What is Reiki?
Usui Reiki (RAY Kee) is a hands-on healing art. It is the transference of the universal life energy (Ki or light energy) through an attuned Reiki practitioner to a person needing to regain health or well being.
A Reiki practitioner must be attuned to the Ki energy
A Reiki practitioner must be attuned to the Ki energy by a Reiki Master. The attunement process involves training in the history and proper use of Reiki, along with a traditional ceremony conducted by the Reiki Master to pass on the Ki energy to their student. Some spiritual healers have associated this attunement to the healing energy with the awakening of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ disciples, when he passed on to them the ability to heal the sick. John 20: 21 and 22, “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’.”
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?
There are three levels of Reiki attunements:
Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki Master. Reiki I and II are practitioner levels and Reiki Master is an instructor level. The Reiki Master is entrusted with passing on and upholding the Reiki lineage.
Reiki Precepts for daily living
The 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 Reiki 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.
Hypnotherapy and Reiki have similar roots. Around the time Dr. Makao Usui re-discovered Reiki from 2500 year old Tibetan Sanskrits (see article below), Dr. Franz Mesmer (the father of hypnosis) was successfully using similar energetic healing methods. These methods are referred to as Mesmerism or Magnetism. Even though most Mesmerists enjoyed greater successes than hypnotists, scientists denied the energy aspects, and eventually the terms Mesmerism and hypnotism became synonymous. Reiki is an excellent means of reviving this healing art.
The tradition of Reiki dates back to the mid 1800s
Although its essence and use date much further back, most likely to the dawn of time. Reiki, as we know it today, found its start with Dr. Mikao Usui, a philosopher and businessman. He was fluent in many languages and was an instructor of religion in Kyoto, Japan.
It has been said that while Dr. Usui was teaching a class in the Christian faith, a student challenged him, questioning him for evidence of the miracles of hands-on healing. Dr. Usui’s inability to provide the student of such proof led him on a quest to find the hard evidence of miraculous healings that permeated not only Christian but also Buddhist traditions.
He searched the Christian ministries and found little information on how to do spiritual healing. He searched ancient Chinese mysteries and found no answer there either. Dr. Usui did find some answers from the ancient Sanskrit provided by the Buddhist Sutras, promising information describing various words and symbols. However, to prove the existence of hands-on healing, he himself must be able to perform it, and he could not.
Dr. Usui’s searching drew near to its conclusion with the discovery of a set of Tibetan scrolls found in the Himalayas of India. The scrolls documented the travels of St. Isa, who many scholars feel was actually the historic Jesus of Nazareth. Whether he found these same scrolls or others recording information on healing is not certain. It is known, however, upon completion of his studies of the Tibetan Lotus Sutras, Dr. Usui felt he had found the answers solving the mystery of the healing powers of Christ.
Dr. Usui, with his newly found information, journeyed to the top of the holy mountain of Kuiyama. Here, he meditated and gained consciousness and understanding of the ancient scrolls. On the holy mountain, he decided to fast and meditate for 21 days. To make a calendar, he gathered 21 stones, and with the passing of each day, Dr. Usui would throw away one stone.
On the 21st day, just before dawn, he threw away his last stone. Looking after the stone he had just thrown, he noticed a small bright light on the horizon rapidly closing and heading directly toward him. As the light hurled toward him, his fears urged him to run, yet something else encouraged him to stay. The light struck him unconscious, hitting him in the forehead. While unconscious, Dr. Usui saw the symbols of which we now know as Reiki, each one floating in a brilliantly colored bubble before him, golden and glowing. Then a great white light entered through his brow, and he heard the words ‘remember, remember, remember’. Later, ‘Yes, I remember’, would be the first words Dr. Usui would say when regaining consciousness.
In this way Dr. Usui, now Master Usui, gained the understanding of the symbols, mantras, and attunement process of Reiki. He himself became attuned through this experience and brought back this wisdom for others. Master Usui knew his searching was complete and that he would continue his life as a great hands-on healer, with the first three miracles of Reiki.
These were: Dr. Usui was strong and vital the morning of his attunement, after fasting for so many days; he stubbed his toe on the way down the mountain and stopped the bleeding and pain by placing his hands on the injury; he healed the infected tooth of the man’s daughter who first gave him food after leaving the mountain. Reiki is an example of the wonderful gifts that our Creator is willing to share with all of us.
History is full of the miraculous, yet only a handful of people have seemed devoted and truly willing to accept this special form of love. Luke 11:13: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”