About Reiki Healing
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method):
Reiki (which means, 'spiritual energy') Ryoho (which is, 'healing method, therapy, remedy, cure')-is the original name(s) attributed to Reiki by Mikao Usui. When Usui achieved satori(enlightenment) on Kurama Yama, he developed a system of wellness and spiritualgrowth, which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho, Reiki Ryoho or Reiho, for short.
Usui Shiki Ryoho (Usui Style Healing):
Shiki (which means 'style, ceremony, rite, method, system, form') Ryoho (which means, 'healing method, therapy, remedy, cure')-is the method taught by the Reiki Alliance and some Independent Reiki Masters. It is not known where the name Usui Shiki Ryoho originated. Perhaps with Dr. Hayashi or Mrs. Takata, however in one recorded session in 1979, she tells the history of Reiki and refers to the name of the system as Usui Reiki Ryoho. Mrs. Takata did use the name Usui Shiki Ryoho on the certificates she issued to her students.\
When comparing the information contained in the Usui Hikkei, Hayashi Hikkei and the Gray book, A Memorial to Takata Sensei compiled by Alice Takata Furumoto, one will notice that the information is very similar. Little has changed. The information, the way it was presented and some of the techniques remained intact. It is known, that Mrs. Takata changed the history of Reiki, perhaps to have this wonderful system more readily accepted by a primarily Christian country (US). It must also be kept in mind that when she began to teach (1938-1980), Mrs. Takata was faced with passing on a primarily Japanese Buddhist discipline, to American Christians during and after a major war (ending in 1945) with Japan. It is not surprising therefore that she needed to make some changes.
The History of Reiki
The system of Reiki, also referred to as Usui Reiki Ryoho, was created by Mikao Usui in Japan during a retreat on Mt Kurama in 1914. Usui had called his own teachings "My Method" (in Japanese, Usui-Do or Usui-no-Michi.) which were actually a simpler way to better develop oneself spiritually.
The word Reiki has become synonymous with natural energy healing, but the term was actually an adjective that its creator used in defining a set of concepts for his original system. Reiki Ryoho was a common term at the time used to define a spiritual methodology. The term Reiki later seemed to become a sort of slang term used by one of the founders students, Dr. Hayashi. Western translations thought the word Reiki was made up of two Japanese words - Rei and Ki. Literally, taken one word at a time, Rei can mean supernatural force or spiritual intelligence; Ki can mean life energy. Thus Reiki is often mis-translated in the West as "spiritually guided life force energy". However this is much like taking the French word "chateau" (castle) and looking up the meanings for "chat " (cat) and "eau" (water). In Japanese, words must be taken together and in the context of their use in order to understand their actual meaning and intention.
Mikao Usui developed this system of healing based on a formula he found in ancient Sanskrit Buddhist sutras while fasting and meditating for 21 days in the Kurama mountains of Japan.
Usui (often known as Usui Sensei, Sensei, or O-Sensei) was actually a lay Tendai Buddhist monk who had a family, and who begun teaching a more modern system of spiritual living based on his Tendai Buddhist, Shinto and other training. Usui began this work in Kyoto near the base of Mt. Hiei (the location of the main Tendai temple) and then in 1922, 4 years before his passing, moved with his family and some close students to Tokyo where his brother Dr. Sanya Usui lived where he opened another dojo (training hall). it was here that Usui became known for his spiritual teachings which he began to formalize into 13 steps, and for his healing abilities, especially in the aftermath of the huge Kanto earthquake the following year.
Before his death in 1926 Mikao Usui set up a group called the Usui Shiki Ryoho in Tokyo to continue on with the practice after his death. Through this group many teachers have been trained in Japan.
How Reiki Healing Works
Reiki is a Japanese word combining "Rei" meaning Universal and "ki" meaning life energy.It is a form of hands-on healing in which the universal life energy, Reiki, is channeled into a person.
Reiki works on all levels, the body, the mind and the spirit, to support the natural healing abilities inherent in us all. It is a powerful healing tool for physical illness, emotional states including depression and chronic pain.
The Benefits of Reiki
Reiki is a system of healing that enhances vitality in whoever receives it. This means that it increases energy, reduces stress, as well as being extremely beneficial for people with long-standing conditions - both mental and physical. Known benefits include:
- An increase in energy and vitality
- Improves mindfulness
- Improves concentration
- Acceleration of the natural healing process
- A reduction of stress and tension
- Harmonizes the mind and the emotions
- Releases blocked emotions
- Promotes a feeling of well-being
In oriental cultures, healing disciplines like Reiki may be applied to healthy people as a preventative method. However, Reiki may also be used to assist you in returning to a state of health. In its long history of use Reiki has aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury including serious problems like cancer and heart disease as well as skin problems, cuts, broken bones, headaches, colds, sunburn, insect bites, insomnia, lack of confidence, etc.
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will not be angry.
- Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system.During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki.
