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What is Reiki

Welcome to Mystic Reiki & Wellness. We established in 2008 to teach and facilitate traditional Usui Tibetan Reiki.  In recent years as Reiki becomes more widespread…

you may hear “Reiki” at yoga, with friends, through a physician or another in the health care field mention it and feel interested or drawn to the energy of Reiki. As it becomes more and more well known due to the positive effects and outcomes, you may be wondering…What Is Reiki?


While the healing concept of Reiki has been around for more than 100 years, people are just beginning to understand what Reiki actually means and does to heal the body. The word Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words: Rei (god's wisdom or the Higher Power) and Ki (life force energy). By this definition, Reiki is spiritually guided life force energy.

A Japanese technique, Reiki is a healing practice for stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki, performed by a practitioner who "lays on hands," is based on the idea that life force energy flows through each of us. If someone's life force energy is low, they are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If someone’s life force energy is high, they are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki helps to boost that energy and balance the whole person. Treating the whole person includes the body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki promotes many beneficial effects including relaxation, feelings of peace, security and well being.

Reiki is a natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. Effective in helping nearly every known illness, Reiki always creates a positive effect. Reiki also works with all other medical and therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


The ability to practice Reiki is not taught in a usual sense, but is transferred to the student during different levels of Reiki classes. Attunement's, given by a Reiki Master, allow the student to tap into an unlimited supply of life force energy to improve health and enhance life quality of those they are working with.


Reiki is spiritual, but it is not a religion (no dogma attached)– one doesn’t need to have a set belief to learn and use Reiki. However, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. Reiki utilizes the concept that it is important to live and act

in a way that promotes harmony with others.


Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki, recommended that one practice certain simple, universal ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony. Reiki is not dependent on

one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and, therefore, is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.


We sincerely hope to have answered some questions you may have had about this healing modality and practice of Reiki and look forward to assisting you soon, in class or in private session.


Kerry Walker-Collins

Founder of Mystic Reiki & Wellness 2008

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The Concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word and
behavior affects our greater health and wellbeing. – Greg Anderson

Principals of Reiki

Several years after developing the concept of Reiki, Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals. The Ideals, which came to Usui in a meditation, originated in part from the five principles of the Meiji emperor of Japan and were developed to add spiritual balance to the practice.

The principles help people recognize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki experience.


In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the recipient must accept responsibility for their healing and take an active part in it. The Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy – it also includes an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their value.

The principles of Reiki are:​

  • Just for today, do not worry.

  • Just for today, do not anger.

  • Honor your parents, teachers and elders.

  • Earn your living honestly.

  • Show gratitude to every living thing.

The principles are simple, but not always easy to do. Beginning to practice these principles guides you toward a healthier way of thinking and feeling—which ultimately gives rise to a healthier body and a healthier way of life.

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