of energy transmission
what is reiki
reiki is japanese for ‘universal life energy’, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, this tradition was founded by dr mikao usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.
‘rei’ meaning in japanese spirit, soul, and ‘ki’ energy. “ki ” is the basic life-force energy or vital energy found in all living things. the harmony, amount and balance of “ki” is what determines how healthy we are physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
we live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. when this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.
reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy receiving and also learning; it can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
the practice is taught by reiki masters / teachers who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student. a reiki session can be given by anyone who has been initiated in first level.
what to expect during a reiki session
reiki is a non-invasive therapy that involves stimulating the body’s own healing potential, by gently placing the hands, non-intrusively, in a series of positions from the top of the head to the feet, in order to restore balance in your body. you don´t need to remove any clothing for treatment.
you will receive the session in a relaxed atmosphere with meditative music, a safe and cosy environment which allows you to let go completely and just be.
reiki is very effective in relieving stress, healing emotional issues, aiding body detoxification, boosting the immune system, increasing confidence and much more. you may feel warmth, tingling or nothing at all during sessions, but independent on the individual experiences, reiki does always have a deeply relaxing and positive effect.
becoming a reiki practitioner
reiki is traditionally taught in three levels. levels I and II are normally taught in one or two day courses (depending on the amount of participants), there should be a minimum of three months inbetween first and second level. level III or mastery is generally a more intensive course of study and will take a longer commitment. class time involves an initiation ritual called ‘attunements’ and learning the hand placements for self treatments as well as treating others.
the history of reiki
reiki is a very ancient healing system, which disappeared from our collective knowledge during a long time, until it was rediscovered at the end of the last century by dr. mikao usui, a japanese scholar.
there are many myths around dr. usui and his life, but whatsoever might be his true story, what we know for sure is that he was a genuine and sincere seeker. after putting his totality into the search of the secrets of healing, the reiki symbols and their use were revealed to him after fasting and meditating for 21 days.
dr. mikao usui: dr. usui was a christian minister in japan, even though being japanese, he was the head of a christian boys school . one day some of the students asked him if he believed in the miracles which jesus did (healing, etc). being a christian minister he answered “yes“. they asked if he knew how jesus had done this, “no” he said and became very curious and determent to discover the way in which jesus had healed. this immediately set him on a journey of many years. studying first at christian schools in theu.s., but with no results, as the method was not known at all.
it was suggested to him to study buddhist writings, since buddha also had healing powers, so he spent another few years studying at a monastery, without finding any answers. in japan he stopped at many temples asking the elders if anyone knew how buddha had healed. the priests said, they were more concerned with spiritual than physical well being. in one small monastary he found some ancient sanskrit writings from india (or perhaps tibet) and after some more years of study, he felt he had come to an understanding, that to move any further from here, it required deep meditation. he told the monks his intention to fast and meditate for 21 days at a nearby mountain and that if he did not come back they should come and get his body.
he went to the mountain and gathered 21 stones which he used to count the days. each day he would throw away a stone and in this way he knew how much time had passed. on the 20th day nothing had happened or come to him as yet and he threw away the last stone saying “well, this is it, either I get the answer tonight or I don’t“. in that same night, on the horizon he could see a ball of light coming towards him. the first instinct was to get out of the way, but he realized this might just be what he was waiting for, so allowed it to hit him right in the forehead. as it struck him, he was taken on a journey where he could see bubbles of all the colors of the rainbow, inside of them some symbols which were the very same symbols he was studying in the tibetan writings but had been unable to understand. now as he looked at them again, they became totally clear and turned out to be what we know as reiki symbols.
after this experience, he began his way back down the mountain and was from this moment on able to heal. on this first day alone he healed a broken toe-nail, his own starvation, an ailing tooth and the abbots sickness which was keeping him bedridden. these are known as the first four miracles.
he wanted to use these abilities to help others, so he spent the next seven years in the beggars section of tokyo healing the poor and sick people and also assisting them in finding employment to get them out of poverty. after seven years he noticed familiar faces, people whom he had healed and helped long ago were back again in the same slums and under the same terrible conditions. asking them why they returned, they complained that life outside beggartown was too hard and that it was much simpler to beg for a living.
this made usui think and he returned to the monastery. he realized he hadn’t taught gratitude along with the healing. that he had focused on the physical ailments without dealing with the spiritual matters. people did not understand the value of the gift he gave them, so after some time and many hours of meditation, he developed some precepts, known as the 5 reiki principals:
1. just for today, do not worry
2. just for today, do not anger
3. honor your parents, your teachers and your elders
4. earn your living honestly
5. show gratitude to every living thing
these percepts he shared with people in the villages, by travelling all over the country, teaching and healing, working both with the spiritual healing as well as physical healing.
commander in the naval reserve. he came from a well educated and well positioned family. he met dr. usui in the marketplace where he was announcing his lecture at a nearby temple by holding a lit torch in daylight, to draw attention to those who were really curious and ready to work on themselves.
dr. hayashi was very impressed with the sincerity and conviction of dr. Usui and agreed to accompany him on his travels. after dr. usui passed away, dr. hayashi became the leader of reiki.
