Reiki healing techniques are common to many ancient cultures - Tibetan, Chinese, Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Indian. The Reiki now commonly used is thought to come from Tibet, then found its way to Japan. The healing modality was lost, rediscovered in the 1800s, then spread around the world.

Reiki was "re-discovered" in the late 1800s by Mikao Usui, a Japanese educator, who was one of Sonten's regular worshippers. A Japanese Buddhist, Dr. Mikao Usui went fasting and meditating for 21 days on the holy mount, Kurama, in 1914. During this period he experienced a realization of enlightenment, and Reiki was re-discovered and his teachings unfolded.

The system of Reiki Healing that evolved from Dr. Usui's method is called the Usui System of Natural Healing or Usui Reiki Ryoho. One of Usui's students, Hawayo Takata (1900-1980), a woman whose illnesses healed following Reiki therapy in Japan in 1935, eventually came to the United States and was responsible for teaching Reiki masters now living in North America, which helped to spread the practice of Reiki throughout the world. 

Reiki is an energy medicine technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us 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.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. 

Cheryle is a 5th Generation Usui Reiki Master (1995).