioner



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