FAQ about Reiki

Reiki – Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is Reiki?

2) How does Reiki work?

3) Do all healers use Reiki?

4) If Reiki is intelligent, then why shouldn’t we treat a broken bone or burn. Are distance treatments better than hands-on?

5)  Are there any particular cases where Reiki is not recommended to a client?

6) Is lineage important? I am confused by the creation of teachers and who they claim in their lineage. And what of a student who takes each level from a different teacher… what lineage are they in? Should we only learn from a Grand Master so we can claim a lineage?

7) I am a nurse who uses Reiki often to help the dying to move on with less pain and fear. Strangely, I feel “pulled” towards the dying, even if I don’t know them, or if they are not my patients. After giving them Reiki, I feel drained, exhausted, lightheaded, and jittery. Why?

8)  I am 2nd degree reiki channel. The channel has been almost blocked by some very high powered evil energy which I am not able to clear inspite of all my efforts. Why?

9) Can I take just the first level training of Reiki without taking higher levels, and how do I go about finding a teacher? 

10) Further Reading


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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of healing that is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. What makes Reiki unique is that it incorporates elements of just about every other alternative healing practices such as spiritual healing, auras, crystals, chakra balancing, meditation, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy.

Reiki involves the transfer of unlimited life force energy from the Divine source to the client to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word representing universal life energy, the energy which is all around us. It is derived from rei, meaning “free passage” or “transcendental spirit” and ki, meaning “vital life force energy” or ” universal life energy”.

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How does Reiki work?

We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are  attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.

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Do all healers use Reiki?

Some healers use life force or Ki, but not all use Reiki. Reiki is a special kind of life force that can only be channeled by someone that has been attuned to it. It is possible that some people are born with Reiki or have gotten it some other way. However, most healers who have not received the Reiki attunement from a Reiki Master are not using Reiki but another kind of life force. People who already do healing work consistently report an increase of at least fifty percent in the strength of their healing energies after taking the Reiki training.

This was verified for me when I first began teaching Reiki. There were two clairvoyant healers I knew who had highly developed abilities. They could easily see the life force flowing through a person’s body, as well as see the aura and chakras. They could also communicate with a person’s guides and Higher Self. They were adept at moving negative psychic energy out of the body as well as channeling healing energies. In my many years of energy healing work, they were the most accurate and effective psychic healers I had met.

They told me later they had doubted there was anything I was teaching they couldn’t already do, but that they took the Reiki training anyway, simply to support me in my new work. After the attunement, they were amazed at the difference  they could feel between the healing energies they had been using and Reiki. They said the Reiki energies were more powerful and of a much higher frequency. They noted also that Reiki didn’t have to be guided like the other healing energies they were using, and that the Reiki energies began flowing without having to enter an altered state. They also indicated the attunement process itself was a powerful healing experience, releasing restrictions relating to their healing work they had unknowingly acquired when they were healers in past lives. They were very pleased they had taken the class.

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If Reiki is intelligent, then why shouldn’t we treat a broken bone or burn. Are distance treatments better than hands-on?

Good question and one I have tried to answer previously.

You are correct to want to treat someone with a serious injury as soon as possible, regardless of type of injury/dis-ease. I learned that with broken bones, and especially ‘compound fractures’ (broken/splintered bones protruding through skin) to not work on such an injury if professional help will be available in a short time period. But a practitioner could work on ‘shock’ or just help a victim to relax.

However, if help is not forthcoming, and if someone knows how to set a broken bone, then it is advisable to attempt this procedure, and then tend to the bleeding (skin wound). If a practitioner has absolutely no first-aid training, or has no idea how to proceed, then the wound should be dressed, pressure applied to stop bleeding, and whatever additional help is required to make the victim comfortable. This last case will probably require a re-break and re-set by a professional when available.

I further learned that Reiki will begin to speed up the healing process whenever applied, and it was suggested not to work on a broken bone until it was attended to professionally, then lots of Reiki should be applied, even through a cast. I do not see Reiki as having intelligence, but rather as being a higher vibration (closer to that of Creator), hence, efficacious in any situation/circumstance/condition. But it may not be the Reiki that is ‘thinking’ about how to deal best with each specific situation/need, but rather the innate knowing of the human body/mind/spirit that utilizes the energy in whatever way is necessary for the condition at hand.

Burns are another thing entirely, and dirty hands/cloth should not touch burned skin; rather Reiki should be applied off-body (just above the skin). I personally think that a hands-on treatment can transfer more energy, because (according to my understanding) it would take a well-trained mind to hold attention on the task of sending energy over a distance.

