What is Reiki?

[Excerpt from TT: 2009-12-13]

[Question] Hello, Michael. 1)Who was this mysterious Mikao Usui who created the modern Reiki System? 2)What were his overleaves? 3) From your perspective, what is this REIKI or SPIRITUAL ENERGY that practitioners channel…4) what are the factors that have made this practice so popular around the world?

[Michael Entity] For purposes of this format of exchange, we will share a brief response to each of the questions.

The fragment known as Mikao appears to be a Warrior-cast Priest who recognized the validity of subtle energies and their capacity for being harnessed and directed. The energy that is harnessed and directed is not unique to the practice called “Reiki,” but that system does help bring tangible tools to the process of using the energy. The same energy could be said to be shared from the exchange of laughter, awe, and happiness or pleasure.

The modern system referred to as “Reiki” has become highly political and hierarchical in many circles, but we see that this has begun to deconstruct and return to its roots in many ways. Both the political structure and this deconstruction have their flaws.

The political structure is a false hierarchy of learning that can bring about false healers who have gained credibility by simply paying enough money to buy a label. The deconstructing of this political structure requires little more than reading a book and can bring about delusional exchanges of “healing” that are little more than nice thoughts. Knowing the extremes of that spectrum, we would say that the only valid method for developing the strengths capable for use of energy in this way would be through practice, feedback, and tangible evidence of effect.

The energy that is used is the basic “life force” of your universe. This life force could be understood through the analogy of a computer screen that allows for a cursor to move through the pixels and light, showing up as itself wherever it is, but literally connected entirely to everything on that screen. “Reiki” then could be said to be that affect that allows for the repair of a pixel, or pixels, bringing light back, so to speak, to areas of the screen that have dimmed or have gone out.

In the same way that a piano can be played by any of you, so can Reiki (or energetic healing) be practiced. However, to continue the analogy, in the same way that one can simply peck at the keys, or pound on the keys to make noise, so too can some “healers” generate energy that has no effect, or only brings irritation. And in the same way that one can learn to play a piano beautifully on one’s own, through an instructor, or through a hierarchical fee plan, so can healing be learned. The piano and the noise it generates is up to the player, and how that player learns to play is up to the player. It just so happens that “Reiki” has come to be a recognizable system, and for that matter can lend itself as a strong platform for the work that a healer might wish to do.

No direct harm can come from false healers, but irritation, and distraction from legitimate care, can certainly have effects.