Reiki is the Japanese word for universal life energy: Rei is the universal transcendental spirit or essence and ki is the vital life force energy. All living beings are born with this energy and transfer it from one another when laying the hands upon someone. This transference can assist in the healing process of the individual receiving it. With training in Reiki, an individual learns to enhance and focus the energy they are sending. The reiki master has learned to increase their energy to a higher vibrational level and to open their energy centers, also known as chakras, so that they can channel higher amounts of the life force energy. This treatment assists in maintaining health, overcoming disease, coping with stress, and enhancing overall well-being. Pain and acute conditions usually respond quite quickly while chronic conditions require more time to realign the being spiritually, emotionally, mentally, then physically. Reiki can be used to treat all living organisms, including plants. It dates back to Tibet in 500 b.c. but has gained momentum since the mid 1800s when a Japanese monk named Dr. Mikao Usni began teaching it.