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Assignment # 4 - Reiki
AU ID: 2423950
Alternative Therapies
September 23, 2006
“Reiki is a laying on of hands touch healing system of incomparable ease and power” (Stein, 1995, p. 8). In simpler terms, it is a Japanese form of stress reduction and relaxation that in turn, promotes healing. Reiki can be defined in several ways, however, each relates back to healing through energy. “The Reiki energy has intelligence far beyond human knowledge, and all it takes to activate it is to place your hands on the positions or where there is pain. The energy will do the healing and do it well” (Stein, 1995, p. 8). Most people place their hands on the area where they are experiencing pain. This is such when a child scrapes his/her arm and asks his/her mother to kiss it and miraculously makes it better. Stein (1995) states, “Human touch conveys warmth, serenity, and healing” (p. 16). This simple act is the basis for all touch healing techniques. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words, Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy" ( It is available to help us in times of need and to act as a source of guidance in our lives. Reiki goes back to the 1800’s and has been kept highly secret for many years. It is an ancient and profoundly simple system derived from Tibetan Buddhism (Stein, 1995). Children of early earth studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for universal healing (Stein, 1995). Several healing systems were derived from this single root system which spanned across many different cultures. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten. Reiki was rediscovered in the 1840s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Christian minister in Kyoto, Japan. Through an extensive amount of research, he began a study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient sutras. He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal life energy for healing. Usui then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form of healing, Reiki, and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893 (Stein, 1995). Since then Reiki has changed and evolved, however, the methods are still working and are all derived from the early teachings of Usui. Reiki has become increasingly popular worldwide. Stein (1995) states, “the origins of Reiki need to be honored, while at the same time respecting the changing world and the changing needs of people and the Earth” (p.15). “As western medicine continues to explore alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice” (

The Reiki technique can be passed on to anyone who is willing to learn and anyone who is able to connect into the life force energy of Ki. Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but rather passed on to the student through attending a Reiki class. “The ability is passed on during an attunement given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of life force energy to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life” ( This gives the healer an increase in life energy or Ki for her own healing, but becomes connected to the source of all universal Ki (Stein, 2005). With Reiki, all it takes is the attunement, and the student is immediately a healer (Stein, 1995). “From the time of the attunement and through the rest of her life, all she needs to do to connect with healing Ki is to place her hands upon herself or someone else and it will flow through her automatically” (Stein, 1995, p.17). The process of attunement sets Reiki apart from every other form of touch healing. In Reiki I, the student receives the first combined attunement. She receives an additional attunement...
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