Perhaps a practitioner, who has good intention of sending distance energy to another not in close proximity, would not send any or little energy if their mind was focused on her/her own needs/desires/fears. I also think that once a practitioner works at training the mind to be focused (one-pointedness), they will be able to send more energy, hence effecting more change within the target person’s being.

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Are there any particular cases where Reiki is not recommended to a client?

There is no imbalance that Reiki would not help, including diabetes.

A pacemaker does not need Reiki, but if its battery power was running low, it is virtually possible to give it a small charge to keep it going until it can be replaced under surgical conditions.

There are some situations that it might not be advantageous to give treatments:

  • when a person is drunk or near fatal doses of drugs
  •  treating a cancer when the client is receiving radiation and/or chemotherapy.
  • if a person is extremely toxic and going through major purification

Let me explain my reasoning.
In the first case, a person who has consumed great quantities of alcohol or drugs, is going to have to let the body’s filtering system slowly eliminate the toxicity levels naturally. If a practitioner is trying to help a drunk/drugged person to stabilize, the Reiki seems to do little to perpetuate a quicker detox. I personally think that the person under the influence has such a scattered energy field that the Reiki gets scattered also, and is less effective because the energy is not capable of accumulating in organs that can help to eliminate the toxic overdose. Reiki will not harm in such a case, but seems to do little to speed up a re-balancing of the system.

In the second case, that of a cancer patient receiving chemo and/or radiation, to work on giving life-sustaining energy to cancerous cells will do little good against the stronger, cell-killing effects of chemo/radiation. However, continuing to give a chemo/radiation patient on-going/daily Reiki treatments will help to minimize the known deleterious effects caused by such radical treatments. This included hair-loss, nausea, weight loss, and other bodily reactions from chemo or radiation.

And the last situation is the person who is overly toxic (‘on-the-edge’) of purifying (eliminating the excess toxins through normal processes). An example might be a person who is stressed,
taking prescription/over-the-counter drugs to try to keep from ‘getting sick’, who is eating mainly ‘junk food’… a person who feels they can’t afford to take down-time in order to allow the natural processes of the body to eliminate the toxic build-up that so desperately requires purification.

There seems to be quite a few people who live this kind of lifestyle… they feel the effects of ‘something coming on’ but do all in their power to maintain an upright position in a stressful  surrounding.

If these people are given Reiki, the energy will start a ‘healing crisis’ (purification), and they will have to take some ‘down-time’ in order to flush the toxicity caused by their lifestyle choices. The only reason not to give Reiki to this kind of person, is not because it would be bad for them… on the contrary… Reiki would help them get through the purification more quickly as opposed to just letting it happen in its own timing. But… such a person would blame the practitioner and Reiki for making them feel worse, for causing them to ‘miss life’ while they eliminate through every pore and orifice in the body. I can usually spot this personality type, because they seem to tell everyone that they just don’t have time to be sick, basically do little to care for their physical body, and look to outside sources to help them to maintain their world of dis-order and chaos.

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Is lineage important? I am confused by the creation of teachers and who they claim in their lineage. And what of a student who takes each level from a different teacher… what lineage are they in? Should we only learn from a Grand Master so we can claim a lineage?

Published in the April 2001 issue of “The Messenger

Lineage is not all that mysterious. In old countries, in the old days, a spiritual discipline was taught by a teacher to his/her students. If the student later became a teacher, teaching the same style and information, this was considered ‘in a lineage’. However, if information/style/etc. is changed, then that begins a new lineage, as long as new students continue to hold the teachings sacred without changes. Otherwise the lineage is “one person deep”. When a system was found to be worthwhile, then people would seek out the master teaching the information, and if s/he were no
longer teaching or living, then a student of the teacher was sought out to give the teaching. Here is where it gets sticky… if information is changed, added to or deleted, then the teaching is considered different, and therefore results of a practice would likely change.

It is difficult for many in the world, and it seems more so with Americans, to hold true to ancient traditions, especially if the traditions don’t fit their needs or beliefs. So there are many teachers running around the US (yes, and throughout the world as well) who have changed the teachings they have received, but continue to hold to the lineage in general. I think that if we truly understood the importance of lineage, we would not only teach the unchanged information, but also teach to keep the lineage intact, by teaching in the same method we learned. Furthermore, if a student takes Reiki I from one teacher, Reiki II from another, and Reiki III/Mastership from yet another, that student is said to have 3 different lineages. This continues if that student teaches each level as it was taught to him/her.

