Understanding Reiki

 Jean Rudd   –    Reiki Master

Reiki involves a transfer of energy from the practitioner to the patient, which helps the patient’s body’s innate ability to heal itself. This healing happens through an act of balancing energy.  Illness is caused by an imbalance in energy and a practitioner restores that balance of energy.

Basic Understanding of Reiki

Reiki as a healing technique has gained immense popularity all over the world with more and more people wanting to master this simple art of meditation and self-realisation.

Reiki as a healing art originated in Japan and it means ‘Universal Life Energy’ in Japanese. The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words viz. ‘rei’ which means “free passage”and ‘ki’ which means “vital life force energy”.

Reiki as a system was developed by Mikao Usui in the year 1922 while he was performing ‘Isyu Guo’, a twenty-one day Buddhist training course. This training course involved meditation, fasting, chanting and prayers. It was during this training program that through a mystical revelation, Usui gained the knowledge and the spiritual power to apply and grant to others, what he called “Reiki”. Usui founded the “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai” in Tokyo, in order to continue training people with Reiki.

Reiki energy that helps in healing ailments helps in relaxation, clears energy obstructions and removes toxins from the human system is based upon fivebasic principles.

The first principle stands against anger. It is believed that expressing anger creates serious blocks in one’s flow of energy and is the complex inner enemy of an individual. Therefore, a Reiki practitioner should refrain from getting angry.

The second principle of Reiki suggests that people should stay away from all sorts of worries. Though worry is not always negative, it might keep one’s mind occupied, preventing Reiki energy from flowing freely. In order to treat a person’s worries, Reiki energy needs to be spread all through the body.

The third strong principle on which Reiki energy is based on is to be grateful. It is believed that simple things like thanks, forgiveness, smile, good words, gratitude, etc. can improve a person’s life.

The fourth and the fifth principle of Reiki requires people to be honest in their work and to be kind and generous to living organisms respectively.reiki poem

People interested in learning the art of Reiki need to abide by these five principles. The training process for Reiki outside Japan is broadly divided into three levels. The first degree or the first level of training teaches the basic theories and procedures. This is when thestudends undergo attunement and also learn different hand positions.

In the second degree or level of the Reiki course the students are taught to make use of a number of symbols that will help a person increase his inner strength The level will also include training in symbols that will allow a person to form a temporary connection between himself and the recipient, regardless of the space and time. In the second level another level of attunement is ‘handed over’ to students to further increase their capacity for Reiki.

The third degree or the master training trains a student to become a Reiki master. In this level of Reiki training one or more number of attunements can be carried out and the student learns about new symbols. Completion of the third level of Reiki training makes a student eligible and efficient enough to introduce other people to Reiki and teach them too. There are basically two types of master training, ‘master teacher’, and ‘master practitioner’.

    Reiki History

The history of Reiki is a very interesting one. The origin of Reiki has been traced back to Tibet. It is believed that the Tibetan monks studied energies and developed asystem of sounds and symbols for a process of universal healing. However, over a period of time the original source was forgotten and with it was lost the healing technique that used energy to heal both the body and the spirit.

Around the late 1800s, Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, who was the principal of a Christian seminary, began making useful discoveries. During one of his classes, his students asked him to demonstrate and explain the healing method used by Jesus. He was unable to answer their question. This question led to a ten-year long quest to find and learn the skill. He wanted to learn the skill in order to heal people, thus helping them. Dr. Mikao Usui was unable to find the answer to his question in Japan so he traveled to the United States of America and India in search of the skill. After studying original Buddhist Holy Scriptures in Sanskrit, he discovered the wisdom of healing.

Dr. Usui returned to Japan and visited different Buddhist Sects trying to find out which of them had knowledge about healing both the body and the spirit at the same time. In the Zen Monastery in Kyoto he was informed that earlier Zen monks could heal the body as well, but now were concentrating on healing only the spirit. Dr. Usui stayed at the monastery and studied Indian Buddhist Sutras written in Sanskrit. Here he discovered the means to contact a higher power that helped him become a healer of sorts.

