Reiki

Usui Shiki Ryoho

Universal

Life Energy

 
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing universal life energy, the energy which is all around us. It is derived from rei, meaning "free passage" or "transcendental spirit" and ki, meaning "vital life force energy" or " universal life energy".

Reiki is a Japanese form of healing that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. What makes Reiki unique is that it incorporates elements of just about every other alternative healing practice such as spiritual healing, auras, crystals, chakra balancing, meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy.

Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.

Reiki Principles

Just for today, I will let go of anger
Just for today, I will let go of worry
Today, I will count my many blessings
Today, I will do my work honestly
Today, I will be kind to every living creature

 
What Is Reiki?
Reiki practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize. Reiki is an amazing energy that comes from the highest spiritual source. It has its own intelligence and knows exactly where to go and what to do. It is multi-dimensional and will heal the cause of a problem on whatever level it may exist - body, mind, or spirit. It does not have to be directed by the practitioner. Because it is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner's energies are never depleted. In fact, when giving a treatment, the Reiki practitioner is healed as well and always experiences an increase in life-force energy.

What Reiki Is Not ?

Reiki is not a religion or religious cult. It has no dogma or specific doctrine of beliefs. It does not require faith, so is not akin to "laying-on-of-hands". Reiki works whether you or the recipient believe in it or not.

Reiki is not channeling (the practitioner is like a funnel), a form of mind control or hypnosis; is not based on imagination, wishful thinking or visualization and is not dependent upon a certain state of mind. It is not necessary to be in a meditative state to effectively do Reiki.

Reiki does not involve E.S.P. or unusual psychic phenomenon; is not a form of psychic healing or psychic surgery and is not a massage technique.

Reiki is not difficult to use or limited to a select few people. It is not just for when one is ill or used simply to reduce pain and symptoms. Reiki wholes the body, bringing it into sync with the Divine rhythm of the Universe. Everyone can learn, use and benefit from daily use of Reiki.

Benefits of Reiki

Heals cause, eliminates effect of the imbalance. 
Does not conflict with religious beliefs. 
Is an alternative, natural healing and helping method. 
Can be combined with other healing methods. 
Minimizes feelings of helplessness when faced with a crisis situation. 
Releases accumulated daily stress. 
Lasts a lifetime. 
Promotes from within qualities of loving, caring, growing, compassion, trusting, self-actualizing, goodwill, peace and serenity. 
Is an intelligent energy which goes to greatest need. 
Reiki starts to flow when you touch something, it's always on. 
Reiki does not interfere with medical treatments, enhances medications, quickens healing time, reduces need for anesthetic. 


Reiki energy has several basic effects:

It brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.

History of Reiki
Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. Seers in the Orient studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for universal healing energies. Various healing systems, which crossed many different cultures, emerged from this single root system. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten.

Dr. Mikao Usui, rediscovered the root system in the mid- to late 1800s. He began an extensive twenty-one-year study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient sutras (Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit). He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal life energy for healing.

Usui then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893.

The tradition was passed through several grandmasters of reiki such as Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
There are many forms of reiki being practiced now.

The Usui System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the body's energy, promoting its ability to heal itself.

Reiki is useful in treating serious illnesses as well as others. Examples are: sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.

Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.
 
Reiki energy;
Reiki energy is regarded as life energy at its most effective-with the maximum vibration
Those who use reiki regularly often find they are more joyful, lively and their own in-built energy is enhanced-almost as if their batteries had been fully charged! Existing conflicts within the person are broken down and there is a greater vitality, leading to relaxation and a stimulation of the body. As this improvement develops, the natural processes of renewal and removal of toxins are enhanced and rendered more effective, ultimately opening up more of the body to the life energy.

What are the reiki attunements or Initiations?

Just like you have to tune into a frequency to receive a radio or tv channel, reiki attunements are a way of tuning into the channel of reiki energy. It is believed that reiki energy is there all around us, but you can access this energy only after you are attuned to receive it. Reiki attunements allows you to become a reiki practitioner.

Attunement process involves opening up the chakra's in you, so that you become a 'channel' to receive and transmit reiki. Reiki attunements are carried out by a reiki master/teacher who himself/herself has already received attunements from another reiki master/teacher.

The attunement process is a kind of ceremony. The master/teacher invokes certain reiki symbols and draws these symbols on the aura of the recepient in a certain way. Once drawn, these symbols remain on the aura of the receiver forever, making the receiver a 'channel' of reiki energy for entire lifetime.

Through a series of attunements, part of the initiation process for new Reiki practitioners, a Reiki master employs the ancient sounds and symbols that attune an individual's nervous system to a higher level of energy. A level is reached in which the students , neither highly trained nor especially gifted, can experience more energy flowing through their hands, giving them the power to heal themselves and others.

Reiki is taught in three degrees;

First Degree(Shoden); The participant receives powerful and sacred First Degree activating attunement or initiation to the Reiki energy by the Reiki master. This permanently guides the person to greater healing power. The student learns how to do full body treatments on self and family, friends, plants, animals, food and water. The benefits of using Reiki in a group are discussed and an actual group treatment is experienced.

Second Degree(Okuden); The participant receives a powerful, sacred Second Degree initiation, which attunes you to dynamic, multi-dimensional energy keys or symbols. These sacred symbols allow you to access many different levels or dimensions of energy. A discussion of the symbols and their origins as well as their precise usage is given. Specific techniques of absentee healing, personal transformation and healing mental/emotional disorders are also presented.

Third Degree(Shinpiden); The participant receives third-level empowerment and the ' final symbol'. It is taught mainly for personal growth. A person who has completed the third level is able to give the Level I Reiki attunement. This is for personal growth, transformation and increased enlightenment. It is available to those students who have been continuously working with Second Degree Reiki for a minimum of 3 months. The participant will learn how to do attunements which open the recipient to receive greater amounts of Reiki energy. These attunements are not initiatory, but are designed to help access more energy when giving hands-on or absentee treatments. The participant will also learn how to make a Energy Grid which brings in more light and love to the planet and sends continuous Reiki treatments as well as a procedure to remove particularly difficult energy blocks.

Master/Teacher Level is for those students who wish to teach Reiki. It is necessary that a minimum of a year of continuous use of Reiki and a prerequisite of Third Degree for Personal Mastery be completed before applying for the Master/Teacher level. This level requires a deep commitment to the integrity of the system and the integration of Reiki as a lifestyle. It gives you the complete science for activating First, Second, Third and Master/ Teacher degrees (including complete teaching notes for each degree). It contains advanced techniques in energy activation, balance, direction and modulation for healing. It is not just a step up in energy, it is a way of being. The Master/Teacher level is available only upon request and interview.

 
Who Does It?
Practitioners study with reiki masters to learn how to access ki and become a channel for its transmission. Students learn basic healing patterns and the "laying on of hands" for themselves and others. More advanced practitioners may use absentee healing-which involves practicing reiki on someone from a long distance, such as a different part of the country- or goal-oriented healing to address specific problems.

Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.