The characters in the graphic are REI (on top)
and KI (bottom) pronounced: 'ray-key. For a very brief explanation of Reiki, click on this graphic, or on the link above..

First, Some Definitions - Then - Reiki

The word, "Rei", means variously - universal, spiritually guided, and divine. Additional research shows that it also means supernatural consciousness or spiritual consciousness [some would say simply "ghost-like, non-physical, spiritual]. In the West, one might speak of God-consciousness without the connotation of religion, if that concept is possible to the Western mind. Perhaps the terms "Universal Mind" or "Universal Consciousness" would be helpful.

 The word "Ki" is a Japanese word referring to life force or energy [some would say pervasive internalized Universal Eenergy]. In Chinese it is "Ch'i" or "Qi". In Tibet, it is referred to as "Wind" {Lung}. In Sanksrit, in Hindu thought, it is referred to as "Prana"; in Hawaiian it is "Ti" or "Ki", in Polynesia it is "Mana", in Iroquois it is "Orenda, in Greek it is "Pneuma" or "Nous", in Hebrew it is "Ruah", in Islamic countries it is "Barraka", and in the West it has been called the Light, cosmic energy, odic force, orgone, bioplasma, Universal Radiant Energy, and Vital Life Force. Western scientists, such as Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and Planck have said that energy is the essence of the material world. Quantum physics demonstrates that solid matter and separation into "things" is somewhat illusory; there are only varied states of energy. This view is inherent in the Unified Field Theory. Ki is both matter and energy, both waves and particles; it depends on how you view it. This is a "subtle" energy, one which is not dramatically obvious. It is often referred to in words which the West is not used to. Any discussion of Reiki forces one to use words and concepts which are not native to our language, or those terms used in quantum physics.

Modern Uses of Ki

The Oriental disciplines of Reiki, Seiki, Johrei, acupuncture and finger acupressure, Shiatsu, and Qi Gong work with this force, as does Western acupuncture, Therapeutic Touch and energy massage, including Chi Nei Tsang. Recent research in China shows emissions from the palms and fingertips of the hands which are a combination of infrasonic, electromagnetic, microwave, and infrared wavelengths. Ki is also an essential concept in modern Oriental medicine and martial arts. It is based on the concept that there are energy meridians and centers (chakras or energy pools, depending on the culture) associated with the physical body, which are part of the energy body (etheric body) and that the appropriate manipulation of the energy of these centers can maintain health and well-being, and restore the energy balance when it has been disrupted by disease or injury. In fact, it is believed that disease is reflected in the energy body before it occurs in the physical body.

 Oriental medicine believes that when Ki is low, or out of balance, or its flow blocked or constricted, that then a person is vulnerable to illness. Oriental medicine diagnoses of the flow of Ki in order to restore the patient to health, if possible, depending on the person's karma {the force generated by one's inheritance, life choices and experiences}. Oriental medicine moves Ki from one part of the body to another and/or adds Ki from either the healer or from the pool of Universal Energy. Eastern medicine feels that a patient's cures and sources of answers are within him; the healer merely helps the patient to allow the healing to occur naturally. Some effects of Ki manipulation have been reported to be lowering of blood pressure, strengthening of the immune system, reduction of pain, and decreased healing time of wounds.

Western medicine has always been uncomfortable with phenomena which it cannot document or understand. Our system of logic forces us to think that way; we typically say "Impossible!" if the concept does not fit into our experience, or even into our imagination. Nevertheless, in many parts of the this country, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with Western medicine. Western medicine does indicate a great benefit to health in those activities which provide relaxation and reduction of stress, since stress is implicated in an increasing number of physical and emotional complaints and conditions. Some such recognized activities included exercise, yoga, meditation, and therapeutic touch. Insurance companies are now starting to fund some TCM, such as acupuncture, while considering including other modalities which work with Ki. Modern scientific research does study the effects of changes in the human energy field(s), in the fields of biology, physics, psychology, and medicine.