But if the student goes to one of the initiating masters, asks for information/teachings from the other two levels, decides to teach it without changes, then the student/teacher could follow the lineage of his/her master. Truly the lineage thing in the US of A is not strictly followed, and would not stand the test of old world apprenticeship teaching that is held in high regard in other countries. Loosely speaking, if we teach some of the same material we learned from our teacher(s), then we think that we have kept the lineage intact… but not so.

It has been determined that Hayashi Sensei did not agree with everything that Usui taught, and changed some of Usui’s teachings. Therefore, he started his own lineage. He taught Takata Sensei who took the teachings to the US through Hawaii, and we know that she taught pretty much in the way she learned from Hayashi. But some of Takata’s original students changed some of the teachings to be more palatable to their western ways/beliefs, thereby canceling out the lineage. Mistakenly, they continued to claim the Usui-Hayashi-Takata-?? lineage, but in fact, there were new
lineages created every time techniques was added/deleted/changed. This is how some of the ‘contemporary’ lineages have begun… and how a student could only be a few people from the top of a lineage. We have traced our many lineages back to Usui, and it looks like a multi-business organizational chart. I guess lineages only show that someone followed a course of study from beginning to end, and that generally, the teachings are somewhat similar to those they received. One of the difficulties is that much of the original teachings from Japan have been slow in being released to
the rest of the world, and what information has escaped has been added to in order to create a full system. Information added has come from Qi Qong, Tantra, Yoga, TCM, and other systems teaching about energy transfer.

That doesn’t mean that it is Reiki as taught originally by Usui, but we know that he didn’t learn it from a teacher, but as a result of gaining ‘Satori or enlightenment’. So to create a system of teaching that could be easily understood by others who had not gained enlightenment, Usui borrowed techniques from other older systems. I think this has given the modern teachers the idea that they could add any information from other systems of energy, and they could call it Reiki. But this would be very different from what Usui understood and tried to teach to others.

Lastly, the “Grand Master” concept was not claimed by anyone until recent times… so this would come from ego needing to be ‘culled’ out from the masses as ‘more in-the-know’ from all others. I suggest to every student of Reiki to keep researching the true beginnings of the system, to uncover those students who learned from one of the early lineage holders, and who continue to teach as s/he leaned it. Then take all of the levels of those teachings, so the lineage would be truly intact.

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I am a nurse who uses Reiki often to help the dying to move on with less pain and fear. Strangely, I feel “pulled” towards the dying, even if I don’t know them, or if they are not my patients. After giving them Reiki, I feel drained, exhausted, lightheaded, and jittery. Why?

I recently helped a friend make her transition, peacefully and without fear… using Reiki. I too experience the same symptoms and more, here is my understanding of why:

From a Reiki perspective one can experience personal imbalance when treating a very sick/dying person:

Imagine a bucket of dirty water, you have a long sleeved white shirt on, when you stick your arms into the bucket, your white shirt will no longer be clean and white.The same holds true with energy work… when one puts their arms into he auric field of an extremely toxic or sick person they will come away with dirty arms. Thus they have scrambled energy in their aura which needs to be cleared… showering physically and with light helps, cutting of cords which form at the solar plexus, and sweeping down arms and shaking hands to get rid of the energy also helps…. however when working for days it is necessary to take time in-between to come back to your own energy.

Another maybe more powerful description: Imagine 2 beakers attached at the bottom with a tube… one is corked… when you pour water into the uncorked beaker it will go in only so far because of the pressure in the other beaker… but if you uncork the other beaker… the water will level out and both will be the same.The same holds true with our energyfields… say one person has a great big field with lots of energy… the other one has very little and is sick or needy (corked)… energy work will uncork the beaker and the one with little energy will be filled up from the big one until both
are of equal energy…. just like the beaker description. Even though we are channeling Reiki, we are still connected energetically and a very needy person will pull, not only Reiki but our own personal energy as well, especially IF we wish the person well/peace.

If an energy worker treats a highly imbalanced person (someone who is about to make their transition qualifies as highly imbalanced) for days in a row without taking necessary time to regenerate their own energy… they will begin to resonate in-kind with the energy of the imbalanced person and will feel ‘sick’ or imbalanced themselves… until they take the necessary time for themselves to come back to their own energy. This is universal and is something that will happen regardless of the method of energywork done.

