An Introduction to Reiki
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a type of spiritual and vibrational healing technique, its purpose is to promote balance in the human body. Unlike other healing practices, Reiki does not involve any kind of physical manipulation nor does it require the ingestion of any kind of substance. It works by using the subtle vibrational field that is thought to surround and penetrate the human body, and it is an imbalance in this field that causes illnesses.
A typical Reiki treatment session usually includes light, non-manipulative contact to the patient. The great thing about Reiki treatment is that you do not even need to change into those embarrassing hospital gowns nor do you have to take off your clothes to get treatment. The practitioner will not be touching the patient in any way, because he will be mostly dealing with the energy field surrounding the patient’s body.
How can Reiki help you?
Regardless of what is happening in your life, you can expect Reiki to help you feel more “balanced” and in control.
Are you currently suffering from a medical condition, and you want something that will supplement and not interfere with your current health care?
Are you having trouble sleeping (cannot sleep at all, or you’re always feeling tired)?
Are you putting on a lot of unwanted pounds?
Are you feeling disengaged, or do you feel as if you have no control over your life?
Do you feel like you are all alone and hopeless, and you do not know why?
Do you want to develop an inner spiritual connection, but you do not want the restraints put on by religion?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, Reiki can help.
Reiki is a healing practice that works by helping your energy system regain its natural balance. The reason why balance is important is because your body’s self-healing mechanism will only work when your spiritual energy is in a state of balance and peace. When your system is in perfect balance, Reiki can even help you with ailments that you were not even aware of.
The thing that makes the practice of Reiki unique is that you can also learn to use it on yourself through a certified trainer, or just by watching an online video. The moment you learn how to apply Reiki on yourself, you can regain balance of your energy with just a touch of your hand.
What is “Balance”?
This term will get thrown around many times in this book, but what exactly is “balance” in the context of Reiki?
Balance can mean different things at different situations. For instance, if you are tired, being balanced means feeling refreshed; when you are feeling anxious, balance is a feeling of serenity and calm. Basically, balance is a comfortable state that you can maintain for a long time.
Is Reiki safe?
Yes, it is totally safe. In fact, you can practice or receive Reiki treatments even when you are receiving other medical treatments or if you are taking medications for any illness that you might have. Some practitioners have even given Reiki treatments to patients even while they are in the operating room during surgery, and even while they are receiving chemotherapy.
However, even though it might feel a huge improvement after some time has passed when you first supplemented your medications with Reiki, this does not mean that you should reduce or discontinue your medication. You should still follow the instructions of your physician and do not make adjustments based on what you are feeling.
A word of caution…
Although Reiki is safe and has no reported medical contraindications whatsoever, the problem is that there are no set standards for proper Reiki treatment or training. You will notice the problem when you discover that there is an enormous diversity among the so-called Reiki “professionals” in terms of style, experience, and where they got their training.
The true extent of just how diverse Reiki practitioners are will truly confuse the public with regards to the real status of the practice. In fact, even the professionals do not necessarily agree on the same exact definition of Reiki.
You need to tread carefully when choosing a Reiki professional, even more so when you are looking for a guide to teach you. Carefully read through the prospective Reiki guide , and ask as many questions as you want until you get the answers that you need. Do not worry about insulting the Reiki practitioner, all of them will appreciate the fact that you are putting in effort to find the right choice.
Chapter 6 – The Roots of Reiki
Origins of Reiki
“Reiki” is actually a combination of two Japanese words: “rei” which means “higher power”, and “ki” which means “life force energy”. Reiki is the practice of healing illnesses using non-physical means, which is through the use of life force energy guided by a higher power.
When a person’s flow ki flow is disrupted, the person tends to feel stressed, agitated, and will most likely fall ill from any kind of sickness. By increasing the amount of ki inside the person, or by finding the ki blockage and improving the flow of ki, the body will start to feel relaxed, and this will also stimulate the healthy flow of energy within the body, and kickstart the body’s auto-repair system.
Reiki, can be traced back to the early 1920s to the early teachings of Mikao Usui in Japan. Usui has always been interested in the spiritual side of people; he was a lay monk, and had a wife and two children. During his time, there were various sects of Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto sects that peacefully coexisted as the dominant pillars of Japanese spirituality and culture.
Born in 1865, Usui has always led a life that is full of trials and difficulties. However, despite of all the unfortunate things that happened to him, he still managed to study hard and excelled in his school. When he reached adulthood, he somehow managed to travel to different parts of the world to work on his spirituality and find his life’s meaning; he traveled to Europe, the United States, and China in an attempt to find deeper spiritual meaning. However, he did not find that much success in his extensive travels.
