Reiki is a Japanese word that identifies the Natural Therapy Usui System (Usui Reiki Ryoho), named in honour of its discoverer, Mikao Usui. Rei means universal and refers to the spiritual aspect, the Energy Cosmic Essence that permeates all things and surrounds all that exists. Ki is the individual vital energy that flows in all living organisms and keeps them. When energy Ki leaves the body, it ceases to have life. The Reiki energy is a process of meeting of these two energies, Universal Energy and our physical energy. It occurs after the attunement or initiation, made by a qualified teacher.

Origins and development

Reiki is a practice of sacred spiritual nature, founded by Mikao Usui Sensei. After tuning, all Reiki properly started, under the circumstances, must now belongs to a particular “line” or “Reiki tree”, which is a sequence of names of teachers who always leads us in any line or school, Mikao Usui Sensei. There is no line that does not take to it. I consider it important that the Reiki practitioner is aware of the “current” master which will turn out to belong. Every new master started, the Reiki expands more and more.

The Reiki practitioner should honour their lineage, as taught in the five principles of Reiki.

The following image, shows the three different Reiki paths after Mikao Usui Sensei.

 Regulations and legal obligations

(Reiki in the city) “Reiki in the UK comes below the Voluntary Self-Regulation (VSR) process. The body that represents Reiki is The Reiki Council (formerly Reiki Regulatory Work Group).

At the moment, the framework for VSR is the National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS were developed to ensure Reiki practitioners and Reiki teachers work within clearly defined professional standards. The NOS set the minimum standard required for professional Reiki practice. This will have the dual effect of both protecting the public Available at: poorly trained Reiki practitioners and driving up the standard of Reiki offered professionally.”

The NOS are defining a series of competencies and the supporting knowledge linked with each competency. Available at: these competencies will develop the nucleus curriculum and qualification and assessment structure for Reiki.

(Reiki in the city) “The Reiki Council has affiliated with The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT). This means the federal regulating body for Reiki is the GRCCT. Reiki practitioners and Reiki teachers can register for VSR by registering with the GRCCT.”

There is not a legal requirement in the present moment, but it is a good idea for those professional practitioners and Reiki teachers to register. After registration, there is a condition to meet the terms of NOS.

Reiki is practiced and can become a life philosophy, but you must not forget to be always update about what’s going on to provide and achieve an Excellent standard practices.