‘Reiki’ (‘ray-key’) is a Japanese noun that can be translated in many different ways. Sometimes it refers to the original spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded, sometimes it refers to other practices, and sometimes objects that have nothing to do with healing. Breaking Reiki down into rei and ki for a meaning is the same as breaking down the English word kidnap into kid and nap for the meaning of kidnap. Breaking down the word understand is another example.
‘Usui Reiki’ is what we have come to call the piece of universal energy (the source) to which Usui Sensei opened when in deep meditation and fasting. This piece of universal energy is the vibrations of unconditional love and harmony. We all know that Love and harmony are powerful forces,; being an actual piece of ‘the source’ it is no surprise that they gently replace conflict with tranquility and bring the healing of balance and harmony to all areas in need in mind, body and spirit.
‘Usui Reiki Ryoho’ is the name given to the original spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded in 1922. It is a complementary healing art in which the practitioner learns to allow Usui Reiki to flow to atoms in need in the mind, body and spirit together. It is not a religion, a belief system, an alternative medicine or a therapy. It does not require material objects or odd rituals. Unlike scientific medicine it is not broken down into people and animal; practitioners who have had their pathway opened by a qualified Shihan and spent hours in-class and hours practicing can allow to flow to all form of life, and events at any time and in any place. Some styles coming through Hawayo Takata Sensei’s lineage might say Usui Shiki Ryoho, which is one of the things I explain in classes.
Ryoho is best translated as healing method. This healing method brings healing balance and harmony to for emotional, mental, physical and other categories together. These are all parts of the whole life and the spiritual practice Mikao Usui founded heals the whole life together. When all parts of the whole are healing together wellbeing naturally happens. <read more on how this is simple yet profound>
What is Reiki, what is Usui Reiki, what is Usui Reiki Ryoho, what is Usui Shiki Ryoho, and what is Japanese Reiki are all different questions with different answers.
Weaving the healing balance and harmony of Usui Reiki Ryoho into your life helps you avoid diseases and recover faster from accidents
Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai focus on well-being of the whole life (mind, body & spirit). Sometimes atoms in mind, body or spirit require multiple sessions to restore well-being, but with Japanese styles of Usui Reiki Ryoho the focus is always on well-being. No diagnoses is needed because universal energy simply knows which atoms are in need and flows to the core of those atoms.
Mikao Usui or Usui Sensei (honorable teacher) referred to his simple yet profound teachings as a ‘Method to Achieve Personal Perfection‘ international © 1999. True health is only restored when mind, body and spirit are in-balance and working together in harmony.
There is natural beauty in what is simple, and when you add in the profound, such as in Usui Reiki Ryoho, it is amazing.
To your right is the simple beauty I enjoyed one spring morning outside my natural healing studio.
Wildlife doesn’t search for ‘state of art’ ways to make things better, they simply are in-harmony with the natural world/universe around them and follow their dharma (sanskrit word with a simple meaning I explain in classes).
Styles honoring Usui Reikio Ryoho do not use complicated rituals, material objects, charts of hand positions, or the need for anatomy/biology studies. Usui Reiki cannot be measured, manipulated, or touched, but it is as real as the air you breathe. Mikao Usui created only 3 symbols for those students who needed something visual to equate with such a strong yet gentle and beautiful energy. Once his original spiritual practice crossed the oceans various teachers felt the need to create his or her own symbols to try and to represent all the ways in which universal love and harmony heals.
There are many things written about Mikao Usui’s spiritual practice; some are factual and for various reasons some are distorted. <read Reiki myths>
Whatever you believe becomes your reality or your path in life. A quote from Buddha, “one cannot be on the path without becoming the path”.
Healing of the spirit is one of those important things that is sometimes overlooked. Mikao Usui said, “If our spirit is healthy and conformed to the truth, body will get healthy naturally.“ <read about healing sessions>
Practitioners and teachers of styles honoring Usui Reiki Ryoho do not treat the disease or injuries. We focus on health and happiness, and wellbeing of minc, body and spirit together. In Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai symbols and suggested hand placement are used until students can feel the differences in vibrations in their hands because through exercises they can learn to be a clear channel through which Usui Reiki flows purely to where it is needed. <Japanese Reiki training>
The creation of Usui Reiki Ryoho required Usui Mikao (correctly written) to spend many years in Buddhist and other studies for his self-growth, before he attained enlightenment and opened to a piece of universal energy during deep disciplined meditation while fasting. You can easily see why you cannot teach yourself Usui Reiki Ryoho or learn it through a book, DVD, or download.
