Reiki, an Alternative Healing Method.



Reiki is a Japanese technique used for stress management, relaxation and also for healing. Reiki means “life energy”. Energy that can not be seen to flow in us, and this energy is designed by the Creator and have been programmed to work in the human body to sustain life. If the “life energy” someone is low, then he will become sick or feel stress, and if a person’s life energy is high, then he will be happy and healthy.

According to the Dictionary of English, reiki means “alternative healing methods“, in Japanese means “mysterious atmosphere or feeling”, in Chinese language “lingqi” “spiritual atmosphere, intelligence.”

Reiki was first developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 by conducting Isyu Guo, twenty-one day training course held in Buddhist temples on Mount Kurama. Not known exactly what is being done Usui during this training, most likely he did meditation, fasting, chanting, and prayer. From this exercise Usui has gained strength and spiritual knowledge to be applied to other people. He called it Reiki, which entered his body through the crown chakra. In April 1922, Usui moved to Tokyo and founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (in Mandarin Traditional, which means the method of Usui Spiritual Energy Therapy).

According to the literature, Usui teach Reiki to more than 2000 people during his lifetime, and sixteen of these students continue their training to achieve Shinpiden level, a level equivalent to Master / Teacher. While teaching Reiki in Fukuyama (Fukuyama-shi), Usui suffered a stroke and died on March 9, 1926.

Today many branches of Reiki, the Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki.

Traditional Japanese Reiki

The traditional Japanese Reiki term usually used to describe a specific system that is formed from the original teachings of Usui and teachings which do not leave Japan. During the 1990s, many Western teachers go to Japan some weeks to learn Reiki tradition. Around 1993, a Reiki Master of Germany, Frank Arjava Petter, also began teaching for the degree / Master Teacher. Since then, some Traditional Japanese Reiki tradition has been established, the main traditions listed below.

* Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (in Mandarin Traditional, which means “Usui Reiki Healing Method Learning Society”) is the name of the master Reiki society founded by Mikao Usui. His style can survive to this day (no body knows exactly how Gakkai current practice). This society remains secret for many years and at the moment, Shihan (master), Masaki Kondoh, is president Gakkai.

* Reido Reiki Gakkai (meaning “Genesis Spiritual and Spiritual Energy Society”) is the name given to the system derived from the master Ryoho Gakkai, and chaired by Fuminori Aoki, who added to the teachings Gakkai, despite the differences in teaching is very minimal. In this system, Koriki (meaning “the power of happiness”) symbol that inspires Fuminori Aoki has been adopted.

* Komyo Reiki Kai (meaning “Enlightened Spiritual Energy Meeting (Association)”) is the name given to a system that takes the name of a school of Traditional Japanese Reiki, and was founded by Hyakuten Inamoto, a teacher of Reiki Reiki with Western backgrounds. This differs from other systems in that case did not originate with the Gakkai, but comes from the Hayashi line, through Chiyoko Yamaguchi who remained in Japan.

* Jikiden Reiki (meaning “straight from the Energy Spiritual Teaching”) is the name given to the original system taught by Dr. Hayashi, and was founded by Mrs. Yamaguchi and her son, Tadao Yamaguchi.

Western Reiki

Western Reiki
(Seiyo Reiki) system was used by Hawayo Takata. Principle difference between the traditions is the use of hand pattern set for the internal treatment rather than Reiji-ho, intuitive skills to know where to place the hand. Reiki style is more emphasis on the place of healing diseases, and rising to a higher level of attunement more formal.

Once trained by Hayashi, Takata returned to Hawaii he developed a reiki and opened clinics there. Reiki and then spread throughout the Western world. As a result of the second world war, Takata decides to modify the traditional Japanese system of Reiki in order to make it easier to understand and suitable for the Western mentality.

* Usui Reiki Shiki Ryoho (usually translated as meaning “Usui’s Spiritual Energy Force Therapy”, but the translation is more literal is “Usui’s Spiritual Energy Force Medical Treatment” (Ryoho, which means medical care) is the name given to a system of reiki west, and is a system that has tried to stay fairly close together with the original practices Hawayo Takata.

* Usui / Tibetan Reiki is the name given to a system developed by Arthur Robertson and later popularized by William Lee Rand and Diane Stein.This system comes from Usui Reiki as taught by Takata and include techniques of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, like Byosen- ho (Scanning Method), Gyoshi-ho (Healing Method Eyes), and Kenyoku-ho (Bath Dry Method). There have been some additions to this system compared to the Usui Shiki Ryoho by Rand, such as attunement modification method that combines the Violet Breath, use of the Tibetan Master symbol of kundalini and the fire along with four traditional Usui symbols, the yin hui position (located in the perineum), and also microcosmic orbit.

* Gendai Reiki Ho (meaning “Modern Spiritual Energy Method”) is a system that combines elements of both Japanese and Western Reiki, and was founded by Hiroshi Doi. Doi was first trained in Western Reiki by Mieko Mitsui, Master of the “Radiance Technique “In 1993, he was awarded membership to Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.


