Reiki is a Japanese technique that can promote healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results.
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.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others.
Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.
Reiki can be performed in two ways.
1-In Person -- Practitioner uses hands on approach.
2-Long Distance -- Practitioner connects with the patient's energy field, through special long distance symbols.
Reiki is not only a healing modality but also great way for balancing chakras or body's energy centers.
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The Reiki Lineage and History
Dr. Mikao Usui, born on Aug 15th, 1864, who brought REIKI as a gift to humanity through rediscovering it, was a principal of a Christian school near KYOTO in Japan. One day he was challenged by his students to show them how to heal with his hands, the way JESUS did. Unable to do so, Mikao Usui gave up his position as principal and traveled to the USA to study theology at Chicago University. After seven years of study, and failing to discover how to heal with his hands, he returned home to Japan.In Japan he continued his search by travelling from monastery to monastery asking if anyone knew how heal with their hands. He was told that “we did know once, but don’t know now. We now heal only the mind, not the body.”
Finally Mikao Usui came to a Zen Monastery in KYOTO where he was invited to stay and study. The Abbot believed that if someone was truly dedicated and does not give up they would achieve their quest. The Abbot also believed that if something was known once, it could be known again. He then stayed at the monastery for many years studying the sacred writings of Buddhism. He learned Chinese and Sanskrit so he could also study the sutras in those languages. It was while studying the Buddhist sutras that he found a formula for contacting a higher being who could bestow the gift of healing. After discussion with the Abbot, Mikao Usui went to a sacred Mount KURAMA outside KYOTO where he intended to fast, meditate and chant as described in the formula found. He asked the Abbot to send out a search party for him if he did not return within 22 days.Mikao Usui set 21 stones before him and threw one away each day to keep track of time. On the last day, just before dawn, he saw a bright light, shining light coming towards him from the east at great speed. Realizing that if he avoided the light he would not discover what he was searching for, stayed where he was and allowed the light to hit him. As the beam of light hit him on his forehead (third eye) he was knocked over, unconscious. He then saw hundreds of colored bubbles which contained symbols and information about REIKI. Around midday Mikao Usui regained consciousness. He felt refreshed and energized. He hurried down the mountain to tell the Abbot what had happened. Click on the picture below to watch a video.
On his way down the mountain Mikao Usui stubbed his toe. Sitting down automatically held his toe between his hands. To his surprise the pain stopped and when he looked the injury had healed. At the bottom of the mountain he stopped at a wayside Inn where he met the innkeeper’s grand daughter who had a toothache. He asked if he could place his hands on the young lady’s face. When he did so the swelling went down and the aching went away. Mikao Usui then asked for a meal. The innkeeper warned that the meal he ordered was too large for someone who had been fasting. But he ate the meal without any ill effects. On his return to the Zen monastery Mikao Usui bathed, changed his clothes, and requested an audience with the Abbot. While they discussed how he could use his gift of healing, Mikao Usui healed the old Abbot’s arthritis. Eventually it was decided that he would go to the Beggar City in KYOTO so he could help the poor and destitute to have better lives. It is said he worked there for seven years. Mikao Usui chose to heal the young men in the Beggar City. They, he believed, healed quicker than the old because they had less mental/emotional problems attached to their ill health. Once he had given them REIKI he sent the young men to the monastery for a new set of clothes, a new name and a job. One day Mikao Usui realized that he was seeing the same young men again. He asked why they had returned to the Beggar City. Their reply was that it was easier to beg and steal than to change their lives and work for a living. Deeply upset, some say he fell down with his face in mud. It was then that Mikao Usui realized that he was healing the body but not the spirit and the mind. Returning to the monastery he spent time meditating on REIKI and how to use REIKI so that the healing was permanent. After a period of meditation Mikao Usui decided that adding the FIVE PRINCIPLES to the REIKI would make it more effective. Mikao Usui also came to the conclusion that there needed to be an energy exchange so the gift of REIKI would be appreciated. He also decided that he would not push REIKI on anyone and everyone, but to pass it on to those people who where interested and wanted REIKI in their lives. Mikao Usui then began traveling around Japan, from village to village and town to town teaching REIKI. In broad daylight he would stand on a street corner or in the local marketplace with a large lighted torch. People would laugh at him and point out to him that it was already daylight, and there was no need to carry a lighted torch. Usui would reply that if they were interested he could teach them how to have more light, enjoyment and health in their lives. Mikao Usui would then invite them to tog to a nearby temple, either in the afternoon or evening, to listen to him talking about REIKI. He would wait at the temple and teach REIKI to those who were interested enough to come along to listen to him.
In 1921 he opened a clinic and began hosting workshops to spread his knowledge. When the devastating Kanto earthquake occurred in 1923, Dr. Usui became a national hero as he treated the survivors.
During his travels, Usui trained Chujiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer, as a Reiki Master. When Usui died in 1926, Chujiro Hayashi went on to train teams of masters who set up the first Reiki clinic. From there, Reiki followed a crooked path to reach the United States.
The path begins in 1935, when Hawayo Takata, a patient in the Maeda Medical Hospital in Akasak, Japan, (severely ill with gall bladder disease complicated by a serious respiratory condition preventing the use of anesthesia) was told that she would not live without surgery. Her surgeon’s sister took Hawayo Takata to the Chujiro Hayashi’s Reiki clinic. Takata lived at the clinic for four months receiving Reiki, and when she departed was complete healed in body, mind and spirit.
In the Spring of 1936, Takata received her first Reiki training. For two years she worked at the clinic in Japan, then returned to her homeland of Hawaii and set up a Reiki clinic in Kapaa. In 1938, Chujiro Hayashi visited Takata in Hawaii, and, because of Hayashi’s fear that the political environment in Japan and impending war would suppress his work, Takata, a foreigner, was announced as his successor.
Takata felt that Reiki was the greatest secret in the science of energetics. In an interview printed in The Times of San Mateo, Hawaii, on May 17, 1975, Takata described Reiki in these words:
“Reiki means Universal Life Energy. It was explained to me this way: Here is the great space which surrounds us – the Universe. There is endless and enormous energy in it. It is universal … its ultimate source is the Creator … It is a limitless force. It is the source of energy that makes the plants grow … the birds fly. It is Nature. It is God, the power He makes available to His children who seek it. In Japanese, this is Reiki.” (Muller and Gunther, 1995, p. 21)
Takata lived to be 80 years old, spreading Reiki to the mainland U.S., and finally to Canada and Europe. By her death in 1980, she had trained hundreds of people in the Reiki healing system and initiated 22 Reiki masters, both men and women.
In August 1980 Takata founded the American Reiki Association to organize and coordinate the passing on of the knowledge of Reiki. Takata’s granddaughter, Phyllis Furomoto, was Takata’s successor and was named the Grand Master of the Usui tradition.