About Reiki

Janice McMillan

REIKI is pronounced 'ray-kee' in Japanese or 'leiki' in Chinese. The calligraphs are identical in both languages, although the Chinese interpretation of the symbols varies a bit from the Japanese.

REI means universal, meaning that it is present everywhere. The word REI as used in Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness. (Page 1-1 of Reiki - The Healing Touch by William Rand). LEI subtly influences, the force, ethereal, supernatural power (Chinese). Simply it is the universal, boundless aspect of this energy.

KI a part of REI, is the life force in all living things. It is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life. It is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind. (Page 1-2 of Reiki - The Healing Touch by William Rand)

History: Reiki and Raku-Kei

REIKI is derived from the words RAKU-KEI; PAKU being the vertical energy flow, and KEI the horizontal. RAKU-KEI is the art and science of spiritual self improvement. At first, Reiki calligraphy (symbols) was used with meditation. The calligraphs were painted on large wall hangings and used as focus points to help lead seekers to enlightenment.

Facts and Benefits

  • Reiki is a simple and powerful Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.
  • Reiki is administered by the practitioner's hands. The client has the choice to be lightly touched or have the work done above the body. It is a non-invasive treatment where the client remains fully clothed.
  • Reiki is currently used in over 400 US hospitals and is included in the roster of patient services.
  • Some hospitals have their own Reiki-trained physicians, nurses and support staff.
  • Reiki reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy and all therapy.
  • Reiki improves mental attitude, reduces chronic pain and stress.
  • Reiki works in harmony with other treatments




The Science Behind Reiki


Independent research by Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. John Zimmerman during the 1980’s investigated what happens whilst people practice therapies like Reiki. They found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver become synchronized in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation, but they pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field, known as the Schuman Resonance. During these moments, the biomagnetic field of the practitioners’ hands is at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current. Toni Bunnell (1977) suggests that the linking of energy fields between practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the ‘infinite energy source’ or ‘universal energy field’ via the Schuman Resonance. Prof. Paul Davies and Dr. John Gribben in The Matter Myth (1911), discuss the quantum physics view of a ‘living universe’ in which everything is connected in a ‘living web of interdependence’. All of this supports the subjective experience of ‘oneness’ and ‘expanded consciousness’ related by those who regularly receive or self-treat with Reiki.

Zimmerman (1990) in the USA and Seto (1992) in Japan further investigated the large pulsating biomagnetic field that is emitted from the hands of energy practitioners whilst they work. They discovered that the pulses are in the same frequencies as brain waves, and sweep up and down from 0.3-30 Hz, focusing mostly in 7-8 Hz, alpha state. Independent medical research had shown that this range of frequencies will stimulate healing in the body, with specific frequencies being suitable for different tissues. For example, 2 Hz encourages nerve regeneration, 7 Hz bone growth, 10 Hz ligament mending, and 15 Hz capillary formation. Physiotherapy equipment based on these principles has been designed to aid soft tissue regeneration, and ultra sound technology is commonly used to clear clogged arteries and disintegrate kidney stones. Also, it has been known for many years that placing an electrical coil around a fracture that refuses to mend will stimulate bone growth and repair.

Becker explains that ‘brain waves’ are not confined to the brain but travel throughout the body via the perineural system, the sheaths of connective tissue surrounding all nerves. During treatment, these waves begin as relatively weak pulses in the thalamus of the practitioner’s brain, and gather cumulative strength as they flow to the peripheral nerves of the body including the hands. The same effect is mirrored in the person receiving treatment, and Becker suggests that it is this system more than any other, that regulates injury repair and system rebalance. This highlights one of the special features of Reiki (and similar therapies) – that both practitioner and client receive the benefits of a treatment, which makes it very efficient.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Becker carried out his study on world-wide array of cross-cultural subjects, and no matter what their belief systems or customs, or how opposed to each other their customs were, all tested the same. Part of Reiki’s growing popularity is that it does not impose a set of beliefs, and can therefore be used by people of any background and faith, or none at all. This neutrality makes it particularly appropriate to a medical or prison setting.

Written by – Tamisha Sabrina
UK Reiki Federation (www.Reikiteaching.co.uk)
Reference: Canadian Reiki Association Newsletter January 2005 Page 5