Teaching Reiki out of Japan is generally divided into three levels, or degrees, the most common are described below. Traditional Japanese Reiki taught intensively under the guidance Usui, with weekly meditation meetings where Reiki is given and used to scan the body in order to provide energetic diagnosis, known in Japan as Byosen-ho, as the Japanese Reiki treatment is intuitive and specifically targeted than with Western Reiki treatment, which generally tend to treat the whole body, not a particular field.

There are three degrees of Reiki training namely :

First Degree

The first level of Reiki, the Japanese named Shoden, teaches basic theory and procedures. A number of “attunement” given to students by teachers. Students learn hand placement positions on the recipient’s body that are considered most conducive to the healing process throughout the body. After completing the course the first level, a practitioner of Reiki and then to treat himself and others with Reiki. Old Course depending on the Reiki Master Teacher around four sessions in a few days, others hold two sessions for two days.

Second Degree

In the second degree Reiki, the Japanese named Okuden (in Japanese, which means “Inner Teachings”), students learn to use a number of symbols is said to increase strength and distance in which Reiki can be given. the use of symbols to form a temporary connection between the practitioner and recipient, regardless of location and time, and then send the Reiki energy. After completing the second level, students can work without physically present with the recipient – a practice known as “distant healing” Students in Japan sometimes reached only after a period of 10 second degree, sometimes 20, years of practice under the Usui’s. mentors, and most students have never reached the Third Degree.

Third Degree

Through the third degree, or “master training”, sometimes called Japan Shinpiden (in Japanese, which means “Mystery Teachings”), students become Reiki Masters. After completing the training master, Master Reiki can get other people to Reiki and teach the three degrees. The duration of the master training can be anything from days to one year or more, depending on the school and the philosophy of the Reiki Master giving the training. There are usually two types of Master: Master Teacher and Master Practitioner, a Master Teacher is a Master of Reiki and also has the ability to teach Reiki, although the Master is a Master Reiki practitioner but does not teach Reiki.


There are many variations in the methods of Reiki training, speed of completion (attunement), and cost. Although there is no central body for accreditation and Reiki, as well as regulatory practice, there are organizations such as the UK which seeks to standardize the practice of Reiki. such as the UK Reiki Federation and Reiki Council (UK).


In Western Reiki, taught that Reiki works with energy meridians and chakras through the use of hand positions, which are usually in accordance with the seven main chakras in the body. This position is used both hands on the front and rear body, and can include specific areas. Usui used only five hands-on formal position, which focused on the head and neck. After Reiki has been given first to the head and neck region, certain areas of the body where the imbalance in attendance will then be treated. The use of Reiki chakra is widespread in the West, though not as much in Traditional Japanese Reiki, because it concentrates on treating specific areas of the body after using such techniques Byosen and Reiji-ho-ho, which is used to find areas of dis-ease in the aura and body physical. Although the use of certain breathing and breathing is central to many styles of Japanese Reiki, often neglected topic in Western Reiki.


Usui Reiki Ryoho does not use drugs or instruments, but using, looking, blow, light tapping, and touching. According to Frank Arjava Petter, Usui touching the body of the sick, he massaged them, they knocked on the light, caressing them, blowing on them, his gaze fixed on them for two to three minutes, and in particular to give them energy, practitioners believe that they transfer the energy healing in the form of qi through the palms.

Universal body treatments

In a Reiki treatment for the entire body, Reiki practitioner instructs the recipient to lie down, usually on a massage table, and relax. Loose, comfortable clothing is usually worn during the treatment. The practitioner might take a while to enter the calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare themselves for treatment, which is usually done without any unnecessary talking.

In this way practitioners put their hands on the recipient in various positions. However, practitioners can use without touching technique, where the hands are placed several inches from the recipient agency for some or all positions. The hand is usually placed in the position for three to five minutes before moving on to the next position. Overall, the hand positions usually give a general coverage of the head, front and rear body, knees, and feet. Between positions 12 and 20 lasted for 45-90 minutes.

Many Western practitioners typically use 12 hand positions, while others use their intuition to guide them to where care is needed.

Three Pillars of Reiki

Along with the five principles of Reiki, Usui Reiki based his system on three other practices: Gassho, Reiji-ho, and Chiryo.


Gassho (in Japanese, which means “two hands coming together”) is a state of meditation where the palms are placed together, and practiced every time at the beginning of Usui’s Reiki workshops / meetings. Gassho One technique is to concentrate on the pad where the two middle fingers meet.


Reiji-ho (meaning “an indication of the power of Reiki method”) is a means of connecting with the power of Reiki to flow through the practitioner to ask for three times, and is generally divided into three parts.

The first part is to get the power flowing through the Reiki practitioner. It’s either going to go through the crown chakra (because this is the highest increase), the heart chakra (as shown by the pure love of Reiki), or hand (such as the palm of the hand tailored to the specific Reiki symbols.)

The second part is to pray for the recovery of people who are suffering from certain diseases or to a person’s general health otherwise.

The third section is a place both hands, palms facing each other, with the third eye (the area between the eyebrows), and invoke the powers of Reiki to guide the hand to where the energy needed.


Chiryo (in Japanese, which means treatment) requires practitioners to put in a dominant hand over the crown chakra and wait Hibiki (Comments) in the form of encouragement or inspiration.

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