Reiki Symbols and Treatment
Reiki is the Japanese phrase for “Universal life energy” or, in Takata Sensei’s words, “God-power.” The word “Reiki” is sometimes used to refer to the Usui System of Reiki Healing. The word “Reiki” is often used interchangeably for the energy and in speaking of the System without distinction. This causes confusion for students and public alike.Reiki Precepts for daily livingThe five spiritual precepts have been handed down from Dr. Usui as part of the Oral Tradition. They are a spiritual teaching and a moral guide to daily living.
- 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 every living thing
The symbols of the Usui System are energetic keys that access levels of communion with self, others and the mystery of life. While the symbols may have power of their own, it is in the relationship created by initiation, instruction, and use that they have their meaning and power in the Usui System of Reiki Healing. Through the use of these symbols, deeper healing, understanding and growth occur.The task of the Master is to teach the symbols and their use simply and clearly. As with first degree, it is the committed practice of the student that brings the gifts of awareness, growth, and healing.
The form of treatment, both for self and others, is the laying on of hands in a specific sequence and position. Treatments are the foundation practice of the form. Through the treatments, self knowledge and self confidence are gained, revealing more of the mysteries of the other elements.The giving and receiving of treatments is another of the physical ways in which balance and natural order are demonstrated to the student.The basic order of the treatment practice is self, then others. The recent explosion of classes and publicity has thrust the treatments into another setting. Though people often use the clinic of Hayashi to demonstrate the necessity for public practitioners, the context of Japan during that era is very different from the context of the modern day. The challenge of the community will be to meet the requests of people who desire treatments in a public venue without losing the balance of the four aspects. A deep look at the motivation to “go public” is at hand. How do we honor the form and continue to follow the evolution of society and of the System?