It stills has its symbols thanks to Usui. He wound up fasting and not even drinking any water for like 22 days up on a mountain in Japan and on the last day when he was about dead he finally went into a shamanistic ecstasy and these symbols came to him. He felt he was lifted off the ground and these symbols were burned through his body, and when the whole thing is over he felt like he could take on the world.
When he turned around and started to walk off he kicked a rock and busted up his toe. It started bleeding profusely and something came to him to take his hands and put them on his feet and the bleeding stopped.
The pain went away so he walked down the mountain and he got to an inn and decided to get something to eat. The inn keeper came out to wait on him and he noticed that her face was bandaged up because she had a bad tooth. He ate his meal and to repay the innkeeper he put his hands on her jaw and they got so warm they almost burned her, but when she took off the bandage her jaw was fine.
He went on and that is how Reiki was re-discovered. Now the thing about Reiki they channel energy in a particular pattern because of the symbols to heal someone and restore harmony. Now, Reiki works on restoring harmony to the body. That is energy that has become imbalanced. It can be used to get rid of energy blocks; it can detoxify your system. It can bring about deep relaxation so a person can sleep. It does this by introducing universal life energy and that meets with the vibrational energy of each person and helps to bring that into balance.
So it falls under the same auspices of any hands on healing modality. Now I know people aren't going to want to hear this but some people will get a Reiki treatment and they walk away feeling worse or feel like they have something attached to them.
Mainly, this is because the person treating you had "stuff" and they weren't being a clear and open channel and their "stuff" got on you. Now I say this in all sincerity I pull no punches I've seen the best these things can do and I have seen the worse. Ignorance gets us into trouble and it's our ego that keeps us there. If you can't get yourself out of the way it is a disservice to anyone that you are working on and I have seen this. You have to get yourself out of the way and truly be that open clear channel for spirit to move through.
Gregg Hall is a consultant for online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida. Get more information on Reiki at http://www.emerald-energies.com