Usui Sensei said, “This is surely a secret process to bring a good fortune and also a miraculous medicine to remedy all kinds of disease”.© Hiroshi Doi 1999
When you study any level of Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki kai you are shown how to weave the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki into your life without complicated charts, odd rituals or material objects. <what is Reiki>
As you age the natural abilities you were born with can become crushed by the opinions of others, diplomatically correct rules, formal education or technology; or not. The one gift we all are born with is complete control over our own mind.
Shihan Keiko Fukuda’s description of Japanese Judo, strong/gentle/beautiful, can also be applied to Usui Reiki Ryoho. On the other hand, Usui Reiki is a piece of universal energy and the universe allows freewill; Usui Reiki will never flow to any life that does not want it. Therefore, you can let go of any worry about anyone forcing actual Usui Reiki onto you.
Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai exercises help you to understand that mind is master and body follows; physical symptoms can disappear when atoms in the mind are in-balance and surrounded with harmony. The light being that you are (spirit/soul) is the true you and through Japanese exercises you connect with your true universal self. Connecting with your true self helps you to walk the path that right for you.
Shoden is the entrance to USUI Reiki Ryoho, and very important; through exercises and meditations you can heal yourself in the way best for you and touch all those around you in a positive way. The multiple empowerments allow your pathway to open to this level as universal wisdom knows is right for you so that you can resonate with the vibrations we have come to call Usui Reiki.
Advanced Reiki is more than being the vessel through which universal vibrations of love and harmony flow without complicated symbols or other training wheels. As your ability in techniques increases and you also trust in the universal wisdom you see the quality of your life and those around you improving.
Usui Sensei originally called what we now call Usui Reiki Ryoho, my method to achieve personal perfection. He said those five simple lines of the Gokai (five precepts or principles) are the key to health and happiness; when you live the Gokai to move into that place within each day you find peace and joy within trying or following any set pattern.
Once a person’s pathway has been opened by a qualified Usi Reiki Ryoho Shihan, Usui Reiki (often called Reiki light or Reiki energy) flows to cells in need in the mind, body, spirit and energy field (aura). This complete healing or integrated healing that comes with universal wisdom happens to whoever or what ever you connect with to create wellbeing.
The universe allows freewill so regardless of the strength of your connection, Usui Reiki will not flow if for some reason the higher-self of the receiver does not want universal love and harmony to flow to him or her. No one can ever force Usui Reiki on any life form or into any event.
It is the vibrations of universal unconditional love & harmony that has the power to heal as needed. Symbols are only training wheels that can become cumbersome once you are able to resonate fully with universal energy. This gives you the freedom of having to memorize symbols and kotodamas. You might still use them the same way you use mantras sometimes in meditation even though you can easily meditate.
As you advance in your studies and practice of Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki kai your awareness expands with your self-growth. You then can allow Usui Reiki to flow purely without interruption at any time and in any place. As you move through the levels and your spirituality grows the vibrations flowing through you are even more pure in balance and harmony required for wellbeing. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai)
While in martial arts Usui Sensei went beyond grand master, in the original spiritual practice he created he did not use any title and did not give titles to his students. Usui Sensei focused on sharing the gift he had been blessed to receive from the universe, and not on promoting himself. As you focus on benching the thinking mind and allowing Usui Reiki to flow in its pure form you can find the quality of life continuously improving.
You, or someone else, can fix your car and other machines inside and outside your home. You are not a machine, nor are your pets or any life form; letting go the need to fix and simply knowing Usui Reiki will bring well-being as needed, allows you to naturally be without worry.
Your focus and ability to allow Usui Reiki flow through you without complicated rituals and symbols is one of the things that makes the difference in the healing that occurs. “The healing that occurs is a barometer of the practitioner’s or Shihan’s spirituality.” © international Hiroshi Doi 202. In classes Doi Sensei pointed out that responsibility of healing rests with the healee and not the healer. This is one of the reasons why animals, birds, etc who are without judgement, sometimes heal faster and more fully that some people.
It is common for those following the essence in which Usui Sensei created Usui Reiki Ryoho to refer to Usui Reiki as Reiki Light, Reiki energy, or wave of love. <What is Reiki>
Light is energy, life is energy.
Life is love, which is also energy.
Usui Reiki is universal energy , which is the light and unconditional love that gives a glow to life.
