The word Reiki (pronounced ‘ray-key’) consists of two Japanese Kanji: Rei and Ki. Rei (pronounced ‘ray’) is the Kanji for Universal, but it has also the meaning of spiritual wisdom or consciousness. Ki (pronounced ‘key’) is the Kanji for Life Energy, also called life force or vital energy. Reiki is Japanese for “Universal Life Energy”, or more poetically, “The Light”.
The general meaning of Reiki is the life force inherent in all beings, sentient and insentient. This vital energy permeates everyone and everything.
Reiki is power, light, and love. Reiki transcends the man-made divisions of religion, race, gender, economics, or location.
Reiki is also an Ancient Healing Art rediscovered in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Reiki is a gentle, but extremely powerful hands-on method of stress reduction and relaxation, which heals on all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).