What is Reiki?
A Reiki therapist is someone who practices Reiki, a Japanese form of hands-on-healing developed by a Buddhist monk named Dr Mikau Usui (1865-1926). ‘Rei’ means the Higher Intelligence that guides the manifestation and functioning of the Universe. ‘Ki’ is the life-force energy that is present in all living things – rocks, plants, animals and humans.
What causes pain and disease?
It is the interaction of ‘Rei’ and ‘Ki’ energies that sustains life on Earth. When this connection is disrupted, pain and disease occur as a result. Therefore, any healing practice should focus on connection on these two vital principles.
The difference between Reiki in the West and Japan?
In Japan the word Reiki is used to describe any form of healing that involves spiritual energy. However, in the West we use it to refer only to Dr Mikau Usui’s healing system. Usui practised for many years before discovering a way off accessing and using healing energy. He also developed of ways of passing it down from teacher to student.
How did Reiki come to the West?
As a matter of fact, Reiki healing was brought to the United States in the late 1930’s by one of Usui’s students, Hawayo Takata. She opened her first clinic in Hawaii in 1937. Since then she travelled extensively to the US and Canada, giving Reiki healing to people and also teaching classes. Most of her students were Christian, so the story that Dr Mikau Usui was also a Christian may be as a result of this.
What is Usui’s work based on?
It has been noted that Usui travelled widely and studied for many years. He carried out extensive research on both Japanese and Sanskrit scriptures. Most of his work is based on a combination of healing techniques taken from Tibetan Buddhism, Shinto and other Japanese shamanic traditions. These traditions all had forms of hands-on-healing practiced for many years.