What is Reiki
The original Japanese name of the method is Usui Reiki Ryoho. Usui is the name of the founder, and the words Ryoho and Reiki are Japanese and consist of two Japanese ideograms (Kanji) respectively:
Rei and Ki & Ryo and Ho
Rei 靈 Rei means spirit
Ki 氣 means air, steam and it is interpreted as energy
Reiki means spiritual energy
Ryo 療 means healing, therapy, treatment
Ho 法 means method, system, technique
Ryoho means method, system or healing art.
Thus, the original name Usui Reiki Ryoho is interpreted as “Method of Healing with the Spiritual Energy of Usui”.
The Founder of the method of Reiki, Mikao Usui was born in Japan in 1865 and died in 1926. Around 1921, Mikao Usui founded the Usui Reiki Ryocho, an original method of application of the universal, spiritual and healing of Reiki, which is mainly transferred through the touch of hands. Mikao Usui passed on and taught the method to more than two thousand people and trained many teachers and healers.
Reiki was passed on and became widely known in the West by Mrs. Takata; she was born in Hawaii in 1900 and lived in USA, until her death in 1980. The teacher of Mrs Takata and student of Dr. Usui was Tzouziro Hayashi, who was born and lived in Japan (1879-1940).
Reiki is a Japanese technique for the reduction of stress and the achievement of relaxation and wellness. It is channeled through the hands and it is based on the idea that an unseen force, a “vital energy”, flows inside us and is the main reason that keeps us alive. If the level of this vital energy is low, then we may expect the emergence of diseases or feel stress and exhaustion, whereas when it is high, we feel happier, stronger and healthier.
The five principles or precepts of Reiki, which offer a simple guideline for daily conduct with others and our self, are the following:
Just for today, I will not get mad / will have no anger
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will work intensively with myself
Just for today, I will respect and honour others
There are three degrees in Reiki:
In the first degree, the person learns to do “treatments”, not only to others but himself as well, simply through touching and “channeling” energy.
In the second degree, the person learns to do distance healing (with the help of certain techniques) and becomes an accomplished healer.
In the third degree, Reiki helps the person to develop in a more spiritual level and to teach Reiki to others.
Reiki is a method of energy therapy that originated in Japan and has beneficial effects, such as physical well-being, improved health, mental calmness, optimism.
Reiki is a holistic alternative therapy for the body, the emotions, the mind and the spirit of man. It is a safe, simple and natural healing technique used to transmit vital energy with the touch of hands and bring beneficial effects on both the body and mind.
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