Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy.” This life force energy can be defined as energy, which exists in all created matter. “Ki” is similar in thought to “chi” or “qi” in Chinese medicine. There are also similarities in relation to Hindu “prana” and Christian “light.” Reiki is hands-on energy healing where the practitioner serves as an open channel for transmitting the “ki” to others. The energy is channeled through the hands to the client, which activates the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Reiki goes to wherever it is needed most—releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins, working to create a state of balance and harmony and promoting relaxation and healing. Reiki practitioners, with a centered intent to help the client achieve relaxation, reduce pain and/or anxiety by using their hands to direct healing energy. The practitioner’s intent is to support the healing process from a conscious and compassionate state. The client, to benefit, must have the willingness to (change) that which is to be helped. Light touch is used on, or above the client’s fully-clothed body.
A healing enlightenment system that draws upon the flow of universal energy. When Reiki healing is used, universal energy flows into and through the practitioner, and then into the patient. Reiki is a powerful system of laying on of hands and remote healing that can transform lives through the body, mind, emotional and spiritual levels. Reiki is an amazing energy that comes from the highest spiritual source, and has an innate intelligence, which does not need to be directed by the practitioner. Reiki goes wherever needed in the body, helping to release blocked energy, cleanse the body of toxins, reduce stress, and become relaxed. Reiki energy can be directed for the purpose of healing someone who not physically present, using the Distant Symbol (or Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen) and any of a number of techniques as a point of focus.
Reiki Level I (or Sho Den)
Teaches you how to use the Reiki Energy. Your Reiki Level I attunement includes the hand positions used when doing Reiki on yourself and others, the Reiki principles, and the history of Reiki. Your Reiki Level II includes the three Reiki Power Symbols (Focus, Harmony, and Connection), Mental/Emotional Healing, Distant Healing, and another attunement
Reiki Level II (or Oku Den)
Teaches you the three Reiki Symbols. Reiki Level II is a deepening of the Reiki experience and a greater commitment to Reiki. Reiki Level II teaches the meanings and application of the Power Symbols, the Mental/Emotional Healing Symbol, and the Distant Symbol.
Reiki Level III (or Shinpi Den)
The Master Level of Reiki. Reiki Level III will teach you to heal on the spiritual level, and I will use another attunement to confer the Reiki energy, and complete a detoxification process. Reiki Level III teaches the Usui Master Symbol. The Usui Master Symbol completes the three symbols taught at Reiki Level II. You will be taught how to initiate others into Reiki using the attunement process. Reiki Level III includes the Usui Master Symbol (empowerment symbol) and its meaning and application. The attunement process and practice in its application, and how to teach others. As a part of the attunement process there is a bond forged between student and master.
Distant attunements are a non-traditional technique that is a logical extension of Distant healing and the distant symbol. A distant attunement uses the Reiki Distant Symbol (Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen) to perform an attunement on someone who is not physically present. Most Reiki practitioners accept that touch is not required to give a very good Reiki treatment. Distant Attunements are appropriate and as perfect as their hands-on counterparts. Distant Attunements are done by using the distant symbol and visualization and intent.
Reiki is a powerful system of laying on of hands and remote healing that can transform lives through the body, mind, emotional and spiritual levels. Reiki is an amazing energy that comes from the highest spiritual source, and has an innate intelligence, which does not need to be directed by the practitioner. Reiki goes wherever needed in the body, helping to release blocked energy, cleanse the body of toxins, reduce stress, and become relaxed.
Reiki energy can be directed for the purpose of healing someone who not physically present, using the Distant Symbol (or Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen) and any of a number of techniques as a point of focus.
History of Reiki
Reiki’s tradition and history is oral and generally passed from Reiki Master to student during training. Some of the writings tell the story of how Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator, discovered the ancient healing art in Japan in the late 1800’s. His revelations paved the way for its emergence in the United States and the rest of the world. There are stories about the life and work of Dr. Usui or “sensei”(teacher) as he is affectionately called. Recommended readings for the history of Reiki include: “Reiki Fire” by Frank Arjava Petter and “Reiki, The Healing Touch” by William Rand.
Based on ancient Buddhist and Hindu teachings, Dr. Usui evolved a system of healing through study, research, and meditation. He practiced and taught this method of natural healing using the laying on of hands. In the traditional Reiki lineage, he trained Chujiro Hayashi to continue his work after his death. Dr. Hayashi then opened a clinic and school in Tokyo where he trained his successor, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who brought Reiki to the mainland of the U.S. Between 1945 and 1970, she was the only living Reiki Master in the world. Between 1970 and 1980, she trained twenty-one Reiki Masters. Mrs. Takata’s granddaughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, is the currently the Grand Master of the Usui System of Natural Healing (Usui Shiki Ryoho).
