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What is Reiki? - Healing with Hands

Updated on May 14, 2015

The two symbols of Reiki

The first kanji symbol is Rei and the second is Ki
The first kanji symbol is Rei and the second is Ki | Source

What is Reiki?

Essentially the word Reiki is made up of two symbols Rei and Ki from the Japanese Language. As with the characters it is possible for the symbols to have more than one meaning.

Rei can mean ghost, spirit, soul; supernatural, miraculous, divine or ethereal body and Ki can mean air, breath, energy, force, atmosphere, mood, intention, emotion, or attention. Combined they mean "Universal Life Energy" which pretty much sums up exactly what Reiki is.

It uses the energy of the universe that is all around us and from which we come, to heal and energize our bodies. Disease is said to be unbalanced energy and Reiki helps balance the energy via a Reiki Medium. The healer is not generating new energy, but merely tapping into the already existing energy of the universe.

Dr Mikao Usui is credited with rediscovering the healing energy of Reiki in 1922. It is believed that after 21 days of meditating, fasting and praying on Mount Kurama he had the vision of the Reiki Healing Symbols.

Some prefer to be told the full story at the time of initiation so I will not spoil it for you here. After this Usui moved to Tokyo and in April 1922 he founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai or the Usui Reiki Healing Society.

After his death Chujiro Hayashi took over the work and was also responsible for initiating Hawayo Takata into Reiki. She was the one responsible for the spread of Reiki healing to America and consequently to the rest of the western world.

The 22 Reiki Masters she trained before her death in 1980 are still working in the world with their healing magic today. Almost all Reiki being practised outside Japan is credited to her work.

Even a child can use Reiki Hands effectively!
Even a child can use Reiki Hands effectively! | Source

Healing with Reiki

There are two main types of sessions in Reiki Healing.

Full Body Treatment and Localised treatment.

In the Full Body Treatment you will have all seven major chakras cleansed, energised and balanced by the Reiki Medium.

In the Localised Treatment what ever problem area you may be nursing, such as a lower back ache, a kidney stone or any other problem is dealt with by the Reiki Medium.

Reiki Symbols can be used for both healing purposes. It is possible to do touch and distant healing with the Reiki Symbols. Being some what worried about how they will be reviewed here, I am not putting up the healing Reiki Symbol Images.

Reiki is merely energy healing. It is not a massage. It is using universal energy for the purpose of balancing the body's energy and healing its diseases.

The Body's Chakras


Principles of Reiki

Just for today,
1. I will live in the attitude of gratitude.
2. I will not fear or worry.
3. I will not anger.
4. I will do any work honestly.
5. I will be kind to everyone and everything.

The Seven Reiki Chakras

As most of you are aware there are Energy Vortexes in our bodies which regulate our state of health. These are known as the energy “Chakras”. The principle charkas are seven in number and are given the colours of the rainbow or VIBGYOR. I will try to give a few details of the seven primary charkas individually in this post. Their various names have been listed below I will be referring to them with their English names for the simple fact that I am writing in English.

1. Sahasrara or Crown Chakra
2. Gyan or Ajana or Third Eye or Brow Chakra
3. Vishudha or Throat Chakra
4. Anahata or Heart Chakra
5. Manipura or Nabhi or Solar Plexus Chakra
6. Swadhisthana or Hara or Sacral Chakra
7. Mooldhara or Root Chakra

Crown Chakra

It is symbolized by a flower of thousand petals. The colour assigned to it is Violet. This is where life force comes into us. We stay connected to the life force from here. If developed, it gives the power of voluntarily leaving our bodies. It’s from here that the Reiki Master opens the Reiki Channel and lets Reiki flow into your body till it reaches the root chakra.

Third Eye Chakra

It is said to have two petals only. The colour is Indigo and has nothing to do with Tata Motors. It helps develop logical thinking and the ability to see beyond the obvious. If developed it gives us the power of clairvoyance and intuition. It helps us empathize with others. Associated with supreme consciousness, pituitary gland and controlling body functions.

