Reiki, the Universal Life Force

Throughout the universe there is a non-physical ubiquitous energy that provides life to every living organism. The Japanese call this energy ’Ki’, the Chinese call it ’Chi’, other Asian cultures use the term ’Prana’, and most the Western World calls it the ’Holy Ghost’ or ’Holy Spirit’.

This energy is always carried around in our bodies. Ancient Eastern cultures have harnessed and applied this energy for healing since before the birth of Jesus Christ. Through Kirlian photography science has verified its existence and we can see this energy that encompasses all living things.

There are many successful disciplines such as Reiki, Tai Chi, Feng Shui, Meditation, Yoga and Acupuncture that have been developed to control and greatly enhance the flow of this energy in and around the body. The energy itself is pure and has omniscient wisdom.

Reiki comes from the Japanese words Rei, which mean Universal, and Ki, which means Life Force. This two syllable word means universal life force.

How Can Reiki Help Us?

Everyday stress, environmental toxins, addictions, etc. negatively impact the flow of the life force energy. Reiki works to re-balance our subtle energies, increasing feelings of well-being, reducing stress, and promoting good health. In essence, Reiki is a way to harness the Universal Life Force that exists in the world around us and all living creatures, and use it to heal ourselves, others and the earth itself.

Where Does Reiki Come From?

We are all born with this natural ability to heal ourselves, others and the earth. Reiki is a wonderful way of learning to use our innate natural abilities to restore balance to the world.

The ability to heal ourselves and others is encoded into our genetic material ad is instinctive. The first thing a child does when injured is put his or her hand on the painful area and hold it, jump up and down, and cry. THese are all actions designed to help relieve pain and speed healing on its way. Pain is our physical body’s way of bring our intent and focus to an injured area. Pain is soothed by touch, especially warm, soothing tough such as a mother’s hand when caring for her young children.

The healing power of tough is well documented throughout history. It often plays a strong part of hero tales and theological myths. Reiki is ancient. Many agree that Reiki — or energy healing — is the precise way that Christ healed, and he re-empowered us all to heal as he did. Animals also intuitively recognize the power of Reiki and are drawn to it.

Who is Dr. Usui and Why Is He Considered The Father of Modern Reiki?

The Reiki story actually begins at the dawn of time, as we all have had the innate ability to heal this way since Day One. But over time and through our evolution, we somehow forgot about it. Luckily the energy healing method was rediscovered in the late 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar and Christian minister.

As the story goes, a student of Dr. Usui’s asked him "what method did Jesus use to heal the masses?" Stumped and intrigued, Dr. Usui began a 10-year quest to find the answer to that question. He turned to the Buddhist texts and learned to read Sanskrit. Eventually he returned to Japan and went to live in a Zen Buddhist monastery spending his time pouring through ancient scrolls. Over this time he felt that he had found enough fragmented information to put most of it together. But something was still missing. He felt that he had to go through an initiation or transformation process in order to be an accomplished healer.

Dr. Usui decided to climb to the top of one of Japan’s highest mountains to fast and meditate on all he had discovered so far. As the story goes, he took with him 21 river stones and at the end of each day he discarded one, as a way to keep track of his time on the mountain.

On the 21st day an amazing thing happened. He was enveloped by a pillar of white light and had visions in which he received the sacred symbols. At this time he also received his attunement, the key element to Reiki. Then he got up and came down the mountain resolving to go forth and spread this wonderful gift.

On his way down, he performed the first of four miracles: The first when he stumbled and injured his foot. He grabbed his injured foot, applied his newfound knowledge and was healed. He then came upon a farm where he was invited to eat. The second miracle occurred with his consumption of a large quantity of food. He suffered no ill effect, even though he had undergone a lengthy fast. For the third miracle, he healed the farmer’s wife of a toothache. In his return to the monastery, he performed the fourth and final miracle by healing an elderly monk who had been recently bedridden with arthritis.

Dr. Usui went on to become a missionary. He set out to heal the world, starting with the large number of beggars in the city. He healed them of their aliments and told them to leave the streets and resume a normal life. But he soon noticed that the same beggars were returning time after time. He was distraught. Suddenly he realized his error was in healing them physically without teaching them anything. He concluded that it was necessary for there to be an exchange in order for the beggars to value the healing and do something with it. He insisted on this value exchange and on teaching them to heal themselves. He soon noted that those he healed in this manner were successful and making new lives for themselves.

The story has changed many times through the years and nobody really knows the truth of it, but there is some valuable information to be learned. Just remember that the true value of Reiki is the Reiki itself.




Reiki is an ancient form of healing that is practiced by numerous practitioners around the world. The information and techniques used to not constitute medical advice. Healing and medicine are two very different disciplines. You should remember to always seek medical advice from a qualified doctor or medical practitioner in the case of serious illness. While all suggested treatments are offered in good faith, e=lite Holistic Services cannot accept responsibility for any illness arising out of the failure by the individual to seek medical advice from a qualified doctor or medical practitioner.