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Discussion in 'Mind, Body & Spirit' started by jada, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. jada

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    hi, im interested in learnig reiki, i m doing some search right now on it, any one practice it?

    david
     
  2. GilesC

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    *snigger* guess who. ;)
     
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    So, what do you want to know about Reiki? Ask away. :)
     
  4. jada

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    :D hi giles, i want to practice it, learn more, from what i read on the net a master has to 'activete' you, of course there are some fees one has to pay, but that s ok, i read about self healing, and helping others. i would like to know, if you practice it what benefits do you see. i want to know everything.

    :rolleyes:

    aga:rolleyes:in giles

    thanks for your time

    david
     
  5. GilesC

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    Ok, some of the basics for you...

    Firstly there are many different 'forms' of Reiki out there, some going by names that don't even mention the word Reiki and some that do use the name Reiki in them. Reiki in itself is a Japanese word, and is made of two Japanese kanji (characters) Rei and Ki. Japanese kanji usually cannot be directly translated to any particular word in English, but in a general sense "Rei" can be translated to mean "Unseen", "Ghostly", or as some people have translated it... "Spiritual". "Ki" is the same as the Chinese "Chi" or sanskrit/Indian "Prana" and roughly translates to "life force" or "life energy", which is the energy that is in everything in the universe. If you search the web you'll find different translations and the most common mistake is where people translate "Rei" to mean "universal", thus giving a meaning of "Universal life energy" for Reiki. That is wrong. "ki" by it's very nature is universal, but when Reiki first came to the West from the East, the translation of Rei was actually left out because people didn't approve or like things that were considered "ghostly" or "spiritual", especially in the Christian dominated society at that time, so the translation for Reiki was given just based on the meaning of "ki" as "universal life energy" and people mistakenly took the "universal" part to relate to "Rei" because they knew no better.

    So, a better translation of Reiki is "Unseen Life Energy", unless you're a very spiritual type person and want to call it "Spiritual Life Energy" or a religious person and want to call it "God given Life Energy" etc.

    A bit of history now... Energy healing of sorts has been going on for millenia and in Japan they already practiced a form of energy healing, but this involved performing exercises to build up the Ki energy (a bit like doing Tai Chi or QiGong (Qi is another spelling of Ki, Chi etc.)) and then using that energy to heal the self or others. Just doing the exercises was enough to help keep the self healed, but the one thing that was apparent was that the energy that was built up in the self through exercises would be expended and further exercise would be needed to re-build the levels again. Around the start of the 1900's a man called Mikao Usui who was a follower of Tendai Buddhism and an experienced practitioner of a form of Qigong (I can't recall it's exact name at this moment), was interested to find out if it was possible to tap into the energy of the universe such that it could be used without the self becoming depleted and constantly having to be renewed. He allegedly travelled to many countries and studied a great deal of spiritual and religious texts in his search to find the answers. In the end he went to stay at a monestary on Mt. Kurama in Japan where he fasted and meditated for 21 days, at which point he became 'englightened' and at that point knew the answer to what he seeked. I won't go too much into the history after that, there are various "stories", and a lot of them are unfounded or misinterpretations of what are now know to be facts, so if you have any specific questions about anything you read, feel free to ask and I'll see if I can clarify. Needless to say, he went on to practice what he had come to realise, and set up a school to teach others. Reiki primarily was (and still is, though you may find it hard to believe) a system of self development, and whilst it can be used for others, that was never intended to be it's primary purpose. In the West we see many who see it just as something else to offer clients in their holistic therapy treatment rooms, yet not all those practice self healing or follow the Reiki principles themselves, sadly.

    Usui sensei was a great follower of the Emperors Meiji's poems at that time and developed his Reiki principles from what he had learnt from his research/teachings and from the poems. You will find several translations of the principles, some of which have some innacuracies. Essentially the princples are:

    Just for today: (Kyo daka wa)
    Be free of anger (Ikuru na)
    Be free of worry (Shinpai su na)
    Honour your teachers (Kansha sh'te)
    Work hard (Gyo o hage me)
    Be kind to others (Hito ni shinsetsu ni)

    The key misinterpretations are usually around "Honour your teachers", which when you look at it in buddhist terms everyone and everything is our teacher, so we should honour everything as our teacher, and "Work hard" which is often mistranslated as "Earn your living honestly". This one is not in fact about earning a living, but is referring to working hard in everything you do, including your spiritual practice, meditation etc., unfortunately misinterpreted by the Western obsession with everything being about earning money. LOL! ;)

    As part of my practice I start each day, after meditation, by reciting the Reiki principles in Japanese three times. :)

    So, if you're going to learn Reiki, you ideally want to learn it as close to the Japanese form as possible. Unfortunately in the West there are a lot of 'masters' who have added things on or incorporated their own spiritual or religious beliefs with it. Reiki is not a religion and doesn't require any religious or spiritual beliefs. Jikiden Reiki (Jikiden Reiki | What is Jikiden Reiki | Reiki home) is probably one of the closest forms to the original Japanese that has come to the West and there are a few teachers around the UK as well as other countries, but not as many as other forms (I've learnt the first level of Jikiden Reiki and would definitely recommend it, but it will require dedication to progress through the different levels). Alternatively you want to find a Reiki master and ask them details about the form they teach, how close to the original teachings it is and whether they incorporate other techniques or beliefs. Also ask about their practice and experience of using and teaching Reiki to make sure you are happy with them. For example, I know quite a few Reiki Masters around the UK and I could recommend some, such as Dawn and Andy (Reiki Healing and Reiki Courses in Central London and Watford) who teach as close to the original teachings as possible and leave out any additional rubbish. They also have a good book The Essence of Reiki: The Definitive Guide to Usui Reiki: Amazon.co.uk: Dawn Mellowship, Andy Chrysostomou: Books which gives a lot of valuable and verified information. There are others teachers and good books also (Bronwen and Frans Stiene have some very good books), but I don't want to go filling this post full of links.

