The Ki In Reiki

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“Everything is determined by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust – we all dance to a mystery tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

Albert Einstein

At the very heart of Reiki, there is an accepted cosmological concept that a vital field of energy pervades the universe known as Ki. It is viewed as the underlying ingredient that not only permeates and connects the Universe together, but also actively forms part of all living things. Ki is the thread connecting all beingness, its flow is present and active in all activity throughout the cosmos. Ki, creates resonance between things causing situations and events to coincide spontaneously, linking them and generating the optimum opportunities for growth and development. In allowing flow we are participating in the unfolding of Creation’s epic story.

Ki, historically, is seen as an energy but it remains immeasurable and doesn’t behave as we would expect energy to from the point of view of traditional physics. This hasn’t helped those trying to prove the existence of a life force. Ted Kaptchuk in his book ‘The Web That Has No Weaver’ suggests, Ki is not a force added to lifeless matter but rather “the state of being of any phenomena”. The difficulty is that Ki, unlike light, doesn’t travel in a linear way from point A. to point B. and therefore cannot be measured like energy in the traditional sense. To understand Ki we must begin to imagine everything existing in delicate balance within the same unified field. Viewed this way we can see Ki as the substance in the cosmos through which everything coexists. As an extension of this the path of Reiki leads us to the understanding that we are an expression of this oneness, no separation, no need to protect. Very simply we realise we are it! An intimate part of the wholeness of creation…

In ancient China a model that explained the existence of the heavens and the earth was derived from the concept of a single source of energy consciousness known as Tai Yi, [the primordial unity of Yin and Yang]. It was understood everything was created from this great oneness, being part of it as consciousness and at the same time existing within it, floating about linked together in a great ocean-like field of Ki we call Creation.

Reiki teaches us that dis-ease is a result of dis-connection and the solution lies in simply re aligning ourselves to Ki flow, which serves to naturally reconnect us to the Universes unfolding story again. Instead of being ‘Apart From Creation’, we become ‘A Part Of Creation’. As we cultivate our relationship to Ki and listen to its rhythms, we start to align ourselves with the spontaneous rhythms of the universe. We begin to recognise the voice within and even though we may not know where the flow is taking us, by trusting and surrendering to it, our actions become aligned with a greater universal truth. It’s like diving into something because its depth is drawing us ever deeper.

Aligning ourselves to Ki awakens wholeness within us and our inner development becomes an act of letting go of all that isn’t whole. Just like a sculptor carves away at a rock and reveals what he has always seen hidden within it. Letting go of external distractions and interferences is part of our inner refinement and alignment to flow. We have to unplug ourselves from the social matrix, switch off the transmissions and distractions that have been designed to occupy us.

Ki flow helps us to become more aware of the destructive elements in our surroundings, noticing where our inner and outer worlds lack congruency. As we tune in, we begin to recognise the need to make more resourceful and loving lifestyle choices. Suddenly old patterns of behaviour are no longer appropriate to what we are becoming. Adjustments in our routines are inevitable and we may find we drop aspects of our old self. Everything comes up for review so we can decide what stays and what goes and what supports the refinement taking place within.

Ultimately, a natural balance occurs between the progress on the inside through the  practices used to cultivate Ki and the change on the outside through lifestyle choices and environments we choose to put ourselves in. As we begin to listen to this inner flow and allow it to inform us, there is a natural alignment between our inner and outer worlds that reflects those choices we make.

Thanks for listening

RR

For more on Ki you can read my new book ‘The Heart Of Reiki’

Setting up your perfect day

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Part two of my monthly theme of living with Reiki is about how to set up your perfect day. There is a great metaphor given by Esther Hicks where she describes momentum. She explains that in many ways our thoughts, feelings and intentions for the day gather momentum much like a car rolling down a hill. It is possible to step in front of a car when it first starts to roll and stop it rolling any further, but if the car is allowed to pick up momentum no one in their right mind would try and stop it.

In much the same way we stand a better chance of stopping the momentum of negative, thoughts, feelings and intentions if we catch them early. If we allow them to build momentum then it becomes very difficult to do anything about them.

Author of ‘breaking the habit of being yourself’, Dr. Joe Dispenza was once asked during a seminar what his personal routine was to set up his day. He said; “I don’t get out of bed until I have got my head right” This really resonated with me because I know from personal experience, my day reflects my mental and emotional state. If I start the day without first getting my thoughts and emotions right, then whatever state I am in will just build momentum and my day could become a complete roller coaster nightmare.

