Introduction to Reiki Healing : Understanding the Basics

In a world that increasingly embraces holistic approaches to health and wellness, Reiki healing stands out as a remarkable and profound method of energy healing. Originating from Japan, Reiki has garnered a global following for its simplicity, effectiveness, and ability to promote deep relaxation and healing. My journey with Reiki started 27 years back when as a student I was grappling with stress, anxiety and fear. Regularly practicing Reiki transformed my life completely. My family, relatives and neighbours when they saw the change in me they also took up Reiki some of them eventually becoming Reiki Masters! 

The Origins of Reiki

Reiki, pronounced “ray-kee,” is a form of energy healing developed in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. The word “Reiki” is derived from two Japanese words: “Rei,” meaning “universal,” and “Ki,” meaning “life energy.” Together, Reiki translates to “universal life energy.”

Mikao Usui’s Journey

Mikao Usui’s journey to discovering Reiki began with a quest for spiritual enlightenment and healing. After years of study and meditation, Usui experienced a profound spiritual awakening on Mount Kurama in Japan. This experience led him to develop the Reiki healing system, which he later taught to others, ensuring the practice could be passed down through generations.

The Principles of Reiki

Reiki is built on a foundation of five principles, known as the Reiki Precepts, which are intended to promote a balanced and harmonious life. These principles are:

  1. Just for today, I will not be angry.
  2. Just for today, I will not worry.
  3. Just for today, I will be grateful.
  4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
  5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

These precepts encourage mindfulness and positive behavior, helping practitioners and recipients alike to cultivate a peaceful mindset.

How Reiki Works

Reiki healing operates on the premise that life energy flows through all living beings. When this energy is balanced and free-flowing, we experience physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. However, blockages or imbalances in this energy can lead to illness, stress, and emotional disturbances.

The Reiki Healing Session

A typical Reiki session involves a practitioner channelling universal life energy through their hands to the recipient. This energy transfer can occur through direct touch or from a distance, as Reiki transcends physical boundaries. 

One of the unique aspects of Reiki is its ability to be effective over long distances. This technique, known as distance Reiki or remote healing, allows practitioners to send healing energy to individuals who are not physically present. The practitioner uses symbols and intent to focus the energy on the recipient, providing the same benefits as an in-person session.

The Benefits of Reiki Healing

Reiki offers a wide range of benefits, addressing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. Some of the most commonly reported benefits include:

Physical Healing

Reiki promotes physical healing by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. It can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate recovery from injuries and surgeries. Many people also report improvements in chronic conditions such as migraines, arthritis, and fatigue.

Emotional and Mental Well-being

Reiki is known for its ability to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress. By calming the mind and soothing emotions, Reiki can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma. It also encourages mental clarity, focus, and a sense of inner peace.

Spiritual Growth

On a spiritual level, Reiki can enhance one’s connection to their higher self and the universe. It fosters a sense of purpose, inner wisdom, and spiritual awakening. Practitioners often find that regular Reiki practice deepens their meditation and mindfulness practices.

Reiki for Manifestation

Reiki is not only a tool for healing but also a powerful aid for manifestation. By channelling universal life energy, you can align your intentions with the flow of energy in the universe, making it easier to attract what you desire into your life.

Healing Chakras with Reiki

Chakra Healing Therapy is a way to balance your mind and body’s energy centers. You can also practice self-Reiki to balance your chakras. Spend a few minutes each day focusing on each chakra, visualizing it in a healthy and balanced state while channeling Reiki energy. This regular practice can help maintain your overall energy balance and well-being.

Becoming a Reiki Practitioner

If you feel drawn to Reiki and wish to explore its healing potential further, you might consider becoming a Reiki practitioner. The journey to becoming a practitioner typically involves several levels of training, each building on the previous one.

Reiki Levels

  1. Reiki Level I : The first level focuses on self-healing and basic techniques. Students learn hand positions, energy sensing, and the history and principles of Reiki.
  2. Reiki Level II : The second level introduces advanced techniques and symbols. Students learn how to perform distance healing and enhance the flow of energy.
  3. Reiki Level III  or Master Level: The third level is for those who wish to teach Reiki to others. It involves mastering advanced symbols, techniques, and the attunement process.

Attunement Process

A key component of Reiki training is the attunement process, where a Reiki Master transfers energy and knowledge to the student, opening their energy channels and connecting them to the universal life energy. This process is considered sacred and essential for the practitioner’s ability to channel Reiki effectively.

Integrating Reiki into Daily Life

Reiki is not just a healing technique; it is a way of life. By incorporating Reiki principles and practices into your daily routine, you can experience greater harmony, balance, and well-being. Here are some ways to integrate Reiki into your life:


Regular self-Reiki sessions can help maintain your energy balance and promote overall health. Set aside time each day for self-treatment, focusing on areas that need healing or attention.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Combine Reiki with mindfulness and meditation practices to deepen your connection to universal life energy. This can enhance your awareness, intuition, and spiritual growth.

Sharing Reiki with Others

Offer Reiki to friends, family, and pets. Sharing Reiki with others not only helps them but also strengthens your own practice and connection to the energy.

Continuing Education

Reiki is a lifelong journey of learning and growth. Continue to explore new techniques, attend workshops, and connect with other practitioners to expand your understanding and skills.


Reiki healing is a powerful and accessible practice that offers numerous benefits for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Whether you seek to receive Reiki for personal healing or become a practitioner to share its benefits with others, Reiki can be a transformative and enriching addition to your life.

By embracing the principles and practices of Reiki, you open yourself to a world of healing, harmony, and universal life energy. As you embark on this journey, remember the words of Mikao Usui: “The secret art of inviting happiness, the miraculous medicine of all diseases.” Through Reiki, may you find the path to greater peace, health, and spiritual fulfilment. I am a Reiki healing Master and if you would like to start your life journey with Reiki write to us.