Reiki – A Sometimes Miraculous Energy

Keeps you calm, alive and healthy

11/2/2016 5:01:12 PM
written By : Pamposh Dhar Print

It is interesting how language is a question not just of words, but sometimes also of concepts. There is no equivalent in English for the Japanese ki, the Chinese qi (pronounced chi) or the Sanskrit prana. An English term has been manufactured to explain this concept: “life-force energy”.

It is the energy that keeps you alive and healthy. In the early part of the last century, the idea of this energy gave rise to the word Reiki, composed of the Japanese syllables rei and ki, and translated into English as “universal life-force energy.”

The Reiki system of energy healing was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in Kyoto, Japan. Beyond the fact that he was Japanese, very little is known about him with any degree of certainty. Some say he was Christian, some Buddhist. Since Reiki is not a religious process and does not fit into any particular faith tradition, this ambiguity is perhaps quite appropriate. 

Reiki teachers agree that Dr Usui meditated for 21 days on Mount Kurama, near Kyoto, before receiving the Reiki energy and knowledge. Such a period of meditation was not uncommon at the time. 

He gave the name Reiki to both the system of healing he founded and the energy it uses. Essentially, the process of Reiki involves the transfer of ki to oneself or another, in order to strengthen the ability to heal from illness, injury or emotional trauma. The energy also supports overall physical, emotional and mental well-being. 

It is the energy of the universe, the energy that is all around us and also within us. Given my Indian background, I understand this energy as prana, which is the force that keeps us alive. In India, when someone dies, you say “he has left his prana”, meaning there is no life-supporting energy left in the body. 

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