dr. hayashi opened a clinic in tokyo near the imperial palace. it consisted of eight beds in a large room, two practitioners per patient. one would treat the head and the other would be on the right treating the stomach area, then both would treat the patients back. all practitioners worked and practiced in the same place and also went to the homes of sick people.
in order to become a reiki practitioner in those times, first of all one had to be accepted by the masters in the reiki organization, and second had to promise to use reiki daily and volunteer some hours to practice reiki regularly in the clinic.
some believe that dr. hayashi developed the practice of treatment by using specific hand placements over the body. being of a military background, and therefore more organized, dr. hayashi preferred an organized method of hand placements which would allow the full coverage of the body and organs.
dr. hayashi left his body on tuesday, may 10, 1940. this was just prior to world war II and it was clear that japan would enter the war. being a reserve officer, dr. hayashi knew he would be recalled to duty and therefore become responsible for killing many people. this he did not want to do, and so determined to end his life. in addition he wished to, and in fact did pass leadership of reiki over to mrs. takata.
mrs. hawayo takata: mrs. hawayo takata, of japanese descent, was born in hawaii, on kauai, on christmas eve 1900. in the 1930’s she went to japan to visit her family there, and inform them of the death of her sister. while there she became very sick and was in the hospital. the doctors were going to operate, and as she was being prepared she kept hearing a voice saying “operation not necessary”. eventually she jumped off the table asking “is there another way?”. the doctor had a sister who had been cured of a disease at dr. hayashi’s clinic and suggested to mrs. takata she talked with his sister who brought her to the clinic where her reiki treatments began.
after mrs. takata became well she wanted to learn reiki for herself. however at first dr. hayashi was not willing to teach her because she was a foreigner and only through the good graces of her doctor, mrs. takata was able to pursuade him. this training took a year and brought her to what we would now call reiki level II (she could do everything but train other practitioners).
after this year she returned to Hawaii where she also learned the lesson of having the recipient needing to give value for receiving treatments. she treated a neighbor but did not charge, this neighbor did not value the treatments and did not become well. she treated another relative and this time charged, and this relative recuperated and stayed well. thus the tradition of charging something for reiki treatment was reinforced.
in november 1936 dr. hayashi came to hawaii for a tour to promote reiki. during this time he trained mrs. takata to teach reiki, thus making her what we now would call a reiki master. as he left hawaii he asked her to come to see him when he summoned her.
after some more time it was close to the beginning of world war II, dr. hayashi appeared to mrs. takata in a dream, asking her to come to japan. so she did and found dr. hayashi having his naval uniform out of storage and fretful. with the start of the war, he knew it was a matter of time before the navy would call him out of retirement and he would be asked to take actions he was not capable of doing due to his spiritual development. he passed the leadership of reiki to mrs. Takata and gathered all the reiki masters to share the news. he then announced he would kill his physical body through bursting three blood vessels. and as he continued speaking and lecturing those blood vessels burst and he died.
mrs. takata returned to hawaii and continued using and teaching reiki and eventually moved to california. she did not teach other masters until 1975, and before her own death in 1980 she trained 22 reiki masters, one of them being her granddaughter, phyllis lee furumoto.
just before her death she founded the american reiki association, with the mission of organizing and coordinating the transmission of the reiki experience.
phyllis lee furumoto at the end of the 90s founded ‘the reiki alliance’.
benefits and notes of reiki
there are many different healing methods available. with some approaches the energy comes from the session giver, leaving him feeling drained afterwards. in some methods the healer absorbs the energy of the client and then has to discharge it. in most methods the body is manipulated, or “fixed” in some way. most healing approaches use methods or procedures that are difficult to learn and complicated to use.
with reiki, the energy enters into the body of the practitioner first and then flows through his hands into the recipient. because of this the session giver leaves the session feeling refreshed. he has not absorbed anything from the client. the technique is simplicity itself: a laying on of hands with a feather light touch. there are many healing practitioners and body workers who take reiki initiations so that they can bring this quality into their work.
*harmonizes our energy. it relaxes and helps overcome stress, eliminates toxins, breaks energy blocks and rejuvenates.
*activates the self-healing power everybody has in himself (the reiki practitioner is only a channel, not a healer).
*creates optimism and instills confidence when ill or during a crisis.
*reduces or eliminates pain from physical ailments.
*can be used together with any other treatment; in fact, it enhances the healing process.
*is not a substitute for your doctor, your psychologist, your medicines. in case of first aid, give reiki while you wait for the doctor. do not make any diagnosis if you are not a physician.
*flows where the energy is most needed. (there are no risks of a wrong diagnosis.)
*flows through clothes and even through plaster casts.
*empowers those who are already working with their hands: in massage, physiotherapy, shiatsu, etc.
*can also be used for animals and plants, cars, computers, etc.
*brings the vibrational frequency of our body to a higher level.
*helps meditation to deepen.