Taking the definition of both words together, the concept of Reiki is that of a universal life force which taps into a limitless source of energy which is aware and beneficial. Reiki, therefore, is a spiritually guided life force energy. It is described as a healing, loving, creative energy that flows throughout all creation. It is heart-centered: unconditional love through touch, meditation in action. It is unfamiliar in Western cultures, since communication by touch has been used mostly for either hurting or for sex, [unfortunately sometimes even for the two simultaneously!]. Either reason is treated with great suspicion and anxiety. Touching simply for healing and relaxation is a new concept in the West. [if nothing else, direct touch provides relief for that sensation which is experienced as "skin hunger" - the need to be touched].

Reiki is not a religion or philosophy, although some have called it a spiritual practice; rather, it is an art, a method of beneficial touching. The use of Reiki is a method of subtle energy interaction with oneself and others. The knowledge of Reiki, an energy-healing practice some 3000 years old, was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui [born 1865] from old Tibetan sutras and tantras [Buddhist scriptures]. Dr. Usui, a Japanese monk [Tendai Buddhist and Shinto, probably, possible Shingon Buddhist in his teen years], had been researching old documents for 25 years to discover the way in which Jesus, Buddha and others had healed the sick and injured. He received his own "attunement" in a mystical experience on a mountain, Mount Kuriyama in 1914, during a month-long personal search for satori, or enlightenment.

 Dr. Usui set up a school and clinic in 1920 and passed this system on to some 16 Masters, including Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and, through him, to the first Reiki Master in the United States, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who attuned some 22 Masters. Since then, many Masters have been attuned in this country and abroad. In Japan, his method of teaching Reiki is called Usui Shiki Ryoho {The Usui System of Natural Healing} In this country, and in several others, attempts at trade-marking have been made concerning the use of the terms "Usui Reiki " and "Usui Shiki Ryoho" by Phyllis Lei Furumoto RM, Mrs. Takata's granddaughter who founded the Reiki AllianceŽ. Masters in the Reiki AllianceŽ charge $150-$250 per attunement, and traditionally require $10,000 to attune a new Reiki Master {RM}. Dr. Usui said things in a 1925 interview which seem to contradict these prices and the included philosophy of Reiki..

 There are also several other systems/traditions of teaching the use of Reiki, both in Japan, in the United States, and also worldwide [now at least 18]. William Lee Rand RM is a Reiki Master who has founded the Center for Reiki Training in Michigan, creating a recent variant of Reiki called "Karuna ReikiŽ", which is also trademarked. There is an organization in Japan practicing "Traditional Japanese Reiki" founded by another one of Usui's original Masters. In the Czech Republic, there is the International Association of Reiki, founded by Dr. Mari Hall RM, with branches in several countries. Some others are: The Radiance Technique Association, AERP Practitioners Assocation, Reiki Outreach International, and the Reiki Touch Master Foundation. The cost of attunement in these traditions varies from $75-$250 per attunement, with a charge of $250-$2000 for attunement to Master. As you can see, the charges for Reiki vary widely! There are also may other Reiki traditions, all variations on the basic system [not a cult] of transferring energy. Many books have been published on Reiki; even Reiki symbols have been published, both in books and on the Web. [a caution - even though Reiki hand positions and symbols have been published, they are of little value without one being attuned to Reiki by a Reiki Master].

 There are Reiki Masters [with traditional lineages], however, who attune on a sliding scale, or for a donation, barter, or simply for a sincere commitment to Reiki. They believe that Reiki is not someone's possession to be trademarked and profited from, but is already available in everyone, and needs only be re-awakened through attunement. One such group is the Global Reiki Masters Association who attune at distance. With the trade-marking of certain forms of teaching Reiki, there will be a proliferation of schools/traditions, methods to teach the use of Reiki, and costs, but all agree that the energy which is used is the same.

