Reiki is literally known as life force energy. This energy conveys warmth, peace, and serenity. This life force energy has many names in many different cultures. As Mary Coddington explains in her book, In Search of the Healing Energy, Polynesian Hunas call this healing force Mana, Native American Iroquois call it Orenda. In India , they call it Prana, China calls it Ch'i. Islamic countries call it Barraka. The Japanese call it Ki which is how Reiki is named.
Diane Stein in her book Essential Reiki explains that "Ch'i of Ki is also the life force of the Earth, the planets, the stars, and the heavens, and these sources of energy affect the living body's Ki. Everything alive contains Ki and radiates it- it is the biomagnetic energy of the aura." Reiki is a powerful healing modality that is very gentle. It is a hands-on-technique that helps to unblock congested energies in the body so the Ki or Chi flows more freely. This adds to greater health on all levels- spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.