The word "Reiki" is comprised of two parts "Rei" meaning spirit and "Ki" meaning "energy". Literally translated, "Reiki" means "spiritual energy". All things living and material are made up of energy and so; all things naturally possess Reiki. In terms of Reiki as a practice, those who are attuned with Reiki have the ability to channel its energy for the greater good of both living and non-living things.
Reiki is not/cannot be used for causing harm. It does not cause stress, discomfort, or pain, and can result in noticeably positive effects. Reiki is ideal for use with humans and animals alike because it is gentle and non-invasive. The practice of Reiki is not about "doing" something "to" someone/something; rather, it can be thought of as a "tune-up" of sorts for our energy fields. Reiki practitioners are not to be considered "healers", but rather, are merely conduits for the Reiki energy to flow.
The Reiki Precepts
Mikao Usui, founder of the system of Reiki, believed the precepts to be important guides to spiritual development and healing. Finding ways to connect with them in daily life is a great way to support one's inner growth.
For today only:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Be compassionate to yourself and others