Sunday, June 1, 2008

What is Reiki

by Dr Danny T. Siegenthaler

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a system of Enlightenment and a Hands on Healing art developed in the early 1900's by Mikao Usui in Japan. It is an art that is passed from Master to student. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words - Rei and Ki, meaning Universal Life Force Energy. The term "Reiki" is used to describe both the energy and the Usui system of using it. The original system by Usui was called Usui Reiki Ryoho.

A Japanese Tendai Buddhist named Mikao Usui claimed to have discovered Reiki after long meditation, fasting, and prayer. Usui wrote that by mystical revelation he had gained the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune others to what he called Reiki. Mikao Usui said that he had the ability to enable people to enhance their access to the energy through certain initiations. Usui taught that his attunements to Reiki enhanced and refined a person's pre-existing ability to connect with Reiki. Through such initiations, students are said to become clearer channels for Reiki, and thereby improve the quality of treatments that student (or practitioner) provides.

Some schools of Reiki are said to believe that Mikao Usui was pursuing knowledge of healing before he developed his Reiki method and that he also studied traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Qigong, and Yoga. Usui, however, claimed that the awakening of Reiki and the development of his techniques was something entirely different. Nonetheless, Reiki appears to be based loosely around ideas of qi (Wikipedia).

There are many Reiki organisations and web sites from all over the world that provide a great deal of information, a few of them are listed below:

Reiki for Harmony
Canberra, Australia
Pepa Carey, Reiki Master

The Radiance Technique International Association, Inc. (TRTIA)
P.O. Box 40570
St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0570
Phone/Fax: (727) 347-2106
Web site:
Dr. Barbara Ray, Founder

American Reiki Master Associtation
Omega Dawn Sanctuary of the Healing Arts
P.O. Box 130
Lake City, FL 32056-0130
Phone/Fax (904) 755-9638
Web site:
Dr. Arthur L. Robertson, Reiki Master

The Reiki Do Institute
Windpferd Verlag
Friesenrieder Strabe 45
Aitrang 97648
Walter Lubeck, Reiki Master

Reiki Outreach International
P.O. Box 191156
San Diego, CA 92159-1156
FAX: (619) 337-1500
Mary A. McFadyen, Founder

The Reiki Training Centre Of Canada
PO Box 3294
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Canada, T8A 2A6
(403) 467-6621
Fax (403) 467-7553
Anny Slegten - Reiki Master

Healing Touch, UK
Secretary, 218 Osborne Road
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 3LB, United Kingdom
Phone/Fax: +44 (0) 191 281 7442
Web site:
(613) 823-7113

International Association of Reiki
Lesni 14, 46001 Liberec 1
Czech Republic
Phone/Fax (420) 48 424-629
Web site:
Mari Hall, Reiki Master

Usui-Do (Traditional Japanese Reiki) update
The Usui-Do Foundation
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(403) 437-5481
Web site:

Reiki New Zealand Inc.
PO Box 60-226
Titirangi, Auckland
New Zealand
Web site:

E.R.A. - European Reiki Association
Viale S. Antonio, 59
21100 Varese VA, Italy
Fax:(IT) 0347-4180414
Email: and
Prof. Dr. Stefano Maria Rattazzi, Founder
Dr. Giacomo Motta, Manager

Atlantic Usui Reiki Association
RR#2 Stewiacke
Nova Scotia
Canada B0N 2J0
Judith Settle, Reiki Master, Secretary

Reiki Healing Center
T1 Saiapartments
59-1-15/1 Ramachandranagar
Vijayawada 520008, INDIA
Phone/Fax: 00 91 866 479807
M.Narayana Rao, Reiki Master

The Reiki Association
Cornbrook Bridge House Clee Hill, LUDLOW
Shropshire S48 3QQ, UK
44 (0) 1981 550 829
Fax: 44 (0) 1584 891 197
Email: or

How does Reiki work?

While there are various theories as to how Reiki might work, there is no clear answer to this - all that can be said for certain is that it does. Dis-ease, dis-harmony, un-wellness is believed to occur due to disruptions/inhibitions in the flow of vital life force within our being.

Many believe that the specific radiant energy-pattern which is called Reiki, emanating from the practitioner's hands, simply assists the body to 'correct' and re-balance the flow of our life force, thus returning us to a state of wellness and generally enhancing the quality of our experience of our life.

Where can you learn Reiki?

A good place to start is with the contacts provided above. Many of them have web site and email addressess. You could start by selecting to contact one of the organisations in your country. I've listed organisations from the US, Canada, Italy, Australia and New Zealand as well as some others.

There are also many books you can read to become more familiar with the principles and concepts behind the healing practice of Reiki.

Reiki for Harmony is a source of information and workshops on Reiki. Please visite Reiki for Harmony to find out how you may benefit from Reiki.

1 comment:

Alex said...

This was very informative. Thank you for sharing the info.