What is Reiki?
REIKI is pronounced Ray-Key. Rei means “universal” and refers also to the spiritual dimension and the soul. Ki is translated as the vital life force energy that flows through all that is alive. These Japanese characters when combined present the concept of “universal life-force energy.”Reiki is not a religion. It holds no doctrines, creeds, or contradictions to the Universal Laws of Consciousness and Love. No matter where the person may be, Reiki will harmonize and embrace their philosophical center point, adding to it the Divine Presence.
Reiki is always present, but we are unaware of it until the contact is made through training and attunements. After this, it can be received and converted into healing energy at any time.Once an individual is attuned to Reiki through initiations, they are permanently linked without the need of conscious alteration of the mind, either through meditation, prayer or imaging. These initiations open certain inner centers of the body so the energy can be channelled easily and safely.
Simply placing one’s hands on oneself, or another person, allows the energy to flow through the individual. It fills the Reiki channel’s body first then flows out through the channel’s hands into the individual receiving the healings. Reiki energy comes from the God-Force and is an extremely powerful healing energy. It is one of the few forms of healing that can be used to heal oneself. Reiki speeds the healing process, and provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under medical treatment, or in recovery.
Reiki is a pure energy form. When it is combined with the sincere desire of a healee who is willing to effect a cleansing within their emotional and spiritual consciousness, a total healing can occur. We must always remember that the energy of the God-Force is neutral and awaits the positive, productive empowerment by the healee. The Reiki channel plays an instrumental part in transformation, and yet, ultimately, it is up to the healee to manifest harmony and balance in their life. The Reiki Channel is an instrument and must not allow the “Ego/Will” to desire the healee well. The Reiki channel must be a clear vessel through which the healing energy flows. This allows the highest Soul purpose to be the outcome of the healing.
Reiki is a tool for use at any moment, anytime, anywhere for on-the-spot stress release, pain relief and quick energy. In short, Reiki is a holistic, self-help technique for directing natural life energy. No special environment or equipment is needed, and age makes no difference. By following steps taught by a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, anyone is able to direct the “light energy” of Reiki to meet individual needs.Reiki cannot hurt anyone. It does not destroy, but builds and protects. It will vitalize all forms of life… plants, animals, fish, birds, and human… from infants to old age, and it can only do good.
History of Reiki
We’ve been told by beings who have earned many initiations beyond those available to us that the symbols enlightening flow of Universal Life Force Energy were implanted in the brains of our earliest ancestors. These symbols were remembered and used only by those souls who chose to lead a monastic life dedicated to spiritual growth and awareness. In the Mahayana Buddhist Temples of Tibet, the symbols known today as Reiki were used and passed on as tools for spiritual growth and to create an awareness of unity of all things which precludes individuality and assumes oneness.
Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki in the mid 1800’s. He was the head of a Christian seminary in Kyoto, Japan, in the mid-19th century. As with all great leaders, the legend that tells his story changes with each telling. The story says that at some point, a student asked him to explain how Jesus did the miracles of healing, and why could they not perform those same miracles. They were taught how to pray for healing, but not taught how to heal like Jesus did. This question stumped Dr. Usui, who left his position and began to search for an answer. His ten-year odyssey took him to the United States, the Far East, India, and finally Tibet. Here, he read the ancient Sutras that contained an exact description of the methods, symbols, and formulas Buddha used to heal people, and how he passed these abilities on to others. Dr. Usui was incredibly excited, but found that just academic knowledge was not enough: he still did not have the power to heal. After talking to the monk that ran the monastery where he had found these ancient texts, he decided to go to a nearby holy mountain and fast and pray for 21 days. On the 21st day, a bright ray of light came down to him from heaven, struck him on the forehead, and filled him with strength and vitality. All the weakness and stiffness produced by the long period of meditation fell away from him. In quick succession, he saw the symbols encountered already in the ancient texts shrouded in shining energy bubbles. They imprinted themselves in his mind for all time and activated his access to the universal life energy.
