Reiki – what is it and where does it come from?
Reiki is a very simple healing therapy system which anyone can do. Some people create the impression that only ‘special’ or ‘gifted’ people are able to give Reiki and as a result they sometimes give complicated explanations about Reiki and behave in what some might regard as a ‘weird’ way.
Well that’s not me ….my aim here is the try to give you some straightforward information about Reiki, where it came from, what Reiki can do for you and how you can get involved with Reiki too.
I want as many people as possible to be able to bring Reiki into their lives, as this can only do good for themselves and the people around them.
I will show you that:
- Reiki is normal and ‘normal’ people all over the world are benefitting from Reiki everyday
- Reiki is accessible to everyone, easily and cheaply
There is quite a lot to cover in this section so let’s get started.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is pronounced “ray key” and is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. It is a simple but very effective form of natural healing.
We rely on energy in everything we do. We need energy to move our bodies, to eat food and take a drink. We need energy to get out of bed in a morning and you are using energy to read this page! At times our energy is depleted and we feel tired, and in some cases this can make us ill.
There is, however, an unseen energy all around us, an energy which flows through all living things. Reiki enables you to absorb an unlimited supply of this natural produced life force energy.
This natural healing energy flows into your body in a powerful and concentrated way via the Reiki giver. In doing so Reiki revitalizes and balances the energies that are already in your body to improve health and enhance quality of life.
The Reiki giver acts as a conduit to channel this energy to the receiver (you, a loved one or your pet). Reiki treatments are safe, non-invasive, non-addictive and you are likely to enjoy the feeling of peace and contentment after a session.
No personal energy is taken or drained from the giver, and in fact quite the opposite happens as the person giving the Reiki also receive all the benefits of the Reiki session too. How good is that?
Reiki can only be used for the highest good and cannot be used to harm anyone or anything.
You don’t need to be ill to benefit from Reiki.
Many people take a proactive approach to their health and enjoy regular Reiki sessions as preventive treatment to help keep their body, mind and spirit in harmony.
Reiki helps you to revitalize, to renew and to maintain your energy levels.
So, you can use Reiki as an important part of any health care program.
There are three ways you can ‘get some Reiki’.
1 You can receive ‘hands on’ Reiki.
Someone who has been attuned to Reiki will gently lay their
hands on you to transfer the Reiki energy into your body.
2 You can receive Reiki Distance Healing
Someone attuned to Reiki Level 2 or is a Reiki Master is able to send you Reiki energy, across a room, from a different town or from another country.
3 If you want Reiki ‘on tap’ so you can give Reiki to yourself or your loved ones and pets whenever you want to then the best way is for you to be attuned to Reiki yourself. It’s very simple, quick, easy and affordable.
Which way do you want to receive your Reiki?
Where does Reiki come from?
Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui, who was born in Japan in 1865.
There is a rather pleasant account of how Reiki came to be and this story has been passed on from Reiki master to Reiki student. Some in the Reiki world believe and support this story, where there are others that don’t.
I’m not sure …. I’d like to believe this account in its entirety but there are some flaws ….
…… none the less whether you accept this account or not you can be sure that Mikao Usui founded Reiki for which I am truly grateful.
You can also be sure that if you choose to let me attune you to Reiki then you can trace your ‘lineage’ back to him. This is more important than whether or not the following account is totally true or has been exaggerated.
The History of Reiki
Reiki is an ancient healing method, one of the oldest known to mankind. Originally from Tibet, Reiki was rediscovered by a Japanese monk named Mikao Usui in the late 19th century.
Mikao was the director and Christian priest at a small university in Kyoto in Japan.
He gave up his position at the university to study the ancient Buddhist teachings in a quest to seek out methods of healing.
During his research he became aware of the Symbols and Mantras (sayings) which are key to Reiki healing.
However, he didn’t know, at that time how these symbols and sayings could be used in healing. During his research he spent a lot of time in a Buddhist monastery where he became a close friend of the head Abbot.
The Abbot suggested that Mikao should take a trek up a holy mountain close to Kyoto as this might reveal the answers to his questions. He suggested that he should spend 21 days on the mountain during which time he should fast and meditate.
Mikao took the Abbot’s advice but for the first 20 days and nights nothing happened, no matter how much he focussed on his meditation.
But on the last day of his fast Mikao went deep into meditation. He saw a bright light shining in the sky. This light quickly moved towards him, striking him in the middle of his forehead.
He felt this light enter his body and he felt as if his whole body was awash with this bright light.
In front of him he saw vivid coloured lights followed by an almost blinding white light.
In the centre of the white light he could see the symbols that he had discovered during his research into the Buddhist teachings.
Mikao now knew how these symbols and mantras could be used to provide healing. He felt an enormous energy boost, his body overflowing with a powerful healing force. This incredible occurrence had given him the answers he had so keenly wanted to find.
He rushed down from the mountain and in his haste stubbed and badly cut his toe. He wrapped his hands around the bleeding toe and was amazed that the blood flow stopped and the pain disappeared straight away. This proved to him that indeed he was now able to bring about rapid healing.
He returned to the monastery where he spent several more weeks, developing and working with his newly found healing powers. After a while Mikao left the monastery and spent the next seven years healing the sick in the slum areas of Kyoto.
Although he had numerous successes he realised that there was something more important than just healing his patients physical symptoms. People should actually want to be healed and that the sick persons own self-belief and attitude was an important part of the healing process.
He went on to help countless victims of the devastating Kanto earthquake in Tokyo in 1923. Mikao became well known and respected for his healing work and was in great demand to share his teachings across Japan. He received an award from The Emperor for his honourable work.
In 1925, a year before his death Mikao initiated Dr Chijiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer, in the reiki method and declared him his successor.
Once suitably trained Dr Hayashi set up a clinic in Tokyo and adapted some of Mikao’s teachings including developing a set of ‘standard’ hand positions suitable for clinic use.
Mikao continued to travel around Japan … not an easy task in those days … until he died of a stroke on March 9th 1926 aged 62.
In 1938 Dr Hayashi attuned Mrs Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master. Mrs Takata a Japanese lady who lived in Hawaii, had been completely cured of her tumours at Hayashi’s clinic in Japan and had decided to stay on as his student. It is believed that she was the only Reiki Master until 1976.
By the time she died in 1980 Mrs Takata had initiated 22 Reiki Masters.
One of these 22 Reiki Masters included her grand-daughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto, who in 1983 was recognised as a Grand Master of Reiki.
Through Mrs Takata and those that Phyllis Furumoto initiated Reiki became known in the Western world.
There are a number of Reiki styles that have been developed over the years and the one which I practise is Usui Shiki Rhoho, which means Usui style healing.
My lineage, and therefore your lineage, can be traced back to Mikao Usui and therefore should you decide to let me ‘attune’ you to Reiki too then you will also be able to track your lineage to our founder.
What is Reiki Lineage?
In order to ‘trigger’ your own natural in-built ability to give Reiki healing you need to be attuned to Reiki energy by a Reiki Master, like me.
I in turn was attuned to Reiki by a Reiki Master. My Reiki Master was only able to give Reiki by being attuned herself by another Reiki Master. If you continue this process back the attunements include direct links Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Mrs Hawayo Takata, Dr Chijiro Hayashi and Mikao Usui
Your Reiki Lineage
This will be your lineage.
Dr Chujiro Hayashi
Mrs Hawayo Takata
Phyllis Lei Furumoto
Pat Jack Cherie A. Prasuhn Carol Farmer Leah Smith
William L Rand