Reiki is a ‘Spiritually Guided Universal Life Force Energy’
Reiki is a pure and simple ancient healing art that has been around for thousands of years. In the advancements of civilization this art fell by the wayside, being rediscovered in the early 1920's by a spiritual Japanese man, Mikao Usui who went on to establish Reiki healing centres in Tokyo.
From here Reiki has spread worldwide.
Reiki is a Japanese word; Rei-meaning "higher power" and Ki-meaning "universal life force energy".
I have thought long and hard about what to write regarding the Reiki story. There is the 'Western' style Reiki story as told by Mrs Takata, and an 'Eastern' style - with a couple of variations on this one too. In the end I decided not to write a Reiki story! Many stories can be found on many Reiki sites. I suggest you visit the Reiki Council website for more information.
The bottom line for me is that when I learnt my Reiki I was given the Western Mrs Takata story - this is ingrained in my heart, and Reiki has worked for me. That is not to say that I don't have full acknowledgement and acceptance of the Eastern style versions of how Dr Usui rediscovered Reiki.
When I do my teaching I give Mrs Takata's story in my manual but I make my students awareof other styles and information.
As with everything Reiki, which ever story you have read, or you were told, which ever 'school' of Reiki you have learnt your Reiki, the essence of Reiki is pure intent and for many Reiki is an intangible experience, feeling, what-ever, which is greatly, greatly cherished.
I just thank goodness for Reiki.