For the next two days, I’ll be offering a First Level Reiki class. One of the first things people want to know is, “What is Reiki?” Many people who’ve heard of it think of it as a hands-on energy therapy. That’s only part of the picture. Here’s a version of the kanji (traditional Japanese writing) for Reiki:
The top section, REI, can mean something sacred, miraculous, or myterious. It connotes a soul, a divine being, mercy, or a blessing from the universe.
The bottom part of the kanji, KI, refers to a radiation of energy, the energy of the universe, life-force, nourishment, something unseen, or an atmosphere.
So, one could say that the practice of Reiki is about remembering the alignment of the Universal Spirit (rei) with our personal life energy (ki). Not only does it make us feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally, it also has the goal (if one can say that it has a goal) of ultimate inner peace, complete stillness, the state of total peace of mind, satori, enlightenment, awakening, or individuation.
To me, this sounds like more than what one reads in the classified ads of health magazines!