Reiki can be thought of as a healing connection to the Universal life force which flows within and around us, and every living thing. This life force energy is referred to as 'Ki' in Japan, 'Chi' in China, and 'Prana' in India. It is NOT a religion, and everyone can access this energy and learn to use it for healing of self and others.
Healing is not just about removal of symptoms, as many people are now led to believe by conventional medicine, nor does it involve diagnosis, but is perhaps better viewed as a process of gently guiding a person toward empowerment, activating natural healing within the self. Just as our bodies know how to absorb nutrients from food, we also have a natural ability to utilise the life force energy for healing and balancing.