What is Reiki?
Hmmm. Now that’s an interesting question. If you’ve been looking at websites or talking to different people you might think that there is a world of different systems out there and they’re all called Reiki – and you may well be right.
Here it is in a nutshell...
The system of Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice from the early 1900s that supports healing and personal development.
If your interest is in getting back to what was taught in Japan before it hit the West in 1938, eventually becoming associated with the new age movement - then you've come to the right place!
We practice Reiki precepts to give us spiritual guidelines to think about, Reiki meditations for reconnecting to our inner power, hands-on healing for wellbeing, shirushi (symbols) and jumon (mantras) to balance us, and reiju and attunements as energetic blessings; supporting us in being healthy, happy and whole.
The International House of Reiki has spent many years researching the system and trying to work out which of the many statements made about the system of Reiki are factual or mythical. The results of this research are in The Reiki Sourcebook which, if this subject interests, you can delve into in much more detail. The information from The Reiki Sourcebook is all sourced in an attempt to be non-prejudicial and impartial. By having a grounded understanding of the teachings it is possible to understand how the system of Reiki works.
Here's a look at how Reiki can be defined ...
Reiki, the word, means spiritual energy.
The system of Reiki is a is a Japanese spiritual and healing practice that supports you in feeling more connected to life. It inclues a set number of practices that you can use to develop your energetic connection to life, and this offers the practitioner many benefits.
From the two definitions above it is clear that the system of Reiki was developed in the early 1900s by a Japanese man called Mikao Usui based on his personal experiences of working with Reiki.
Today the way that we experience the system of Reiki is in two ways:
Reiki treatments are available for people of any age from children through to the elderly as well as animals. To support those interested in developing their personal and professional practices we also provide private teachings facilitated by a senior teacher of the International House of Reiki.
Further Web Resources
- Doing Reiki
- Hands-on Healing and the Reiki Precepts
- Researching Reiki Training from a Japanese Viewpoint