What is Reiki?
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese terms: Rei which refers to “Gods Wisdom” or “The Higher Power,” and Ki which means “Life Force Energy.” Reiki is thus “spiritually guided life force energy.” It is a Japanese concept that has been universally present across human cultures, and is a form of stress reduction and relaxation that can facilitate healing.
Reiki, at its most basic, presumes a unified field or current of energy being projected by the healer which is then used by the recipient to regain vitality and balance energy patterns in their being. This energy may influence all levels of being including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, for each level is just a different frequency range of the spectrum of vibration that defines our existence. Reiki can be performed either hands-on, administered by the laying on of hands onto the body, or remotely by visualization and intention since all that exists is understood to be interconnected within a field of consciousness, a paradigm which has become apparent in “New Physics.”
Entering with a calm and relaxed state is important for Reiki healing, as it allows one to become more open and sensitive to the flow of subtler energies through oneself. Reiki healers, and those practicing other similar methods of energy or spiritual healing, typically display dominant brain wave patterns in the alpha and theta ranges when providing treatments. Evidence shows that when one holds these patterns, others in their environment are also inclined to entrain more relaxed states.