Reiki is a spiritual practice of healing. It uses and heals the Universal Life Force within and around a person. This Universal Life Force which is energy is called Qi or Ki. Reiki uses the idea that in order for a person to be healthy and balanced a person has to have a free flow of Qi/Ki both within and around them. It is not a religion; it is a spiritual practice. Anyone can practice Reiki regardless of their religious orientation as long as they go through the learning process so they can pass it on properly and use it to heal others. This is done through what is called attunement. In attunement the Reiki master or teacher passes the knowledge and energy on to the student so they can use Reiki to first heal themselves and then others.
Reiki is a form of energy healing. The practitioner passes the Universal Life Force from their hands to the one receiving the Reiki in order to heal what needs to be in that person. Reiki does not use physical tools like other healing practices in its most pure form traditionally. Today people may add things like crystals to enhance the healing process but it is not essential in order to use Reiki. The Reiki practitioner is trained to called the Universal life force through various symbols, names of the symbols and hand gestures to stimulate the energy in order to use it to heal. Once energized the energy is transferred from the practitioner to the one receiving the healing treatment. The Reiki practitioner stimulates the recipients own life force in their bodies to help facilitate healing both internally and externally.
Reiki is used to balance a person’s energy physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. When one has a balance of all these elements which make up a being then they are in a healthy state where their own Life force is flowing freely and unimpeded. It is believed when the life force cannot flow freely then there are imbalances physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is the blockages the create an unhealthy state of being and this when disease can occur physically, mentally, emotionally and or spiritually. If one is balanced and the energy is maintained at a healthy flow then one should also be healthy. Reiki is different from the idea of western medicine in that instead of just treating symptoms it sets out to treat the persons state of being.