A direct translation of the word Reiki means Spiritual Energy. Do you think that Reiki is the same or different to Ki, Qi, Prana or rLung?
• Ki is a Japanese word meaning “life force” and is used in Japanese practices like Ki Ko, Akido etc…
• Qi is Chinese word meaning “life force” and used in Chinese practices like Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Acupuncture etc…
• Prana is a Sanskrit word meaning “divine energy” and used in Hindu practices like Yoga, Ayurveda etc…
• rLung is a Tibetan word meaning “wind, breath and life force” and used in Tibetan practices like Buddhism, Yoga etc…
This question has often been debated in the Reiki community and we want to see what you think. If you feel like it you can write a bit about why you think they might be the same or different. BUT before you do keep this in mind: don’t just repeat what you have read in a book or heard from your teacher/s, contemplate this question and see what comes up.
We’d also appreciate it if you would add to your answer whether you are a practitioner or teacher of a specific modality – it might be Yoga, Qi Gong, Reiki, Tai Chi or whatever.
Remember the word Reiki means Spiritual Energy. Please add your answers to the comment section below.
Below are some quotes to inspire you:
Prana is divine energy, life and consciousness.
By Swami Maheshwarananda from The Hidden Power in Humans: Chakras and Kundalin
Qi is not only energy but also the quitessential foundation of the universe.
By Robert Jahnke from The Healing Promise of Qi
The Egyptians called this energy Ka, the Indian rishis named it Prana, the Bible’s prophets reffered to it as Ruah, the Greek philosophers knew it as Pneuma, the early Christians alluded t it as Spiritus, and the sages of China called it Qi.
By Robert Peng from QiGong Master from My Life and Secret Teachings
Yet better definitions alone are no substitute for direct experience in achieving a better understanding of Ki.
By William Reed from Ki: A Practical Guide for Westerners
Ki is the life force, the energy field that sustains the world. Ki is not easy to define – even great Chinese sages such as Mencius admitted that the concept defied precise explanation: “It is not a ‘what’, it is unnamable” was a typical nonspecific description – but here are some possibilities: “spirit,” “breath,” “vital energy,” “vivifying force,” “cosmic energy,” “ethereal energy.”
By John Stevens from The Philosophy of Aikido
Ki is the basic unit of the universe.
It is the infinite gathering of infinitely small particles.
Everything is ultimately composed of Ki.
If you pursue this concept to the depth of human Consciousness, you will understand the universal mind which governs all creation, loving and protecting life…
Everything originates from Ki.
From Koichi Tohei
Qi (Chi) is the foundation of all Chinese medical theory……It corresponds to the Greek pnuema and the Sanskrit prana, it is considered to be the vital force and energy flow in all living things……
By Yang Jwing-Ming from Qigong for Health & Martial Arts: Exercises and Meditation (Qigong, Health and Healing)
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