”Do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, work with diligence, be kind to people.” – Mikao Usui

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Rei – the spiritual aspect, the divine connection

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Ki – the life force energy that flows through every living being


Reiki is generally described as an energy healing system, re-discovered in the early 1900’s by Japanese scholar, Mikao Usui.

Reiki helps to relax and cope with stress, harmonising body and mind and helps with meditation.  While Reiki is a spiritual path, re-connecting you with the power and peace within yourself, it has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in in order to use Reiki.

Life force is known as ki in Japan, as chi or qi in China, and as prana in India. Reiki practitioners facilitate healing by strengthening or “balancing” this energy.

In a traditional reiki session, the recipient lies down or sits fully clothed. The practitioner’s hands are placed lightly on or just above the recipient’s body, palms down, using a series of 12-15 positions. Each position is held for about two to five minutes, or until the practitioner feels that the flow of energy – said to be experienced as sensations such as heat or tingling in the hands – has slowed or stopped. Typically, each session lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. The techniques include “centering,” “clearing,” “beaming,” “extracting harmful energies,” “infusing,” and “smoothing and raking the aura,” all of which influence energy.

Reiki can also be administered to others at distant locations.

After a Reiki session, you’ll find yourself refreshed and relaxed with feelings of well-being and peacefulness.

Mikao Usui recommends you sit every morning and every evening with your hands clasped in prayer position and repeat these principles aloud:

Reiki Principles:

Just for today,

I will not anger.

I will not worry.

I will be grateful.

I will do my work with diligence.

I will be kind to others and myself.

I am a Reiki 2 Practitioner having trained at the Reiki Academy London. Click here to read about my Reiki teacher, Reiki Master Torsten Lange.