Throat Chakra

This Chakra has sixteen petals. It is assigned a deep Blue colour. It develops creativity, quality of speech, truthfulness, etc. Along with the Heart Chakra it plays an important role in our ability to connect to the outside cosmos and move above our basic survival, food and power needs. These two chakras help us seek divine help, enabling us to connect to the source of all things, which is why when we pray our hands are always folded and raised at the level of these two chakras.

Heart Chakra

Said to have twelve petals this chakra is supposed to be Green in colour. It generates feelings of love, caring and nurturing. From this chakra upwards our higher self becomes visible. We become less obsessed with material things and start thinking of the world, others, our interconnectedness, etc.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Ten petals are assigned to this chakra, as is the colour Yellow. It provides you the feelings of assertiveness or submissiveness. The exertion of power and authority over others is controlled by this chakra.

Sacral Chakra

The number of petals is six and the colour of the chakra is said to be Orange. It is associated with sexual energy, sensuality and sensitivity.

Root Chakra

It has four petals and is symbolized by the colour RED. It provides the basic will to live, fear, survival instinct, etc. It is also associated with the excretory functions of the body.
So there you have it…the seven chakras!


Training and Reiki Initiations

First Degree

The first initiation helps you do touch Reiki. You can use your hands to direct the energy to the required part of the patient's body.

Second Degree

Now you are taught the Reiki Symbols for distant healing. Three main symbols for connecting, breaking blocks and energizing.

Third Degree

The fourth symbol taught here will help you to magnify the power of the previous symbols ten times. It is the master symbol.

Reiki Master

Now you are initiated to be able to intitiate others into Reiki.

Choosing the right Reiki Master is a concern these days as many Reiki Masters are self proclaimed. To get a Reiki Master from the Takata lineage is important if you wish to learn the traditional Usui Reiki techniques.

Reiki is practiced by a number of people in various countries, and there may have come about some changes in practices, but the energy is the same. Reiki belongs to everyone and can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime after being attuned to the Reiki energy by a Master Teacher.

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Experience Reiki

If ever you get a chance to go through a Reiki Treatment I would highly recommend that you get a hands on, touch Reiki healing session done.

What I can only talk about and describe through my words is very inadequate to explain the true nature of the energy transfer that helps heal the body, mind and soul.


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    • cashmere profile image

      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Rani Venkat is leaving Pune? Where's she going?

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      Lawrence 4 years ago

      I have just completed my second degree Reiki with Master Rani Venkat - her last class before leaving Pune! I flew to India mainly for that. I am so grateful to have her as my Master!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      The crown chakra draws energy from the universe to our body, that is why the cone is formed on top of the head. The universal healing energy is white or golden.

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      Rakesh 5 years ago

      Crown chakra is white..........Even in Rani ma'am s sessions she refers to them as white..

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you for your kind words. I too am a 3rd degree medium

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great hub, cashmere.

      I practice Reiki and am also a firm believer in it. cheers, my friend!!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you for stopping by. Hope you gained something from the hub.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting Hub about Reiki, a way of being relaxed

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Thank you so much Davidsaiah! I just did level 3 initiations two years ago. Am seriously considering becoming a Master. Your blessings mean a lot.

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      davidisaiah 7 years ago from Klamath Falls, Oregon


      I am so grateful that you have created this hub. As a Reiki master whose lineage goes back to Takata, I feel always blessed to here the words of others in the flow of Reiki's light and love. Infinite Reiki Blessings.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      It is my pleasure to share this knowledge. I know it works and want others to know it too.

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      Shealy Healy 8 years ago from USA

      Good to find you here. I am an advocate of vebrational and energy healing/medicine. You took lots of time on this article. Thank you for the education to the community and the energy. is my website. I invite you to come and visit. I have been fortunate to have much love from all those within my reach.


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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Nancy, being an Indian and so familiar with the charkas from before I always thought that they were integral to reiki. I know it helps to focus energy on particular chakras for specific ailments.

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      Nancy Arnott 8 years ago

      I agree that this is a very informative page and a good introduction to Reiki. Thank you for all the thought and effort you put into it!

      I would like to note, however, that although some Reiki masters in India and elsewhere may teach the chakra system and some people may find it a useful adjunct, it is not part of Reiki as taught by Mrs. Takata. (Keep in mind that the chakra system originated in India, while Reiki came from Japan.)

