Original Japanese Reiki

Healing for mind body & spirit


Reiki is a Japanese spiritual healing system based on the channelling of ki energy, which flows through and animates all living things, and is vital to well being. Reiki aids relaxation, and supports the natural healing process of mind, body and spirit. The Japanese word Reiki is usually translated in the Western world as 'Universal Life Energy' but it also means 'soul energy', 'aura', 'mysterious spirit' and 'spiritually guided life force energy'


Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, referred to his system as a 'method to achieve personal perfection', it was about self-healing and finding your spiritual path to enlightenment. 

The system was rooted in Tendai Buddhism (a form of mystical Buddhism) which provided spiritual teachings, and Shintoism which contributed methods of controlling and working with the energies. Usui had a strong background in both the energy cultivation technique Kiko (Japanese Qigong) and a martial art with a strong Zen flavour (Yagyu Shinkage Ryu). He also took Zen training, and these studies may have contributed to the system he developed. There also seems to be a strong connection between Usui’s system and Shugendo (mountain asceticism). 

The system was based on living the Reiki precepts:

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases

Just for today,

Do not anger,

Do not worry

Be humble

Be honest in your dealings with other people

Be compassionate towards yourself and others

- Mikao Usui


                The Reiki Principles, drawn by Japanese calligrapher Eri Takase