I don’t purport to speak for every Reiki healer, but learning Reiki changed my life. The International Center for Reiki Training says that “Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head after which if flows through the body and out the hands. It appears to flow this way because of our perspective.
However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.” http://www.reiki.org/FAQ/Questions&Answers.html
There’s a lack of ego there that serves a person well in this day and age.
I kind of look at becoming a Reiki Master as going to college. Even if you learn nothing else, you have great basis for life. It’s what you put into it that effects what you get out. I have learned to heal myself physically, mentally and spiritually and the fact that I can bring that to others, animal and human, is a bonus.
You can go forward and learn other healing modalities but Reiki provides the core values and the tenets by which we live as healers.
You can read all about the history of Reiki on my website: http://www.raven-reiki.com/reiki-history.html.