What is Reiki?
Reiki can be defined as a spiritually guided life force energy or healing energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence.
The word Reiki (ray-key) is made from two Japanese words:
REI: Spiritual Wisdom or Wisdom of God .
KI: Life force, also called vital life force or Universal Life Force.
Reiki is a technique that allows people, who have been initiated into Reiki, to tap into a unique utilization of life force energy. Once a person has had the Reiki Attunements (from a Reiki Master) and wishes to do a healing, they can simply place their hands on or near an area of the body, the energy starts to flow immediately. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki has its own intelligence and knows exactly where to go, what to do and needs no "direction" from the practitioner. It puts the person treated in a "space" where many positive responses can occur, some of these being: calming and relaxation, feelings of peace and joy, relief from pain and inflammation, fatigue, insomnia, etc. Since Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm.
Reiki is a pure form of healing, not dependent on individual talent or acquired ability. The feeling of being connected directly to God's healing love and protection is clearly apparent. This energy works to harmonize, or bring into balance, the total you: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
You can easily learn to give Reiki treatments to yourself - a daily treatment is recommended- to family, friends, clients, enriching your sense of giving and receiving. The use of Reiki as a relaxation and stress reducing technique is becoming accepted and widespread; and is totally compatible with all other healing modalities.
Brief History:Dr. Mikao Usui who was born in Japan in the 1800's is credited with the rediscovery of what we call "Reiki". No written records are known to exist about Dr. Usui's experience. All current information about Dr. Usui and the history of Reiki originate from the stories passed on from subsequent Reiki Masters.
Dr. Usui was a teacher and when asked by his students how the Buddha healed people (it should be noted that another version of the story has the students asking how Jesus healed people) he set off on a spiritual journey to find the Keys to that special healing ability.Dr. Usui traveled throughout Japan, studying at Buddhist temples and asking questions on healing. Dr. Usui learned Chinese and eventually Sanskrit and it was in the Indian Sutras, written in Sanskrit, that he discovered a formula for contacting a higher power that could bestow healing. With this information he traveled to Mount Kuri Yama, where he fasted, meditated and followed the directions in the formula for twenty-one days. On the 21st day, a powerful light struck him in the middle of the forehead. He was shown beautiful colored bubbles, each containing a symbol. As he contemplated each symbol, he received an Attunement from each symbol and the knowledge on its use. In this way he was initiated into the use of the Reiki healing power. Later, and again in meditation, Dr. Usui was given further guidance that concerned the healing of the spirit and the responsibility of the healee in the healing process. He was, at that time, given the five Principles of Reiki.
Dr. Usui practiced and taught Reiki throughout Japan for the remainder of his life. Before this transition he asked one of his students, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, to preserve the Reiki teaching.Up to this point, the Usui system of healing (Usui Shiki Ryoho) consisted of the energy itself, the symbols, the attunement process and the Reiki principles. Dr. Hayashi opened a Reiki clinic in Tokyo and kept detailed records of the treatments given. From this information he created the standard hand positions, the system of three degrees and their initiation process. He initiated Mrs. Hawayo Takata of Hawaii into Reiki mastership before World War II.
Before his transition, some say that Dr. Hayashi chose Mrs. Takata to preserve the Reiki teaching. Others say that she was only one of the ones chosen to carry on the reiki tradition. Mrs. Takata brought Reiki to the western world and it was she who set the fees for Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki III (Mastership). Some Reiki masters continue to charge the high fees, but many are now using a lower fee structure that makes it possible for everyone to become a Reiki master/teacher if they so desire.
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