If you are a Reiki practitioner and you feel strongly that you want more powerful ability, mysterious experiences, and more symbols, it is best for you to look within. When you look within and feel the light of Usui Reiki flowing through you, and your awareness expands allowing you to see things around you that you did not see before.
Usui Reiki is complementary, it enhances other positive techniques and supports the effectiveness of healing modalities such as scientific medical healing treatments, therapies, and medications. science, Each person feels energies differently and each life-form heals differently at different moments in time.
“Some may seek self-realization method or a wish come true method in place of Reiki. The universe allows free will, but these self-realization methods are not Usui Reiki Ryoho”. international © Hiroshi Doi 1999
Going the through the exercises in the levels of Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai also allows you to connect fully with the true you that only you can fully know. Your positive skills/talents in all areas are enhanced by Usui Reiki, which allows you to develop them to your fullest potential when you are ready.
As you advance you let go the worry of allowing Usui Reiki to flow to another life that does not want to heal its mind, body or spirit. You also let go the worry of having to place your hands on another as you learn the best way for you to connect over any distance or time. The universe allows freewill. if the higher-self of any life form does not want Usui Reiki flowing to him or her, it simply does not flow.
- trusting in universal wisdom
- practicing Byosen Reikan-ho, which you are introduced to in the first level.
- going beyond charts, graphs and material objects.
- feeling your life rhythm and the universal rhythm
- knowing your heart is the place of true knowledge and not emotion.
- daily repeating the Gokai (five precepts) from your heart
- daily practicing the Japanese exercises and meditations that lead you to your true self/your dharma.
- transcending training wheels such as symbols, music and material objects.
- simply allowing universal love and harmony to flow into all areas of life in its pure form.
There are only four levels in Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai; while the fourth is teachers level, each of the other levels is important and honorable when practiced in the way they were in the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. <read more>
Clocks are perfect examples of symbols. Clocks are symbols of our measuring of time; they are not time and cannot create nor change time. Reiki symbols are only training wheels to use until you can allow Usui Reiki to flow without them. <What is Reiki>
The next time you feel you need to learn a new symbol think back to the 1960s when the peace symbol appeared around the world. If symbols had power we would all be experiencing world peace. What have become know as Reiki symbols are training wheels used to help students until they can recognize vibrations and trust in universal wisdom. As you develop the awareness to embrace the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki you connect with your reservoir of compassion. As you move through the four levels this connection not only allows you to help people and other life forms, but increases your self-growth.
“When you see others and yourself healing it is not a measure of how well you are using a tool, but is a barometer of your spirituality”. international ©. Hiroshi Doi 2002 — good to remember that Hiroshi Doi does not speak English so everything is a translation. The translations I post are only those from people who have studied under him and respect him.
I remind you of the quote I have on my What is Reiki page . . .
“The word “reiki” is used often by spiritual therapists during (the) Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1925) and early Showa (1926-1988) Era. Many people used the phrase “reiki ryoho” to refer to their therapies, and “reiki ryoho” is not original with Usui Sensei. The name Usui Sensei used was “Usui Reiki Ryoho, which is origiankl with Usui Sensei .” © 2002 Hiroshi Doi.
No one can master universal energy or Mikao Usui’s spiritual practice, but you do have complete control over your own mind. Mastering the mysteries of self is one of the wondrous things you learn through Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai.
Hiroshi Doi, who joined the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in 1993, summarized the style he created, Gendai Reiki Ho (Modern Reiki method for healing) by saying — “Ayashiku-nai, Okashiku-nai, Muzukashiku-nai”. Translated into English it is, “nothing fishy, nothing odd, nothing difficult”.
When I studied with Hiroshi Doi Sensei, through a translator, he said in the class “There are Reiki teachers that can be great teachers, but there are no grand masters in Usui Reiki.” There are grand masters in martial arts, and Mikao Usui was a grand master in martial arts; he did not refer to himself even as a master in the healing art/spiritual practice that he founded. <What is Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai>
What appeared in several photographs I took in my healing studio, two of which are shown on this page, was unexpected. As was what appeared in another shown on my What are Gendai Reiki-ho and Kmoyo Reiki Kai page .
The photo to your left is a visual the universe gave to me to show me that universal energy is present even when we are not aware of it. This was before digital cameras and photo shop. I was using my Canon 35mm (old fashion film camera) with average color print film, The only light was afternoon Western sunlight and light from the tea candle in my hands. My camera was on self-timer.
