What is Reiki

In my previous post, I covered an introduction to Reiki and the role of the practitioner as the focuser of Reiki.  What is Reiki?

My description is to provide a framework for those that are not familiar with this healing modality.  I anticipate that many readers searching about Reiki online may already be familiar with its wonderful energies.  For those readers, thank you so much for visiting, and feel free to contribute in the comments on what Reiki is.

In my first post, Introduction to Reiki, I use examples from science that most of us are familiar with.  Heat energy travels a certain distance, is perceived by our bodies as “hot”, can be visualized with infrared technology, and has a source.  The heat source can be many objects, the sun, a hot plate, or a microwave.

Reiki, like x-rays,  gamma rays, or ultraviolet rays, also has a source.  One of the most powerful aspects or Reiki is the source.



The work Reiki comes from Japenese Kanji (symbols used in communication) which are “Rei” and “Ki”.  “Rei” translates to Spiritual Wisdom and “Ki” translates to “Life Energy”¹.


Acceptance of the “Rei” in Reiki can be the biggest hurdle for anyone that is skeptical.  If you have a spiritual practice, the Rei is simply originating from a deity, such as God, Buddha or Allah.  The Rei can also come from Mother Earth or any spirit guide that holds strong meaning for that person (please recall this list is not all inconclusive, and I welcome any additions in comments).  It is important to note that the “Rei” applies to atheist.  An atheist may feel most comfortable with identifying the “Higher Self” as the spiritual wisdom.  Because the source of the energy is from something higher than mankind, with only loving intentions is why Reiki is only able to bring good and healing.



“Ki”, of “Life Energy” is often compared to Prana in Hinduism (and Yoga) or the Holy Ghost in Christianity².  This is the hum of life.  The beating of your heart, or the flow of energy.  We all have a sense of flow.  Most of us notice it as health, simply feeling well, moving through life with little resistance.  Yogis, those that practice Yoga, identify this as Prana, and use asana (yoga postures) to help move Prana that has been blocked.  Acupuncturist use Traditional Chinese Medicine and needles to unblock Chi.  In anatomy, students notice within a few lessons that every region of the human body is supplied by a neurovascular bundle, and often learn the mnemonic  NAV (Nerve-artery-vein).  Where there is blood flow, the blood must drain, and a nerve helps that area to operate.  In a heart attack, an artery becomes blocked. This causes chest pain (through the nerves that sense pain), and must be unblocked by a cardiologist by using stents.

In addition to being an energy, due to the divine nature of the source, Reiki heals at all levels because its guided by forces wiser than humans.  Reiki is simply facilitated by the human touch, but Reiki will heal the receiver at all levels, including molecular, physical, mental, and emotional.  Because of this, Reiki is not limited to the here and now.  Reiki can heal in the present, the past or the future.  However, if you’re just now learning about Reiki, we should stay in the present for now.

Thank you so much for visiting.  My intention with this an all entries is to introduce the topic to those that are new.  If reading this feels  odd, don’t worry, its natural to feel somewhat overwhelmed.  I will continue to discuss Reiki and in future posts, will began to cover current research on Reiki as a healing modality in medicine.




  1. Rand, W.L. (1991).  Reiki The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual. Reiki Defined, 1, 3-4. ISBN 1-886785-03-1
     2.  Baginki, B.J., Sharamon, S. (1988). Reik Universal Life Energy. Mendocino, CA: Life              Rhythm.

Published by Charlyce Davis

I am an Internal Medicine physician with 10 years of practice experience. I have become a student of Reiki and I have also studied yoga.

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