Reiki is made up of two syllables "Rei" and "Ki". "Rei" stands for "universal and "Ki" stands for energy.
Reiki is the healing method in the broadest sense of the word - for it not only heals the body, but the spiritual self as well. Reiki has nothing to do with religion, spiritualism or occult in any shape or form - neither is it hypnotic nor does it employ any psychological technique.
Reiki - the universal energy - is defined as being that power which acts and lives in all created matter. Wise men often tell the stories of a state of being containing all creation out of which all life arose. The energy of this state of being lives in all things, and it is this universal energy which flows through our hands in a concentrated form when we use Reiki techniques to treat someone.
Reiki has a holistic effect. It reaches all levels of existence and strives to bring these differing levels into a state of balance. The therapist is only a channel of energy, because it is not his energy that passes through his hands, but a universal energy; which leaves the Reiki channel strengthened and harmonised. This universal energy seems to have a mind of its own, for it knows how much and where the person needs the energy. It is not for us to decide or in our control to add or subtract this energy.
Reiki is experienced as love. This love is a power, which unites us to a state of oneness with the entire creation itself. Love is the original home of the soul. Today the rediscovery of Reiki has set forth a trend of healing techniques where no medicines are instilled in the body of the patient and no prayers are mumbled - yet the results are achieved.