 Reiki is a quiet and gentle system of hand placements on different parts of the body usually starting at the head, with each position held for 5 minutes or so; it is not massage, although it naturally would combine well with other bodywork systems, such as massage or shiatsu. Reiki does not use any type of muscle or tissue manipulation whatsoever; the hands are still. It seems to activate and manipulate the same energy fields as does acupuncture; the energy patterns and their changes, both in the body and in the aura, have been photographed using Kirlian photography. Many people who are used to meditation find the experience very similar, with a calming of the mind and body, with a feeling of centering and inner peace. Dr. Usui found that recipients who benefited most from Reiki had "exchanged energy"; provided either money, objects, major commitment, or labor for Reiki sessions or classes. [A parallel belief exists regarding fees in Western psychotherapy. It is often felt that therapy will be of little use without the patient's commitment, one which "costs", hence proving an impetus to work on healing.]  Perhaps someday we will be able to document it scientifically, but in the same way the a scientific proof of beauty or harmony eludes us, the test of the effectiveness of Reiki is not in the laboratory, but in direct experience, much in the same way that the calming effect of a beautiful sunset is in experience, not words.

 In this country, many people are learning this complementary approach to well-being. Practitioners may be found in every religion and philosophy, as well as among those who are outside of any belief system. Reiki is being used as an adjunct to other physical and emotional treatments to enhance well-being. Western Reiki practitioners work with energy transfer to provide relaxation and stress reduction. This is often combined with other therapies to provide a holistic approach to stress. It is increasingly used as a complementary therapy to traditional Western medicine. Many health care providers, including doctors and nurses, are becoming trained in Reiki. It is in keeping with the Hippocratic principle - "If you can do no good, at least do no harm", so that it is compatible with anyone's ideas of modern Western medicine, whether one believes that it does nothing, or that it does, in fact, do good. A recent Reuters news article reports on a study of Therapeutic Touch , which is {unlike Reiki}, a non-touching energy modality [hands generally held about a inch or two above the body], showing a significant improvement in patients with arthritis. Both Reiki and Therapeutic Touch are subtle energy modalities.

There are now increasing numbers of news articles on Reiki. The study of the effects of Reiki is part of modern scientific research. Some conditions now being studied with Reiki include: breast cancer pain, spinal pain, migraine headaches, diabetes [type 2], epilepsy and seizures, tinnitus, chronic pain, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia,  recovery from surgery, and sexual dysfunctions. All of these conditions seem to benefit from the deep relaxation which Reiki permits. [Obviously, Reiki is not meant to be a treatment for a medical condition, but rather a complementary modality to allow a person relaxation and a better flow of energy. This improved flow of energy allows a person's natural healing ability to be enhanced. Most Reiki practitioners will not accept a person as a client who indicates that they are stopping medical treatment in favor of Reiki.]. Also, most Reiki practitioners will not accept a client without a waiver or disclaimer being signed, so that both parties understand what is being done during the session.

 In fact, Reiki is being used and taught in some hospitals and hospices in various states. Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York is using Reiki as a complement to treatment. The Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) Medical School, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Marian General Hospital, and the California Pacific Medical Center all offer Reiki to their patients. There is a Reiki clinic at the Tucson Medical Center in Arizona, Reiki is used at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire; in Cleveland, hospitals are considering setting up a Reiki clinic.. In Vermont, there is already a Complementary Medicine clinic at Windsor Hospital where Reiki practitioners are working, as well as a group of Reiki Master volunteers at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital [NVRH], of which I am a member.  A recent newspaper article indicates that there are at least 65 Reiki practitioners among the doctors and nurses at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. New hospitals are being added to this list almost daily. Most hospitals require that the recipient is not to be moved from their position of comfort. Hand positions are usually limited to head, shoulders, lower legs and arms, and the upper chest. Other positions are imagined and done with no actual contact. Sometimes the recipient will ask that there be no actual physical contact.  In such a setting, symbols, toning, and aura sweeping are not permitted. My own experience is that medical personnel [both doctors and nurses] are familiar with Reiki and many admit to having worked along side a Reiki practitioner. Sometimes staff members or recipient family members will be given sessions by request. Reiki is explained in a short, basic way - that Reiki is a way of having deep relaxation and stress reduction by working with the recipient's natural energy field.

