A good introduction to Mikao Usui can be found on the pages of Reiki Guild
Here is an extract:
Mikao Usui rediscovered the system of Reiki in Japan at the end of the 19th Century following a lifetime of study, effort and dedication.
His life-changing experience came through a meditation retreat on Mount Kurama near Kyoto in 1922. From this he developed the simple system of Reiki that we know today.
Following the huge 1923 earthquake which ripped through Tokyo causing firestorms and destruction on an almost unknown scale, Usui and his students gave Reiki to countless suffering people. Their dedication and compassion meant that his Reiki system became known to many people who studied.
Through Mikao Usui’s teaching career, he taught many people Reiki. They in turn, passed this system to their own students.
For people particularly outside of Japan, Reiki was spread through a retired naval officier – Chujiro Hayashi who was a prolific teacher. One of his students, a Hawaiian Japanese lady called Hawayo Takata who was a widow and single mother, was singlehandedly responsible for the spread of Reiki from Hawaii to the US and from there around the world.
With the enormous popularity of Reiki today, this life-enhancing system has been taught to millions of people worldwide in various forms. This is partly due to the huge popularity and hunger for Reiki that spread across the Western world and led to many variations in the way Reiki was taught.
The Richard Ellis School of Reiki has a profile of Mikao Usui that includes the links with Buddhism that lay the foundations for the more secular spiritual practice of Reiki followed in the west today. Mikao Usui asked all Reiki practitioners to say The Reiki Principles in Gassho (hands pressed together in front of the chest) in the morning and in the evening of each day. There are many translations and I use the following:
Just for today:
Be full of gratitude
Work hard on yourself
Be kind to all people
I will be discussing these principles in more detail in future blogs.
It’s important to say right at the start Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment. Reiki can be used alongside any treatment you receive from a medical professional.
While the body is designed to heal itself, we live in a world that interferes with this natural capacity. Conventional medicine treats symptoms (either emotional or physical) but not the cause. Curing is about alleviating symptoms and eliminating disease. Healing happens at a much deeper level. A Reiki practitioner’s hands become sensitive to the subtle energies of the aura, channeling energy or Ki to restore balance to the body.
The quotations below offer further explanation:
Curing consists of treating disease and eliminating symptoms. We all know people who have received cures but have not experienced healing. When this happens, the symptoms generally return.
While curing eliminates symptoms, healing transforms your life, and often, though not always, produces a physical cure. While healing, we measure success by increased well-being, a sense of newfound peace and empowerment, and a feeling of communion with all life. Its transformative experience is reflected in every aspect of life – relationships, diet, job, marriage, how you relate to your children as well as how you experience wellness and illness. Alberto Villoldo Phd
The cure is for the disease, not for the person. And that is the difference between a cure and a healing.
One never speaks of healing a disease, only of healing a person. A cure is an end; so is a healing, but in a very different way. Healing is rather a transition, a threshold between one stage of one’s existence and the next. Thus, it is often a beginning for an element of a life story that was not there before. Rudolph Steiner Health Center
I had a Reiki treatment yesterday, which prompted me to write about what Reiki feels like. A Reiki practitioner is like a conduit, channeling Reiki to the client. Reiki goes where it is most needed. Sometimes people feel nothing at all, or they may experience a variety of sensations. You might have a series of treatments and have a different experience every time.
Giving a treatment, people have described to me sensations such as:
Like a magnet; a pulling sensation
A feeling of lightness, floating, being lifted up
Drifting in and out of sleep, an almost trance like state
Seeing colours and images
Legs feeling as if they were in warm water
Feelings of heat
Receiving a treatment, I have felt:
Warmth and cold not from the practitioner’s hands, a feeling at the surface of my body
My usual inner dialogue ceasing completely
A sensation of sinking deep into the treatment table
Whatever you feel during or after a treatment, healing will have occurred at some level. Some people sleep better after a treatment, others may have vivid dreams.
Having had a Reiki treatment, last night I had a very refreshing sleep and today I feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. I sometimes have uncomfortably vivid dreams and my sleep last night seemed dreamless. I give myself regular self-treatments, but receiving Reiki from someone else allows me to give myself totally to the experience. Thank you Clara!
My name is Deborah Wale and I am a Reiki Master Teacher. I am a Master Teacher Member of the UK Reiki Federation and a Practitioner Member of the Reiki Guild. I also teach Alexander Technique.
I took Reiki 1 and 2 over a weekend more than ten years ago. Later, I studied Reiki 1, 2 and Master Practitioner at Morley College and later Reiki Master Teacher at City Lit.
Taking the time to experience each level of Reiki, rather than a fast track route, proved for me to be a much better way of learning Reiki. Reiki has become a major part of my life.
I have a Degree in Library and Information Science and was a Librarian for more than 35 years. However, a new life beckoned!
In these posts I want to explore what Reiki is, it’s philosophy and practice. I hope you join me!