One will not take on the disease of the person… but they surely will feel achey, drained, and exhausted and may also feel hyper-sensitive (loud noise, strong oders, or anything extreme may have the effect of over stimulation to the senses). The lightheadedness/dizziness is a result of working with a great volume of energy, as is feeling very thirsty… this is normal as the body is trying to come to its’ own balance and integrate or adjust to the new level of energy.

None of this is something to worry about as it usually clears rather quickly… within a day or so of treatment. Just make sure you give yourself the necessary down time to allow your body to come back to its’ own natural balance… a day or more. After working intensely 2 – 3 hours a day for 3 days in person, plus 1 hour of distant work for 2 days on my friend, it took me 3 days to completely come back to my own energy.

Working with the critically ill or dying is not something to be taken lightly, it is very hard work and can be extremely draining, physically/energetically, mentally and emotionally; and very rewarding as well. So if you feel drawn to this service, please take the necessary time in-between treatments to take care of you. Rest in a very quiet atmosphere, meditate, drink lots of water, eat small nourishing meals and give yourself daily Reiki treatments of 1 hour or more.

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I am 2nd degree reiki channel. The channel has been almost blocked by some very high powered evil energy which I am not able to clear inspite of all my efforts. Why?

There is nothing evil blocking your rReiki flow… why would something outside of yourself do such a thing? I see nothing evil in the universe, just Divine Unconditional Love… it is only our perceptions which makes something seem evil or good.

There is nothing in the universe which can harm you… unless you allow it. What do you FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real)… you cannot experience love and fear at the same time. Do you wish Unconditional Love in your life, only you can choose… FEAR or LOVE. If you keep dwelling on the negative, negative will be your reality, if you keep saying evil exists, guess what… it will be very real in your life. Change your thoughts, change your life! Create what you DO want, don’t dwell on what you do not want. Create your world in Peace, Love, Happiness, Truth, Light and

Do not give your power away to others, claim it as you own… if you think something outside of yourself is harming you… you have allowed it to and there is a lesson in it for you. Look at your world, at yourself closely and see where you have come out of Divine alignment. Do you… always, in all things, at all times, focus your attention on God/Creator/Goddess… do you allow the fullness of Creator to flow through you. Or have you placed beliefs outside of yourself to someone or something else? Bring it back to self and God… there is nothing outside of this. The Universe
continuously rearranges itself to manifest your picture of reality. The world is a mirror for you, it shows you your mind. Make your mind as a Diamond, clear, pure, reflecting perfect “Light”.

On your Reiki flow, more then likely you have integrated the energy from your second level attunement and no longer feel the same flow. So if you want to feel it again I suggest you do lots and lots of Reiki… do it on yourself a minimum of 1 hour per day… more is better. Work treatments on your family, friends and others… every day, all day when ever possible. Get another attunement to pump up your volume again from your Reiki Teacher, or another Reiki teacher who is willing. Use all of your symbols together… whenever you work Reiki… over and over and over. Keep working, be dedicatedand you will see your Reiki flow increase tremendously.
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Can I take just the first level training of Reiki without taking higher levels, and how do I go about finding a teacher?

Reiki, as so often taught outside of Japan (home of Usui – founder of Reiki system), is not (in our opinion) a healing technique. It is a disciplined system of attunements, self-treatment practices, and training to develop greater sensitivity to subtle frequencies of energy. Studying Reiki through all of the levels will help a practitioner to understand what Usui experienced of the energy that he called “Rei ki”, and what one can accomplish in his/her life by working with it each day. Then a practitioner can better understand how to explain it to others, and how to teach it to effect great changes in their lives. A practitioner can become attuned to only the first level of Reiki, and with focused mind and practice, can learn to access increasing amounts of energy. But as in any system of study, a practitioner will only have partial understanding without continuing to gain knowledge and practical experience. You also cannot teach other nor pass on the certification if you don’t take training through the master level.

We think that choosing a teacher (of any discipline) is as important as gather facts about purchasing a used car. A potential student should look for someone who has been practicing Reiki regularly for at least 3 years, and who has been teaching Reiki for several more. A desirable trait of a teacher is one who continues to research and learn more about their system of choice, who is comfortable and thorough at explaining it to non-practitioners. A teacher who lives the principles of what they teach, who utilizes the teachings of the system in their daily encounters with life will be more able to teach you the fullness of a subject than someone who has received the attunement, and only the directions how to pass it to others. You should ask to see a teacher’s class materials; a well- planned class, with good support material insures good training for the beginner as well as for practitioners of other similar disciplines. You should ask a teacher if they are available for support/questions long after class is over. Also ask if students are invited to participate in giving treatments to teacher’s clients, and attend ‘Reiki circles’ (practicum). I further suggest making an appointment with a potential teacher, asking questions of their experiences, their reasons for using and teaching Reiki; developing a rapport with a person based on knowledge AND heart… in other words, choose someone based on their experience and your own intuitive sense of ‘rightness’ for you.