The Reiki practice has great tools for preparing ourselves but so often we forget to use them and many people only utilise them when giving treatments to others. When we realise living with Reiki is about using the practice each and every day of our lives we can begin to appreciate what a great tool it is.

So what can we do to get our head Right?

Fortunately there are two incredibly useful tools we have that are designed to serve this very purpose. Hawayo Takata when telling the history of Reiki emphasised, over and over again, the message that the monks gave to Mikao Usui. “The mind requires purifying before the physical body can be healed”. She talked of Mikao Usui feeling like he had failed after his experiences working with the beggars in the slums and why he included the five precepts into the system;

The inclusion of the 5 precepts in our Reiki practice teaches us to consider what is essential for our well-being. To reset our thinking, to focus our minds and emotions on the principals for health and happiness. They do not need to be chanted but simply contemplated. The best place to do that is in Gassho.

Gassho is so incredibly valuable to our practice and as well as serving to generate energy flow this Mudra is a place where our intention is established and we focus our mind and return ourselves to balance. It is a traditional gesture formed by placing the palms of the hands together with all fingers pointing upwards. It symbolises the oneness of all beings and is often used in the East as a humble greeting, a sign of respect or to give thanks. Called Namaste in Sanskrit. [‘Namah’ means bow ‘te’ means to you]. It literally means, “I bow to you” and is regarded as an honouring of the divinity in someone we meet. The two hands brought together are symbolic of our human and Buddha nature. The left hand represents our human nature and the right hand our Buddha nature. Bringing them together over the heart is symbolic that both aspects reside within us and we are never far away from our Buddha self.

It is essential to remember is it is not the quantity of time but the quality of time that you give yourself that gets your thinking right. Even when you think you don’t have time, MAKE TIME each and every day to be still, connect to Reiki and consider the 5 precepts.

 Part 1.

Sit quietly and place your hands in Gassho (Prayer Position) over the heart and bring your attention to your breath.

Whist breathing in, imagine drawing in energy, through the full surface of your body, from all around you to your Hara (Belly).

Whilst breathing out feel the spread of energy up through your body, to your heart and hands

 Part 2.

Begin to consider the five precepts and the significance of them in your life for the day ahead.

Just for today

Release anger

Release worry

Be Grateful

Be honest in your endeavors

Be kind to all.

Part 3.

Bring all of your attention to your belly, feel grounded and supported by the earth below you. See yourself as an intimate part of the world and connected to everything and everyone in it. When you feel centred, balanced and connected, your ready to start your day!

 

Thanks for listening

RR

Don’t Let Dramas Hijack Your Day

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I had a wonderful start to the day today indulging myself with a swim, sauna and hot tub. Whilst there, I was contemplating what to write about emptiness and the nature of flow this week. The pool was really quiet, with a few lanes marked out on the right side for a swimming club, which left half the pool for the two ladies already swimming and myself. Not wishing to disturb them, I followed swimming etiquette, made myself visible, nodded politely and kept my stroke as tidy as possible. Within a few lengths It seemed I was accepted and we had all settled into our own rhythms. Phew!

It struck me that each individual finding their own rhythm and flow positively affects the rhythms and flows of everyone else. For thirty blissful lengths, I could feel my body relax completely and I was left to explore the grace of moving as effortlessly as possible buoyed by the support of the water.

Suddenly though through the peace and synergy a red faced gentleman fresh from the sauna jumped in and proceeded to swim the fastest length of front crawl he could muster. As he splashed and kicked his way, arms flailing, I watched as everyone’s stroke went from relaxed grace to desperate avoidance! Frowns etched on foreheads, whites of eyes magnified by tight fitting goggles, they stood shaking their heads and tutting at his ungainly progress towards the end of the pool. Fortunately there wasn’t a second length, his exertions for the day ending on lap one blissfully unaware of the chaos he had just left in his wake.

As the turbulence from his efforts subsided and the waters calmed, I was left pondering what had just occurred. It reminded me how on a motorway, one persons impatience or inconsideration inevitably leads to the rest of us having to be more patient as we wait in a tailback whilst the police clear up the mess. It’s as if one individual’s desperate desire to go faster than the flow of traffic allows leads to a karmic debt having to be paid by all.

