The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words, which roughly translates to - Rei - which means “Higher Power” and - Ki - which is "Universal life force energy." The definition of Reiki then is "spiritual energy.” It is a gentle form of energy work, which aids in stress reduction, relaxation and supports the body's natural ability to heal.
Usui Reiki is a spiritual practice or system where one becomes one with that “Universal Life Force Energy.” This system is based on five elements; Reiki Precepts; Reiki Meditations and Techniques; Hands on Healing; Reiki Symbols and Mantras and Reiju and Attunements.
The precepts or “rule of conduct” as taught by Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki states:
“The Secret Art of Inviting Happiness through Many Blessings, The Spiritual Medicine for All Illness
Just for Today...
Do not Anger
Do not Worry
Be Honest in Your Work
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others
Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.”
Usui Reiki Ryôhô Improve your Mind and Body
These precepts can become a benchmark to examine and value your life on a daily basis. For letting go of anger, brings peace to the heart and mind. Letting go of worry, brings healing to the mind and body. Being thankful brings joy to the body and Spirit. Working honestly brings richness and peace to the soul. Being kind brings love and compassion to the world.
The gift Reiki offers is the realization we are that energy, it is innate to our being and as such, can be utilized to enliven and support the body’s natural ability to heal.