Reiki is based on five spiritual principles:
- Just for today do not worry.
- Just for today do not anger.
- Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
- Earn your living honestly.
- Show gratitude to everything.
Reiki is a particularly gentle technique because it is non-invasive and non-manipulative. Treatments can be used to facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Treatments can be done on oneself, others, animals, plants, etc. Reiki treatments can be used for nearly all conditions, with little or no side effects.
Most states in the US do not regulate the practice of Reiki. However, Florida and Utah do regulate Reiki. In order to practice Reiki, they require practitioners to be licensed as a massage therapist. At each level of training, a certificate is given. The Reiki practitioner may then want to join a professional organization, such as the International Association of Reiki Professionals.
More on Reiki
Information provided courtesy of Martine White, BA, ESMT, EBW
Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life Energy.” Rei refers to the Universal Soul or Spirit; Ki refers to the vital energy. Reiki is a noninvasive therapy, a natural source of subtle-touch healing given through unconditional love and by consciously tapping into the energy that surrounds all living things. It unites the various aspects of being, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, by way of the energetic pathways connecting them. Through a series of hand positions either lightly touching or slightly above the body, practitioners facilitate the flow of energy to their clients.
Reiki pracitioners clearly use the name “Reiki” to distinguish themselves from other traditions of energy work. Level 1, Level II or Master refers to the number of attunements a practitioner has received. [The name “Usui” or “Mikao Usui” refers to the teachings of the Japanese Master who rediscovered Reiki in the 1800’s. Karuna and Tera Mai Reiki are recent variations of the Usui Reiki.]
Some practitioners of other modalities such as massage therapy and chiropractic become Reiki-attuned because the use of Reiki enhances their treatments. Not everyone who uses Reiki energy makes this knowledge public. They sometimes will refer to it as “sweating or healing touch”. These terms normally refer to simple laying-on of the hands, and do not automatically imply that Reiki energy is used. It is Reiki healing that you are looking for, ask the practitioner if they have been attuned. These attunements are what make Reiki healing different from therapeutic touch or laying on of hands.
By simple placements of the hands along the body’s chakra system, the Reiki practitioner becomes a channel for Universal Energy. This flows through their hands to the area in the recipient requiring healing in exactly the right quantity and at exactly the right frequency. Energy blocks are released and natural balance is restored, so that the body can heal itself.
When receiving Reiki energy, most people describe feelings of health emanating from the practitioner’s hands, of feeling safe and relaxed. It can bring up emotions, if they are the cause of the energy block.
Reiki is a powerful therapy, outwardly subtle in its application but inwardly profound. A complimentary therapy, it does not interfere with other forms of treatment; in fact it enhances them. Reiki has no creed or religion attached to it; it is, however, Buddhist in its outlook, valuing animals and the environment as a whole, along with people.
Reiki healing has become widely used and accepted in the West. Many holistic clinics, chiropractors, hospitals and veterinarians offer Reiki to their clients. The beneficial effects of the energy flow have been scientifically proven.
Reiki has been particularly successful with animals as they are far more in tune with themselves and their environment than people, and are highly receptive to energy work. Giving Reiki also enhances the rapport between human and animal. It is a comforting technique for all animals in pain or distress; it revitalizes and reassures the animal, and can be given without interfering with other treatment, or posing any threat to the animal’s health. The animal’s problems can be related to the animal’s guardian (owner) and at times the practitioner may want to work with the guardian before continuing with the animal.
Anyone can become a Reiki practitioner. To do so, one needs to be attuned and taught by a Master Teacher. Each level of training usually takes no more than a day. During Level 1 or first-degree attunement, symbols are transmitted to the subtle energy field of the student to open the channels. Level 2 or second degree brings the student to a broader, deeper level of responsibility and greater flow of energy. It focuses more on the subtle energy bodies, and symbols taught include distance healing. Level 3, 3rd degree or Master level is available to the dedicated and committed practitioner.
It is advisable to spend a few weeks between each degree, or level, in order to practice. A person interested in learning Reiki should start by reading the various books on Dr. Usui’s teachings and prepare by meditating daily, before finding a practicing Master Teacher.
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