      I hope that people who are introduced to Reiki through your excellent hub page will go on to seek further sources of reliable information about it -- I would recommend Pamela Miles' book "Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide" and her site as well as Janet Dagley Dagley's blog -- and I especially hope they will consider receiving a Reiki treatment, since experiencing Reiki is the best way to truly know it.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Hey Snehal, great to see you read this. Seriously we need to meet up. Let me know when you're in the country next.

      Cara, glad I was able to throw some light on Reiki for you :)

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      Cara Akard 8 years ago from Plano, Tx

      This is a very informative article. Someone who doesn't know about Reiki and it's therapeutic benefits will now. Well done!

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      Snehal Sarkar 8 years ago

      Wow...this is good stuff lady....I dont know if I can keep the patience, but would love to have someone try it on me. I know my Aunt did it to herself when she was pregnant and that did help her daughter after she was born....I liked you pranayam stuff too...way to go Mommy....wish we could meet soon and talk.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Am glad I was of some help! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Dr Sameer Paul 8 years ago

      I did not know anything about reiki and was actually quite a non believer. I was even contemptuous . But now I am having a rethink !!

      thanks Cashmere for enlightening me.

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      dipless 8 years ago from Manchester

      A nice hub, my best friend is a third degree reiki practitioner, it did wonders for my cluster headaches

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Thanks Raven

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      Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      I learned a lot. This is a good hub. :)

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Good idea. I think I'll do it.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      I feel even now you can edit and place the poll above the comments section as they say it's never too late. :D

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Thanks Country Women. I think most people missed the poll! I need to be careful where I place a poll next time.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Very good hub. I did a basic course of both Reiki and Pranic healing(although not practicing either now). And anyway as part of the course we did have Reiki sessions on each other. Btw I almost missed this poll(if you shift the poll above the comments section then that would be better in my opinion). Thumbs up, Cashmere. You have presented all the concepts in a simple and informative format. 

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Thank you RJSkains. I hope you and your friends benefit from Reiki

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      RJSkains 8 years ago

      This whole Reiki thing is completely new to me. From what I read in your hub, Reiki sounds interesting. This is some information I will definitely be sharing with my friends. Great Hub. Good job.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Hope you find the healing you are looking for Jama

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I once had a Reiki "assessment" at a Mind & Body Fair. It was surprisingly accurate, but alas I've not followed up with any treatments Thanks for reminding me that I should, and soon.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Am happy you found the hub interesting bundle boy.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This hub made me research about Reiki for a whole day, Great Hub.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Glad you liked it Cris

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I have heard of reiki before but never got interested enough to find out more. And now this hub. Very interesting indeed. My brother-in-law is Japanese. I'll try to find out if he knows about reiki. Thanks for sharing ;D

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Yes cashmere, she was mine too! :)

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Hi FP, nice to see you back here. Whom did you learn from? Rani Venkat? She was my Reiki Master.

      Candie, it is rather effective.

      Thanks you Anjali.

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      anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

      Very informative. I consider this as an extension of my hubs on Chakras. This subject is my personal favorite. Thx for sharing it on HP.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      This is big in my area/business, tho I don't practice it I know many who do and swear by it. You have explained it well! Thank you!

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Sabu, it works....I was initiated many many years ago and while I'm not a very serious practitioner I automatically use it to ease pain.

      Thanks for this refresher course cashmere! :)

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Oh Yes it has Sabu. It is quite effective for minor ailments. Much better than popping a crocin.

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Interesting hub Cashmere. I have no experience or knowledge of Reiki - has it worked for anyone you know?

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      I'm glad you learnt more about Reiki Madhav.

      Thank you Sue. Great to have a reiki master appreciate the reiki hub.

      Thanks for stopping by Kushal

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      Kushal Poddar 8 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Well conjured.

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      Susan Bailey 8 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Well Done! I'm a Reiki Master and I think you've covered quite a lot here. The symbols are supposed to be secret although they can be easily found on the internet;unless you are attuned to Reiki they are useless though.

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      Kmadhav 8 years ago from New delhi

      just a fantastic information about reiki. I knew little about this thearapy but you increased my knowledge bank.