 Reiki is not "taught" in the Western sense; one is "attuned" to it by a Reiki Master. It is passed on in person, from Master to student, in an attunement ritual which raises one to a new level of vibration and awareness. [Attunement is also known in various cultures as empowerment, initiation, abhiseka, wong, angkur, shaktipat, and "passing the energy", even perhaps as ordination]. This is why training must be done in person, even though there are those who have experimented with distant attunements. In Reiki I training, the particular hand positions are learned, as well as the evaluation of the personal energy fields. One learns to do direct hand positions on oneself and on others. In Reiki II training, one learns both local, personal and distant/remote use of Reiki energy, as well as certain ancient symbols. In Reiki Master training, one learns additional ancient symbols and the way in which to pass on Reiki attunements to others. Traditionally, the symbols and methods are kept secret (or at least sacred = respected, kept apart from normal life, not used as decorations or for any use besides Reiki) by the practitioner. It has been said that in Reiki I, the student learns how to use/channel Reiki as a tool, in Reiki II, the student accepts Reiki in their being at many levels, and at the Master level, one discovers and accepts that one is Reiki, living in Reiki, and that Reiki needs to be shared and taught.

 Reiki is "channeled" not directed, based on the ancient Taoist principle of "standing aside", or "wu-wei", so that Reiki can do its own work. It does not use a person's "personal Ki". It is said that Reiki always works for a person's highest good, whatever that may be for the particular person. The practitioner has no desire for a specific outcome, or even the ability to create a specific outcome. The medical community is the sole source of diagnosis and treatment. This is why no claims can be made for Reiki in this country, except relaxation and stress reduction. This is also why a Reiki practitioner in this country does not diagnose or treat diseases or conditions. A Reiki practitioner's ethics prevent them from giving Reiki to someone who does not want it. Part of being a Reiki channel is the acceptance of whatever outcome results from the flow of Reiki. Once one is attuned to Reiki, it also becomes a way of living, including the Usui Reiki Principles. One can then channel Reiki to others, as well as to oneself.

 The Reiki energies will have a beneficial effect whenever the practitioner lays on hands with the intention of helping. However, for the benefits to be lasting, the person receiving Reiki must accept responsibility for his or her own improvement and be an active participant. The Reiki practitioner cannot cause something to happen which the recipient does not want, at some level of their personality, to happen. A conscious decision to improve oneself is a desirable, almost essential part of the Reiki experience. {Traditional Reiki Masters used to ask the recipient if they would take responsibility for causing their condition and for their own improvement; if not, Reiki would not be given.} The Reiki experience does not require that the person receiving Reiki believe in particular way or have any understanding of the procedure, nor does one have to do anything; one only needs to be open to the experience and willing to receive Reiki.

A Reiki Session

Reiki may given to a person who is standing, sitting, or lying down, anywhere, indoors or outdoors; it is most beneficially given with the recipient lying on a flat, raised surface, such as on a massage table, usually padded. Other surfaces, such as couches, dining room tables, kitchen counters, straight chairs, beds and floors can also be used. However, in our culture, the sense of professionalism, propriety, security, and comfort which is provided by the massage table make it the surface of choice. This is especially true when having a Reiki session in someone's home, since many, if not most, Reiki practitioners do not have a professional office. The practitioner is also most comfortable using a massage table, or some such surface, adjustable in height, thus enabling one to work without the distractions of extra movement and discomfort. However, no equipment whatsoever is actually required to give a Reiki session except the hands of an attuned Reiki practitioner. Reiki sessions can even be done at a distance, if that way is the only way possible. However, most people appreciate a Reiki session in person as the best way to receive Reiki. Some are hesitant about the first session; most come back for additional ones. People seek Reiki sessions for many reasons.

 Before starting a session, Reiki hand positions are explained, since the entire body will be touched or almost touched; modifications may be made to traditional hand positions to respect any touch issues or sensibilities of the person involved. In addition, a waiver or "hold-harmless" form may be signed prior to the session to assure that both the client and the practitioner are secure in their personal and legal needs. This waiver will define the nature of the session, the areas to be touched, or not touched, and the right of the client to change these parameters at any time. The client will be reminded to turn off (not just mute or vibrate} all electronic devices - cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and music devices. The more experienced clients seeking a maximal experience will have been reminded to simplify and regulate their diet for several days prior to the session.

