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What's Reiki?

Reiki is a complementary healing therapy, founded by Mikao Usui in Japan, in the early part of the 20th century.  Reiki is a technique that is used to heal physical and mental trauma, and to support mental clarity and spiritual well-being.  Reiki, pronounced as ‘ray-key’, is a gentle and effective system of healing which activates the body’s own natural ability to heal itself.  As a natural healing system, it can benefit everyone, from young babies to adults and is a safe, non-invasive treatment.

The name Reiki originates from the 2 Japanese words ‘rei’ meaning ‘universal’ and ‘ki’ meaning ‘energy’, an energy which animates us all and is found all around us. This universal energy is channeled through the practitioner to the recipient and works on all levels of the mind, body, emotion and spirit, allowing for total harmony and balance to be restored.  Reiki can also promote self development, therefore allowing you to be at your optimum to deal with all aspects of life.

Reiki can help you release those things that hold you back and create a beautiful space for new or improved things to enter. Reiki can help you to become balanced and centered amidst all of the change or busyness of life. Instead of descending into worry, anger or fear Reiki can help you find courage, peace and calmness. It can help you to become grateful as well as be more mindful in your life.

Reiki treatments provide an opportunity for you to totally relax and rebalance, in a safe and caring environment. Reiki helps the body to reach an inner state of harmony on all levels, physically, mentally and spiritually. As well as helping many physical ailments, it can also promote the changing of any negative mental habits, turning these into more positive and productive thought patterns. Reiki energy is gentle to receive, yet a powerful form of healing and the benefits can be felt immediately on all levels.

Reiki can help you navigate life differently, support you through challenges and help you resolve issues so you can feel more at peace and joy as it restores, rejuvenates and balances you on all levels. You can read about the benefits of Reiki and how it supports you physically, mentally and emotionally and spiritually.(Link it on Benefits)

Reiki has grown in popularity over the last few years and is practiced by many holistic practitioners. It has become widely recognized j by conventional doctors and consultants, resulting in some hospitals allowing Reiki practitioners to work alongside doctors to help their patients.

“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

History of Reiki

The Reiki history as such is not changing but the information we have about Reiki and its founder Dr Mikao Usui is constantly moving forward. Thanks to the work of Reiki Masters like Frank Arjava Petter, William L. Rand and many others we today get a more complete and factual information about Reiki. The facts and new information about Reiki in Japan is also helping the understanding of Reiki, its history and methods.

“Reiki” with many origins

Hands on healing have been around for many centuries and has been known in many cultures. When you read about Reiki in books or on the Internet you will find several different theories about where Reiki came from: the stars, Lemuria, Atlantis, Egypt, India, Tibet etc. What we do know for a fact is that Reiki was “rediscovered” in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui during the beginning of the 20th century. For us westerners there are 3 persons that play a vital role in the history of Reiki: Dr Mikao Usui, Dr Hayashi, and Mrs Hawayo Takata.

Dr Mikao Usui  1865 – 1926

 

Dr Mikao Usui was born on the 18th August 1865 in Japan and was the founder of the Usui System of Reiki or Usui Shiki Ryoho.  He is also often referred to as Usui Sensei, (Sensei meaning one who teaches).He came from a fairly wealthy Buddhist family, who encouraged him to study, both academically and physically.  Whilst finishing his studies at a traditional Japanese Tendai Buddhist Monastery, Usui also mastered Samurai swordsmanship and Kiko, the Japanese form of Chi Kung.  Usui was interested in different types of medicine, energy movement and religions, reading widely on all subjects.  Usui was looking to find a way to heal himself and others, using his hands, that didn’t deplete his own energy levels and he devoted many years searching for a system.  His open minded approach towards other belief systems and religions is why Reiki is accessible to everyone.  It has no religious attachments.

As part of his search, Usui traveled to China and the West to study their medicines and disciplines.  He undertook a great many different types of work, eventually leading him back to Buddhism.  Usui became a Tendai Buddhist monk and lived in a monastery near Mount Kurama, where he continued his studies.

It was whilst he was living at the monastery, that Usui decided to attend Isyu Guo, a 21 day training course, to seek enlightenment.  This involved living in a cave on Mount Kurama and fasting, meditating and praying for the days.  It is said that passed uneventfully.  However, on the morning of the 21st day, Usui experienced a mystical event ‘seeing’ ancient Sanskrit symbols, which he acknowledged would help him develop the healing system he was looking for.  After this event, Usui set up a clinic in Kyoto, where he began to heal and teach people.

The success of this clinic, allowed Usui to travel all over Japan, taking his Reiki with him.  As well as teaching others how to heal themselves, he also offered healing sessions at a relatively cheap price or even for free, which meant anyone could receive healing.

