The awareness that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of a person’s health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. This life energy goes by many names: Qi in China, Ki in Japan, and Prana in India. The ancient Hawaiians called it Ti or Ki. It has also been called orgone energy and elan vital, and science refers to this as bio-energy field.
When your life energy is low, it’s more difficult to deal with stress, you may not sleep well, and you’re more susceptible to illness. When your life energy is strong, you feel strong, can more easily deal with stress, and are less likely to get sick. Reiki is a technique that increases a person’s supply of life energy.
This beautiful healing art was started by Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk in the 1920s. He traveled throughout Japan, sharing his spiritual teachings with more than 2,000 students. It was brought to the West in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. The popularity of Reiki has grown exponentially in the past few decades.