What separates Reiki from other Ki disciplines that have evolved up to the rediscovery of Reiki by Mikao Usui? The gathering of Qi in Taoist and Qigong practices had the ultimate goal of union with the great primordial oneness. Therefore great emphasis was placed on developing and refining energy through the various energy centres in the body to arrive at a point of reconnection to the cosmos. Chakra theory follows a similar concept of refining the self and ascending through the energy centres, developing self-awareness of our essential nature and awakening our divine consciousness in the crown Chakra. Continue reading
Charging Money for Reiki
Today I wish to discuss the rather contentious issue of charging money for Reiki. I am not going to advise what you should charge here, but rather discuss the reasons in my opinion why it’s a good idea to do so.
This is the second in my series of Blogs on preparing yourself for a Reiki treatment. This week I am giving some useful tips on how to develop mindfulness and utilise Gassho Meiso (Meditation) so that we know what we are feeling within ourselves and how this benefits us when doing Byosen Reikan Ho.
Byosen Reikan Ho is a technique which refers to scanning someone else’s energy field to perceive areas of disharmony or disease. Whenever there is a disease in a person there will always be sensations in their energy field referred to in Japanese as hibiki meaning resonance. The premise being that if something exists on the physical level it will also exist on subtler levels either as an emotion in the emotional body, an idea or thought in the mental body or an energy signature in the etheric body. Continue reading
In the next three weeks I will be writing a series of blogs describing in detail great methods for space clearing and preparation. Also how to prepare ourselves for healing so that we are mindful of what we are feeling before, during and after a treatment and also how to release the effects of the session with our client once the treatment has ended.
This week I wish to discuss Reiki Attunements. They are an intrinsic part of the Reiki training process and provide the energetic link through the unbroken lineage of Masters Teachers back to Dr Usui the founder of Usui Shiki Ryoho.
There are many variations of passing attunements and I personally have experienced at least six different methods each of which had it’s own particular quality. When it comes to the process of giving an attunement, I admit to have had days where I wondered if simply just sitting in the room with clear intent would suffice and if I had more courage I would love to invite Master Teachers to sit quietly for their attunement until they felt it had taken place rather than me telling them it has, after all it happened that way for Dr Mikao Usui as there was no one else there to anchor the attunement for him. Continue reading
Will I be protected when I give Reiki?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions in my Reiki classes and in this weeks blog I will explain my own philosophy on the subject and the wider implications of holding onto the need for protection .
A quick search on google reveals opposing views on the subject. One camp firmly believing in the need for some additional measures to be taken in order to feel protected from outside energies and there are many inventive methods listed that claim to offer this. “Aura Shields, Reiki Bubbles, Earth Bound Spirit Flush”..Are just a small sample of what I have found. Continue reading
This week I want to talk a little about The Five Reiki Principles that are an important part of our Reiki training and continuing self development both as Reiki practitioners and more importantly as everyday human beings. The five principles form the Gokai which was written by Mikao Usui as a set of precepts that his students recited in Gassho and could govern their lives by. Written in Japanese in Usui’s own hand above, the original Gokai when translated into English goes something like this;
MIND AND BODY IMPROVEMENT
USUI REIKI HEALING ART
MYSTIC ART TO INVITE HAPPINESS
MIRACULOUS MEDICINE TO CURE ALL DISEASES
DO NOT ANGER
DO NOT WORRY
TO OTHERS BE KIND
MORNING AND EVENING IN GASSHO
HOLD THIS IN YOUR MIND AND CHANT
Before you all jump to the conclusion that this is an unashamed attempt at promoting my own book title, I would like to explain…
James deacon who I might add I am a great fan of has highlighted the fact that many New Age Reiki practices include the chakras as part of their training and questions their validity. Dr Usui appeared not to include Chakra theory in his practice and the Ryoho Shishin suposedly his original treatment guide does not mention them. However it must be said that the Ryoho Shishin is little more than a list of ailments and area’s of the body that should be treated and was intended as a resource for new students who were unable to scan or sense the area of need in a patient through practices like Byosen Reikan Ho. Continue reading
This week I wish to talk about the validity of Distant attunements in the Reiki practice. With the growing trend in internet training, there are many distant Reiki courses cropping up all over the Web with the bulk of the training given as correspondence and the initiation given from a distance. Proponents of these courses cite convenience and cost as the main incentives to study this way. Firstly, being able to fit your Reiki course into your busy life, studying when you want to and receiving the attunements in the quiet of your own home are certainly good arguments for this method of training. Secondly the cost of remote courses is generally lower than the more traditional weekend format where your teacher is present. Continue reading