Opening the envelope of photographs in my car I did not expect to see anything like this. The photograph at the top of Reiki healing sessions page came from that same roll of film, and as you see there are no colors. The colors also appeared in one frame when I was taking photographs of me allowing Usui Reiki to flow my Scottish Terrier. Both photos were taken in Natural Healing & Learning Center with the same Canon film camera and average Kodak film.
As you may have read in other places, while our eyes may capture over 400 billions bits per second we are only aware of a few thousand bits per second. Even though I was certain the camera had captured what my eyes had not, my left brain planted the seed of doubt. The local lab that processed the film and printed the photographs checked the negatives, prints, and my camera for light leaks. The only explanation for the colors is the piece of universal energy we call Usui Reiki.
I strongly suggest that you do not combine your hands with any flames. Instead resonate with your reality of universal energy and see where that takes you.
You can think of learning Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai in much the same way as I create my sculptors.
First you begin with a block or form–such as the whole you, which includes your mind, body and spirit.
You take away from that block what is not needed, such as complicated and negative beliefs from too many possible sources to list.
Continue taking away until all those things preventing you from seeing/revealing the beauty that is within are gone.
It may take hours of sanding and polishing, but the end result is a beautiful form that is uniquely yours.
Your brain has various sects in which to store memory, and all your other cells store memory, but when you know something it is within that place commonly referred to as the heart center, which is the place of true knowledge.
Living by the essence of Mikao Usui’s first awakening, being opened to what he connected to in his second awakening and then learning the quintessence of his spiritual practice is advanced Reiki.
In Shoden (first teachings) you learn to accept/be at peace with your present moment. The empowerments (attunement) is the beginning.
One of the beautiful things that comes with Mikao Usui’s spiritual practice is balance and harmony. When every corner of this world is in-balance and with harmony there will be World Peace.
When you recognize harmonic and inharmonic vibrations, and trust in Usui Reiki (universal wisdom) the ground on which you stand looks much different then it did before. Life does throw curves balls, but once you learn how to move with the universal rhythm of love and harmony your life and the lives around become more harmonious.
Once Usui Reiki Ryoho left Japan various people changed the original method, resulting in hundreds of styles. Nevertheless, no Usui Reiki teacher or practitioner of any style honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho will ever claim to be better then another, know secrets, or claim to know more than Mikao Usui.
When you take the time to learn the factual history surrounding the method Usui-Sensei created, you erase the word secret from your mind and replace with ‘amazing’ or ‘awesome’, or ‘humbling’, or ‘astonishing’, or similar adjectives. Allowing Reiki to flow to anything organic or inorganic over time and distance simply feels natural as you understand that time and distance are human creations not recognized by the universe.
We can all have negative reactions to drugs, various herbs, materials such as latex, dyes, and other things. I have not met anyone who has had a negative reaction to universal unconditional love and harmony.
King Solomon’s words reflect those of many other wise people through the centuries, “That which you know in your heart is that which you are”. This also reflects the basics of Mikao Usui’s spirituatl practice being the Gokia said from your heart.
Letting go your ego allows the “true universal you” to surface, and your skills to unfold and bloom. When you authentic-self shines you might be amazed. The positive way in which Reiki has touched many of my students and clients falls into the category of amazing.
The photograph to your left was taken in my Natural Healing & Healing Center. Patty Caldwell, is an accomplished quilter who watched her talents unfold in a new exciting way during that space between completing the Okuden and Shinpiden levels of Gendai Reiki Ho.
Some years ago at one of my monthly Reiki Koryukai (gathering) she brought in a few of her smaller quilts to show those attending the direction in which her quilting was advancing.
These are just a few of the elegant quilts that Patty Caldwell continues to create as her quilting skills advance in beautiful and what at times might seem to be impossible ways.
Other students have expanded their natural talents/skills in ways that are best for them. When Universal love and harmony is allowed to flow uninterrupted, what occurs in mind, body, and spirit can be amazing.
I was blessed that three of my Usui Reiki Shihans impressed upon me how important it is to blend Reiki into my life 24/7. <Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>
A quote from Abraham Lincoln, a United States president, reflects on Mikao Usui’s meditation that allowed for his second awakening , “If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.”
