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The Essence of Reiki

Ancient Practice Can Improve Overall Well-Being.

For those that are experiencing physical pain or low energy; facing surgery; have feelings of anxiousness, loneliness, stress, weariness, disconnection or of being stuck or overwhelmed; grieving; desire improvement of overall health; or want to deepen one’s spiritual connection, consider reiki. It’s an alternative healing modality gaining in popularity because of its effectiveness and gentleness.

 Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is the Japanese word for universal life force energy. Broken down, rei means universal, transcendental spirit, mysterious power and essence.  Ki is described as the vital life force energy, similar to chi in Chinese, prana in Sanskrit, light to Christians and Mana in Hawaiian.

 Universal life force energy underlies all of our experiences … physical, mental and spiritual. When the flow of universal life force energy is disrupted or blocked, our bodies, thoughts and feelings become unbalanced.  


Reiki is not a religion; it holds no creed or doctrine. It’s an ancient science hidden for thousands of years until Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered it in the Tibetan sutras.

 In the mid-1800s, Usui was the dean of a small Christian Boy’s School in Kyoto, Japan. In response to questions from his students he could not answer, he went on a personal quest to get the answers. The students wanted to know why there weren’t healers in the world healing as Christ did.  And since Christ told his disciples to heal the sick and raise the dead as he did, they wanted to know if they could be taught to so. 

 Since the records of Christ’s healings had been lost, Usui thought he could study the  healings of Buddha. But the Buddhist monasteries were placing all focus on healing of the Spirit, not the physical body.

 He was encouraged to pursue his quest by an old abbot at a Zen monastery. Ultimately, through a 21-day fast and meditation, Usui had a dramatic attunement and found it was possible to heal the body as Christ and Buddha had done. He performed these “miracles” many times and also taught others to do so.

 The Practice of Reiki

Reiki is performed by practitioners that have been attuned by a Reiki Master. Through the process, the practitioner becomes aligned to a higher frequency and therefore able to channel the universal life force energy to clients.  There are three levels of practitioners: level I is for anyone that has a desire to heal self or others; level II requires a deeper dedication and the ability to send reiki to anyone, anywhere; level III is the master/teacher level.

 Reiki has its own intelligence and will go where the body needs it. Practitioners do not direct it; they are simply the channel through which it flows. Reiki is actually a communication with the client’s higher self and higher purpose.


There isn’t anything related to our body, mind or spirit that reiki cannot help. Also, it works harmoniously with any other treatment or therapy. It can enhance medical treatments, act to reduce negative side effects, shorten healing time, reduce pain and stress and create a feeling of well-being.  There are no contradictions to receiving Reiki,

 Elements of a Session

During a reiki session, one will relax fully clothed on a “massage table”. Inspirational music is usually played. The practitioner will place her/his hands on or above one’s body in a series of positions to open, balance and harmonize the energy flow. 

 One will feel deeply relaxed and may feel the flow of energy as tingling or twitches. Experiencing shifts in perspective or gaining deep insights may also result.

 Finding a Reiki Practitioner

Susan Drummond, owner of The Center, Life in Balance, in Medford, New Jersey, is a Reiki Master and one of its practitioners.  She relates her personal experience with reiki and why she is a dedicated practitioner and teacher: “I was introduced to reiki when I was having difficulty conceiving my third child. I had been ‘trying’ for 18 months.  I conceived the month I had my first reiki treatment. Because of this amazing healing, I knew I needed to become a practitioner to help others. Then, in 2001, I became a Reiki Master so I could attune and teach others. I have had the privilege of witnessing many clients heal on all levels … physical, mental and spiritual.”

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