Dr. Usui followed the instructions written in the Sutras and went to the Holy Mountain Kori-yama and fasted and meditated according to the directions given, for twenty-one days. On the last day, Dr. Usui underwent a metaphysical experience that empowered him to use sounds and symbols to heal. Thus, he rediscovered this healing technique and called it Reiki. Dr. Usui began working among the beggar communitiesin Kyoto healing them and helping them lead a better life. However, he realized that the same people came back again and again as they had not improved their life because they thought begging was easier. Dr. Usui was upset, but he realized that he had forgotten to teach the beggars gratitude. This helped him understand two important things – healing the Spirit and creating responsibility in the recipient was important as anything could get. Dr. Usui was given the ‘Spiritual Principles of Reiki’ by teachers in spirit at this. In the days to follow, he formulated the following Reiki 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.

Dr. Usui practiced and taught Reiki all over Japan for the rest of his life. He gave Master attunement to sixteen teachers one of whom was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. Dr. Hayashi developed the Usui system of healing. In his clinic in Tokyo he kept detailed records of the treatment given to all his patients. With this information he developed standard hand positions, the three-degree system and Reiki initiation procedures. Dr. Hayashi passed on the complete teachings of Reiki to his wife and Ms. Hawayo Takata. Ms. Takata was a Japanese Hawaiian and an American citizen. She set up a Reiki clinic in Hawaii, which did extremely well. Ms. Takata trained a number of Reiki Masters in her seventies.

There are many forms of Reiki being practiced today. The two important forms are the ‘Usui System of Natural Healing’ and the ‘Radiance Technique’. Reiki has proved to be useful in treating a number of illnesses. Reiki was first introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. After this, Reiki has been quick to spread rapidly throughout the world.

 Reiki Symbols

Reiki has four sacred healing symbols. These symbols enhance the flow of ‘life force energy’. These symbols unlock the doors to greater and higher levels of awareness. The Reiki symbols owe their existence to Sanskrit. It is believed that all languages of the world are derived from Sanskrit. The Vedas are the oldest texts known to man and these are written in Sanskrit. According to the Vedas, Sanskrit is the language of the spirit world.

Reiki symbols are shown to the students before their attunement. A link is established between the symbols that are shown and metaphysical energies that the symbol represents.  Reiki attunements will empower the symbols to fulfill their intended purpose. This process has been created by a sacred agreement between God and those who have received attunements. It is believed that the symbols themselves have a consciousness of their own. By meditating on the symbols, one can receive guidance on how to use the symbols to advantage. The four Reiki symbols are:

  • Cho Ku Rei: Is the Power Symbol. When it is used it is believed that Reiki energy will increase significantly. It is normally used at the beginning of a healing session and as and when more energy is required. The Power Symbol is used particularly to heal physical ailments that affect the body.
  • Sei He Ki: Is the symbol used for mental and emotional healing, protection, cleansing and balancing. This symbol cures illness of the subconscious and conscious mind. This symbol also balances the right and left-brain. During treatment if a patient gets emotional, you can use this symbol to help the person release all pent up emotions and clear his mind. It can be used to purify food, water and remove negative energy from a room.
  • Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen: Is a distance-healing symbol. Using this symbol you can transmit Reiki energy across time and space. You can use the symbol as a bridge across time. Using this symbol, you can send Reiki energy in to the past to heal issues that affect you in the present and to the future to support you during a particular event. You can even send Reiki energy to a person across the globe. This symbol allows you access to the Akashic Records or life records of each individual and thus can be used to heal issues in the past that are affecting a person’s present.
  • Dai Ko Myo: Is the Master Symbol. It is considered to be the Light of the Buddha or the Light of the Awakened Heart. It signifies expanded wisdom and an ability to see the future. It is used to heal the soul.

These Reiki symbols, when used by a fully qualified Master, have the power to move, alter and transform worldly energies!




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