The term Reiki is Japanese. It is loosely translated that Rei means “universal” and refers to the importance and the nature of this practice; Ki means “energy”, hence we can understand the word Reiki as “Universal Energy”.

Reiki is a natural healing method, which uses vital universal energy in order to allow physical and mental illnesses to be restored. Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk, has developed “Reiki” during a special retreat in the middle of the 19th Century, although he always maintained that he had only “retrieved” a millenary method of recovery which had existed but had been forgotten over many years.

The practice of Reiki is based on a transmitter or channel who transmits Reiki (vital energy) with his hands to a receptor, who can be himself or a another person, with the objective to palliate or eliminate pain or illness; though, as Reiki is a universal energy, Reiki can also be applied to other living beings like animals or even plants.

The method of Reiki is based on the Hindu beliefs of the Chakras, which describe the state of health of a person. According to this belief, the malfunction of one or more of the Chakras would provoke bad health or make it more severe, and it opens the door to illness. The method consists of directing Reiki energy to the Chakras of an ill person (receptor), to unblock them and potentiate the process of recovery that way.


Doctor Mikao Usui established a Reiki guideline for daily life which is based on the principles of the Japanese emperor Meiji, and he invited his students to follow it.

Original document in Japanese where these principles are described:

The maxims of Reiki:

Only today:

Don’t get angry

Don’t worry

Be grateful

Work honestly

Be pleasant

Practice Gassho meditation in the morning and the evening