information and thoughts on these pages are the way that I see Reiki
and how it works best for me. Your thoughts may be similar or they
may be different, so please accept only what feels right for you. I
honour the differences; it is what makes us human. I love to hear
from others, so please share your thoughts, or send in your Reiki
story to add to the page. Blessings to you on your journey.
Reiki is an
ancient laying on of hands healing technique.
a Japanese word that Dr. Usui used in naming the system of healing he discovered.
He started a healing society which he named "Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai" which
means "Usui Reiki Healing Society". He, along with Mrs. Takata,
played a very large part in re-awakening the modern world to its ability
to use this energy for healing.
"Rei" means universal in the sense of spiritual consciousness, "Ki" is
the life force energy found in all living things.
Reiki is therefore
a spiritually guided life force energy.
This life force
is within every living thing, without it we would not exist.
this energy to the cause of the problem to assist in healing ourselves
and others. The person giving the Reiki treatment acts as a channel
for the Reiki energy, which is guided spiritually by the person receiving
the treatment, and by the universal source, to wherever healing is required.
The healing is therefore not coming from the person giving the treatment,
but rather through them, from a higher source.
there are many different forms of Reiki around which can become confusing.
as many others do, that all forms of healing, both Reiki and others, use
the same energy source, and that it is the Intention which is the
key factor in activating this energy, and that no one system is better,
more advanced, more powerful etc. than any other.
I have learnt
Usui and Tanaki Reiki, and have found them both equally as powerful, the
main differences being the symbols which are used, the lack of secrecy
with the symbols in Tanaki, and the teaching methods. The end result
is the same.
Reiki teaches hand positions and is more structured, especially in
the beginning and also depending on the teacher.
Tanaki Reiki encourages the use of intuition rather than learning hand positions.
research (from around 1998) of the origins of Usui Reiki in Japan, and
the original methods used by Dr. Usui places more emphasis on spiritual
development and intuition, and less on secrecy and rigid structure, and
brings the philosophy of the two closer together. It is the philosophy
and simplicity of Tanaki which first drew me to this method.
any system, (e.g. religion, politics etc.) it is usually not long before
some of its adherents begin to make changes which make the system more
meaningful to them, either simpler, more elaborate, more ritualistic, or
whatever way helps them to relate to what they are trying to achieve.
just internalize these changes, and practice what they have learned in
their own way, while others pass on their ideas to others and develop new
systems, which explains why there are so many different styles of Reiki
point to some interesting sites which have much more information on the
history of Usui Reiki, and of other styles of Reiki.
on Healing (Reiki I)
Reiki I is
when the practitioner places their hands on or above the client and allows
reiki to flow through their hands and into the client. A treatment
lasts about an hour and is non intrusive as the client remains fully clothed.
Most treatments are given while the client is lying on a massage table,
but can be given seated. (see
Healing Page for more information)
Reiki (Reiki II)
or Reiki 11 is when Reiki is not given "hands on" but is sent from a location
distant to the recipient. This can be from the other side of the
room, or the other side of the world. Distant Reiki can also be sent to
events or countries to aid peace. See also
is meant by Healing?
does not necessarily mean the same as "cure", although sometimes this can
happen. Healing brings peace of mind, a feeling of upliftment, relief
of pain, an easing or acceptance of the condition.
body is the last place for an illness to manifest. If you think of
an ulcer for example, the physical symptoms occur only after years of stress,
and medication is usually given to relieve the symptoms and heal the ulcer,
but unless changes are made to thought processes, and emotional reactions,
the condition will recur.
As Reiki acts
on all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, and it activates
the body to bring about its own healing, it will work at a deeper level,
and therefore have lasting benefits.
often bring about an acceptance of a situation, or motivation to change
it, and thus reduce the stress associated with it, which will then help
the physical body to heal.
illness is still needed in order for learning to occur, as it is often
only when things are not as we would like that we search for answers, and
in this case healing will take the form of helping understanding and knowledge
to grow, in order for the person to move forward and take responsibility
It is not for
the person offering the healing to decided this, they simply make themselves
available as an instrument for the energy to flow through, and leave it
to the wisdom of the Universe and Reiki, to know what is in the clients
best when there is non attachment to results.
Trust in the
universe to provide healing in the manner in which it is needed.
It may not be what you were hoping for, but trust that it will be for the
highest good, and accept the outcome.
must be wanted, and permission given. It will work best if the person requesting
the healing is wanting to make a change which will make a difference in
can learn Reiki?
learn Reiki. It is simple to learn, and is taught during a one day workshop.
Attunements are given which open you to Reiki energy and allow this to
flow through you, enabling you to treat yourself or others.
Once you have been attuned to Reiki,
the ability to use it will be with you for all time.