The spiritual practice that Mikao Usui created is a journey within your life’s journey to improve the quality of your life and the lives of those around you. You cannot change anyone other than yourself, but you can offer healing love and harmony simply through your vibrations.
Since Mikao Usui’s passing in 1926 some teachers/instructors have taught his method/spiritual practice in different ways. I have found that anyone committed to learning this beautiful spiritual has no need for training wheels, once he or she benches the analytical mind and ego.
Mikao Usui’s memorial stone in Japan gives the year, 1921, in which he connected to a piece of universal energy following enlightenment. Just as a baby is not born with an instruction manual the piece of universal energy Usui Sensei opened to did not come with instructions. Being able to create a way to share what had been bestowed upon him in only a year shows Usui Sensei’s intellect and his passion for helping others.
While Usui Reiki, Reiki energy, or Reiki light will flow through you as soon as a qualified teacher/instructor has opened your pathway (attunement) that is just the beginning, There are no promises to rate a 10 on any chart, simply an opportunity to improve the quality of your life in the way best for you. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho Komyo Reiki Kai)
Modern scientific medicine is subdivided into many mental and physical forms; each having its onw diagnoses and treatments. Rather than division Usui Reiki Ryoho if healing for the mind, body and spirit of all people, animals, birds, other life forms and events. <learning Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>
Usui Sensei recognized that there is an inner healer within all people and other life forms; he created a way to allow Usui Reiki to awaken, realign, and enhance the inner healer.
The Japanese styles such as Gendai Reiki Ho and Komyo Reiki Kai are not slowed down by complicated procedures; like nature they are beautifully simple yet profound, and heal in the way that is best in the time frame best for the life receiving.
One of the things Usui Sensei (honorable teacher) taught in his spiritual practice is that by mastering the mysteries of self you learn to affect the mysteries of life. This is one of the powerful lessons taught in the Shoden (level one). <learning Usui Reiki>
Reading different history books and watching documentaries we can see conflicting facts and dates about of history. What I share here I learned from my Japanese Reiki Shihans Hiroshi Doi, Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto and the Canadian Reiki Shihan I studied under in the 1990s who dedicated himself to knowing and teaching factual history of Usui Reiki Ryoho.
Due to an abundance of canards/distorted stories and translation errors this beautiful spiritual practice we call Usui Reiki Ryoho might seem complicated and mysterious. Its true essence is complete healing that happens in a strong yet gentle way that might seem simple. <read more>
When added into mainstream medical practices, including massage and acupuncture, styles such as Gendai Reiki-ho and Komyo Reiki Kai result in amazing healing of mind, body and spirit together
Usui Reiki is not life force energy, nor is it Ki/Qi; it cannot be given an exact meaning other then saying it is a piece of universal energy that is the vibrations of unconditional love and harmony.
As originally created Usui Reiki Ryoho does not create a need for anything. Drinking extra water is not required unless you are thirsty. Eating certain foods or following certain procedures before or following a Usui Reiki Ryoho healing session or classes are not required–the universe allows freewill .
Each Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihan is pleased to show his or her energy and technique lineage back to Mikao Usui, certificates from his or her Usui Reiki Ryoho Shihans, and most importantly tell you if he or she has changed the way in which he or she was taught. <Shihan Roberta R. Barnes>
Looking to see what it was I saw an actual hummingbird hovering and looking directly at me. When I looked back at what I had been trying to photograph I saw it was a moth often called a fake humming bird.
The hummingbird seemed to be reminding me that there is a difference between the actual and the mako (created from what is wanted not what actually is)– even if they are both cute. I still enjoy seeing the Clearwing Moths, but I no longer think they are related to the hummingbirds that visit my gardens
The universe is endless/timeless and there are infinite cosmic energies; universal energy has an infinite number of vibrations and cords (as in music) within those vibrations. The piece of universal energy that Mikao Usui connected with, and developed his method around, is the vibrations of universal unconditional love and harmony. We all know how powerful love is; as a visual Dr. Emoto showed us the beauty of a water molecule that had absorbed vibrations of love.
