Reiki: Reiki is considered to be a system of Enlightenment and a Hands on Healing art. The Japanese translation of Reiki is "Universal Life Force". The name Reiki comes from the Japanese pronunciation of two Chinese characters that are said to describe the energy itself: 'óÏ rei' (meaning 'soul', 'spirit' or 'ghost') and ãC ki (meaning 'life force energy' in this context). This 2,500 year old Japanese healing art was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1800's. With Reiki it is the power of love and life energy of the universe rather than our own energy that is being utilized. By simply placing our hands on ourselves or another, the energy flows wherever it is most needed, thus restoring the body, mind and spirit to its balanced state of wellness. Reiki is said to be beneficial for treating physical, emotional, spiritual or mental disease. Practitioners use reiki to be channels for "Reiki energy" Ñ flowing through their palms to heal specific parts of the body.
Some schools teach that Reiki energy enters the practitioner through the 7th (crown or Shasrara) chakra, goes through the 4th chakra and then flows through her or his hands (secondary chakras) into the body of the recipient.