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Reiki: Demystified

By Luna Waverly 

Reiki. It's a word we hear more and more as energy work and alternative healing become more prevalent. But what is reiki?

Reiki (pronounced "ray key") is a combination of two Japanese words, "rei" and "ki", meaning Universal Life Energy. At its simplest form, it is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies in our bodies (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual). It is usually performed by placing the hands in a series of positions, on and/or slightly over the body. Reiki promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level.

We are alive because life force is flowing through our physical bodies, using pathways called chakras, meridians, and nadis. This same energy also flows around us continuously, in a field of energy called the aura. When this flow is disrupted, it causes diminished function of one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. It can become disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force.

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. By doing this, reiki clears, straightens, and heals the energy pathways, allowing the life force to flow in and heal in a natural way.

While not all practitioners of reiki use the same techniques, typically a session will take place in a warm, low-light environment meant to inspire calmness and ease. Soft music, aromatherapy, and other methods may be used to promote serenity.

Treatments are given through direct contact, through proximity, or even at distance. This means that many avenues are available to you—including being able to experience the energy healing of reiki from your own home. Many recipients describe the feeling as a loving, glowing radiance, often noting a subtle or noticeable feeling of warmth from the practitioner, who is serving as the conduit of the Universal Life Energy. This is an important distinction, as a reiki practitioner does not provide any energy, or use his/her own energy, during a session, but merely serves as a guide to direct the force where it's needed.

A Reiki Master differs from a practitioner in that they are also able to teach reiki to others, allowing their students to become practitioners, and Masters are also able to receive advanced, specialized training in order to be recognized as a Medical Reiki Master, someone certified to provide reiki in hospitals and operating rooms.

In its long history of use, reiki has aided in treating everything from anxiety, depression, headaches, stress, fatigue and insomnia, to providing relief from more serious medical conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer. Recent blind studies have been performed showing that reiki promotes faster healing than a placebo, with a Medical Reiki Master even being present during medical procedures such as surgery and chemotherapy, as more and more often an all-inclusive patient care experience is being embraced by the medical community.

Luna Waverly is an RKMRI Certified Medical Reiki Master, Intuitive Channel and Spiritual Awakening Guide, located in Cedar Park and lovingly serving the entire Greater Austin community and beyond. For more information, visit


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