Despite his struggles, Usui still continued to work hard and did not let his recent failures at finding meaning deter him from trying even harder. As a result, Usui continued to learn more about spirituality and also improved himself so that he could rise above anything that life throws at him.
As fate would have it, in one of his fasting trips to Mt. Kurama on the 21
day of his penance retreat, Usui felt as if something awakened inside of him; he felt a great presence of ki wash over his head. Usui, who was already very weakened and close to death from fasting for almost an entire month, suddenly felt rejuvenated. He knew that what he just acquired is a gift and that it is his calling to share his newfound abilities with others.
He spent almost all of his available time developing and harnessing it until he has perfected it. In 1922, Usui founded the very first Reiki center in Tokyo, and there he practiced his newly-found healing technique, and he also taught it to others who wished to learn how to heal themselves and help others. Those who experienced the healing power of Reiki began to spread the word, and in no time, Usui’s Reiki center became a thriving place of healing.
In 1923, just a year after Usui opened hi first Reiki center, a great fire broke out in the downtown area of Tokyo. Usui wasted no time, he went to the site of the disaster and he helped as many of the survivors as he can. Due to his immense success in helping the victims of the fire, even more people have become interested in learning Reiki, his following has become too big for his center to accommodate. When he found out that he had to turn down prospective students because they could no longer fit inside his small center, in 1925 he decided to build himself a larger house just outside of Tokyo and transferred his center there.
As news of his miraculous feats spread across the country, Usui had no shortage of requests to travel to prefectures all over Japan to demonstrate his healing technique, and also to teach his technique. He did travel for some time, but sadly, he was quite old to continue traveling across the country on a regular basis.
In 1926, just three years after he started practicing and teaching Reiki, Usui, while on his way to Fukuyama for a teaching engagement, suffered from a massive stroke and immediately passed away; he was 62 years old at the time.
How did it get to America?
During the last four years of his life, Usui traveled extensively all throughout Japan. During this time, it is estimated that he has imparted his spiritual teachings to at least 2,000 students, but he only trained 16 individuals to succeed him as Reiki Masters. One of Usui’s 16 apprentices was Chujiro Hayashi, a retired naval office.
Together with Usui, Hayashi worked on condensing the large amount of literature that is Usui’s teachings, so they could be easily and more widely disseminated to those who want to learn Reiki.
Hayashi also opened up his own Reiki clinic in Tokyo, with Usui’s blessings of course. In that clinic are 16 Reiki practitioners who work in pairs. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American, visited Hayashi’s clinic in 1935. Takata was in a Tokyo hospital back then because she suffered from a number of different illnesses. However, with Hayashi’s help, Takata recovered. She then asked Hayashi if she could learn the art of Reiki, to which Hayashi willfully obliged, this is what his master wanted after all. Takata remained in Japan for a year and a half, learning all she can from Hayashi.
With Hayashi’s guidance, Takata opened her own Reiki clinic in Hawaii which opened its doors in 1937, and she eventually opened up branches in the mainland as well. For forty years, Takata practiced her own brand of Reiki, after which she seriously started training her successors. Takata managed to train 22 Reiki masters, and even after her death in 1980, her former students have traveled far and wide spreading the teachings of Takata to hundreds more people.
Today, Reiki has become one of the most popular alternative treatments in the world, and it all started with one man traveling far and wide just so he could learn how to help others.
Chapter 7 – Finding the Right Reiki Healer for You
Now that you are decided that Reiki is the right mode of treatment for you, or that you would like to experiment with it extensively, the problem you have now is finding a practitioner of Reiki that you would like to work with. Are there “bad” Reiki practitioners? What makes a “good” practitioner different? How can you tell if a person is “bad” at Reiki? All these questions and more will be answered in this chapter.
Narrowing Down Your Choices
Now that you have gathered a lengthy list of practitioners that you would like to work with, how do you find that one practitioner that you would be working with long term?
There are some places where there are regular meet-ups wherein Reiki practitioners give demonstrations of their services, some offering free partial treatments to the attendees, or request for a small donation.
These kinds of get-togethers usually happen every week, bi-weekly, or monthly. These kinds of events will allow you to get to know in person the Reiki practitioners, so you can get a better understanding about the person and his/her skills.
What do you want to achieve from Reiki treatments? What kinds of characteristics are you looking for in a practitioner that will help you achieve your goals? Here are some recommendations, you can choose one from the list if you want, or you can just use these for inspiration, the choice is yours.
“I am looking for a partner”
– Healing is merely a path towards becoming one with your true self. Reaching that goal ultimately lies on your shoulders, and not on the practitioner. It is best to seek out a practitioner who understands this unique need of yours and could be a good traveling partner.
