Reiki has two Japanese root words: Rei and Ki. Directly translating this word into English may present difficulties, especially when Japanese language contains multiple meanings for its words. Thus, in some cases, interpretation of the word may be based on the considered context. Rei and Ki are commonly used based on the spiritual healing context. Meanwhile, direct translation of reiki cannot be found in Japanese/English dictionary given its definition, which is normally based on common Japanese dialect. Rei is sometimes defined as ghost, whereas as Ki represents vapor. Though both meanings may refer to something spiritual, exact definition is still out of hand.
Defining the word from the spiritual context implies that Rei is a form of Higher Intelligences that governs the creation and functions of universes. Meanwhile, Rei comprises wisdom about all things, may they be alive or inanimate. Rei serves as guide to deeper understanding of everything in the universe, from discovering different galaxies to evolution of life. For humans, this knowledge aid during adverse moments when people feel lost. This knowledge, which Rei, is boundless and infinite. Rei also comes in the form of God and has been given many names by various nations.
Meanwhile, Ki considered the non-physical energy that powers organisms. This energy flows in everything that has life. High levels of Ki are found in people who possess strength, confidence, and readiness to face life as it is. On the other hand, weak and sickly people have low levels of Ki. Ki is acquired through the air that people breathe, the food they eat, the environment, and even sleep. Exercises and meditation are some ways by which people can increase the levels of Ki on their body. However, in case of death, Ki leaves the physical body. In other countries, Ki has various equivalents, including Chi in China, prana in India, Ti or Ki in Hawaii. Other words that also refer to Ki include odic forces, bioplasma, life force, and orgone.
Based on the definitions provided. Reiki may be described as non-physical healing energy that originates from living things, and this healing functions under the guidance of the Higher Intelligence. In other words, Reiki is spiritually guided life force energy. The short definition is more related to the experiences of Reiki practitioners. In such experience, people may notice that Reiki energy flows on its own and reaches areas where it is highly needed, leading to the necessary healing of different individuals. The mind has no power over this energy. Moreover, experience and ability of practitioner have nothing to do on how Reiki works. Likewise, it can only be associated with healing and may not be used for other purposes. To clarify, Reiki is an entirely different thing from life force, which can be influenced by the mind, resulting in possibility of onset of health conditions.
The state of health is determined by the Ki flowing through and surrounding the individual instead of what happens with the organ systems inside the body. Basically, various organs functions because of the work of Ki. Thus, the flow of Ki is the factor indicating the health of a body system. Smooth flow of Ki is required in the body, because any disruption may lead to adverse health effects.
Ki also reflects the thoughts and feelings of a person. Thus, depending on the emotional state of an individual, Ki may be strengthened or weakened. Flow of Ki is restricted by negative emotions. This is supported by Western medicine, which realizes the role of the mine in causing illness of the body. In fact, a number of experts agree that much of illnesses directly result from negative state of people’s minds.
Clearly, the function of the mind does not stop within the brain. it works all parts of the body in the form of the various component of the nervous system. There is also a thing called the aura, which is considered extension of the mind outside the body.
Thus, when negative thoughts are formed within a person’s mind. The effects are not limited to the brain but to the whole body. When negative thoughts or feelings accumulate in a certain area, the flow of Ki in that place becomes restricted. Therefore, it is important that these negative feeling are eliminated before they can cause illness of the physical body.
Meanwhile, there are also negative thoughts and feelings that go unnoticed within the crevices of the brain. These things can become a problem as people are not aware of them and thus have no idea that they must be removed.
Thanks to the presence of Higher Intelligence, Ki is guided and flows through the areas where it is rightly needed. This also allows the Ki to reach the hidden areas of the brain and remove negative thought and feelings that are hiding in those corners. As a result of the flow of Reiki in the hidden parts of the brain, the body is given the change to recover and normal health of a person is restored. This type of healing is now a popular practice and is becoming more recognized in other fields, especially Western medicine.