On his way back down the mountain, he fell and injured himself quite badly. Trying out his new powers, he found that they worked immediately. He stopped at an inn for his first meal in 21 days, and was able to heal the innkeeper’s daughter from a terrible toothache. When he returned to the monastery where he had found the ancient texts, he found his friend, the monk, bedridden with arthritis. Once again, Dr. Usui used this newfound knowledge, and soothed the pains of his friend. They deliberated together the best uses of this knowledge, and Dr. Usui decided to heal beggars in the slums of Kyoto. He worked long hours healing young and old alike, and saw many wonderful results take place. He began to understand how Reiki flowed through him into the
healee, and how the body became well. After several years of this, he realized that many of the people he had healed were returning to the Beggars Quarters, saying it was easier to be a beggar. He saw that by giving Reiki away, he had healed only their bodies, not their minds and souls. He had not required the healee to take any responsibility whatsoever. There had not been any exchange of energy for services rendered. They did not value the valuable gift he had given them – their health. He had another vision, in which he was given the principles for Reiki:-
Just for Today, Do not worry
Just for Today, Do not Anger
Honour Your Parents, Teachers and Elders
Earn Your Living Honestly
Show Gratitude to Every Living Thing
He started carrying a torch up and down the streets of Kyoto. Whenever someone would ask him why, he would answer that he was searching for people with a heart full of love, but sad and sorrowful because they did not know the true Light, who longed to be healed. He invited them to come hear about Reiki. In this way, he started teaching. Dr. Usui spent many years in Japan teaching and training students in Reiki. He died in the late 1920’s, passing on to Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a retired Naval officer and one of his most devoted teachers, the Grand Mastership. Dr. Hayashi founded the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo. He also systematized the Reiki training, researched optimal forms of treatment, and prepared many reports on the effects of Reiki based on his experiences.
Madame Hawayo Takata brought Reiki to this country. She was cured of many illnesses through Reiki, and decided to become a student. At the time, having a woman do this was not an accepted practice. It took her much time to convince Dr. Hayashi that she could be a good practitioner, and he finally agreed to teach her up to the second level. Of course, master training was out of the question. After successfully completing her training, she returned to Hawaii from Japan to begin her own practice. It took the war coming in 1938 for Dr. Hayashi to see what was happening. He foresaw Reiki dying out if he didn’t bring the practice to another country. He came to Hawaii and initiated Madame Takata into the final master level, and made her the Grand Master. He went back to Japan and refusing to take part in the war, voluntarily went into transition. We lost all contact with what happened to Reiki in Japan after that. Madame Takata became the 20th century master in the world, and the first in the US. She remained the only master in the US until the late 1970’s when she started training and initiating masters. When she died in 1980, she had 22 initiated masters, and left her granddaughter Phyllis Furumoto as the Grand Master. Since that time, the number of masters has increased exponentially and Reiki has become an accepted and revered method of healing all over the world.
The Original Japanese Principles/Affirmations
The Secret Method of Inviting Blessings
The Spiritual Medicine of Many Illnesses
For today only, do not anger, do not worry.
Do your work (meditation) with appreciation.
Be kind to all people.
In the morning and at night, with hands held in prayer, think this in your mind, chant this with your mouth. The Usui Reiki method is to change your mind and body for the better
The Western style versions of the Principles/Affirmations have adopted the following format.
The affirmations have been "Westernised" to be better understood in a very different culture, but still have tremendous value.
Just for today, I will not anger. Just for today, I will let go of worry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.
Just for today, I will honour my teachers.
The Three Levels of Reiki
In the years that Reiki has been taught in this country, there has been a very specific tradition of initiation/attunement into the three levels of Reiki. Each level possesses a unique radiation of energy set forth for a specific purpose in healing.
1st degree: A permanent attunement to the Reiki Ray. Teaches the laying on of hands, intentional living and self-healing by channeling that energy.
2nd degree: Teaches the symbols for physical, emotional and mental body healing and absent healing and how to use them for yourself and others. The symbols increase the healing power by at least 50%.
3rd degree: Teaches the master symbols for spiritual and cosmic connection. The process of moving from student to teacher begins. The master acquires over a period of time expertise in teaching as well as passing on initiation.
The Two Precepts of Reiki
1. The Person Must Ask
We must ask to be healed, and in asking, open ourselves at the throat level. We vocalize and hear ourselves say, “I want to change where I am; I want to alter my state of existence”. In asking, the person is putting forth a conscious decision to become involved. The request may also be made on the soul level. It is from the soul level that the person asks for healing. As a Reiki channel, you are a viaduct – a medium through which energy or Reiki flows. It is essential to listen and render services to the request of the soul.
2. There Must Be An Exchange of Energy for Services
The healing energy belongs to the Universe, to God. However, there needs to be a creative exchange from the recipient, the healee, to the person whose time and services are being rendered for balancing and healing. Energy exchange may be anything from the stored concept of energy we call money, to an exchange of services between the healee and the Reiki channel, and only you can decide what is an appropriate exchange. Reiki channels offering healing services on a professional level do establish a fee. The fee sets a value on the service, which is considered a concrete reality in the thinking of humankind. Wellness, likewise, has a value, and ultimately reflects the feeling of worthiness and self-love of the person seeking to change their state of health. As Dr. Usui found, some people do not value wellness
The 21 Day Cleanse Process
Increased Vibratory Rate After the attunement process in each of the degrees, the student will undergo a 21-day cleanse process. Due to the raised vibratory rate of the physical and etheric bodies, old dense negative energy is forced “to the surface”, and is released.