With personal awareness and development comes the ability to respond to situations like these with maybe a little humour or in the case of someone driving too close behind us, just getting out of the way and letting them go. But ultimately it shows us that one individual’s behaviour has the potential to not only be felt by everyone else but also affect us.

With all the potential dramas occurring around us on a daily basis, it’s no wonder we lose touch with ourselves. So what can we do to take personal responsibility for our interactions with the external world and prevent ourselves losing our own inner sense of rhythm? Being pulled into a drama is generally a result of being caught off guard and allowing our mind and thoughts to become invested in it. How often do we arrive home and recount the story of the idiot we encountered on our way home from work? As soon as the mind is not home we lose touch with reality and our own sense of inner rhythm.

So firstly we have to notice that we are getting hijacked by a drama. This means we have to be awake and mindful enough to notice it. Secondly we have to let go of the desire to be pulled into it, which is usually pretty strong and instead focus our mind somewhere else. But where?

I suggest the Hara is a great place to focus the mind because we cannot be conscious of the Hara without dropping back into the now. That is why fulfillment is said to arise out of sinking the mind into the Hara. The Hara is our belly region and placing our hands upon it whilst breathing deeply into it and allowing our mind to settle back into ourself is guaranteed to help us feel centred and in contact with our inner flow once again.

I would also suggest repeating this very simple affirmation;

“No person place or thing can disturb my sense of peace and calmness within.”

Thanks Reiki Rich

If you like this blog and would like to read more about Flow you can find my new book The Heart Of Reiki Here.

Traditional Eastern Reiki Versus Western Reiki

I have been practicing and researching Reiki for nearly two decades and recently I have been drawn to join the debate on what constitutes ‘Traditional Japanese Reiki’ and how it is different from Hawayo Takata’s Usui Shiki Ryoho..

Before I proceed, I would like to make it clear that in my mind any form or discipline that utilizes Universal ‘Ki’ can only be doing good, because as most of us know, within the phenomenon of Reiki, there is an inherent intelligence (thankfully) that directs it’s flow…

I am not here either to point an accusatory finger at anyone, I just wish to shed light on something that in my opinion undermines Reiki’s stability and confuses many would be practitioners coming into our Reiki community

Lately the system of Reiki I was originally taught has become referred to by many somewhat derogatorily in my opinion as ‘Western Reiki’. This is incorrect because the system Hawayo Takata introduced to the World is called ‘Usui Shiki Ryoho’ or sometimes ‘Usui Reiki Ryoho’ , Which means, ‘Usui Style Healing Method’ or ‘The Usui Way’ as I was taught.

This system she learnt from Chujiro Hayashi, serving her apprenticeship at his clinic and receiving the master level attunement from him in 1936 four years before he committed seppuku (suicide) at his Villa in Atami near Mt Fuji, an event she was present at.

Her system was most definitely tailored for the English speakers she taught in Hawaii. She chose to omit some of the Japanese terminology or rephrased it into English when teaching certain techniques. For example calling Byosen Reikan Ho, Scanning, or Seiheki Chiryo the mental/emotional technique. But when you look deeper into the content of many self styled ‘Original Japanese’ systems that are fashionable today, you will find not only do they share much in common with Hawayo Takata’s teachings but also they share the same lineage with her, connecting through Chujiro Hayashi to Dr Usui.

Here is a look at three of these Japanese systems to help you understand where they originated from.

‘Gendai Reiki Ho’ (Dentho Reiki)

It is claimed this system contains Original Usui Reiki Ryoho techniques as practiced by The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai that were omitted from Hawayo Takata’s Western Reiki. This is a system taught by Hiroshi Doi and it’s name means literally “Modern Reiki Method”. Doi studied with Mieko Mitsui ~ a student of Radiance Technique founder Barbara Ray who famously battled for control of the leadership of Reiki with Hawayo Takata’s grand daughter Philis Furumoto.

It is also reported he studied Osho Neo Reiki (A modified Takata Style Reiki) and also Jikiden Reiki. Doi created his system of Reiki by drawing upon many types of healing modalities. It is strange that many consider Gendai Reiki Ho to be Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho when Hiroshi Doi himself points out, that he has never taught anything other than Gendai Reiki Ho. “I have taught nothing but Gendai Reiki Ho until now, Gendai Reiki Ho does include traditional techniques. However if a master simply picks out these techniques and says I teach both Gendai Reiki Ho and Usui Reiki Ryoho, this is wrong. I never taught anything but Gendai Reiki Ho seminars and this will remain the same in the future.”

