REIKI is a Japanese name which is pronounced "RAY key." It translates to "Universal Life Force Energy."
"Rei" signifies the universal source energy flowing through everything. This source energy is seen as innately intelligent.
"Ki" signifies the personal life force energy and is analogous to Chi in chinese and Prana in Indian systems.
Thus, Reiki implies that the Universal Source Energy is directly connecting to our personal Life Force and intelligently guiding our innate ability to heal and nurture ourselves.