Reiki: For the Body and Mind

Moria Viner (76) and Erica Stichter (23) are concentrating on letting universal energy flow through eachother at Viner's home. Viner practices Reiki in a special room in her Reno home. She has her hands in the second position of a Reiki treatment. ( Photo by Crystelle Rife)

For many people, Reiki, the Japanese art of natural healing, is a lifestyle and for others it might be as simple as a treatment used for healing. It was Mikao Usui who brought awareness to the public about Reiki. He opened his first clinic in Tokyo, in 1921. An alternative and complementary medicine, Reiki is based with an “on hands” healing technique. It is a treatment used to relieve stress and tension from the body. It also helps balance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental parts of the body. In Japanese, “Rei” means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and “Ki” is “life force energy.” For Moria Viner, a 76-year-old Reiki Master, Reiki is used to bring positive energy into people’s lives. Viner says “Reiki is universal energy coming through me to you.” All living things can use the energy of the universe. Humans and plants are prewired to accept it. An individual may go to a treatment for a stubbed toe or a migraine. It is even used by cancer patients to help cope with disease, by helping ease the dying process. Reiki activates and enhances natural energy.
There are individuals who disagree on what Reiki can be defined as. Reiki is defined by some as energy from the universe. Although, in the Reiki community, many believe it is more than energy. It is defined as frequencies and vibrations. It is “unconditional love” from the universe. As Erin Donnelly Ellis, a 32-year-old Master states, “Many people classify Reiki as energy work, but I believe it is just frequency and vibrations. It gives you new tools and lets you tap into different frequencies.” It could be argued that if it is frequencies and vibrations, it is still energy. As frequencies measure energy and vibrations come from energy. It makes sense to classify it as energy work.
Reiki is not only for healing but becomes a lifestyle for many people. Anyone can go for a session but to become a Reiki healer is a different story. Ellis has been teaching since 2004. It is her passion and something that guides her everyday life. It also is one of the ways she makes a living. She doesn’t only send Reiki to humans, but her plants and animals. She has two dogs that are “Reiki dogs.” She has given both them both attunements. An attunement, or Reiki I, gives the recipient the ability to heal themselves. An attunement can be seen as an initiation. There is a spiritual connection that comes with an attunement. It can be given to a human or an animal. As Ellis describes, “It is something that all humans can do, it just unlocks the ability, which in my opinion, was always there. It is something that all humans can do that through society we have filtered out.” She believes that through Reiki she can help people become more balanced and happier in life. She will give anyone an attunement that comes to her. She believes if they have come to her, than they are ready. Also, if they want to go on to Reiki II and Reiki III (Master level) she will guide them through that. After the attunement, Reiki II teaches an individual about the symbols. Reiki II opens additional energy centers and connects individuals to a greater volume of Reiki Energy. The symbols allow a person to strengthen their mental and emotional healing. Also, it allows absentee healing, sending Reiki through time and space. She does charge a monetary amount for her services. “It is something humans should have and if I can help get them there, than I will”, Ellis states. For Viner, Reiki is also her passion and has a huge purpose in her life. She offers the first session of Reiki for free. Any subsequent sessions, she asks for a gift. This gift can be anything, from a rolling pin to a crystal pendant. Money is involved when people would rather not find a gift, and when she is attuning someone or they are becoming a master. Her opinion is different than her counterpart. Viner states “I have been a master since 2000. I teach it because people come to me and want to learn. I don’t really put myself out there. I don’t really advertise. I will not give someone an attunement (Reiki 1), Reiki II, or Reiki III (Master level) if they are not ready or prepared. Major changes will happen and the person must be physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally balanced.” Viner believes someone must be fully prepared to become a healer and Ellis believes that attunements are what make a person fully prepared to heal. She doesn’t believe someone would be coming for their Reiki I, Reiki II, or Reiki III if they were not ready.
Reiki is not a religion and it does not have a dogma that must be adhered to. Anyone can use Reiki in their lives, no matter what religion they follow. Ellis, in her practice, has performed Reiki on Buddhist monks, Christian ministers, and even Nuns. Reiki is a connection to the unconditional love of the universe. When Erica Stichter, a 23-year-old student at the University of Nevada, Reno, was asked about what Reiki was to her she said, “It is more of a practice, like going to a doctor.” Many people use Reiki as a compliment to western medicine.
There are three different ways to be involved with Reiki. Reiki can be used as an alternative way to healing the body. It can be used for something as little as a bruise or can be used for major injuries. This consists of going to a session that lasts for about an hour. A feeling of relaxation takes over when a treatment is taking place. If a person wants to be able to heal themselves, they can decide to have an attunement. If they want to be able to pass on Reiki, they can become a Reiki Master. Some Masters will decide to pick who will become Reiki Masters and some believe that it is not their place to decide. Reiki is a great way to find relaxation and peace within. All religions can find a place for Reiki in their teachings. As Ellis says, “Reiki is just unconditional love, and who doesn’t want that?” The more people that bring Reiki into their lives, the more connected we will all become. Reiki is an important tool that more and more people are deciding to use to improve their lives.

To find out more about Reiki, go to

James Deacon (2002), Reiki Glossary: M – R (online). Accessed: 25 October 2011 (available:

“Energy Medicine: An Overview”. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Archived from the original on 11 November 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2011

“Reiki”. American Cancer Society. Retrieved 26 October 2011.

Tadao Yamaguchi. “Jikiden Reiki History | Chiyoko Yamaguchi | Tadao Yamaguchi”. Retrieved 02 November 2011


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