Usui Reiki is the original system of
Reiki discovered by Dr. Usui, from which other systems have evolved. See
the Links page for the history and description of
Usui Reiki from various perspectives.
I have not attempted to do this here as
there is so much information already available, and new information still
Different teachers have different
understandings and methods, and there are several variations on the history of
Usui Reiki as more research is done into the life of Dr. Usui.
I believe that the differences are
unimportant, that the healing and self growth achieved through use of Reiki for
self and others should be the main objective.
When I first learnt Usui Reiki in 1995,
the emphasis on the hand positions, and the "correct" way of doing things was a
big part of the course. There seemed so much to remember, and I could
never seem to get the hand positions exactly right. Many of the Usui
classes of today are not as formal as the class I attended, and especially in
Level II and beyond, the use of intuition plays an important part. (see also
It was through Usui Reiki that I began my
journey of self healing.
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Tanaki Reiki is an intuitive method of
Reiki which encourages you to use your own inner knowing when working with Reiki
energy. The method and symbols that are Tanaki Reiki were directly channelled by
Mary, the founding member of Tanaki Reiki in Australia.
The philosophy is that Reiki should be
availabe to all, not just those who can afford to pay the high fees that are
sometimes charged. The purpose of learning Reiki is to improve the
flow of Universal Energy through the healing channels and learn how best to use
this energy to heal ourselves and others.
As more people are healed, and find peace
within themselves, so the planet will be healed, and the world will become more
The main difference between Usui & Tanaki
Reiki are the symbols which are used, the lack of secrecy with the symbols in
Tanaki, and the teaching methods. The end result and the principles are
the same. I have found that in recent times that many Usui classes have
become more relaxed and the the two methods more similar than ever.
It was through Tanaki Reiki that I learned
to trust my inner guidance in working with healing energy.
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There are three levels Reiki. Some schools of Usui teach four levels, a third
level being added before the teaching level
Reiki I - is
"hands on healing"
Reiki II - is
Masters - is
the Teaching Level.
Reiki I is hands on
healing that sends healing energy to the cause of an illness or problem.
There are two to four attunements in RI, which open and purify the channel
through which the Reiki energywill flow.
Symbols are given
in Tanaki level I, but not in Usui. These symbols can be used to focus the
energy if required. In Tanaki Reiki they are not secret, and printed copies are
kept by the student.
The classes are
usually small, which allows time for discussion and any questions you may have,
and for practice in using Reiki.
A followup day can
be arranged if required for any further questions which may arise after you have
begun using Reiki, or come along to the monthly
Reiki Circles. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Also see Treatments to see what is
involved in a typical hands on Reiki treatment.
attunements allow you to send distance
healing to those in need. There are two to three attunements in RII. Symbols are
given in both Tanaki and Usui at level II.
Absentee healing is
used when the person requiring healing is not in the same location as the
sender. The distance between them is not important, and healing can be
sent to anywhere in the world.
It is also useful
as a follow up to hands on healing, over the next few days after you have given
Reiki II can also
be used to send healing to the earth itself, to world events, to places of
conflict and war, to the past or future.
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After taking the Master level you are
able to teach Reiki to others.
The Master class is held over two days,
and prior training involves spending time in your teacher's classes observing
The term "master" to me in Reiki
simply means "teacher". It does not mean someone who has
necessarily mastered everything there is to know about Reiki, as this is a
lifetime journey of discovery. To me, teaching is only another stage of
The symbols can be used as a focus if
required when using Reiki energy. They are sometimes described as "training
Some people find it helpful to use the
symbols when giving Reiki, while others only use them when they need extra help
to focus or put them in the right frame of mind.
Others rarely use them at all. Each
person will find what suits them best and follow their own guidance.
My thoughts are that the symbols are a way
of representing the energy we wish to tap into in a form that gives us something
visual to focus on, and the variations or type of symbol used, does not change
Just as in our own written language, the
letters can vary with different styles of handwriting, and the words for things
are different in different languages, but the meaning is still the same.
to view the symbols used in Tanaki Reiki.
Symbols similar to these are also found
in AJ Mckenzie Clay's book "One step forward for Reiki", (1992). He also
shows the Usui symbols in this book.
In Usui Reiki the symbols are usually
kept secret until the second degree and masters initiations.
There are no symbols taught in Reiki I.
In Reiki II there are three symbols. These are for increasing the power,
emotional healing and distance healing. Another symbol is added during
master training to allow the attunements to be given.
There are books
which have published these symbols, the best known one being Diane Stein's
"Essential Reiki" and also AJ Mackenzie Clay's "One Step forward for Reiki".
There are also web sites which show these symbols. One of these is
The Reiki Threshold.
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Reiki I and II
If you wish to learn Reiki, to enable you to give yourself, your friends or
family a Reiki Treatment, I hold regular classes in Reiki I and II.
Reiki is simple to
learn, and is taught during a one day workshop, usually a Sunday. There
are physical and Astral attunements given which open you
to Reiki energy 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.
Classes are held in my home, and are
informal. The size of the class is mostly between one and six people,
which allows time for discussion and individual attention.
A follow up day can be arranged, and I
encourage students to attend the monthly Reiki shares, at least until they are
confident with using Reiki. You will meet other practitioners and can
share experiences and questions.
Reiki Master training is given by
arrangement, and taken over several weeks, with the student actively
participating in Reiki 1 & 11 classes, preparing a manual, and a class plan.
A Masters attunement and certificate are given at the end of the training.
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Most of my early training in teaching has
been in Tanaki Reiki. Later I trained in Usui Reiki and now most of my classes
are given in Usui Reiki. There are elements of both systems that I
resonate with. I like the simplicity of Tanaki Reiki which frees the mind
and allows the awareness of the energy to be the primary focus. I also
accept that there are those who prefer more structure, and feel lost without
clear guidelines, especially in the beginning, and accept that Usui is the more
traditional method. With the more recent discoveries in the Usui system,
namely the original methods of Dr. Usui, I teach the Usui system with an
emphasis of working with your intuition.
New information on the History of Reiki
is constantly emerging, along with many "add ons" etc. from various schools of
thought, (which each have their place and virtues), but which in my view often
tend to make things more complicated and confusing. For this reason I offer only
a brief outline of the history of Reiki, both Mrs. Takata's history, and the new
research from Japan, and invite the student to research this further if this is
important to them.
This path seems to be one of constant
searching for "truth" which changes as we grow, and as many have found before,
the journey is of more importance than arriving.
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