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Further Reading:

Reiki Can Never Cause Harm
Because Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. One never need worry about whether to give Reiki or not. It is always helpful.

In addition, because the practitioner does not direct the healing and does not decide what to work on, or what to heal, the practitioner is not in danger of taking on the karma of the client. Because the practitioner is not doing the healing, it is also much easier for the ego to stay out of the way and allow the presence of God to clearly shine through.

Energy is Never Depleted

Because it is a channeled healing, the Reiki practitioner’s energies are never depleted. In fact, the Reiki consciousness considers both practitioner and client to be in need of healing, so both receive
treatment. Because of this, giving a treatment always increases one’s energy and leaves one surrounded with loving feelings of well-being.

For more on Reiki, see the back articles in our Reiki News section. Also, we have introductory books, manuals, and tapes available.
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The above text is excerpted from Reiki, the Healing Touch by William Lee Rand.

What Is Reiki… Really?

Published in the August 1998 issue of “The Messenger”

We are often asked questions about Reiki, and more often to explain what Reiki is. We have come to understand that Reiki is so much more than a “healing technique”, if fact, we are not sure that it is a healing technique. We have read many of the books that are written on Reiki, and in fact, we too sat down for countless hours and input enough information to write our own book. But, as we read back through the material, especially with a few weeks or months allowed to pass, we found that we were limiting potential readers of truly understanding the scope and breadth of the system. We saw that we continued to gain additional understanding, and that the book froze our earlier concepts of Reiki, as if Reiki were limited by the words we used to describe it. Needless to say, the book sits in the hard drive of two computers, accumulating “cyber-dust”. It seems that our understanding is growing daily with our continued self-treatments, reading newly published books, and the practitioners we communicate with, and teach. Every class we teach, every person we chat with on-line, every article we write seems to expand our awareness of what Reiki is. In this article, I will try to put down our overall understanding…… to date.

We had the good fortune to have some cyber-friends call and say they were in Sedona, and that they wanted to meet us, so we joined them for breakfast. The conversation soon centered on Reiki, and we were asked to define it. And these concepts rolled out of my head, over my tongue and out my mouth. I said, “Reiki is usually said to be a “healing technique”, but we have come to know that is so much more. When we humans were created and we decided to incarnate into dense physical bodies, we were fully connected to the Universal life-force that animates all living form. We could easily remember that we chose to experience solidity only temporarily, and that we could move between solid form and Spirit Essence. But over eons, we decided that it was fun to experience all the emotions, drama, and intrigue of forgetting our Spiritual side, and to stay fully immersed in the “playing of roles”. As we moved our consciousness more deeply into the physical realm, we began to forget the Source of our creation/energy, and we began to become more out-of-balance to what we truly were. We spent more time “thinking” about material things, competition, money, power, control, and eventually we cut off our own conscious connection to Source. Add to that the loss of “vital Chi or Ki” through our addictive sexual appetites, our perception of servitude to work/jobs, our fascination to mind-numbing substances, and our struggle to survive in 3rd dimension.

It is easy to see why we are developing dis-eases, imbalances, and conditions that are literally killing us.”

Reiki is a subtle energy discipline that can replenish our bodies with the “life-sustaining” energy of Source. It is known to purify and eliminate everything toxic to our total being (all energetic levels
holding our physical body in solid form). When we have more of the Diving Essence flowing through us, we are more filled with the “Love” of the Creator for his/her “creations”, and with the “Light” that is the vibration of pure energy from which we come. When our bodies are filled with this vital life-sustaining energy, we will come back to balance/vibrant-health/wholeness.
There are many ways/tools available today to accomplish this state of being, but one of the easiest is Reiki. All one has to do is to become attuned and lay their hands on the body for a minimum of one hour daily.

That is all…. just one hour a day; while we awaken, fall to sleep, rest, eat, drive, work, watch television… etc. What could be easier? Basically, we can talk about Reiki, or we can do Reiki…. the proof of its effectiveness is in the state of our body/mind/spirit. What are you waiting for? If one hour could do this, imagine what two or more could accomplish.