Reiki researcher James Deacon writes “Doi has pointed out (though not loudly enough it seems..) that the particular version of Reiju used and taught in Gendai Reiki Ho is his own creation ~ his attempt to replicate the experience of receiving the Reiju empowerment as used by the Gakkai~something that Doi not being a Gakkai master, has not learnt how to perform.”

It’s apparent that Doi has spent a lot of time researching and incorporating many techniques into his Reiki system which isn’t a bad thing. Many teachers do this, myself included and it can be considered a natural progression when being informed by the flow of Ki energy. However what appears to have happened to Gendai Reiki Ho is it has been labelled by it’s followers as the Traditional Japanese Reiki when clearly it is not.

Jikiden Reiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the teachings of the late Chiyoko Yamaguchi and created by Tadao Yamaguchi her son in 2000. Chiyoko was a student of Chujiro Hayashi receiving her first level attunement in 1938, two and a half years after Hawayo Takata became a Master. She claimed to be attuned to master level by Chujiro Hayashi and taught Reiki as being the exact system taught by him. Unlike Usui Shiki Ryoho there were no formal hand positions in her method. She instead focused more on the intuitive aspects of giving Reiki stating she was never taught any which is interesting as many claim that it was Chujiro Hayashi himself that introduced formal hand positions to fit in with his approach to clinical Reiki. Although it was claimed she received her master training directly from Chujiro Hayashi, it came to light she actually received instruction to pass attunements from her uncle Wasaburo Sugano who had also been trained by Hayashi.

I asked Hyakuten Inamoto her senior student “Do you know why Chiyoko Yamaguchi chose not to include her Uncle Wasaburo Sugano in her lineage?”

He said; “My understanding from what I heard from her is that she considered her uncle just taught her how to give Reiju (attunement). She did not think that she was initiated into Reiki by him, but she did think she was initiated into Reiki by Hayashi Sensei himself.”

Yamaguchi had no knowledge of the Master symbol being used as a Reiki symbol and it has been suggested by some in her defence, that the symbol was not part of the system then. But as we know Hawayo Takata had already received Master status 2 years before this and she had been instructed to use this symbol by Chujiro Hayashi, so something doesn’t fit. Hyakuten Inamoto director of Komyo Reiki again writes “Mrs. Yamaguchi had no idea about the Master symbol. She was taught only Shoden (level 1) and Okuden (level 2) with 3 symbols during a 5-day Reiki course by Hayashi Sensei”. This once again raises some questions, as the Master symbol is intrinsic to the Reiki attunement process in Hawayo Takatas ‘Usui Shiki Ryoho’. Also, unlike Mrs Yamaguchi’s 5 day training into just 2nd degree Reiki, Hawayo Takata’s training with Hayashi-sensei took the form of an extended, full-time apprenticeship to Master level.

‘Komyo Reiki’

Hyakuten Inamoto the senior student of Chiyoko Yamaguchi apparently founded Komyo Reiki before the Jikiden system was started. Previous to this, Hyakuten translated Gendai Reiki Ho seminars for Hiroshi Doi and he states “I am glad to say I’ve learned many Western Reiki things from him.”

It has been reported by many that he was instructed not to teach Jikkiden as Tadao Yamaguchi wished to be the only individual to bear his mothers direct lineage. Hyakuten however explained it to me directly like this.

“As you know, Mrs. Yamaguchi was my Reiki teacher, that is to say, a teacher/student relationship. Tadao was her youngest son or my teacher’s son. That’s all. When I had Reiki training with Mrs. Yamaguchi, Tadao was practicing another healing modality called “Jorei.” I did not break away from Jikiden. I was already teaching Komyo Reiki when Tadao officially set up Jikiden Reiki in the year 2000. In other words, there has been Komyo before Jikiden. To me Jikiden or Tadao is my Reiki brother (younger brother). This is how I talk about Jikiden to my students.”

Komyo Reiki is a Hayashi style ‘Usui Shiki Ryoho’ and focuses on developing a gateway to spiritual awakening and to Satori (Enlightenment). It emphasizes the importance of daily Gassho meditation on the Reiki principles and keeping the system simple without many techniques and has the motto; “Put your hands, Surrender and Smile”.

