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I try to anticipate questions you might have about Reiki and Reiki Light Touch and provide the answers here.  For more in-depth explanations about Reiki, please see  If you need additional information about Reiki Light Touchplease send email to


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If our life force energy is low or blocked, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress; and if it is high and free-flowing, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.


What does “Reiki” mean?

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."


What are the benefits of receiving a Reiki treatment?

There are quite a few.  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.

Reiki does not replace traditional medicine but is a complement to it.  Always consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment options.


What does a treatment feel like?

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


How does someone learn to perform Reiki treatments?

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development; and therefore, it is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Light Touch will be sponsoring Reiki classes taught by Reiki Master Leigh Shaheen 4 times a year. Please send an email to for more information.


Is Reiki a religion, or attached to any particular religion?

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion nor is it attached to any religion. It has no dogma, and because it comes from a Higher Source, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr Mikado Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical principles ("Reiki Ideals") to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.


What are the Reiki ideals?

Just for today, I will let go of anger.

One of the biggest blockages to an easy flow of life force energy is anger: Anger at others, or oneself, or the whole world.  Reiki gently breaks through and dissolves those blockages, most of which have built up over the years.  We preserve that flow when we banish anger from our lives on a daily basis.

Just for today, I will let go of worry.

Worry is borrowed trouble.  When worry becomes the dominant thought in our minds, we break the flow of energy to all parts of our being.  Reiki encourages the dissolution of worry, thereby assisting in the free flow of energy and bringing healing to our entire existences.

Just for today, I will be grateful.

Gratitude encourages the blossoming of our hearts.  When we express our thanks, speak kindly and with feeling about our appreciation of someone, or simply smile at the world, we bring happiness to everyone we touch.  An attitude of gratitude also fills our own spirits with joy.

Just for today, I will do my work honestly.             

Working honestly means bringing the best of intentions to everyone to whom we give Reiki treatments. Intending the highest good is expressed in the affirmation, “With the greatest good for all and the slightest harm to none, I offer to channel the abundant Reiki energy.”

Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

We are all connected.  Imagine a pitch-black room filled with 20 people.  They all light candles.  Can you distinguish which particle of light comes from which person’s candle?  No.  The light of one spills into all the surrounding light.  So it is with us, Beings of Light.  When we are kind to every living thing, we are adding to the Light of the Universe.  We are being kind to our selves. 


Does giving a Reiki treatment deplete the energy of the Reiki Master?

Not at all.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Remember, the Reiki energy does not originate with the practitioner.  It comes from a Higher Power, or Spirit, or the Universe, whichever way you choose to express the concept of the Infinite.  The Reiki Master or practitioner simply channels the Reiki energy, guiding it with the placement of her hands.  So while the practitioner is giving a Reiki treatment, she is also receiving one, as the warm, soothing energy flows through her and out from her hands to her client.