Healing with the Heart

REIKI SHIKI RYOHO

 

 

REIKI USUI SHIKI RYOHO
 

 USUI SYSTEM OF NATURAL HEALING

 

 What is Reiki?

Reiki is not a religion. It beholds no doctrines, creeds or contradictions to the universal laws

of consciousness and love. No matter where the person may be at a certain point in their life,

Reiki will harmonize and embrace their philosophical center point, adding to it the divine

presence. Once an individual is attuned to Reiki through initiations, they are permanently

linked without the need of conscious alteration of the mind, either through meditation,

prayer, or imaging. Simply by placing one’s hands on oneself, or another person, allows the

energy to flow through the individual. It fills the Reiki practitioner’s hands into the individual

who is receiving the healing. Reiki energy comes from the God-Force and is an extremely

powerful healing energy.  

 

 It is one of the few forms of healing that can be used to heal oneself. Reiki does not conflict

with other health-care, but enhances its result. It does not interfere with traditional medical

treatment, but facilitates benefits. Reiki speeds the healing process, and provides a source

of restoring energy while one is ill, under medical treatment, or in recovery.

 

Reiki healing is a pure energy form. When it is combined with the sincere desire of the

healed, who is willing to effect a cleansing within their emotional and spiritual

consciousness, a total healing can occur. We must always remember that the energy of the

God-Force is neutral and awaits the positive, productive empowerment by the healed, the

Reiki practitioner plays an instrumental part in transformation, and yet ultimately it is up to

the healer to manifest harmony and balance in their life.

 

The Reiki practitioner is a channel and must not allow the “Ego-Will” to desire the healer well.

The Reiki practitioner must be a clear vessel through which the healing energy flows. This

allows the highest Soul purpose to be the outcome of the healing.

 

Reiki is a tool for use at any moment, anytime, anywhere for on-the-spot stress release, pain

relief and quick energy. In short, Reiki is a holistic self-help technique for directing natural

life energy.

 

No special environment or equipment is needed and age makes no difference. By following

steps taught by a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, anyone is able to direct the “Light Energy” of

Reiki to meet individual needs.

 

Reiki Word

is pronounced “Ray-Key” 

 

Rei — means “Universal” and refers also to the spiritual dimensionand the soul. 

 

Ki — means the vital life force energy which flows through all that is alive.

 

These Japanese characters, when combined, present the concept of “Universal Life Force

Energy”. Reiki energy is whole, not dual. It is, therefore, neither positive nor negative per se,

but rather is the combination of these qualities.

 

                                                               

      Traditional Reiki Kanji                                Modern Reiki Kanji  

 

 

 The Three Degrees of Reiki

 

There are three degrees, or levels, of the Reiki ray. Each possesses a unique radiation of

energy set forth for a specific purpose in healing. 

 

 The First degree:  This degree is a permanent attunement to the Reiki ray.  Once initiated,

it allows a person to channel Reiki energy for healing oneself and others.  It requires no

special invocation or alteration of the thinking process to “Turn On” the flow of Reiki.  By

simply placing hands on and opening the heart to love, one automatically brings in the

energy.

 The first degree is the foundation of all three degrees, and must first be mastered

thoroughly before the person is considered for the next degree.

 

Second Degree: The Second degree requires further initiations for attunement to the keys

utilized in this level. The student is trained to use appropriate Second degree keys (symbols)

which provide an increase of power from the Reiki ray for absent healing and mental and

emotional healing.

 

Third Degree - Master / Teacher: This degree designation is the level of Reiki Master, a

Teacher of Reiki. The student is attuned to the full Reiki ray, and for those guided, the path

of the teacher begins to unfold.

 

The Two Precepts of Reiki

I. The person must ask: We must ask to be healed, and in asking, open ourselves up at the

throat level. We vocalize and hear ourselves say, “I want to change where I am; I want to

alter my state of existence.” In asking, the person is putting forth a conscious decision to

become involved. The request may also be made on the soul level. It is from the soul level

that the person asks for a healing. As a Reiki practitioner, you are a viaduct - a channel

through which energy of Reiki flows. It is essential to listen and render service to the request

of the soul.

 

II. There must be an exchange of energy for services: The healing energy

belongs to the universe, to the God-Force. However, there needs to be a creative exchange

from the recipient, the healed, to the person whose time and service is rendering balancing

and healing. Energy exchange can be anything from the stored concept of energy we call

“Money”, to an exchange of services between the healed and the Reiki practitioner. Reiki

practitioners offering healing services on a professional level do establish a fee. The fee sets

a value on the service, which is considered a concrete reality in the thinking of humankind.

Wellness, likewise, has a value, and ultimately reflects the feeling of worthiness and self love

of the person seeking to change their state of health.

 

The History and Origin of Reiki
 
 
 The origin of Reiki can be traced back to Ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. This
 
technique was re-discovered in the mid-1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. The tradition of
 
Reiki was an oral one, and was passed on by Master to student by word of mouth. The story
 
most likely has been dramatically embellished by each storyteller over the years to
 
emphasize the wonder and beauty of the Legend of Dr. Usui. The following is the story as it
 
was passed down by Mrs. Hawayo Takata. In the year of 1822 in the city of Kyoto, Japan, Dr.
 
