Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy. It is an ancient healing art, rediscovered about more than a hundred years ago by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese spiritualist, healer, physician and scholar. He was guided to search for the secret behind the miracle healings of Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. After many years of dedicated research, and travel abroad to countries like America, China, India and Tibet, he discovered the key to understanding the miracle healings in the Tibetan Lotus Sutras. In order to read and understand the Sutras in their original script, i.e. Sanskrit, he even learnt and mastered that language. Realizing that he had found the key to the healings, Dr.Usui went back to Japan, to the Zen monastery which had all along supported him in his quest. He had knowledge – but that was not enough : he had to be empowered to use it. Along with the Abbot of the Zen monastery, Dr. Usui decided to meditate. Together through their meditation, it was revealed to them that Dr. Usui should proceed to the sacred Mount Kuriyama, and commence a 21 days fasting and meditation .
Nothing unusual happened, until the last of the 21 days dawned. it was still dark about, when he saw a shining light moving towards him at great speed. It became bigger and bigger, and finallly hit him in the middle of the forehead. Millions of white glowing bubbles, each one containing a three dimensional Sanskrit character in gold, appeared one by one just slowly enough for him to register each character. He was now completely empowered- he was connected to the cosmic energy and was armed with the knowledge and ability to transfer this unique power of healing to others. Thus was born the Usui system of natural healing- or Reiki, as it is popularly known to us.
Shortly before Dr. Usui’s death, Dr. Usui charged one of his most devoted teachers, Dr. Chijiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer with the responsibility of carrying on the traditions of Reiki. Dr.Hayashi founded the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo.
In the year 1935, Hawaya Takata (1900-1980), a young Japenese – American woman from Hawaii was led to Dr.Hayashi’s Reiki clinic for treatment. Once she was completely healed, Madame Takata became a student of Dr. Hayashi. After years of dedicated practice, she was made a Reiki Master by Dr. Hayashi in the year 1938. On his death in 1941, Madame Takata succeeded him as Grand Master. It was through Madame Takata that Reiki was made available to people all over the world. She brought it to mainland United States, and finally to Canada and Europe. In the last 10 years of her life, from 1970- 1980, she initiated 22 Reiki Masters, both women and men .
This is only a very brief history of Reiki. You would have to read some good books on this subject to get a better idea about Reiki. The books that would help are: Reiki- Universal Life Energy by Bodo J.Baginski, The Complete Reiki Handbook by Walter Lubeck, Reiki The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual by William Lee Rand, Empowerment through Reiki by Paula Horon.
What makes Reiki different from other healing methods is the attunement (initiation) process which the student undergoes in the various levels of the Reiki class. Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are. It is transfered to the student by the Reiki Master during the attunement process. This process opens the Crown, Heart and Palm Chakras, and creates a special link between the student and the Reiki Source. In the few short minutes of attunement process, the reciever of Reiki energy is given a gift that forever changes his or life in every positive way.
How Does Reiki Work ?
Reiki energy is naturally available to all living beings from birth. In time, various life experiences, emotional and mental stress, obstruct the free flow of Reiki, and the natural healthy connection is distorted.
Just as Television waves flow in the atmosphere, but require a suitable reciever tuned to its frequency to reproduce the sound and visual picture, similarly, we too need to be re- attuned to the cosmic energy to remain healthy or regain lost health.
The attunement does not give the receiver anything new – it simply opens up and aligns what was already a part of her/ him. the process is very much like plugging in a lamp in a house already wired for electricity. Once you have received the attunement, you will have Reiki for the rest of your life. It does not wear off, nor can you ever lose it.
After attunement, all that is necessary for the practitioner to use Reiki is to place their hands on themselves, or on the person to be healed, with the intention of healing. The healer may not know what needs healing , but Reiki energy has an intelligence far beyond human, and will go where it is needed. It heals on all the levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It can never do any harm- one can never use it for negative purposes. Since you are not using your own limited energy to heal, you do not have to fear that you might end up with symptoms of your patient, (unlike other types of healing). You are using only the Reiki energy or the Universal life force energy, and you are just the channel.
Reiki can be used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. It will improve results of all medical treatment, acting to reduce negative side- effects, shorten the healing time, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce stress and help create a calm state of mind.
Is Reiki A Religion?
Reiki is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in, in order to learn and use Reiki . Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with experience of their religion, rather than having only an intellectual concept or awareness of their own religion.
Most learning about Reiki comes from doing healings , and letting the energy teach the healer. The more the student uses Reiki, the more it teaches him, and stronger his healing ability becomes. The more it is used the more Reiki also works in the healer’s life to accelerate her or his personal growth and self- healing.
What Reiki Can Do For You
1. Reiki brings the body into harmony by relieving the physical and emotional blockages.
2. Reiki heals the root cause of any ailment and eliminates the effects of imbalance.
3.Reiki helps minimimize your sense of helplessness when facing disease or trauma of modern society.
4, Reiki helps lower the increasing cost of conventional medical care , easing strain on your finances .
5.Reiki is completely impersonal and positive- you can’t do anything wrong with it.
6. Reiki is a technique which allows you to assume responsibility for your health and well- being. It shows you how to become the master of your destiny. There are 3 degrees/ levels to learn in Reiki. The 1st level, empowers you ot heal by placing your hand on yourself or on others, called Touch Healing. After 21 days of sincerely practicing it , you should go in for the 2nd level. The 2nd level empowers you to send healing energy to anybody or anything without touching, this level is very powerful and is also important in the completion of this course for normal people. The third level is for people who want to take it up as a profession, they are empowered to teach. All the levels are certified. All that I have said or claimed is true, for I have been in this field for the last 18 years. However, Reiki is all about seeking for your own self and finding the right road that would lead you to your destination. There can be no forcing, convincing or persuading, for we believe when the time is right you will find the right master, and if you are meant to learn and use it for your own well being you would do it, and would never stop using it. Anybody who has done the Reiki course or had some experience with Reiki healing, are welcome to share it with all of us here. So do you think Reiki is for you? If it is, then all you have to do is to look for a good Reiki Master near your place and get down to learning this wonderful art of healing not only yourself, but also others.