The word Reiki consists of two syllables: “rei” which means “Universal Life” and “ki” which means energy. This practice works by consciously bringing that energy that makes everything on Earth move and live (Life Force) to a body, plant, animal or object to activate its own healing properties. Life Force is also known as chi, prana, or mana in other cultures.

Indeed, all living and non-living beings on Earth (even rocks, believe it or not) work with Life Force, which is like gas to a car. Our bodies naturally absorb life force from the sun, air, soil, food, water, and nature in general. Just think about it, when you are in nature, how do you feel? Our bodies feel more energized, our moods tend to be more positive, our minds get clearer, and we feel a greater sense of connection. Now, what happens when we spend most of our days indoors, eating not-so-healthy foods, not being as active, and when we are not that social? Our physical, emotional, and mental health as well as our spirits might start to get affected.

Our bodies do not need a belief system to do the work. The body gets the energy it needs from our surroundings (sun and air) and from what we eat and drink.  We don’t need to believe that we need sun exposure for our bodies to produce vitamin D, do we? Similarly, we don’t need to set the intention of absorbing vitamin C from an orange for our bodies to do so. Our bodies do this naturally. 

A Reiki practitioner learns through a system of three levels to channel Life Force into the body of a person, an animal, a plant, or an object. This energy which has a consciousness of its own goes wherever it is needed most.

In addition, Reiki practitioners don’t need to know where to direct Life Force. Rather the body absorbs and directs the energy to where it’s needed. This is similar to how your body knows what to do with sunlight, food and other energy sources. 

After a Reiki session, people often feel relaxed and experience an overall sense of wellness, peace, and clarity.

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