In the 1800's Dr. Mikao Usui was the Dean of a Christian college in Japan. When asked by one of his students how Jesus was able to heal as by the laying on of hands, he didn’t have an answer. Dr. Usui resigned as Dean of the college and determined to find the answer for himself.
A-list stars such as Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie are reputed to use the calming powers of Reiki to deal with stresses and strains or stardom.
The concept of ‘Universal Energy’ on which Reiki is based is not confined Japanese philosophy. Eastern medicine has always recognised and utilised this energy, which flows through all living things and is essential to well-being. Known as ‘ki’ in Japan, ‘chi’ in China and ‘prana’ in India. Acupuncture, T’ai chi and Yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person.
Reiki can also facilitate a spiritual path (not unlike Buddhism) towards enlightenment. Working with Reiki energy is comparable to meditating and can help the practitioner experience a very deep level of the Self.
In a number of Universities in the UK and USA, scientific research is taking place to explore the effects and benefits of Reiki. For example, ‘Effects of Reiki on pain and anxiety in the elderly diagnosed with dementia: a series of case reports,’ (Illinois, USA.) and ‘Reiki for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial’ (University of Washington, Seattle), and ‘A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the effects of Reiki and positive imagery on well-being and salivary cortisol.’ (Psychology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London).
Reiki healing techniques can be used effectively on animals, particularly on horses.
If desired, Reiki energy can also be transferred to a client without direct touch. The hands of the Reiki practitioner are usually placed a few inches about the client's body. Some Reiki masters can work remotely from a distance.