What is Reiki?
Reiki (‘pronounced ray-key’) is a Japanese word that describes universal life force energy (spirit/soul energy), that runs through all things. When this energy is low, then you are more likely to become sick or feel symptoms of stress. When this energy flows freely through an individual, then well-being can be restored. A Reiki treatment is facilitated by a practitioner who receives Reiki energy, which in turn flows through his/her body. This pure energy activates the natural healing process in the client's body.
Reiki is also the word used to describe hands-on healing, which is actually only part of the complete system of Reiki. (see below)
Reiki/hands-on healing is an holistic treatment, improving the mind, body and spirit, bringing a feeling of peace and wellbeing.
A hands-on healing treatment can be enjoyed by anyone and works alongside conventional medicine.
Usui Reiki Ryoho
Usui Reiki Ryoho translates as Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method, which keeps the practice as true as possible to the original teachings of Mikao Usui - the founder of the system of Reiki. The teachings are simple and clear, without influences from other cultures or healing modalities.
There are five elements within the system of Reiki which are: The Reiki Precepts; Reiki Meditations and Techniques; Hands on Healing; Reiki Symbols and Mantras; Reiju and Attunements. These five elements form the basis of a system of self-healing, which can empower the individual to begin a journey of self-development and healing, benefiting themselves and others.
A Brief History
Mikao Usui carried out research into many different forms of healing and medicine and studied different religions, working towards achieving the ultimate state of mind. In 1919 he went on a three year meditation retreat at a Kyoto Zen Temple, in pursuit of inner peace and contentment. After that time, having not found what he was looking for, Mikao Usui decided to fast on Mount Kurama. He spent about 20 days meditating and on the last day a powerful light entered his forehead, and he became unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he felt his body and mind were deeply rested, and filled with light and energy. Mikao Usui climbed down the mountain but on the way he tripped and hurt his toe. Instinctively, he placed his hands upon it and the bleeding and pain stopped. This was Mikao Usui's first experience of this wonderful healing ability.
Mikao Usui sought verification of his enlightenment from his teacher at the Zen Temple - who told him to teach what he had experienced for the benefit of all. Mikao Usui then founded the 'Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai', practising Reiki on himself and teaching it to others in order to bring happiness, health and wellbeing to all.