Reiki is a non-physical healing energy, made up of life force energy, that is guided by the Higher Intelligence. Reiki energy seems to have a mind of its own, flowing where it is needed in the recipient, and creating the healing conditions necessary for the individual's needs. "Reiki" (pronounced ray-key) is a combination of Japanese symbols. When combined, they represent the concept of "Universal Life-Force Energy". Rei: means universal and refers to the Spiritual dimension or Higher Intelligence that guides the creating and functioning of the universe. On a human level, it is available to help us in times of need and acts as a source of guidance in our lives. It is all knowing, because of its infinite nature. Rei is also called the God or Goddess, and has many other names, depending on the culture that has named it. Ki: means vital life force energy that flows through all that is alive, including plants, animals, and humans. When a person's Ki is high, they will feel strong, confident, and ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges. When Ki is low, one will feel weak and is more likely to get sick. We receive Ki from the air we breathe, from food, sunshine, and from positive thought. It is also possible to increase our Ki by using breathing exercises and meditation. When a person dies, their Ki leaves the physical body. Reiki is one of the few forms of wholisitic healing that can be used to heal oneself. Reiki does not conflict with other health care, but enhances its results. It does not interfere with traditional medicine, but rather facilitates its benefits. Reiki speeds the healing process and provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under medical treatment, or in recovery. Reiki is so simple, even a young child can use it effectively. You donít have to believe in Reiki for it to work. Reiki energy can be transmitted to plants, animals and small children. Reiki heals the cause and eliminates the effect. Reiki cannot be guided by the mind. Therefore, it is not limited by the experience or the ability of the practitioner. It can never be misused, since it always creates a healing effect. Reiki healing is a pure energy form. When combined with the sincere desire of the recipient, who is willing to cleanse their emotional and spiritual consciousness, a total healing can occur.