Mikao Usui (a Christian minister) was giving a sermon. After the service, two seminary
 
students asked him to explain how Jesus performed the miracles of healing, and furthermore,
 
whether or not he could perform those same
 
miracles. Dr. Usui was not able to answer “Yes”.
 
 
He felt that he understood the Bible intellectually, but he did not understand how Jesus
 
healed. This marked the beginning of Dr. Usui’s lifelong quest to uncover the course of
 
ancient healing techniques. He left Japan, came to America, and studied at the University of
 
Chicago. During his stay in the United States, he earned a Doctorate Degree in Theology. He
 
searched the scriptures to try to uncover the secret of how Jesus and his disciples healed the
 
sick and performed miracles, but he did not find the answers he sought during his time in the
 
United States. Upon his return to Japan, it occurred to him that the Buddha had performed
 
the same type of miracles as Jesus. He, too, had healed the sick and had great control of
 
energy. He channeled the power of God and the Universe. Dr. Usui began asking the different
 
Buddhist sects if they could perform the miracles that Buddha performed, could they heal the
 
body? The Buddhist felt that healing of the spirit and healing of the body was not always
 
directly connected. They concentrated on the spirit, and not on the body. They left the
 
healing of the body up to those in the healing arts. 

 

 Finally, Dr. Usui went to a Zen Monastery. He asked the same question of the head monk,

“Do the Zen know how to heal the body?” The monk explained that they were concentrating

heavily on healing the spirit and there was just not time to teach the physical healing of the

body. Dr. Usui requested that he be admitted to the Zen Monastery so that he could study

the Buddhist scriptures, the sutras, in search of the key to healing. He was admitted and so

began his study. Dr. Usui first studied the Japanese translations of the Buddhist scriptures.

He did not find the explanation he sought. He then learned Chinese so that a wider range of

Buddhist writing were available to him, but still without success. He was guided, through his

meditations, to learn Sanskrit so that he could read the original Buddhist writings and have

access to those writings that had never been translated into another language. After

mastering the language of the Sanskrit, he began reading the teachings of the Tibetan

Buddhist sect. From those writings, Dr. Usui discovered what he felt to be the keys to

healing. He found the symbols, formulas, and description on how Buddha healed. At the end

of his long search, he found what he sought — but not quite. Although he believed he had

uncovered the knowledge, he still did not have the power to heal. He discussed this with his

old friend, the monk. They both meditated upon which path Dr. Usui should take. They were

told that Dr. Usui should go to a designated place upon the holy mountain Kuri Yama. There

he was to fast for twenty one days and meditate, to seek the power to heal. During this time

he would receive enlightenment and spiritual clarity. Dr. Usui climbed Kuri Yama to a certain

level, and found a place that faced east. Since he had no calendar, he gathered twenty one

small stones and placed them before him. Every morning he awakened before the sun rose

and would throw one of the twenty one stones off the side of the mountain to keep count of

the days.

 

Each day he meditated and fasted. On the twenty first day, he awakened to a darkened

morning. It was like a new moon day, when no light shone in the heavens before the

breaking of dawn. When he awakened he could not see his hand in front of his face. He found

his way to his meditation spot and picked up the last stone. He prayed before throwing the

last stone off the side of the mountain. He asked God for confirmation of his findings and

asked to be given the enlightenment of how to use it. As he threw the last stone off the

mountain, a light appeared far off in the east. It began getting brighter and coming closer to

him. It frightened him and he wanted to run away. He thought to himself, “You have

searched for years and years, and you have meditated and fasted for twenty one days. You

have asked for enlightenment and confirmation, and now you want to run away from it?” So,

Dr. Usui quieted his intellect and said, “No, if that light is for me, I accept the

enlightenment.” The light became very bright and streamed across the heavens and hit him

directly in his third eye. For a moment, he thought he had died and ascended into heaven,

because he had never before been in such a euphoric state. He saw many, many bubbles in

all the colors of the rainbow. Then came the powerful, bright white light, followed by golden

Sanskrit letters — the secret formula of the Universal Life Force and how to contact it. They

came to him one by one, commanding him to memorize and preserve them. Finally the

bubbles, the light, and the Sanskrit letters had come and gone. Dr. Usui felt rested, full of life

and energy. He jumped to his feet. He wanted to hurry back and tell the monk his exciting

news. In his rush he stubbed his toe on a rock. He reached down to comfort the pain and saw

the bleeding. He found that the pain and the bleeding quit very rapidly. He realized that

something was different in his hands. They had become very hot with energy. After healing

his toe, he continued his pilgrimage down the mountain. Soon he began to feel hungry, so he

stopped at a home that served travelers and ordered cold rice and cold tea. In a few

moments, a Japanese girl, with a bandage wrapped around her jaw, brought him his meal.