“I am looking for assistance only”
– The healer is with you, provides you with support, but he/she will never interfere with your choices. No one else has control over your choices but yourself. Nobody else could and should live your life for you. When you go to a healer, you are merely asking for assistance along the path to healing. For the healer, giving assistance means encouraging the person and giving him/her advice, only when asked for. In this setup, the client is the one doing the healing, not the healer.
“I wish to heal myself”
– Most, if not all healers, came into the profession with the express desire to heal themselves. It is as if whenever they help heal others, they are also in some ways healing themselves. Although this is partially true, this can also lead to the healer getting triggered by the emotional issues of the client. The problem arises when you suddenly have two patients and no healer among the two of you.
No one is ever completely healed, if there is such a person then they would not need an imperfect body to continue with their lessons. The mere fact that they are here and wearing a regular body that is prone to illnesses means that they still have lessons to learn. At the same time, you want to know that the healer is there beside you and will take care of things elsewhere.
“I want someone who went through similar issues as me”
– The opposite of a healer getting triggered by the issues of his/her patient is having similar issues. A healer who went through, and has been successfully healed from similar trauma as yours will most likely be a good partner on your journey. Since your healer has experienced the things that you are currently going through, his or her advice will be invaluable.
Now that you have found the right practitioner for your particular needs and likes, you are now ready to receive the healing energies of Reiki.
Chapter 8 – Different Reiki Healing Techniques
Remember earlier when we said that there are different kinds of Reiki techniques? There are five of them to be exact, and they are:
– Jikiden Reiki (Eastern Method)
– Usui Reiki (Western Method)
– Karuna Reiki
– Lighterian Reiki
– Sekhem or Seichem Reiki
Although Jikiden and Western Reiki both share the same roots, which is Mikao Urui’s original Reiki, they do have quite a lot of differences. Western Reiki integrated other ideas and practices from other spiritual practices and religions, and also left out some traditional elements. On the other hand, Jikiden Reiki remains pretty much traditional, just like how Usui practiced it.
It is only natural that when Reiki spread to other countries and cultures, that it got some of the traditions and practices of the places it went through. It is also quite possible that if the original, traditional form of Reiki is strictly enforced and adhered to, that it would not be as popular as it is today, and there would only be a handful of legit Reiki practitioners in the world today.
Jikiden and Usui Reiki could be described as spiritual healing methods, but the truth is that they actually physical treatments. To perform any kind of Reiki, the practitioner needs to “radiate energy and light” from all parts of his/her body, especially in the hands, which guides and transfers the energy to the patient. All of this is done without actual physical contact.
When a trained Reiki practitioner properly transfers “radiated” energy, the physical symptoms of certain minor health conditions, like a toothache, will only take a couple of minutes to subside and become more bearable. Reiki treatment can also help reduce the discomfort brought about by cuts, bruises, headaches, backaches, and recovering from surgical wounds. Speaking of surgery, Reiki can also help speed up the recovery time of surgery.
The objective of transferring energy from the practitioner to the client is the help alleviate, minimize, or completely remove any physical pain or discomfort, and then work on healing the affected area. Aside from physical pain, Reiki can also help with any emotional or psychological pain the patient might be experiencing.
Benefits of Jikiden Reiki
Speeds up the healing process of injuries and wounds from surgery
Does not require you to switch religions
Helps deal with bad habits and mental issues, like self-judgment, self-pity, addictions, etc.
Assists in alleviating causes of addiction, and also helps patients cope with withdrawal symptoms
It is effective in alleviating physical weakness, and it can even help treat trauma
Karuna is a word that means any action that helps to diminish other people’s suffering. In Sanskrit, Karuna means “compassionate action.” The Karuna system of Reiki is a technique developed by William L. Rand when he used the symbols channeled by other Reiki Masters like Kellie-Ray Marine, Pat Courtney, Marla Abraham, and Marcy Miller. Rand found the symbols to be very valuable, but he felt that they still had a lot of potential locked deep within them. He used guided meditation to become attuned with the symbols to unlock their full potential, and he called this new Reiki technique Karuna.
Karuna Reiki’s energy is applied with more focus and also works on all energy bodies simultaneously. People who receive attunement from their Reiki teacher only when they have become qualified Reiki practitioners. They often need to report to their Spirit Guides, Angels, and their Higher Self, and then afterwards they feel their presences at times.