 Reiki never does any harm, and is balanced automatically to a person's need for Ki. Often, emotions are released; conversation is possible, but not required; a Reiki session is not a psychotherapy session. The recipient of Reiki will generally feel increased warmth, a tingling sensation, or both where the practitioner's hands are placed. The practitioner's touch is gentle, light, and generally without motion, except when changing hand positions; there is no massage or body manipulation whatsoever [this, of course would not include this use of Reiki by massage therapists, some of whom are Reiki practitioners as well]. Most Reiki sessions are conducted without conversation, unless the recipient feels a need to communicate something.

 Reiki is usually done with the person receiving Reiki fully clothed {simple, loose-fitting clothing is suggested. Any comfortable street clothing is possible, but many people like exercise clothing, such as T-shirt and soft pants or shorts, no belts or any other tight garments, for relaxation, but any comfortable clothing is possible, without shoes. For the same reason, many practitioners will wear a T-Shirt and soft exercise trousers for their own comfort.}. Sometimes quiet music is played, and other "mood enhancers", such as incense, soft lighting, and other such devices may be requested. Distractions, such as a telephone ringing, the presence of other persons, and other interferences should be minimized. Others may be present if desired, but many recipients feel that this creates disturbances and limitations to the full Reiki experience, since "letting go" into a meditative state is relaxing, hence the desire for a quiet, safe space for the Reiki session. The Reiki session is always for the recipient, so that the client's wishes are paramount.

 A Reiki session takes from 20 minutes to 60 minutes, with some sessions lasting up to 90 minutes. The typical session lasts about one hour. One should probably plan to have between 30 minutes to 2 hours available, to insure a comfortable transition from the Reiki experience back to the normal mode of living. Typically, a Reiki session produces deep relaxation and a feeling of inner peace, creating a set of conditions which allows the body to maximize its natural self-healing processes through the reduction of stress. For a complete Reiki effect, many practitioners feel that there should be four sessions in four days, but this varies widely. Most practitioners do feel that more than one session, or periodic sessions, may be important for adequate relaxation and stress reduction.

A Reiki Class

A Reiki class will vary quite a bit, RM to RM.  Depending upon the number of students in the class [1-10 to as many as 50!] there may be a set schedule of matters taught, or a free-form class covering everything but in a looser order with lots of discussion. Some RMs will teach Reiki I and Reiki II in a weekend, or even in a single day!. Some Non-Traditional RMs will teach Reiki I, Reiki II, and RM in a single day, some attuning even to RM in a single step, bypassing Reiki I and Reiki II! Obviously, the amount of "table time" that a student gets to practice what they have learned is in inverse proportion to the size of the class. [This is why I prefer very small or single person classes]. The usual waiver and disclaimer will be signed before the class begins. The class will be set up to assist those who wish to become "healers", not simply those who are curiosity seekers.

Most Reiki I classes start with the history of Reiki and of Dr. Usui, as well as the history of the development of Reiki worldwide in the present. Most RMs will include some mention of the possible Tibetan roots of Reiki. In traditional Usui Reiki, there are four separate attunements for a Reiki I class. Most classes are done in a single day -  {my classes start at 9 AM and run to 4 PM with a half hour for a very light lunch.}. Reiki I classes will have two attunements before lunch and two afterwards. The student will get a substantial amount of time learning and practicing the 14 hand positions, and asking such questions as may come up. The student will also learn how to "beam" Reiki across a room. The student will learn what it feels like to be a Reiki recipient, as well as a Reiki practitioner. The nature of "clearings" of the attunements will also be discussed. The reactions of others will also be discussed.

In a Reiki II class, taking about the same amount of time, there will be time spent on the nature of symbols, their origins, and how to trace the 3 Reiki symbols. There will be time spent on the business uses of Reiki and the concerns one must have, both legal and ethical, when using Reiki beyond one's family and close personal friends. Distance Reiki will be discussed and practiced. there will be two attunements during a Reiki II class.  Learning the Reiki symbols is a time-consuming task. At this time, many strong emotions may be released, and discussions about getting permission to do either in-person or distant Reiki must be discussed. At the same time, the amount of time that must elapse between attunements is discussed.

