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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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