Reiki to Remember the Garden

If Reiki is Universal (existing in all matter, solid or gaseous), then do we really need to study Reiki, to receive attunements?

In a word….. NO. But let me explain…. we ultimately do not need any tools/teachings/techniques/disciplines that are so popular today. All we need to do is to remember everything that has happened to us, in all previous lifetimes, in-between lifetimes while in Spirit-state, and to recognize that all in this dense 3rd-dimensional plane is temporal. Easy, huh? Well, not too easy apparently; there are not a lot of people who have come to that state of consciousness. That is what this and every other dimension is…. a state of consciousness. Either we are awake and aware of what we truly are, and of our purpose of being, or we are asleep, lulled and driven by the materialism of this physical world. Everywhere we look, television, billboards, newspapers, magazines, etc., we are being bombarded by not-so-subtle messages that in order to be “important”, we need to wear this, or do that kind of work, or drive this vehicle, or to strive to be in that status, etc. I believe that this world is the “original Garden of Eden”… filled with trees that sustain us with their wonderful fruits, with all the natural materials to shelter us, and with “life-sustaining energy” that eminates from all matter.

What more could we want? Apparently, sometime in our past, we were led to believe that we did not have it “all”, that we needed more, and the race was on to accumulate and horde possessions.
We became fearful that someone else might get ahead of us, own more than us, live longer than we do. And humanity has been held in this “stuckness” for eons. And yet, it is really a simple thing to see the the falsehood of our thoughts; we only need to let go of the impermanent, and to focus all of our attention on the permanent. Spirit is permanent, and it exists because Creator made us and placed us in all dimensions of the Cosmos to enjoy Creation… each other, and life. We have been given sensory organs to enjoy all things, to be able to see the Creator in all we experience.

So what does this have to do with Reiki attunements, you ask? Just this… until we decide to remember who we are, and to let go of fear, and to just enjoy our brief time on this level of consciousness, we need tools to assist us in awakening to our potential. We need initiations, attunements, empowerments… we need to understand that we are responsible for our reality… individual and collective. This 3rd dimension is about “manifestation”… creating first the thoughts/images of what we would like to experience, and to call forth the energy of the Universe/Creator
to supply us with that experience.

How do we do that? By voluntarily participatingin the rituals and ceremonies that we invented earlier in the history of civilization… all to help us remember. And one such tool is Reiki… it empowers us to be more sensitive to vibrational frequencies beyond this dense/gross band of energies we call the physical plane. It opens our awareness to subtle energies that make up even higher dimensions of our being. It helps us to remember that we are not limited to this plane of consciousness, and that we chose to come her for only short visits to experience the beauty and to Love all levels of being… physical and spiritual. Reiki helps us to remember that we can “influence” matter at this and all levels of consciousness. And when we recognize anything that is out-of-balance, all we need to do is to focus our attention/mind on that imbalance, and “effect” will follow “cause”. When we can hold our reality in a continuous state of stability, and we have trained our brain/mind to concentrate on everlasting “Truth”, then we can experience the physical and move up the ladder through the higher vibrations/dimensions back toward our “real self”…. Spirit. Reiki to us is therefore a spiritual discipline/tool that will lead us to “enlightenment”… Spirit temporarily having a physical experience… nothing more. Blessings on your awakening and see you in
the Garden….

What is Reiki… Really? Part Two

Published in the February 2000 issue of “The Messenger”

Ask most Reiki practitioners and/or teachers to describe Reiki and the answer most often returned is “it is a healing technique”.

Similarly, ask most practitioners and most teachers how long they studied Reiki, and the general reply is less than 2 years… from first level (beginner), all the way through the Master/Teacher level (teaching). Another interesting phenomenon is that most practitioners have only read one or two books published on Reiki. So I often wonder why it was that Usui spent most his life seeking spiritual awareness, and in the Western countries, we often think that we know a subject like Reiki without putting in a sufficient period of self-practice and study, yet often advertising ourselves
as “healers” taught Reiki, in the same way that his successors teach today, and since we have voluntarily agreed to re-write the manual that we received, we have learned much more about Reiki than we previously knew. As we look at the techniques that are taught in Japan, we have seen that most of them have the purpose of clearing a practitioner’s energy channels, to open them to the increasing flow of Reiki and to raise the vibrations of the physical body. It is only after quite a bit of disciplined practice time that one can transfer enough energy to actually effect a permanent
change within their energy bodies and physical body, then impacting the overall health/balance of any/all organs and systems that have been out-of-balance and not working properly. I know that this sounds like “healing”, but let me explain how this is a bit different from our westernized ideals.

