Reiki as described by William Lee Rand
"Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
Reiki is administered by "laying on hands" and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years. Rei is composed of three sections. The upper section portrays clouds and its meaning has to do with the heavens. In this case the spititual realms are represented and more specifically those highter areas of consciousness that are beyond ego. This area goes by various names such as spiritual healing consciousness, the universal mind, God, the Supreme Being, the third heaven and so forth. It is out of these realms that creativity, genius, miraculous experiences, and spiritual healing originate.
The lower section of Rei represents the earth and portrays layers of soil and stone. The middle section of the figure, which is composed of three rounded squares, represents three aspects of a human being-body, mind, and spirit. More specifically, this section represents the healer, who is located between heaven and earth and acts like a bridge to bring wisdom, guidance, and healing of heaven down to the people and living things on the earth. Ki is life energy. It is also known as the vital life force or the universal life energy. This is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. As long as something is alive, it has life energy circulating through it and surrounding it; when it dies, the life energy departs. If your life energy is low, or if there is a restriction in its flow, you will be more vulnerable to illness. When in it high and flowing freely, you are less likely to get sick. Life energy plays an important role in everything we do. It animates the body and has higher levels of expression. Ki is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts, and spiritual life.”
How does Reiki heal?
"We are alive because life energy or Ki is flowing through us. Ki flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, meridians, and nadis and can also be present and pass directly through organs and tissues of the body. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. The free and balanced flow of healthy Ki is the cause of well-being. It is Ki that animates the physical organs and tissues as it flows through them. Ki nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When the flow of healthy Ki is disrupted, it causes diminished functioning within one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. Therefore, it is the disruption in the healthy flow of Ki that is the main cause of illness.”
Willliam Lee Rand