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Reiki Plain and Simple

Reiki plain and simple is an effective bioenergy healing therapy that has become very popular over the last twenty years. Its popularity is due to its effectiveness and that it strikes a deep chord of health and healing within people when they learn it.

The goal of Reiki is to support the natural innate life force of a person. By doing so, a person's entire holistic health is positively impacted: body, mind, heart and spirit. A trained practitioner facilitates this through using the technique to transmit universal life energy, also called ch'i or ki, to the receiver.

Reiki is one technique that can be used in a variety of ways. The method involves the practitioner placing her/his hands in specific positions slightly above or lightly upon the physical body. Universal life energy is then transmitted to the body's organs and glands and subtle energy system. Like all energy healing therapies, it can also be done from a distance.

Reiki plain and simple promotes overall health and wellbeing. It supports the innate healing ability of the body. It is beneficial for a wide variety of health conditions, acute or chronic. It is used for relaxation, pain and stress reduction, anxiety, side effects due to cancer treatments and people in transitions. It is also used for individuals who are dying, their families and caregivers, to impart a sense of peace.

It is an excellent self care technique. In fact, historically, Reiki was originally a form of personal self care. Due to its health benefits, it has grown and is now used by trained practitioners in a variety of settings to help others.

A Very Brief History of Reiki plain and simple

This hands-on-healing practice originated in Japan. Written records date back to the mid-1800's to Mikao Usui. Mr. Usui was a Christian minister and a principal at the Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He rediscovered Reiki and shared it with approximately 18 students who became known as Reiki Masters. One of them, Chujiro Hayashi, became the recognized successor upon Mr. Usui's death. He later trained Hawayo Takata, the Reiki Master who brought it to the US. She became Mr. Hayashi's successor and trained 22 Reiki Masters from 1970 to 1980. Since then many people have become trained Reiki Masters and impart the teaching, training and attunements required to do this work.

This form of is called traditional Reiki or Usui Reiki. There are many new styles of Reiki that have arisen in recent years.


There is no governing or certifying organization. Nowadays, becoming a traditional Reiki practitioner requires instruction, training and receiving attunements in person from a Reiki Master. A Reiki Master is a person who has received the trainings, all three attunements and is authorized to teach.

Reiki is pronounced "Ray Key" and is a combination of two Japanese words that mean universal life energy.

Reiki is an approved biofield therapy by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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Now that you have a clearer understanding of what is Reiki plain and simple, experience a Reiki meditation. Below are the "Ethical Principles of Reiki". Read and meditate on them. What do you notice about yourself?

Ethical Principles of Reiki by Dr. Mikao Usui

"Just for today do not worry.
Just for today do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything."

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