Hyakuten say’s from the Gendai Reiki Ho system, he has only incorporated Hatsurei Ho (Hatsu = Invoke/Generate, Rei = Spirit, Ho = Method). For us in the Takata lineage this is a combination of dry brushing/ cleansing, crystal light meditation (from the crown through the body), Gassho meditation and reciting the five principles. There are many variations on this method that can be found and essentially it is a cleansing/manifestation meditation.

Hyakuten has also incorporated some simple”Mindfulness of breathing” Buddhist practices into his system of Reiki, stating, “As my background is Buddhism I gladly share the teachings of the Buddha, (Enlightened One) in my Reiki classes.” Unlike Chiyoko Yamaguchi, Hyakuten included the master symbol into Komyo Reiki thanks to his ex-teaching partner who became a Reiki Master in a ‘Western Reiki system’.

So in summary of the three different styles of Japanese Reiki I have listed now being taught here are their lineages;

  • Jikiden Reiki ~ Tadao Yamaguchi ~ Chiyoko Yamaguchi ~ *(Wasaburo Sugano) ~ Chujiro Hayashi.
  • Komyo Reiki ~ Hyakuten Inamoto ~ Chiyoko Yamaguchi ~ *(Wasaburo Sugano) ~ Chujiro Hayashi.
  • Gendai Reiki Ho ~ Mieko Mitsui ~ Barbara Ray ~ Hawayo Takata ~ Chujiro Hayashi.

* (Wasaburo Sugano) Omitted from the lineages for some reason.

So as you can see all roads lead back to Chujiro Hayashi.

It appears to me after years of research into Reiki that the only thing Hawayo Takata omitted from Usui Shiki Ryoho when she introduced it into the West was the Japanese terminology she used to describe it’s content. Since then, there have been many additions to what was a very simple and clear system of Reiki. Her system did concentrate on the healing aspect of Reiki but not to the detriment of personal spiritual development.

Hawayo Takata spoke of Reiki as “A Universal force from the Great Divine Spirit.” She said “Reiki is not associated with any visible material being, it is an unseen spiritual power that radiates vibration and lifts one into harmony. This power is incomprehensible to man, yet every single living being is receiving it’s blessings.”

It sounds to me that she had a pretty good understanding of Reiki and I for one thank her each and every day for the gift she afforded me.

I wish to echo Hyakuten Inamoto’s words when he said “My wish is that my Reiki brother will practice the truth of Reiki Ryoho, which is oneness, openness and sharing beyond duality.”

Here are the 22 Reiki Master Teachers initiated by Hawayo Takata before her passing

Thanks to http://www.reikisystem.com

Thanks for listening

RR

Copyright Richard Ellis

Reference material Reiki Styles by James Deacon

For more information on this and many other Reiki related subjects see James Deacon

Charging for Reiki

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.

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Can anyone learn to Heal?

In this weeks blog I wish to discuss the questions can anyone learn to heal? Are some people more predisposed to be effective as healers than others and if so what can us lesser mortals do to improve our practice?

Over the years I’ve met some incredible healers and when it came to transmitting energy they seemed able to manifest huge amounts of Ki. Also their ability to perceive what was required and transmute energy went beyond the average Reiki practitioner. So in today’s blog I wish to discuss why that might be and how some people seem able to hold a healing space and channel energy more abundantly than others. Continue reading

Reiki And Energy Clearing

This is the third and final blog in my series on preparing yourself for a Reiki treatment. This week I am giving some useful tips on how to clear your energy after a Reiki treatment and alter your perception of the energies you encounter.

In the mindfulness meditation given in my previous blog you will have developed a sense of your own thoughts and feelings as a present day process. The importance of this is to develop self awareness and know what you’re feeling and where prior to the treatment so any changes that occur to your mood or energy as a result of the Reiki experience are attributed to the effects of merging with your client and you don’t think of them as yours. Continue reading

The Five Reiki Principles

The Five Reiki Principles (Kyogi)

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
TEACHING PRINCIPLES
MYSTIC ART TO INVITE HAPPINESS
MIRACULOUS MEDICINE TO CURE ALL DISEASES
TODAY ONLY
DO NOT ANGER
DO NOT WORRY
WITH THANKFULNESS
WORK DILIGENTLY
TO OTHERS BE KIND
MORNING AND EVENING IN GASSHO
HOLD THIS IN YOUR MIND AND CHANT

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