A Brief Definition of Reiki
Ki [key] in Japanese, or C’hi [chee] in Chinese, is the subtle energy which flows in every living thing. Ki is what an acupuncturist manipulates with needles. In Reiki, Ki is manipulated and transferred by the hands of a Reiki practitioner by touching the client’s body.
Reiki is a subtle energy healing system, utilizing a quiet, direct touch of the client’s clothed body to channel Ki. This is done through the use of 14 different hand positions which cover most of the recipient’s body, both front and back. It is not a form of massage, since there is no tissue manipulation.
A Reiki practitioner must receive an attunement [specialized, enabling, energy transfer] by a Reiki Master to be able to use this system of healing. The system was created by Mikao Usui in Japan after his study of Tendai Buddhist [his religion] teachings and their Tibetan Vajrayana roots, in order to rediscover direct-touch healing, culminating with a profound personal experience while on a thirty day meditation. After that experience, Usui was able to heal others by touch, as well as to enable this ability in his students.