Usui's Reiki ideals came in part from the five principles of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Dr. Usui admired. The Reiki ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki.
The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value. The purpose of the Reiki ideals is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience.In summary the basic Reiki Ideals include:
- Just for today, thou shall not anger.
- Just for today, thou shall not worry.
- Thou shall be grateful for the many blessings.
- Earn thy livelihood with honest labor.
- Be kind to thy neighbors.
Reiki Definition of Healing
Healing in the practice of Reiki does not mean the removal of symptoms, as it has come to mean in the practice of western medicine. In Reiki healing, healing is to recover a greater experience of unity with the divine harmony, and our true selves. Healing is returning to a state of alignment with your Higher Self or true way of being.
How Reiki Healing is Done
In its simplest form using Reiki is simply the Reiki practitioner placing their hands on the recipient with the intent of bringing healing, and willing for Reiki energy to flow.
There is a set of hand positions traditionally taught which give good coverage over the recipients entire body. A standard Reiki treatment usually includes placing the hands above, or on, the head, shoulders, stomach and feet. In addition, other positions may be used for specific conditions the client may have. It is not necessary to follow those positions, they are merely taught as a starting position from which the practitioner can learn.
Each position is held 2 to 5 minutes and the entire treatment lasts 45 to 90 minutes. If there is a specific area of concern the practitioner can keep his/her hands right there for as long as necessary. Typically, the hand position is changed every few minutes and the whole session can last between a half and one hour.
What to Expect During a Reiki Session
What happens in a Reiki session is that the patient draws the energy they need from the healers hands, the healer becoming the channel for this life energy. A treatment session involves placing the hands gently on the body. The healer does not direct or manipulate this energy in any way - they are only providers.
A treatment creates a wonderful radiance that is deeply relaxing and includes many beneficial affects for both client and practitioner.; At the very least, you will feel very relaxed during a session, often to the point of falling asleep. A Reiki session always seems to impress those who say they find it difficult to relax.
Sessions typically last between 30 and 60 minutes.
Remote Reiki Healing
Since there is no time and space to limit spirit, Reiki can operate without regard to limitations of space (at least). It takes advance training however to be able to bring healing to a recipient regardless of distance. A level II Reiki practitioner who receives advance training in the arty of Reiki can bring healing to a recipient regardless of distance.
How Remote Reiki Healing Works
In doing remote healings the recipient is to be objectified with some sort of a symbol. The Reiki practioner uses the symbol drawn in the vicinity of the object representing the recipient. When doing a remote healing it is easier on the healer to visualize sending the energy to something visual rather than something abstract. There are many ways of visualizing or objectifying the recipient that can help channel the energy for remote healing. For instance:
- the healer might use their own temple to channel healing energy to the head of the intended recipient to create the necessary connection.
- Or the healer might use an object such as a rock, a doll or a picture or some other physical object to establish the needed connection.
- The healer might even draw in the air a shape to represent the recipient.
In regards to remote healing the only limit is the healers imagination.
Levels Reiki Training and Practioners
There are several levels of Reiki knowledge. There are three degrees, taught traditionally. Some schools teach 4 and some as many as seven degrees or levels. The following descriptions are one way of describing the four levels of Reiki.
First Degree Reiki:
This is the beginning level. The training includes powerful and sacred First Degree activating initiations, information on the history of Reiki, a discussion of the various Reiki associations, and ways of applying this unique science. Specific hand positions covering the head, front and back of the body, and their corresponding physical, mental, emotional and spiritual significance are extensively covered. Instructions are given on how to utilize Reiki with 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 Reiki:
This is available to those who have completed the First Degree, have continuously been using it for a few months and want to pursue a higher more powerful level. It includes 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 Reiki:
This level is for personal mastery, personal growth, transformation and increased enlightenment. It is available to those students who have been continuously working with Second Degree Reiki and feel ready for the next level. Psychic surgery and the making of crystal grids are taught at this stage to enable the learner to remove energy blocks. Students are also taught how to make an 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 or Teacher Level Reiki:
"Reiki Master" was the term first used for the teacher when Reiki was brought out of Japan in the late 1930's, and it seemed to stick (for whatever reason). Therefore Reiki Master means a "teacher or instructor of Reiki".
This level is for those students who wish to teach Reiki. It is necessary that a continuous use of Reiki and a prerequisite of Third Degree for Personal Mastery be completed before applying for the Master/Teacher level. In this level, one is taught 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 you access more energy when giving hands-on or absentee treatments.
In Japan, a Reiki teacher calls himself a "Shihan"
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, transformation, integration and inner-illumination. 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.
As in any other disciplines, teaching ability, spiritual growth and knowledge differ from teacher to teacher, and are usually determined by their own life and occupational experiences. Also, some teachers focus more on teaching while others focus more on healing.
About the Author
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. His work also often appears in several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, and fitness websites. Behar is also a well sought after personal trainer, motivational speaker, and weight loss expert.