Frequently Asked Questions

What is Reiki?

“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for “universal life energy”, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.

It can either be done in person with either the hands placed just off the body or lightly touching. Reiki can also be performed long distance.

Reiki and similar systems of practice are forms of complementary or alternative medicine.

How does it work?

Reiki energy is a subtle energy, different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, whether you believe that to be God, the gods, the Force, your higher self, or just the universe in general. However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.

The energy during a Reiki session is transmitted either through a laying on of hands with the patient either seated or lying down, although it can be done with the person standing. When performed from a distance, it is usually done while meditating on a person’s name and sometimes also a picture of them.

Is Reiki a religion?

Although Reiki can be defined as a spiritual practice and/or pertaining to energy that may be spiritual in nature, Reiki itself is not a religion. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may or may not have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.

What is an attunement?

An attunement is a process by which a person receives the ability to be able to perform Reiki and give treatments. There are various levels by which one is given attunements and at the maximum level (usually called Master level or degree) one has the capacity to be able to give out Reiki attunements as well.

What is an attunement via chi ball?

The Chi Ball method is the preferred system by many as this can be accessed at any time – this cuts out any problem with time zones. The energy attunement is simply “stored” in an “energy ball” for you to connect with when you are ready. Most Reiki manuals describe how to perform this process for others.