In the hours of study in a style that has not been altered from Usui Sensei simply yet profound method/practice you may see his essence shining in the words of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Hunter Patch Adams, Dale Carnegie and many more. Dale Carnegie gives a perfect example of trusting in the universe when a young blind boy was asked to find a mouse that was lost in the classroom. The teacher asking him to do this recognized that the universe had given Stevie Morris something no one else in the class had, a remarkable awareness of hearing, to compensate for his lack of visual sight. That teacher’s trust in the universe seeded that young boy’s trust and he came to be known as one of the great pop singers and songwriters of the seventies–Stevie Wonder.
Usui Reiki Ryoho allows those people with physical challenges that medical science lists in the ‘cannot be cured’ category to experience happiness in the manner best for him or her. Curable from within can take many forms, and Usui Reiki helps those forms to be uncovered.
We cannot visually see all that is within each of the zillions of atoms within the mind, body, and spirit. We cannot know the source of all symptoms the body chooses to show. The nice thing is that we do not need to see or know; Usui Reiki directed by universal wisdom knows where to flow and what to do when it arrives. If this sounds a bit magical, it perhaps is because universal energy is one of those things beyond logical reason. Actually each time you look out your window, you can see that way in which nature unfolds is magical.
It takes time to form actual knowledge, and there is no instant download for the essence of universal love and harmony to be embodied by your jing. In spite of this, each step of the Usui Reiki Ryoho journey is blissful, if you allow it to be so.
The photograph to you right was taken by one of my students. It shows something neither of us expected. At first glance, this photograph looks like it should be tossed. As always, the word ‘should’, is best tossed.
At second glance, what appears above my upward turned palms makes it a perfect photograph.
It is the message within the photograph that makes it perfect.
This photograph was also taken with 35mm film, and appears here just the way it developed.
I am out-of-focus even though settings on the Canon Rebel camera were set for me to be in-focus. The white circle that clearly appears above my hands is an energy circle.
Many forms of energy create visuals. I never expected energy circles to appear in any photographs taken of me Universal energy does not go by human expectations. This photograph shows that the balance and harmony that flows through a person outshines physical appearance and clothing.
Take a moment and think about the various people that impressed you throughout your life. Do you remember the clothing he or she wore, or the hair style? Or do you remember what he or she did or said. It is the energy flowing from a person that makes the biggest impression.
Regardless of what molecule you examine, energy is at the core.
Usui Reiki flows to the core to bring healing balance & harmony
Following are the words of one of my Japanese Reiki Shihans, Doi-Sensei, Hiroshi Doi. These words are copyright 1998, 1999 Hiroshi Doi. He speaks Japanese, but one who understands the meaning behind the words translated this.
Stories are a wonderful way to get one’s point across, and the imagination is a wonderful gift. Each person has the right to believe whatever he or she wishes. Whatever a person chooses to believe about the history of Usui Reiki Ryoho it cannot take from the fact that the gift of connecting to the universal vibrations of love and harmony that Mikao Usui passed on is among the ultimate of gifts.
When Gendai Reiki-ho or Komyo Reiki Kai becomes a part of your life you will feel that welcome relief as the worry of where to place your hands is let go. Hand positions like symbols are teaching tools.
Trusting in Reiki to guide us, we do not need to know medical details, pressure points, the recognized 32 chakras, meridian (nadia) channels, colors, or other details used in various healing modalities.
Usui Reiki can be allowed to flow into everything, even hobbies you may have. Sculpting is one of the things I enjoy doing At the bottom of this page are photographs of one of my sculptures that appeared when I focused on Usui Reiki only.
When I stepped back and looked at the form the words of one of my college professors came to mind, “form does not have to resemble details of life. Form flows, that is art.”
Usui Reiki Ryoho is a healing art in that it flows without any preconceived form; energy can take many forms.
Daily practice allows Usui Reiki to flow in a pure way that can enhance all your skills and relationships, even those in the work place.
However, they are shots taken of the same sculpture from different sides.
The vibrations of love and harmony are always the same. Different Usui Reiki practitioners and teachers go into the light and connect to the energies within in his or her own reality.
No way is better then another, simply different and once all the training wheels and personal aids are put aside the unencumbered universal energy is the same.
It is good to remember that Mikao Usui went so deeply into meditation that one could say he lost consciousness. When he discovered what he had connected to during his extremely meditation, he continued to expand his connection and practice to the extent where it is possible that centuries will pass before another person gains the knowledge that he did. In the meantime, we can all enjoy the journey as we toss obsolete training wheels and props along the way.©
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