In a Reiki Master [RM] class, there is only one attunement necessary to create the RM, although I do a second one at the end of the day, so that the RM candidate can understand the process more completely. The Master symbol is added and discussed, as well as the process of attunement. Advanced uses of Reiki, both in person and distant, are discussed. Any questions are permitted, even if they seem strange. The student is moving from candidate to colleague during this process, and many questions will come up. I tell my students that by accepting them as a Reiki Master student I make myself to be a resource for them for a lifetime, but only if that is what the student wants. There is no authority relationship which continues after the RM classes and learning period. There is usually some period of "apprenticeship" or "development and studying" period before the RM candidate is ready to practice on their own. In my case, it is a period of several months, during which I ask the new RM not to attune anyone beyond Reiki I. At the end of that time, I hold another formal RM class, lasting another full day, in which attunements are discussed and practiced, and specific questions about the use of Reiki and attunements are discussed and practiced. In the most traditional case, it is a period of a year, during which the new RM has a mandatory financial relationship with the teaching RM, and agrees to get income only from the practice of Reiki and to charge a certain amount for the creation of new RMs. I do not have any such arrangement or requirement, outside of the fees for their own RM classes. There are obviously certain qualities that I look for in a Reiki Master candidate. the option to proceed to RM is my choice and responsibility. There are also issues of preparation and the understanding of certain paradoxes, such as the nature of control and the other challenges of advanced energywork.


Lawton R. Smith

   Reiki Master

I am a Certified Traditional Usui Reiki Master practitioner/teacher, practicing the art of Reiki, which means that I have received the Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki Master attunements. The Reiki Master who attuned me to Reiki I and II [both certified] received her attunements from a Reiki Master of Usui Shiki Ryoho in the Usui tradition and Usui/Hayashi/Takata/Furumoto lineage. I received my attunement and certification as a Reiki Master in the Usui tradition from a Reiki Master of Usui Shiki Ryoho also in the Usui/Hayashi/Takata/Furumoto lineage. Others call me simply a "healer".

 I am first and foremost a Traditional Usui Reiki Master. That is primarily the way I teach and practice. However, I have also studied under, and received attunements and certifications as a Reiki Master in both traditional and non-traditional, ways to various forms of Reiki from several additional Reiki Masters, some of whom were trained traditionally, others non-traditionally. Some non-traditional approaches even include distant attunements. I continue to study various forms of Reiki and other energy traditions. This work I consider to be a form of "graduate study"; a way of understanding the various forms that healing energy can take, their similarities and differences, and their varying results. Some are "more original/historical Reiki"; some are other energy modalities, including ones which I studied or worked with prior to my learning Reiki [some dating back some 40 years]. All present teaching challenges to a Reiki Master, whether in the technical challenges of the material, or in the various qualities and differences which the students bring to the class..

 To me, a Reiki Master is not an expert who knows everything, but someone who has decided to continue studying and practicing Reiki at a higher level of training, with a life-long commitment to help others in their path with Reiki. Being a Master does not confer authority, but rather an obligation on the Master to continue, develop, and share the Reiki tradition. A Reiki Master is not a personal or group "guru" who demands allegiance and exclusive obedience; just the opposite is true - the Reiki Master is only a resource to be used only at the student's request and mutually established pace of learning.  A Reiki Master is still learning and discovering new aspects of the art; a Master has simply reached the point in study and development where he or she can attune and teach others, in addition to continuing regular hands-on sessions with clients. Some Reiki Masters, myself included, go on to create variations of Reiki, based on their experiences and insights; this  includes my creation of Dorje Reiki. Often, this is not to create a new system for general use, but to collect and codify the best of their personal experience with Reiki as a serious form of continuing study. In my case, this latter reason is my motivation.

