The word Reiki (loosely defined) means free passage of universal life (force) energy. Reiki is a Japanese word, but is represented by characters from the Chinese character system. The word Reiki, pronounced ‘ray-key’ in Japanese, and pronounced ‘Leaki’ in Chinese, originated in Tibet.
The syllable ‘rei’ in Japanese means spirit, ghost and soul. In Chinese, the syllable ‘lei’ means subtle influences, the force, ethereal, supernatural power. ‘Rei’ can in interpreted ‘free passage’,
The syllable ‘ki” means life force energy (as in akido). In Chinese, life force energy is called ‘chi’ , in India, ‘Prana’. there are many names for life force energy, each culture seems to have its own.
A Brief History of Reiki
Reiki originated from the words ‘raku-kei’, which is the art and science of spiritual self improvement. Reiki came originally from ancient Tibet thousands of years ago.
The Reiki calligraphy, in Sanskrit was used in meditation in Tibetan monasteries and was the centre focus in their practises toward enlightenment by Tibetan holy men.
A Tibetan Lama would sit on a four legged wooden stool in the centre of an oval earthenware container that represented the etheric egg filled with three inches of water. The stool was made of wood with silver inlay which ran up a channel in each of the stools legs, which connected with a silver plate inlay upon the stools seat. On the silver plate, inlayed with amethyst and rubies, was the master frequency symbol. In front of the stool was a mirror of polished copper. Behind the stool hung a tapestry containing the Lama’s prayer and the Reiki symbols. The symbols were reflected in the copper wall and meditated upon by the lama as he sat on the stool. The Tibetan Lama concentrated on the Reiki symbols to implant them deep into his subconscious, thereby purifying the mind/body, raising his consciousness and increasing awareness.
What is now called Reiki, was re-discovered in the 1870’s by Dr. Mikao Usui. As the story goes, Dr Usui, the president of a small Christian University in Japan, was asked by his students “how did Christ heal?” This question lead Dr. Usui to resign from his university position and begin a ten year search for the answer. His quest lead him to many parts of the world to study in many different languages and finally to original Sanskrit Buddhist sutras where he found ancient symbols that he believed to be the formula to healing.
At this point Dr. Usui felt that he had the keys to healing, but did not know how to awaken his healing power. He decided to go to a mountain for 21 days, to seek the power to heal. On the final day he saw a beam of light rushing towards him. The light struck him in the middle of his forehead and at that moment he saw the Reiki symbols and felt them enter his mind and memory.
Dr. Usui spent the rest of his life sharing Reiki. Before his death, Dr. Usui passed the keys over to his closest friend, Dr. Chijiro Hayashi, who ran a Reiki clinic in the early 1900’s in Japan
Reiki as brought to Hawaii by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who was born on the island of Hawaii in 1900 and lived on the islands until 1970. In her mid thirties, Mrs. Takata became widowed and very ill and travelled to Japan to seek treatment. While she was guided to Dr. Hayashi’s clinic and healed with reiki. She then studied Reiki for a year in Japan and later was made a Reiki Master (one who can fine tune or empower others with Reiki energy). Mrs Takata spent the rest of her life sharing Reiki and in 1970 moved to California and began to train other Masters.
How does Reiki work?
When you are attuned to Reiki energy, your channels are opened to universal life energy. Reiki atonements are much like tuning into a desired radio station. the atonements you receive tune you into Reiki energy so that you can channel in for yourself or others at any time, for the rest of your life.
All of us have universal energy, essential for health and life and all of us have some amount of healing energy coming from our hands. During the Reiki attunement process, the Reiki symbols are used to permanently restructure aspects of your energy bodies.
Allow you access to a reservoir of Reiki energy set up by Reiki masters of the past. Increase the flow of life force energy through your energy body for the benefit of yourself and others. Access a consciousness factor that connects to the symbols. Implants the symbols for the rest of your life.
Reiki energy and the bodies you treat have an intelligence of their own. You cannot will Reiki energy to go to a certain place or treat a certain ailment. It is best to trust in the innate intelligence of the energy and the receiver and merely act as a channel, staying neutral and out of the way.
Reiki is a beautiful healing practise that works for oneself, other people, animals, plants, even food and water can have the benefit of Reiki healing using hands techniques or absently.
If you happen to live near Destiny Rising, our Reiki Master, Jo, teaches regularly at the shop. Please call if you would like details 01923 852522. We are open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm.
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