She told Dr. Usui that her tooth had been aching for days. Encouraged by his own

phenomenal pain relief, Dr. Usui asked, “May I give you a healing?” She accepted his offer

gladly. He put his hands around her jaw and within a short period the pain and swelling

started going down. She was very happy and went to tell her father. Dr. Usui ate his meal

and then went to pay the Papa San. He reached into his pocket to get some coins, but the

Papa San said, “Thank you, Sir monk, but I cannot accept the money. You have offered unto

my daughter a service for which I do not have the money to pay. Please accept the food in

exchange for the healing services that you have rendered.” Dr. Usui accepted the food in

exchange for his services, as a healing channel. Upon returning to Kyoto, he went to tell his

friend, the monk, what had happened. He found the monk very ill. Dr. Usui asked the monk if

he could lay his hands on him. The monk felt better immediately. Dr. Usui later asked the

monk for advice on what he should do now that he had received the keys and the energy of

healing. He wanted to learn more about its use and how to develop it. He was directed by the

monk to meditate on it. From his meditation, Dr. Usui was guided to go to the Beggar

Kingdom in Tokyo. This kingdom was controlled by a beggar king. Dr. Usui went to see the

Beggar King and asked if he might live there to heal the sick and the afflicted. The Beggar

King admitted him, but did not believe Dr. Usui would succeed in healing the beggars. For the

next seven years, Dr. Usui worked on healing the sick in the Beggar Kingdom. He worked

from daylight to dark, healing the young and old alike and saw many beautiful results. He

began to understand how Reiki flowed through him into the healee, and how the body

became well.  


One afternoon Dr. Usui took a walk to the edge of the Beggar Kingdom. He saw a young

beggar who looked familiar. Dr. Usui asked if the beggar knew him. The beggar replied, “Of

course, Master, I know you. Do you not remember me? I am one of the first beggars that

you healed.” Dr. Usui said, “I healed you and you are still a beggar?” The beggar looked at

him and said, “Oh! Master, yes, and I did just what you told me. I went out to the temple to

receive a new name, and went into society and began dealing with my karma. I even got a

job and soon married, but it was too much responsibility. So I decided that I could rather be

a beggar. That way, I would not even have to be responsible for myself.” Dr. Usui was

greatly upset, and thought “What a terrible thing I have done. Perhaps the churches were

right - the physical is not enough - the spiritual has to also be healed. Never again will Reiki

be given away. Always there will have to be an exchange of energy.” He immediately left the

Beggar Kingdom. As he walked back to the monastery, Dr. Usui was greeted in spirit, by his

teachers who had greeted him on Kuri Yama.

 

This time he was given the five spiritual principals of Reiki:

 

Just for today— I will not worry.

I will not be angry.

I will do my work honestly.

I will give thanks for my many blessings

I will be kind to my neighbor and all living things

 

These five principals created significant changes in the subsequent healings of Dr.

Usui. He realized that he had been giving healing away without requiring the healed to take

any responsibility whatsoever. Also, there had not been an exchange of energy for the

services rendered. The new teachings provided him with new spiritual concepts to be

integrated with the physical aspect of the Reiki energy.

 

 Dr. Usui got a torch and lit it, and went walking in Kyoto. He was stopped and asked why he

was carrying a lit torch in the middle of the day with the sun shining so brightly. He replied

that he was searching for people with a heart full of love and with enlightened hearts, but

who are sad and sorrowful and do not know the true light. He invited the people to come and

hear about Reiki. This was how Dr. Usui started teaching Reiki throughout Japan and

gathered a following of sixteen teachers.

 Dr. Usui made his transition about 1893, after asking Dr.

Chujiro Hayashi to preserve the Reiki teachings. Dr.

Hayashi continued in Dr. Usui’s tradition:

traveling, teaching, anddedicating his life to Reiki. He

trained two Japanese women. One of these teachers (his

wife)stayed in Japan. The other, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, of

Hawaii, was named the Grand Reiki Master in 1938, prior

to Dr. Hayashi’s death. Mrs. Takata was instrumental

in spreading the Reiki teachings to the United States and

Canada.

 

 

 

 Since Hawayo Takata’s death, Reiki has gone through

many changes in the West. Phyllis Furumoto,

 Takata’s successor and granddaughter, has been named the

Grand Master of Usui Traditional Reiki.

 Teaching techniques and methods have undergone changes,

and several branches of Reiki have evolved. Each of these

branches claims to possess the only correct way, but the fact

is that all the methods work and all of them were derived from

Hawayo Takata’s teachings.

 

 Reiki is changing and evolving since the time of Mikao Usui,

Chujiro Hayashi and Hawayo Takata. It is reaching more

people, particularly where some nontraditional teachers are

now no longer charging high fees. How the Buddha taught laying on of hands healing, and

how Jesus learned and taught it are no longer known. The origins of Reiki need to be

honored, while at the same time respecting the changing world and the changing needs of

people and the Earth.

                                                                

We need to carry on the teaching of Reiki, preserving effective methods so that

they can no longer be lost, and at the same time, putting Reiki within reach of any

who want to learn it. Reiki is love, and in this time of planetary crisis, we all need

all the love we can get.

 

Essential Reiki is a non-traditional Reiki path, created by Diane Stein, author of

Essential Reiki, around 1990. 

 

Excerpt from © Diane Stein, Essential Reiki 

 

 

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