 I believe that is possible to teach/attune Reiki correctly, without departing from tradition, in a way which can be affordable in time and money to anyone with a sincere interest. [There is an exception: I will not accept of my current high school students for ethical reasons].  I will always try to accommodate a client or student in my schedule as well as well as their wishes for receiving Reiki, in keeping with my ethics and experience with Reiki, including the type of person who can benefit from it. I feel that a Reiki Master needs to have a percentage of their practice as pro bono work. I am open to the evolution of Reiki as a healing discipline [something which is both natural and essential], as a philosophical and spiritual  development modality, as well as to some advanced uses of Reiki in healing. I now incorporate into my teaching the latest material from research about Dr. Usui, including the practice of Hatsurei-ho, Byosen, and Rei-Ju. I find that Reiki is a useful adjunct to psychotherapy. I am continually studying the Eastern uses of Reiki [and similar energywork/bodywork], both modern and ancient, as they might apply to Western health and wellness enhancement, as well as other traditional forms of holistic energy transfer. I hope that such uses will become more widely accepted as complementary therapies to Western medicine, recognized both by the medical establishment and by health insurers. I am also considering the possibility of sessions which combine several energywork/bodywork modalities at the same time [this type of session has been requested by a significant number of clients].

Although there are those in various parts of the world who have made serious and impressive claims for the use of Reiki in the healing process, I do not diagnose or treat diseases or conditions. The only claim which I make for my Reiki sessions is that they tend to produce a great relaxation; therefore, a significant reduction of personal physical and emotional stress. This enables the recipient to be in a state which is most conducive to the action of one's own natural healing processes. I urge anyone considering a Reiki session or Reiki class to inform themselves about the nature of a Reiki session, and about the various traditions of Reiki, as well as the advances reported in the world about the healing process, and what the medical community has discovered about the benefits of relaxation and stress reduction.

At this point there are some 900,000 Reiki practitioners in the world; there are over 40,000 Reiki Masters. More information about Reiki is also available on the following sites: 

These sites are representative of several approaches to Reiki. I do not necessarily agree or disagree with all of the information on any of these sites, but I find them to be very helpful in understanding the nature of Reiki and the variety of ways in which it is taught and experienced.. There are also numerous other Reiki-related sites on the InterNet. You can search the web for "Reiki".

 I also have a Reiki-Links page which contains links to various interesting Reiki sites; again, not all of them present Reiki as I, or others, understand it, but all have interesting and helpful information about Reiki.

There has recently been a great deal of new information about the history which has been made available. Some of this information contradicts or modifies the "traditional" teaching about Reiki [some Traditional Reiki Masters reject this information, since it presents somewhat of a dilemma]. I do not feel that this affects the energy of Reiki in any negative way or the essential procedures which are used. However, it is important to know for serious students of Reiki or for those who teach Reiki. I use the newest findings in my own Reiki practice and teaching, including Hatsurei-ho, Byosen and ReiJu. These are always taught in a way to distinguish them from traditional Reiki teaching of the sort done in this country before these new discoveries. An excellent resource for this information is Rick Rivard's HomePage. I will be modifying my own Reiki page to indicate important additions to our Reiki knowledge. In addition, while Reiki cannot be learned from a book [no attunement is possible that way, in fact, it simply cannot work], a general understanding of Reiki and other energywork can be acquired that way. To that end, I have provided suggested readings.

Why should you learn Reiki or experience it?

"If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering."

Lama Tashi Namgyal

Although Reiki is not a religious practice in any way, the Tibetan thought which gives Reiki its theoretical roots does accurately reflect the healing traditions of the general area. - LRS

Reiki, it is said, generally draws the right people to learn it at the right time with the right Reiki Master. Usually such a person has considered Reiki or another healing art several times in the past. Perhaps that person has looked at dowsing, shamanism, or other energywork modality. After several half-attempts to learn about it and a lot of hesitancy, that person is drawn to the right teacher for them. The person may have a background in spiritual curiosity or paranormal interests, or they may simply want to help others and have felt that something was missing in their life, and are on a personal quest to find additional meaning in a helping way of life. Such a person may try a Reiki session to understand more of what it is, or may find themselves writing to, or calling a local Reiki Master, often uncertain as to why they are now moved to do so. If, after consultation, I am not the best practitioner or teacher for a student's needs, I will refer to the client or student to another Reiki practitioner without cost or obligation.

Please see the warning at the bottom of my Dorje Reiki page.


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