Usui Sensei was an unfulfilled man; he was raised in poverty, unsuccessful at a personal business, worked numerous jobs, not in sync with his divine purpose. He studied various sects of Buddhism, and Zen, but with no true satisfaction of life. It was then that his Zen Teacher told him to “go die once”. Usui took this literally, and went up on Mt. Kuramayama, determined to fast and meditate until he received Divine enlightenment, or he died trying. At the end of 21 days without food and ample rest, he received Satori or Enlightenment. All the years of disciplined study,
worldly travels, broad education, religious practice, had led to his deep inner-commitment to put his life on the line to reach spiritual awakening. It was at that moment that he felt “one big Reiki over his head”… in other words, he recognized this specific energy that he called Reiki, with all of its subtle levels of vibrations. He knew instantly that this is what he had been searching for, and he understood what he was to do with this energy. Because of his Satori, he felt himself filled with Spirit, found deep joy for the first time in his life, and realized his purpose… to help all people to find purpose in their own lives.

It was then that he began teaching this state of consciousness to others. He laid his hands on his students, and they could feel the energy that Usui had found. He taught techniques to them that helped to purify and clear blocks that restricted the free-flowing of this energy. He developed rituals that helped students to more strongly feel the fullness of the energy. He helped his students to understand what Reiki could do in bringing complete and permanent change to their own lives and to the lives of others on who they laid their hands. He taught his students to teach others how to do the same.

But the incident that gave Usui Sensei recognition and popularity was the Great Earthquake in the Kanto region of Tokyo in 1923. This was the worst natural disaster in the history of Japan, killing almost 140,000 people, and injuring thousands more. There were not enough medical professionals available to assist the multitudes of people who needed attention. So Usui took his newly found energy into the Kanto District, laying his hands on approximately 5000 people. The Reiki helped to calm the nerves and the emotions of the injured. It helped to give the survivors extra energy
with which to keep going, to find hope for living, to draw upon so they could help their family and friends. Reiki directly helped those who were seriously injured to find some relief of pain, so they were not focused on their injuries. This helped their immune systems to strengthen so the innate process of healing would get a jump-start. Reiki also helped Usui to feel great compassion for the great loss of life and property, and this further gave survivors a sense of feeling loved and useful. What Usui had realized from his enlightenment, he was able to pass on to others. What he did for the survivors of the Kanto Earthquake was no less than a miracle to those who had survived this devastating catastrophe. With hope, a sense of importance, a feeling of being cared for, anyone can
overcome a disease, can desire healing so strongly, that healing will be realized.

Many people gave the credit for their survival to the treatments  that Usui had given. It was from the survivors and their families and friends that Usui drew so many students who wanted to learn Reiki. It is easy to understand how it was given the title of a “healing technique”, but in truth, it is a technique that can bring into one’s physical experience, a very high vibration that can help  anyone to overcome any set-back that might befall them…. disease, injury, loss of loved ones, failed business, loss of fortune, surgery, and more. So, does Reiki heal, and can we call ourselves “healers”? I think not, but we can say in truth that we Reiki practitioners can give energetic support to whatever processes we and others may be going through, and if the will-to-live is strong, any disease/imbalance can be arighted. We have said that Reiki is Spirit, and when we bring more Spirit into the physical body, then healing is a by-product of right-thinking and right-living. , of course, with the continued practice of Reiki self-treatments.

Defining Reiki

Published in the March 2000 issue of “The Messenger”

As Adonea and I continue to write manuals, answer email, talk to people, chat via computers with on-line practitioners and those who want to learn more about Reiki, and peruse mail-list postings, one challenge experienced by practitioners and non-Reiki people alike, is how to define Reiki. I have heard and read answers that were so varied that I had to write this article for the benefit of all.

I will try to give several definitions to make Reiki easily understood, should someone ask for a definition. I know that when we first took Reiki, we were convinced that it was a verifiable energy-form, but when we tried to define it, in our excitement we often struggled with words. We actually bought many books on Reiki, talked to many Reiki practitioners of all levels, even wrote down key-phrases and catch-words that we could repeat for our own understanding. So this article is an overview of that understanding and I hope it helps you to better describe Reiki to those
seeking a good definition.