Benefits of Karuna Reiki
Helps heal unconscious patterns/habits
Can help with sleeping problems
Can help easy panic attacks, fatigue, and muscle pain
Can help with the manifestation of personal goals
Helps pull out the negative energy, or blockages in your ki flow and helps release pain
Can also help ease emotional pain
Does not require you to convert into another religion
Heals the body on a cellular level
Helps you deal with past-life issues
Helps you fix communication problems
Helps you deal with co-dependency
Helps mend relationships and makes them better
Helps you be more mindful and in the moment
Helps you shatter your denial habits
Helps with self-image problems\
Improves learning and promote clarity of the mind
Lightarian Reiki is a form of Reiki that was developed solely for Usui and Karuna Reiki Masters who wish to continue on with spiritual journey and take their healing methods to a higher level. Lightarian Reiki took inspiration from the teachings of Ascended Master Buddha, and it uses higher vibrational bands to make a wider and stronger Reiki connection.
Unlike other Reiki techniques, there are no additional symbols to learn with Lightarian Reiki. Once the person attains attunement, he or she can connect to the new energy sources using clear and focused intentions. When a person taps into the vibrational energies of Buddha, and combine that with his or her own inner energy (aka the Higher Self), the person’s energy can then rise to a much higher vibration, which could then be used for delivering increasingly more effective healing. Reiki attunements can either be done in person, or transmitted via phone, or any other communication method. Just like with Usui Reiki, the energy transferred has its own consciousness, and it knows just how much a certain person will need. This means Reiki patients will always receive the right amount of healing; never too much no to little.
Before you can receive Lightarian attunements, you need to be a Usui Reiki Master, and must also be attuned to both Karuna Reiki I and II. If you have not taken Karuna Reiki can get the Buddhic Boost Attunement in preparation for receiving Lightarian energy.
Benefits of Lightarian Reiki
A much higher level of healing, which increases as the vibrational levels pass through each chakra
Heightened sensitivity and expanded awareness of energies around you that will help you further develop your spiritual gifts
Improved healing for your patients and your family, which will also dramatically expand your healing frequencies; this means you get even better with every session of Reiki healing that you perform.
Sekhem or Seichim Reiki
Sekhem is an ancient Egyptian word that means “Universal Energy or Power”, roughly translate as “Power of Powers”. Sekhem in Egyptian hieroglyphs is symbolized by the scepter, and it represents the connection between Heaven and Earth.
Sekhem healing energy can help accelerate your spiritual growth, but most importantly, it can open communication channels with your “higher self” and with the “All That Is”, which can mean different things to different faiths (the Cosmic Universe, the Divine Creator, the Soul of Souls, etc.) There are no other known energy system that can compare with the high vibrational energy of Sekhem, nor does any other energy work at a deeper soul level.
Sekhem Reiki promotes being more responsible for your life. It also allows you to heal, and it helps your personality and spirituality, so you can find your soul’s purpose and unlock your full potential.
Benefits of Sekhem or Seichim Reiki
Fast physical, spiritual, and emotional healing
Quickens the neverending process of spiritual development and enlightenment
Assists in the manifestation of goals
Improves your “inner sight” and your ability to sense the energy around you
Increases your “feeling of being alive” by making you more aware of the present
Increases your self-awareness and your relationships with others
Almost all of the Reiki practiced in Japan is Westernized Reiki, which is quite ironic considering that Reiki originated from Japan. There was a time when people thought that there were no more any legitimate Reiki practitioners left in Japan. That is why when Reiki was reintroduced into the country, the Japanese people who wished to learn it had to visit North America to get tutelage. However, the successors of Usui-sensei have always been in Japan.
First of all, there’s the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, the organization that was founded by Mikao Usui himself. This group is composed mostly of the original Masters that were trained by Usui. The reason why this organization has been almost unknown to the world was because the members chose to remain a closed group, but recently they decided to open up their doors for new members.
There are also the surviving students of Chujiro Hayashi, which was one of the prominent students of Mikao Usui. One of his students was Hawayo Takata, who was believed to be the person who introduced Reiki to the Western hemisphere.
Benefits of Western Reiki
Promotes acceptance of oneself
Can help minimize pain and discomfort; can actually be used to aid in natural childbirth
Can assist a dying person’s soul transcend peacefully to the afterlife
Can aid in being more mindful of one’s thoughts and physical feelings
Can help uncover hidden emotions so they can be easily healed
Can balance the chakras in the body
Can be used to complement other medical treatments safely
No need to convert to other religions
Non-invasive and gentle healing
Provides natural pain relief
Promotes deep relaxation and helps cure sleeping disorders
Promotes wholistic health and well-being
Is safe for use by pregnant women
Hastens the recovery from surgery sickness, and eases labor pains
Can help ease and eliminate stress