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blessed times.

Just for today
do not worry.
Just for today
do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers
and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude
to everything.
Dr. Mikao Usui

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What is Reiki?

Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient healing art rediscovered in Japan in the 1800's by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki is a Japanese word for the concept of "universal life energy". Reiki can be learned by anyone. Through the initiations of Reiki comes a reawakening, a reopening of the healing channel within all of us.

In the Usui System of Reiki, the healing energy is channeled through the body and into oneself or another person through the hands. It becomes natural to touch and channel this healing energy when someone else or oneself is in pain and assist in relieving that pain. A Reiki treatment restores balance and harmony to the body, bringing a sense of wholeness and well being.

A Reiki treatment is given with the client's clothes on as Reiki will go through material, including plaster casts. The person being treated is not "healed" by the Reiki practitioner. The client's healing comes from the life force flowing through the Reiki channel. The person giving the Reiki is not drained of her own life energy, but is actually energized and replenished. Reiki protects the practitioner from taking on another person's pain or disease.

Reiki will relieve pain and acute problems quite rapidly. chronic illnesses may take a number of treatments depending on the specific nature of the disease. Whatever manifests itself physically is also a symptom of disorder on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. Reiki honors the ecology of the body by working on all of these levels. Reiki goes beyond the symptoms to treat the root cause of the disease. When we treat only the physical symptoms, we will not get to the true basis of the illness.

What is the history of Reiki?

In the 1800's, Dr. Mikao Usui took on a challenge from his students at the University of Kyoto. They wanted to know why he could only talk about, but never demonstrate, the phenomenon of healing from the stories of Jesus. Dr. Usui decided to set out on a personal quest to rediscover the methods of healing.

Traveling to America to the University of Chicago, Dr., Usui discovered nothing in his vast search through Chinese and Christian writings. He returned to Japan and studied the ancient Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit and found some keys. Dr. Usui then went to a holy mountain in Japan where, after a 21 day meditation, he received visions of the healing symbols and instructions on their use. Thus was born the Usui System of Reiki.

Dr. Usui went to the slums of Tokyo where he physically healed many cripples and unhealthy beggars. He discovered, however, that many of the people he had physically healed would soon return to the slums. Dr., Usui felt a failure for a time, but then the words of an old monk came to him. The monk had warned him of the dangers of healing only the physical body, and neglecting the mental and spiritual aspects of the self. After further meditation, Dr. Usui added the Spiritual Precepts of Reiki and the means of treating the whole being, not just the manifested symptoms of physical illness.

At the time of Dr. Usui's transitions, his students and associate Chijuro Hayashi became the Grandmaster of Reiki. He founded a clinic in Tokyo where practitioners studied under his guidance. Hayashi left records of treatments and discovered that Reiki will find the source of the symptoms automatically fill the vibration and restore the balance to the whole being.

Hawayo Takata, a woman from Hawaii, was led to Hayashi's clinic in 1935 after an inner voice told her she would not need surgery for the serious ailments that afflicted her. Instead of surgery, she was healed by the practitioners of Reiki at Hayashi's clinic. As she regained her health, she knew she would learn Reiki. She spent a year with Hayashi, returned to Hawaii to practice and was initiated as a Reiki Master in 1937 when Hayashi visited her in Hawaii. On the transition of Hayashi in 1940, Hawayo Takata became the Grandmaster of Reiki.

At her transition in December 1980, there were 22 Reiki Masters in the United States and Canada. Phyllis Furumoto, Takata's granddaughter, became the Grandmaster of Reiki. The Reiki Masters have committed their lives to this art of healing which becomes a way of life. Reiki will continue to grow and fulfill the deep need of the world for healing and balance through these Masters and their students.

How is Reiki Learned?

" To become a Reiki channel, all one needs is the desire to learn and commitment to use Reiki. The First Degree Course is taught by a Master in evening or weekend classes. There are four initiations within the course which reopen and attune the students to their inner healing channels. All of the basic hand positions necessary for treatments are taught and there is ample time devoted to practicing these positions in class. A context is created wherein the student can come to accept, honor and develop the capacities that exist within for channeling this gentle, yet powerful, healing energy. The channeling of such a loving, healing energy is a truly uplifting and empowering experience.

The Second Degree is the next level of attunement, power and Sacred Knowledge of this ancient system. In this next level you will learn symbols of higher octaves of light energy used in treatments and in absentia healing; as well as the beginnings of subtle emotional work. further growth, healing and spiritual unfoldment will be initiated, along with the personal expansion that is the trademark of this system. You will feel the potent shifts and changes in the very fiber of your energy construct."


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