Reiki, literally translated from Japanese means ‘Universal Life Force Energy’ or ‘Universal Energy – Rei meaning Universal and Ki being energy. It is an energy therapy that complements the body’s own remarkable healing capabilities to promote and accelerate the natural healing process and restore balance on all levels - physical, mental and emotional.
From the traditional teachings of Dr. Usui (the father of Reiki), another perspective is that Reiki also means “Spiritual Energy, our own innate brightness, our true nature, our basic essence.
”This innate brightness, with time, gets covered up with layers of worry, fear, anger etc, so much so that we cannot see our own innate brightness anymore. This covering up results in us not remembering our connection with who we are, in our truest nature, and with the world we live in, we quickly get angry or have worries, are fearful, unhappy, distracted and unloving.
Nevertheless, even with our innate brightness concealed, our true nature continues to shine. Think of it as a light bulb that is covered by a lampshade, no matter how many lampshades you place over the bulb, the light continues to shine beneath, it’s just that we can’t see it clearly.” ~ Frans Steine
It is these layers of worry, fear, anger etc. that the system of Reiki helps remove. The more layers we remove, the more our innate brightness can shine through.
Reiki is not a science and so there are many explanations. From my experience with Reiki over the last decade, it is an experiential therapy, something that you should experience for yourself before coming to any conclusions. It is energy at its purest.