The word Reiki is composed of two words – Rei and Ki.
- The word Rei can be described as Higher Intelligence, Universal Wisdom, God, Source, The Infinite or any other name depending on the culture.
- The word Ki is the non-physical life force that flows in and permeates all living things. For example – if a person’s Ki (energy) is high, then that person will generally experience good health and well-being. If the Ki is low, the person may feel out of sorts and will be more likely to get sick.
Our health and well-being depend greatly on the manner in which the Ki or life force energy flows around and through us.
The human body consists of physical and chemical elements as well as a subtle energy system through which this life force flows. This energy system is made up of an energy field which surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body and is called the aura. It contains our life force, thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes – both positive and negative. It also contains information about the state of our physical body, our inter-personal dynamics, our past, our future, our potentials and many more.
It therefore follows that anything that restricts the flow of life force energy, will affect our energy field and therefore our physical body. All negative thoughts and feelings for example, cause disruption in this flow.