Reiki is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since its beginning in Japan, it has been adapted across varying cultural traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing. Through the use of this technique, practitioners are transferring “universal energy” through the palms of the practitioner, which encourages healing.
Reiki is based on qi (“chi”), which is a universal life force. While it is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, it is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using it puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.