Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is etymologically from Japanese reiki (霊気),meaning ‘Universal Life Force’ or ‘Spiritual Energy’. Today, in the West, we know Reiki as a form of hands-on complementary therapy that can be used to heal a range of physical and emotional issues. However, its roots suggest that it wasn’t initially intended to be a therapy at all – it was a spiritual way of life.
I approach Reiki as both – for me it is a way of life that enables me to reconnect with myself and the universe. No matter what is going on in the world around me, practicing reiki allows me to stop, be present and reconnect with who I am. It quietens my mind, brings me into my body, and reconnect to how I FEEL. This is especially important in today’s modern world, where we’re disconnected from our natural ways of being (think artificial lighting so we can stay up later and work harder, working 9-5 rather than on a 28-day cycle, our obsession with measuring everything – everything has a clock on it rather than moving with nature’s signals etc).