The answer most often recounted is “Reiki is a healing technique” and that is not an untruth. But in my mind, that conjures up a somewhat incorrect assumption that anyone who has been attuned to Reiki is a healer… and that is not necessarily true. Reiki cannot be used to heal those people who choose to live a life out-of-balance. Reiki can, however, aid someone who accepts the responsibility of their thoughts and actions as the causation of imbalances and the resulting diseases that occur. I can no more heal you, than you can heal me.

So, what is Reiki, then?

  • Reiki is a spiritual healing technique and an energy healing technique; Spiritual healing connects one with Universal Consciousness bring Spiritual growth by healing core patterns/issues and helping one to remember the fullness of Who They Are. Energy healing bring relief of pain and symptoms in the mind, body and emotions.
  • Reiki is a powerful natural system that unlocks the inner flow of vital energy, restoring and balancing the energy systems in all living things.
  • Reiki is an Eastern-based discipline wherein one can learn to access and utilize greater amounts of “Chi/Ki” energy, for the benefit of revitalizing the body’s organs, purifying the energy channels (meridians/nadi’s) moving energy to all areas of one’s body, and balancing all of the body’s systems for better energy storage, more youthful vitality, and improved health and anti-aging.
  • Reiki is a specific set of frequencies that is one part of the overall energy spectrum that makes up and holds everything in form, as well as the space between all form. It is the life-force energy that animates all living matter, distinguishing living, conscious intelligence from that appearing to have no living activity. (That is not to say that inanimate objects are devoid of life force).
  • Reiki is an energy system that anyone can learn to access and accumulate greater amounts of Chi/Ki within his or her physical body.
  • Reiki is a systematic technique of hand placements and procedures that can stimulate a series of changes within our fields of energy and our physical bodies.
  • Reiki is a variation of energy-accumulating exercises of the Far East called Qi Gong.
  • Reiki energy brings on subtle and sometimes physically-intense cycles of detoxification and purification.
  • Reiki accumulates in energy centers within the body, so that all systems can be fully charged for optimal efficiency of operation.
  • Reiki is a transcendental energy that encompasses and balances all subtle layers of energy that make-up our physical being.
  • Reiki is a spiritually directed energy that does not need our logical minds/thoughts to work.
  • Reiki is a higher-frequency energy that is available to every conscious life form, but the method of attainment may take years to understand without direction and assistance from a trained, knowledgeable teacher.
  • Once attuned to Reiki, anyone can access and use whenever and wherever desired.
  • A practiced and knowledgeable person can transfer Reiki energy to anything or anyone by the method of hand-placement to specific body
  • Reiki can bring on a state of ‘enlightenment’ (the state of heightened perception in which the individual transcends the mind and body and attains understanding of any or all subjects). Reiki is the frequency of the Spirit of Creator, found within all of creation.
  • Reiki is a non-invasive, light-touch technique of energy transfer, transmitted through the palms of the hands, as well as the eyes and
  • Reiki can be bestowed on anyone by the way of a ritualistic ceremony of initiation (also called ‘transforation/empowerment/attunement’).
  • Reiki energy stimulates heightened sensitivity of all human senses.
  • Reiki accesses the source of Life to balance the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels in all of creation.
  • Reiki is Creative energy and is the essence of all healing; augmenting and accelerating the continuous healing/wholing process within every life form, encouraging the physician within.
  • Reiki opens the mind to the knowledge of Who We Really Are in relation to the Creator and all of creation.
  • Reiki teaches us of our multi-dimensionality… “Spirit” having a physical experience.
  • Reiki transcends all religious beliefs and is available to everyone who learns to focus the mind on their true purpose of incarnation.
  • Reiki can lead to “The state of your mind being totally in peace, knowing what to do with your life, bothered by nothing” (Mikao Usui, received understanding of Reiki during Zen Satori in Japan in 1922).
  • Reiki is easy to learn and use… and it is fun.

I hope this explanation is helpful to everyone. Reiki is one of the easiest systems of energy to use, but it must also be explained in such a way that it is understood and acceptable to everyone, regardless of faith or belief. Reiki is a spiritual discipline that assists one in his/her spiritual awakening and growth. It helps a person to become aware of their individual purpose, helping to create a peaceful environment to better experience the fullness of Who They Are as s/he relates to the Divine Plan. Reiki is Life… and it is a gift of Creator. And as co-creative agents, we are to pass it to everyone who desires to be whole in their relationship to the All That Is. Use it wisely on your individual and collective journey back to the Source. Blessings to you and yours, and Reiki ((((HUGS)))).

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