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In May 2019, I had the privilege of traveling to Mt. Kurama in Kyoto, Japan to deepen my connection to the heart and land where Reiki, as it's known today, originated. Mikao Usui had meditated on the top of Mt. Kurama for days until he became enlightened and discovered what we now know as Reiki.

Mt. Kurama in Kyoto, Japan

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Reiki is a natural healing method that was rediscovered in Japan in the 1900s by Mikao Usui. It is primarily known as a relaxation technique and usually applied through gentle touch, though it is not necessary. It's not a religion and is inclusive and complementary to all traditions, religions, and paths, such as yoga, meditation, holistic medicine practices, etc. Reiki is even practiced in traditional hospitals and medical facilities as it has been noted to support and enhance patient treatments.

The word "Reiki" can be translated in a number of ways. I look at it as a Spiritual Life Force Energy that exists all around us and within us. Some define it as a Higher Power or Higher Intelligence that guides our life force energy, or as "Soul Energy."

Reiki has the capability to restore the natural flow of energy within the body. It is able to clear blockages and allow the body to do its work. A Reiki facilitator works with Reiki to facilitate and support the recipient's natural abilities to heal the mind, body, and spirit.

Reiki can be an experience of a greater good, allowing us to experience grace, love, and wholeness.