Reiki in Japanese means universal life energy that surrounds each and every living creature in this world. This Japanese technique has gained worldwide popularity as a healing process that helps reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing. It is derived from two Japanese words 'rei' meaning "free passage" or "transcendental spirit" and 'ki' meaning "vital life force energy" or "universal life energy". The way it is administered is distinct from other alternative forms of treatment. It requires the practitioner to treat a person by using the hands combined with chants. This is said to invoke the unseen life force energy that causes us to be alive. The energy created through Reiki helps in deep relaxation, removes energy blockages and removes toxins from the system. If one's life force energy is low, then this person is likely to get sick or feel stressed, and if it is high then he/she is likely to be of a cheerful and optimistic disposition. Reiki is a painless, non-invasive practice that doesn't interfere with any medical treatment or drug regime prescribed by your doctor.
The practice of Reiki involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner to the patient, which helps the body's innate ability to heal itself. This healing takes place through a balancing of energy which then brings the mind, body and spirit in perfect accord. Illnesses are caused by an imbalance in energy and the practitioner uses particular techniques to help restore this balance of natural life force energy. The healer places his/her hands on different parts of the body while the recipient draws the energy according to his capacity. Hence, the recipient plays an active part in the healing process and is not just a passive receiver. The recipient takes responsibility for his healing. It is he who identifies his needs and draws energy to satisfy that need.
While undergoing Reiki healing, it is up to the recipient to decide whether he/she wants to be healed or not. If he/she decides to block the Reiki healing process then he/she will not be healed. A hotly debated topic among Reiki practitioners is whether to charge for Reiki or not. Since healing in Reiki uses universal energy forces, a number of practitioners opine that Reiki masters should not charge for healing and teaching Reiki. Others feel that since they are providing a service to the client they should charge for it, but the fee should be a nominal amount. These people feel that the client will not understand the value of the service they are providing and what they are receiving unless a monetary value is attached to it.
There is no doubt that Reiki uses existing energy to heal a person and that healing is largely dependent on the person involved. There is yet another branch of practitioners who believe that deciding on whether to charge a fee or not should be an individual practitioner's discretion. They argue that the world needs more healers than there are. The world does not need sick or emaciated healers who cannot heal any longer. In order to continue the good task of healing, the practitioner has to keep his/her body and soul together, and for this money is indispensable.
Whatever be the case, you must ensure that your Reiki healer is renowned in his profession and is not overcharging you for his/her services.