He attained enlightenment and opened fully to an actual piece of universal energy in 1922. In 2002 I listened to Hiroshi Doi say, “Usui Reiki Ryoho is worldwide healing method born in Japan”. © Universal Copyright 1999
Mikao Usui said in his humble way, “For achieving my teachings, training and improving physically and spiritually and walking in a right path as a human being, first we have to heal our spirit. Secondly we have to keep our body healthy. If our spirit is healthy and conformed to the truth, body will get healthy naturally. Usui Reiki Ryoho’s missions are to lead peaceful and happy life, help others heal and improve opportunity for happiness of others and ourselves.” international © Hiroshi Doi 2002– thank you for respecting this copyright.
I was pleased that Hyakuten Sensei in class handed out documentation of Usui Mikao’s posthumous name showing he had been Buddhist all his life. I include a copy of this in my Shoden manuals along with details of Usui Sensei’s his first and second awakenings. While his second awakening has been told in various way, the importance of his first awakening is best not to be overlooked. I explain that importance in Shoden classes.
With so much to learn no level can be done in just one day and then it takes weeks, months sometimes years of practice before you know you are ready to move on to the next level. Usui Reiki Ryoho is a journey that you travel at your pace, with the last part of the journey being with the weight of symbols or material objects holding you back. With each level your vibration raises and you are connected more fully to universal unconditional love and harmony.
What I am sharing here are only some of the basic facts of this amazing man and the beautiful gift he shared with the world. My Shoden student manual has approximately 17 pages of factual history in its 70 plus pages. Much more is shared in the manuals for levels two, three and four.
The five short lines of the simple yet profound Usui Reiki Gokai (five precepts or principles), is the key to health and happiness. One English translation from a Japanese person living in Japan is as follows.
Each line begins with today only. Today” is Now, a moment that is often referred to as the present moment. Now is all you have and your life is but a collection of present moments. In classes I explain more reading an example given to me by one of my Shihans. .
- I let go of anger
- I let go of worry
- I give thanks for what I have
- I do my work honestly/diligently
- I extend kindness to all
When Dr. Chujiro Hayashi Sensei combined Usui Reiki Ryoho with his medical practice the custom of a client laying on a table to receive was initiated. However, you can receive from a qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioner or Shihan at any time in any place. <read more about healing sessions>
When you take the time to study Usui Reiki Ryoho as a spiritual practice, and not a technique to satisfy an egotistic purpose ” © Hiroshi Doi 2002, you learn what cannot be symbolized in any language.<read learning Japanese Reiki>
The documented healings, and healings I have witnessed when Usui Reiki has been allowed to flow are nothing less then awesome. While medical care should never be ignored or stopped without consulting the attending medical care professional, adding Usui Reiki healing sessions into the recovery process from any illness or injury allows you to heal faster and better than expected; I can state this without reservation as I personally have experienced it.
More and more hospitals welcome qualified Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioners with certificates from qualified Shihans (master instructor) coming in to assist in the healing process of those patients who have requested it.
There remain many things that are currently kept sacred by URR Gakkai members. I explain to my students the reason Usui Sensei created the Gakkai, which reflects his want to share the gift he was blessed to receive. <Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai>
The next time you hear something new about Reiki, stop and remember the world’s history from Usui Sensei’s birth to the year following Hayashi Sensei’s passing on. Also ask where that information came from; it is not yours to judge, but it is yours to believe or not to believe. Usui Reiki Ryoho is the original spiritual practice Mikao Usui created in 1922; in his humble gentle way he never claimed it to be better than any other healing modality.
Usui Reiki Ryoho can be visualized as the nourishing sunlight that connects the earth with healing balance and harmony the morning following a disaster.
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Resources for this article and sources of quotes are; Hiroshi Doi-Sensei and his Gendai Reiki Ho Healing Kyokai class 2002 (Hiroshi Doi jioned the URR Gakkai in 1993), Rev. Hyakuten Inamoto-Sensei and his Komyo Reiki Kai class 2003, Richard Rivard Reiki Shihan I studied with from 1996 though 2001. Interviews and research done by Usui Reiki Ryoho colleagues Richard Rivard, Tom Rigler, Dave King and Don Beckett.
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