What is Reiki – Perhaps it is the Miracle of Self-Healing

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So, what exactly is Reiki?

The word Reiki is two Japanese words. Rei “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power,” and Ki, “life force energy”. Reiki is “spiritually guided life force energy”. There is a non-physical energy within every living organism. For many thousands of years, we have known of this energy and have sought to develop ways to harness its power to heal and influence our lives.


The Japanese call this energy Ki. It is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by a number of Asian cultures and the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost by most of the Western world. While not religious, it is practiced by people of all religious persuasions as well as those with no religious convictions. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.


Reiki is becoming more widely accepted

Many hospitals have incorporated Reiki into their patient care plans before and after procedures, and have reported that while helping to promote healing with fewer complications, they also saw a decrease in the use of pain medication, a quicker recovery time, and shorter hospital stays.


Did you know

Even celebs are backing up Reiki.  Dr. Mehmet Oz, renowned cardiovascular surgeon, author and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” introduced millions of viewers to the natural healing practice of Reiki as part of a program on alternative and natural remedies. Dr. Oz included not only a segment featuring a demonstration by author Pamela Miles, but an emphatic recommendation to “try Reiki” as the #1 “Oz’s Order” at the show’s conclusion (read more about Dr. Oz’s alternative medicine treatment suggestions).


His wife, Lisa Oz is a Reiki Master Teacher and comments about its increasing popularity by saying,

“The next wave of medical advances will be when we come to recognize the body as an energetic system.”


Who’s who in this wave of self-care

Artists who make sure to have a Reiki Practitioner available during tours and recording include Shania Twain, Macy Gray, and Kellie Pickler. Multi-Platinum R&B singer, Erykah Badu, is such a fan of Reiki, that she became a Reiki Master. There’s even a long list of movie stars and other artists who have found excellent results with Reiki, including:

  • Halle Berry
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Mel B
  • Michael Flatley
  • Sadie Frost
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Helen Hunt
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Joely Richardson
  • Sharon Stone
  • Uma Thurman
  • Naomi Watts
  • Oprah

Reiki is not just becoming more popular in the medical and arts sectors. Athletes are also benefitting; Phil Nickelson and other professional athletes such as the Chicago White Sox, routinely seek sessions for the many benefits available through this calming, peaceful and balancing therapy.


In a New York Times article, Jerry Kelly, who is a two-time PGA Tour winner, shares his experience about the shoulder pain he was suffering from: “The two bones were rubbing against each other. I was going to have surgery the next week. I did five (Reiki) sessions that week, it was the best I felt on a golf course in over a year. When I went in for the pre-op for the surgery, there was a space between the bones of the AC joint and I didn’t need the surgery anymore.”


But, what is it – really

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us. It’s what it means to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. – ICRT


Understanding that every cell in your body has the DNA coding for perfect health, Reiki helps to replenish your vital energy, and strengthen the immune system from within. At the same time, it helps with both acute and chronic illnesses by reducing and relieving stress. I believe it is more medicine than mysticism as we get deeper into the relationship between mind, body and spirit.


 People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said. They will always remember the way you made them feel. – Maya Angelou


My experience with Reiki

I’ve seen clients respond in miraculous ways. My father’s oncologist called it a miracle too, dad resolved his CML (a type of leukemia) after a single session. For more than 10 years we couldn’t bring his white blood cell count into normal range. And he’d been told the month prior, nothing else was working; to prepare for the inevitable. I have also seen clients receive the peace to pass well when it was their time.


As it’s become more widely accepted, I’ve been asked to speak at several hospitals. Specifically to share how this CAM can benefit both patients and staff self-care. If you haven’t tried Reiki yet, you really should.


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  1. Paul Tobin on May 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Wonderful post. I agree with your thoughts

    • KRinaldi on June 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Thank You! 😀

  2. Rev D McSpadden on May 25, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Very good article, although Mikao Usui was never a doctor of any kind, this can be checked on the ICRT website (I did my master-teacher degree with William Rand). I believe that Mrs Takata told people that Usui sensei was a doctor (she also claimed he had been a Christian minister despite that not being true) in her desire to make Reiki more appealing to Westerners, bless her soul! Many blessings <3

    • KRinaldi on June 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Thank You and Thank You for your insight. Wishing you many and abundant blessings as well.

  3. Susan Bachelder on June 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Great article! I have 3 levels of Reiki training plus QiGong and studies in other areas. It is so beneficial to educate ourselves in caring for our bodies. My intensity of learning in this area began following nerve damage and has been so incredible in increasing my quality of life.

    • KRinaldi on July 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I love that you connected with this. It’s not lost on me that most of us as healers were called to self heal first.

  4. Maureen Shaw on July 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I’m a Reiki teacher and would love to find a way to show medical staff at hospitals how effective treatments would be. I’ve wo

    • KRinaldi on July 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

      It starts with a conversation. You need to get out there and make a connection with people at your local hospital. Let me know if you need any help with this.

  5. Maureen Walton on July 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I am a Reiki Master in Australia. I use my Reiki healings, to help some of those who have had bad life experiences. They then are rebalanced, allowing them to think clearer and feel better. So that they can make much better choices and decisions. Often going back to re-education to become Social Workers, Teachers etc to help others.

    • KRinaldi on July 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I love that you are working with people in their emotions and spirit. Many blessings.

  6. reiki master class on September 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I
    will send this article to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • KRinaldi on September 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

      If you are interested in training with me you can do it remotely as well. Go to KimberlyRinaldi.com for more information.

  7. William Allman on November 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This is one more example of the mind-body connection and how effective it can be in self-healing. Very similar to the work being done by Dr. Lissa Rankin M.D.