Reiki is a form of energy healing that promotes physical and emotional well-being. It is based on the idea that universal life energy that flows through all living things. By “attuning” into this energy, you can become a channel for it. Using your hands, intention, focus, and reiki symbols, you channel this life force for healing.
Reiki originated in the early 20th century by Mikao Usui, a trained samurai and monk. He coined the name “reiki” by combining the words rei “spirit” and ki “life energy.” Usui taught over 2000 people in his lifetime, guiding students to connect with, become a vessel for, and harness “universal life force” for healing and spiritual progression.
Usui intuited several symbols the practitioner uses during a reiki healing. These symbols are drawn or visualized in the mind during the session, and are often used to address specific issues. Some practitioners believe that the symbols act as a kind of “key” to unlock certain aspects of the energy field, while others view them simply as a tool for focusing the mind and directing energy.
In the 1970s, reiki arrived in the west, and soon there were many variations of this healing art. Now, there’s over 25 styles. The most common ones being: Holy Fire, Jikiden, Karuna®, or Seichem. Each style is taught with different symbols, and different attunements or initiations.
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