Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) is Japanese for Universal Life Force or Spiritually-Guided Energy. Rei means Universal or all-knowing and all-encompasing. Ki means life-force energy and is the same as Chi in Chinese or Prana in Sanskrit.
Reiki is a complementary, alternative, and spiritual therapy that has been used to help heal almost any dis-ease or imbalance that you can think of. The most common of these, being stress-related disorders, which make up at least 75% of America's visits to the hospital.
Reiki is totally non-invasive and the client is fully clothed during a session, it can be done anywhere and at any time, and anyone can learn and practice Reiki successfully!
Reiki is the Infinite energy in and around us all. In fact, Reiki is in everything at all times.
Reiki is spiritual in nature but is non-denominational. There is no need to accept any beliefs to give Reiki healings successfully. This energy can be used by anyone and integrated into any set of beliefs but only for the Greatest Good in any & all situations. Reiki is not judgemental or selfish in any way.
Reiki cannot be controlled, directed, or regulated and trying to do so only lessens its effectiveness.
Reiki healing is done on a purely spiritual level, effecting the mind, body, and spirit of the recipient, either through the laying on of hands or through distance healings and attunements.
As a Reiki "practitioner" you are a channel to this energy, which is very special, because even though everyone has access to Reiki, they may not be open, or receptive to it at that time. The more open you are to the limitless power that is "Rei" (i.e. Your Higher Power, Inner Voice, God, Divine Mother, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, The Universal Mind, Our Creator, etc.) the better and more lasting your results will be.
Becoming "attuned" is a way of "opening yourself up" or "tuning yourself in" to receive this wonderful gift. Once attuned, the Reiki practitioner just sets the intention to heal and the energy begins to flow.
When Reiki was rediscovered in the late 1800's in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui, he didn't charge a specific amount for attunements, only that there be an energy exchange, to show the student's commitment to learn and teach Reiki to others.
When Reiki came to the West, control and exclusion became part of the practice with Reiki Masters charging thousands of dollars for attunements. This made it impossible for many to practice this ancient art of healing.
How can it be right to take away such a wonderful gift from so many deserving people?
Today many master/teachers realize this and offer their attunements at a reasonable price.
If you would like to "practice" Reiki, I advise you to receive an attunement. We are all born with this ability, most of us just need a "tune-up" or a clearing of blockages. It is a beautiful experience that you will not forget!