*is not a religion. therefore it does not interfere with religious ideologies.
the reiki hand
our reiki hand is relaxed, light as a feather, and not “as if we were wearing gloves, nor mittens, but socks” as a child commented, i.e. keep the fingers closed and the thumb next to the hand.
it is not absolutely necessary to touch the body. reiki energy also flows into the body if placed at a distance (1-2 inches).
reiki for ourselves
give yourself reiki morning and night before sleep and, whenever you can, a “instant” on a bus or waiting somewhere for something. as a special treat, give yourself a full session (doors closed, phone off the hook, etc.).
frequent questions about reiki
what is universal energy?
“universal life force energy is the energy that surrounds us all and sustains life! it is the energy from the universe, god, higher power or which ever name feels comfortable according to your believes.
how long do you have reiki once we have been attuned to reiki?
reiki is with us for life once we have been attuned to it. you can not loose the ability to channel reiki it will always be with you.
can we be depleted of our own energy when giving a reiki treatment?
no, the reiki practitioner’s energies can not be depleted or weakened. this is because when we give a reiki treatment, we do not use our own energy source. we are taping into the never ending universal energy source.
when giving reiki to another person how should the practitioner feel?
everyone’s experiences will differ however commonly reiki can bring feelings of love, contentment, health and wellbeing to the practitioner because as the reiki practitioner is channelling this healing energy, they receive the benefits as well!
is there a need to concentrate in order to channel the reiki energy?
we are taught that when a reiki practitioner’s hands are placed on or near any living organism, the energy will flow freely to where ever it is needed. therefore if reiki is needed, it automatically begins to flow. there is no conscious effort needed on the part of the practitioner.
can reiki still flow if i fall asleep?
if a reiki practitioner is asleep and his or her hands are placed on another person and reiki is needed the reiki will start flowing even though the practitioner is asleep. if a reiki practitioner falls asleep when giving a treatment the reiki will also continue to flow for as long as it is needed.
what do i need to learn before reiki will flow?
there is nothing to learn, the secret key in in having been attuned to reiki. even though when learning reiki we teach you about such things as the history, principles and hand positions you do not have to learn how to give reiki. if you have been initiated to reiki, you simply have to place your hands on or near the body of the person you are treating, and the energy will begin to flow freely as it is channelled through you to where it is most needed.
what happens in an attunement?
in an attunement you are asked to sit back and relax, while you meditate the master teachers place the symbols into your aura. the reiki master/ teachers transfer’s reiki to the student, this open’s up the crown, heart and palm chakras, and allow’s the energy to flow through the student’s palm’s. thus giving them the ability to use reiki for the rest of their lives.
why are the reiki symbols a secret, and when are they revealed to students taking reiki courses?
the reiki symbols are sacred and are only to be shared with those that wish to be a channel for the universal energy. the symbols are used when sending healing to another peron or a situation distantly. reiki practitioners and reiki masters have great respect for the symbols and understand they are only to be shared with those that are to be attuned.
are there any harmful side effects from reiki?
there have been no reported cases of harmful side effects from reiki, but there are those that have interpreted their cleansing period as negative and not continued, just as there are those clients who have had a reiki treatment, and interpreted their healing and blockage removal as negative. when the body is undergoing a healing process, there can be short-term effects that cause some discomfort. people with a great deal of accumulated stress or emotional blocks can feel very over whelmed at first as their bodies start to process the effects of the reiki.
reiki for non – human recipients
reiki consists of the same universal life energy that makes flowers grow and birds to take wing. it is the cohesive force of the cosmos. reiki will also heal the ailments of all animals. another way to look at it would be the fact that animals cannot be cured or healed by any psychological trickery. animals know nothing of faith healing or religious belief systems. animals are innocent and are of pure love. when using reiki upon an animals, you will notice they get quiet. something within them seems to let go and relax. reiki literally flows into animals exactly as it does people. when treating domestic animals, lay your hands behind the ears at the point where dogs and cats like to be stroked. after this initial contact, then proceed to the afflicted areas of the animal’s body. it is as easy as that.
if you want to treat fish, you must place the aquarium between your hands and let the energy channel through for 15 to 20 minutes. It is as simple as can be, yet effective.
when you start channelling reiki into plants you will be impressed by the positive results you get such as strong healthy growth and a profusion of buds and blossoms. to empower seeds with reiki, hold your hands a few inches above them, much as though you were blessing them. in one sense of the word, this is exactly what you are doing. you can hold seeds in your left hand and give them reiki with your right hand. cut flowers standing in a vase may also be kept stronger and healthier with reiki. potted plants are best treated through the root system. you do this by holding the pot between your hands near the bottom.
trees can be given reiki also. trees take reiki in through the trunk. you can even hug the tree and tell it how much you love it while you are channelling the reiki. trees also reciprocate energywise. as you give, so shall you receive.
if you have attained reiki 2, you will have symbols that enable you to make use of absentee healing and a mental method to use upon plants and animals with equal success. the only practical way to send healing to a wooded area or herd of animals would be through the use of the absentee healing symbol and power symbol.
becomes more healthy if you treat it with reiki, it increases quality and neutralises contaminating substances.
it helps eliminating side effects.