Principles of Reiki

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 02, 2011

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Reiki is originally an ancient Japanese healing system which was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, in the early twentieth century. Reiki (pronounced as ray-key) literally means ‘universal energy’, ‘rei’ means universal and ‘ki’ means energy. The reiki system of healing believes that all creations of God have ‘prana’ or life-energy. This energy ideally should be in harmony and balance for overall good health – mental, physical and emotional. Any depletion or blockages in this energy flow results in ill health and various health issues.


Reiki helps in connecting to the higher universal energy with the body’s natural power of healing.


Reiki is healing by energy or prana which is of a high frequency which can heal on all levels. It is not a religion but it is spiritual in nature as the source of energy is the cosmos or God. The healing is given through hands but healing can also be given from a distance through drawing and chanting powerful symbols. To be a reiki channel, one has to be attuned by a reiki master during which chakras of the etheric body are opened and a connection is created between the student and the reiki source.


Reiki increases intuition and psychic abilities in a person. Reiki can be learnt by anyone as children too can learn this healing method because of its simplicity. This healing method is no alternative to medical science instead it is a support system.


Reiki is basically a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing as well. Reiki therapy is given by laying hands on the person. It is supposed that this helps the flow of unseen "life force energy" flows through the practitioner to you. According to reiki the unseen "life force energy" is what causes us to be alive. If your "life force energy" is low, then you are more liable to fall sick or feel stress, whereas a person with high "life force energy" is more capable of being happy and healthy. In Reiki the whole person is treated including body, emotions, mind and spirit. This provides several beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.


Reiki is a spiritual method of healing that is simple, natural and safe for everyone. It probably has beneficial effects in virtually every known illness and malady and always has a favorable effect. It can be used in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques for promoting health.


Reiki principles or ideals


Reiki has five principles or ideals which when applied to everyday life bring good health, peace and happiness. The five principles along with the healing powers of reiki is the way to bliss.

  • Just for today I will live in the attitude of gratitude.
  • Just for today I will not be angry.
  • Just for today I will not worry.
  • Just for today I will do my work honestly.
  • Just for today I will show love and respect to all living beings.

There are many variations to the above principles by the various reiki organizations but all of them underlie the same message.


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