Everything is Energy As we know from the study of physics, solid matter does not really exist. Everything is composed of energy, thus everything has a vibration. Even rocks and minerals are made of energy: they simply have a lower rate of vibration. In a similar fashion, negative blocks and emotional patterns, which are stored in our physical and etheric bodies, have a lower vibratory rate than the thought waves or pockets of energy that we create when we are thinking loving and positive thoughts.
Spiritual Discipline Pays Off
Thus, as we increase our vibratory rate, through steady persistence at whichever spiritual discipline we choose to study, we begin to notice how much easier it is to maintain a positive flow due to the snowball effects.
Attunement Causes Amplifications
When we receive a series of Reiki attunements, sudden amplification of vibratory rate acts as a trigger to set off an accelerated loosening of negative, dense energy within our systems, which cannot resonate with the finer vibrations created by the attunements. Since your vibration is adjusted so quickly, a reaction takes place, which allows old stored-up emotions and memories to be released, as it appropriate for further growth. Change Takes Time. Although the change is sudden, it takes time for the adjustments to become effective. It takes approximately three days for the energy to move through each of the seven main chakras. Although the opening of the Reiki channel occurs between the heart center and the crown chakra, the centers in the lower part of the body are equally important and go through a corresponding adjustment in a vibratory rate.
Some of the typical outward signs you may notice in your life as a result of this cleaning process, include various dreams, “strange feelings”, emotional changes, physical changes such as detoxification, and an old habit or favourite food, which loses its importance in your life. These are just a few of the possible symptoms of the change that occurs at the different levels of the physical and the etheric bodies. Some reactions may seem unpleasant at first, as the negative energy is released, but by just saying “yes” to each experience, accepting it and not attaching a great deal of concern, each one will simply pass away.
I often suggest to my students that they keep a journal during this process to record the changes that occur. In addition, it is helpful to give yourself the simple suggestion, “I will remember my dreams the first thing in the morning”, and then leave your journal at your bedside so it is there when you first wake up. You will find that after a week of persisting with this suggestion that your dream retention increases dramatically. Dreams are wonderful tools to help us tune in to our subconscious. Although they may seem nonsensical or unclear at first, with persistence, a pattern will begin to emerge.
It is good also, at this time, to develop a habit of giving yourself Reiki treatments before you fall asleep at night, and first thing after you wake up in the morning (after writing down your dreams). If you continue to treat yourself after the initial cleanse process is completed, you will help the growth process to continue, and further refinement of your energy will occur. As you release old undesired feelings and concepts, you will begin to feel the attitude of gratitude flow naturally in your life process, which will in turn create a greater level of abundance in all areas of your life.
Affirmations for Reiki Practitioners
- I touch your eyes and you are free to see clearly: to truly be a person of vision and insight.
- I touch your head and you are free to think your own thoughts; your mind is focused and your memory is clear. You know what you need to know.
- I hold your head in my hands and you are free to turn your awareness within to listen deeply and feel the song of creation.
- I touch your throat and you are free to speak the truth that comes from deep within you in the creative expression of your being.
- I touch your chest and you are free to be inspired and allow yourself to be breathed by the breath of the universe.
- I touch your heart and you are free to love for love’s sake, to let go of the past and of the future, to feel the joy of love in the moment now.
- I touch your abdomen and you are free to assimilate the new and experience your own power as a child of creation. You have a right to be here.
- I touch your pelvis and you are free to move and to be balanced in times of change; you are safe.
- I touch your shoulders and you are free to be responsible only for yourself and to release the burdens of the past and concerns of the future.
- I touch your back and you are free to stand erect and proudly in the splendor of the integrity of your character.
- I touch your lower back and you are free to trust the process of life and to approve of yourself.
- I touch your sacrum and you are free to trust the process of life and to release that which you no longer need. You can feel the life force welling up from within your own being and know that you are whole. You are an integral part of the universe; you are love, you are love.
“INTENTION creates the space where healing can take place"
Self-healing is really the first order of business. As you create a space and time to heal yourself, your INTENTION will be to be well and physical reality follows intention. You are asking your body/mind/spirit system to become balanced, to remove blocks that have been stored away and worked around. First you will learn to use your hands to focus the healing energy into your body and to use the symbols to facilitate the connection to the Universal Life Force Energy and the breathing to put you in the flow of that energy. As your own healing takes place and your vibratory rate begins to increase, your ability to heal others naturally increases. You see, the ability to heal is really just a wonderful side product of that more spiritual vibratory rate.”
You are empowered by the loving light of the universe. Remember who you are!