Usui’s main teachings were very focused on how to heal yourself, first and foremost, which continues today in the First Degree of Reiki (Reiki One).  His belief being that to be able to heal others, you first need to have healed yourself.  Please see Overview of Usui’s Teachings  By the time of his death on the 9th March 1926, Usui had trained around 16 Reiki Masters, one of whom was Dr Chujiro Hayashi.  This would guarantee that Usui’s healing system would live on.

Dr Chujiro Hayashi 1878 – 1940

Dr Hayashi had been a naval officer in Japan but once introduced to Reiki, set up a healing clinic in Tokyo.  He became a Reiki Master when he was 47 years old and it would seem that he began to make alterations to the original teachings, with the blessing of Usui.  Dr Hayashi developed further the Usui healing system, introducing additional hand positions to cover more of the body and altering the attunement process.  He compiled his new teachings into the Hayashi Healing Guide.

By the time of his death, Dr Hayashi had trained about 14 students to become Reiki Masters.  One of these people was Mrs Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American woman, who originally went to Dr Hayashi for Reiki healing.  Mrs Takata was the reason that Reiki became known in the West.

Dr Chujiro Hayashi 1878 – 1940

Mrs Takata was born on 24th December 1900 in Hawaii, to Japanese parents.  During her life in Hawaii, events occurred that resulted in Mrs Takata becoming ill.  However, at this point, she needed to travel to Japan on a family matter and decided that whilst there, she would visit a Japanese hospital for treatment.

In 1935, Mrs Takata arrived in Tokyo and was told that her condition was very serious and that an operation would be needed to heal her.  However, before the operation, Mrs Takata heard a voice inside her head telling her repeatedly that the operation wasn’t necessary and that there was another way.  She decided against the operation and asked the doctors if there was any other way to treat her condition.  The doctor told her about Dr Hayashi’s Reiki Clinic in Tokyo and so Mrs Takata arranged to go there for treatment, although she had not heard of Reiki before.

During these treatments, which were carried out daily, Mrs Takata was amazed at the warmth that flowed out of the practitioner’s hands and found the experience very relaxing.  Within months, the healing sessions cured Mrs Takata of all her ailments.  It was at this point that she approached Dr Hayashi and asked him to teach her Reiki and over the next year, he taught her the First and Second Degrees of Reiki (Reiki One and Reiki Two).

Mrs Takata now returned to Hawaii and practiced Reiki regularly over the next two years.  In 1938, Dr Hayashi visited her in Hawaii and attuned her to Reiki Master.  Not long after, he asked Mrs Takata to visit him in Japan, where he chose her to be the person to continue spreading the word of Reiki.  He imparted all his knowledge from Mikao Usui and elected her his successor before he died.   Due to World War II, it is said that Mrs Takata altered the teachings of Reiki to be more acceptable to the West.  Japan was at war with the West and all things Japanese were then seen as hostile.  This is how Reiki has survived in the West to this day.  However, more and more Reiki Masters are returning to the original Usui teachings.

By the time of Mrs Takata’s death on 11th December 1980, she had attuned 22 Reiki Masters.  These Reiki Masters have continued to teach and the Reiki Lineage grows longer every day.  Reiki is the fastest growing complementary therapy being taught in the world today and this fact speaks volumes about this fantastic healing energy system.

Reiki in Japan

It was for many years believed that the practice of Reiki had died out in Japan but now new information about Reiki in Japan is coming to light. The Japanese Reiki system is slightly different from the Reiki that is used in the west. Written and oral information is translated from Japanese as it becomes available, including Dr Usui’s manual. There are now a few books available covering these new findings.

“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

How does Reiki Works?

In smartcrystals.in before your Reiki treatment commences, the Reiki master Dr. Anoop Agarwal or the practitioner will take a brief lifestyle and medical history from you. This will inform them of your current health condition and whether you are currently taking any medication or not. It will also tell them why you have come for treatment. After that the Reiki treatments (Energy Healing) can help to make, whatever you are going through, easier, allowing you to feel and function better.

Reiki can help you release those things that hold you back and create a beautiful space for new or improved things to enter. Reiki can help you to become balanced and centered amidst all of the change or busyness of life. Reiki release tension and help the body to heal.

 Reiki works by channeling positive energy into your body, through Reiki masters and practitioners typically placing their hands on the affected areas of the body that need a boost, offering this energy and your body takes in the energy where most needed.This powerful flow of positive energy may bring a near immediate sensation of relief as it releases tension, lessens the impact of stress and replaces negative energy with the positive.

 As well as helping many physical ailments, it can also promote the changing of any negative mental habits, turning these into more positive and productive thought patterns. Reiki energy is gentle to receive, yet a powerful form of healing and the benefits can be felt immediately on all levels.

Some researchers theorize that Reiki’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing effect is triggered on a sub physical level, perhaps in what science refers to as the bio-field or an electromagnetic field which surround all of us which we generally known as AURA.