What is Reiki?

Allow yourself to imagine the entirety of the Universe in your mind… It is far too vast for any of our minds to contain, but in the attempt, we pull ourselves open. We unzip our edges. 

Reiki is a meditation practice that cultivates an awareness of the natural energy permeating the whole universe. As we tune into this auspiciously vast field of interconnectedness, we become still enough to feel that we are one with the whole. Touching this internal space is transformational, deeply healing, and activates an awakening of consciousness. When we connect to the Universe in this way, we become mindful of the deeper dimension of ourselves. We realise that we are expressions of the Universe. A being made of energy, alive in a sea of energies. ‘Reiki’ refers both to the energy of everything, and a system for awakening developed by a Japanese Buddhist man in the 1920s. Ultimately The System of Reiki is a path to enlightenment. Although it's famous for its many healing benefits, healing is a byproduct. Reiki is not separate from us, it is who we are. 

Reiki is the pure energy of All That Is, that soulful love that constantly pulses from the beat of the Universe’s heart. The unseen force that animates, creates and harmonises all of life. The one stream of consciousness that manifests into infinite varieties of form. It is an intelligent magic that is rather indescribable. 

Rei translates to sacred, soul, spiritual, or infinite power. Ki means vitality, life-force, breath, the unseen energy that animates the physical world. The seemingly distinct pair of energies (Earth + Spirit) blend into one - the river of All That Is - and we experience non-duality. Reiki is the highest aspect of yourself, the one who is already awake - the inner Buddha. The True Self. So The System of Reiki shows us that we are innately the great bright light, and though we may have layers of egoic illusions that cause our suffering, we are ultimately unbreakable and whole. We are as vast as the cosmos. The practice provides a union between our severed selves (human and being) and in this we become whole again.

When I attune someone to Reiki, I am not bringing something foreign into their energy field from somewhere ‘out there,’ I am simply reminding them of their truth energetically - holding them in Reiki as they wake up to an awareness of what is already within, so that they can access it again and again. An attunement is a reminder that helps us to harmonise with the highest vibration of ourselves, held in that space of Universal love. 

It is to be expected that we would begin by seeing this energy as separate from ourselves. Our model of the Universe is rendered in 3D as we live in our body in this very physical world. When Mikao Usui created the System of Reiki and gave this energy a name, it was from his enlightened perspective of knowing non-duality. There was no boundary between him and this light that he saw as Reiki. 

It is not just ‘spiritual energy’ as a concept - it is the essence of the Universe that flows through all of life. The essence of ourselves. When we connect through our heart, we discover that our heart is connected to the heart of all things. Spiritual energy is all of the cosmic energy of the formless. We see Spirit as separate from ourselves so language points us in this direction even further, yet Spirit is All That Is – the quantum field of endless formlessness and the manifested form reading these words. This is another trapping in the world of duality, we see form and formless, yet in the ultimate realm where our souls dwell we find that everything has energy and all of that is spiritual energy. That energy is what we call Reiki. Clients often describe it as a warm blanket because it is the blanket of immeasurable space unto which we all exist. It is the Pure Land. The blanket of warm energy that holds the whole Universe. It is the great quest of us seekers - we are searching for this essence of ourselves, trying to get back to where we came from. Paradoxically the quest is complete when we stop looking. It was inside all along. It is that feeling of blending with the infinite dwelling place of Source. This feeling sparks the healing, the change, the alignment with the divine. This is our wholeness, our fulfillment with the Buddha-mind, the soul, the emptiness. That is peace. 

How very profound this work is – it seems a simple laying on of hands but that is a small picture of the eternal place we touch. It begins with connection and goes as deep as our awareness will allow. Reiki sparks change, it creates so many in our lives when we welcome it in, yet it is unchanging – it remains consistent. How beautiful that we don’t need to even know what it is or what it’s doing. 

Reiki comes from within you, the greatest you, the part that remembers not only where you came from, but what you are right now. You are powerful. You are whole. You are connected. You are a great bright light.