    Reiki is typically taught in the West as 3 levels:

    Reiki I
    Reiki II
    Reiki III or "Master" (although I think the title of Master is a bit egotistical myself)

    Reiki I is usually taught to introduce Reiki and is generally seen as being for personal use or on friends/family. It typically involves a 2 day course and involves 4 "attunements" to Reiki (a process to bring you into tune with the energy). Usually it's taught in groups so that you can practice on each other get feedback.
    Some Reiki teachers will do this in 1 day or do 1 on 1 teaching, but I feel that's too quick and leaves out vital practice and feedback. Also, some don't do 4 attunements and may do 2 or even 1. After learning Reiki I you will be asked to practice by doing "self healing" as you may find Reiki has an effect of clearing out your system (body, mind, emotions etc. it can be quite powerful). There is a misunderstanding that you should do this for 21 days (which comes from Usui meditating for 21 days), but in truth, a good Reiki practitioner will perform self healing every day of their life.


    Reiki II usually provides further Reiki techniques and the Reiki "symbols" (increased energy (aka the "power symbol"), a symbol for emoitional healing and a symbol for sending reiki over a distance). Each symbol has a "kotodama" which is a word or words that are said silently when using the symbols. Reiki II is generally required by insurance companies before you practice on the general public, if you intend to do it as a therapy for others.

    Reiki III is usually taught to show how to attune others and to give you the 4th symbol, which is used to perform attunements. Some Reiki Masters seem to have split this into 2 seperate levels and call it Reiki 3a and Reiki 3b or Reiki Master and Reiki Teacher, where the first gives you an attunement to Master level and the second actually teaches you to do attunements and gives you the symbol. My personal opinion is that this has been done by some to allow them to charge more money for learning it; in fairness some are just doing what their master taught them. There is no reason why Master/Teacher can't be taught all as one.

    A lot of Masters will teach Reiki I and then require 3 or 6 months before you learn Reiki II, whilst some others will teach Reiki I and II together. There's contention in the "community" about which is the right way, and it's believed that Usui sensei and those he taught to be Masters used to do the equivalent of I and II together over a period of 1 or 2 weeks. I would certainly steer clear of anyone offering to teach you Reiki I and II (and maybe even III) in just 1 or 2 days. Nobody could honestly learn and practice enough from such a short period of teaching.

    Hopefully that's enough to get you started. If you have any specific Master or website in mind or any specific questions, just ask away... ;)

    Hugs

    Giles
     
  6. GilesC

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    p.s. I know you're not in the UK, but I just gave you those links as examples of what good things to look out for. ;)
     
  7. jada

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    hi giles, thanks for the incredible info, i have visited your site also, i found a master, but before i contact him i am still searching , i want to go fully informed and prepared

    thanks very much really appriciated it:D

    love

    david
     
  8. Midnight

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    Interesting post Giles. It made me consider trying reiki sometime in the future. I have a question though about the self-healing aspect of it. What is the difference between traditional meditation and reiki? Don't they both heal?
     
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    Yes, in a sense they do both heal.
    Meditation, from my perspective is a means to become Self aware and, as you no doubt read on these pages, people find that using meditation (and Lifeflow too) opens them up to all sorts of issues coming to the surface that they find they need to deal with. Being attuned to Reiki also opens a person up to their issues, sometimes in a more noticable and 'instant' fashion, depending on the person and the issues and to what extreme those issues are. Reiki also provides the technique of Self Healing, which in a sense is a bit like doing a meditation, but you use the techniques of Reiki and the energy directly on the issue, focusing on it to treat it. So, if you have an emotional issue, you would use the emotional symbol whilst focusing on that issue; if you have a physical issue you would use the 'power' symbol whilst directing the energy at the issue etc.

    Meditation is something we do for ourselves.
    Reiki is something we do for ourselves, but can also direct towards others to help them too.

    I tend to do my meditation followed by reciting the Reiki principles and doing some self healing. I can also do self healing during the day whilst at work or otherwise engaged, simply by focus, which isn't quite so easy to do with meditation (bit difficult to let all thoughts go when in the middle of a meeting ;) though you can do a sort of meditation by focusing on the breath or the sounds of people speaking etc.)

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Ah, yes, I need to get my site up to date... when I can find time. :rolleyes:
     
  11. jada

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    do you think reiki may help with my anxiety?, i m not that anxious all the time, but i m having some relationship issues with my wife, thought maybe...

    the past 2 days i couldnt let go of tought during meditation...by the way im reading the power of now, it leaves me reflecting a lot...
     
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    Reiki can help in many ways, healing on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

    ;)

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Ah alright, thanks for clearing that up Giles. I might look into it more in the future
     
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    Now you've got me looking for an instructor. Its pronounced Ray-kai right? I watch alot of anime but I have more of an ear for Japanese then I do with writing. Ok wait it seems people say it ray-kee. I tried some hand positions and I felt it a bit and i never done it before now I'm really interested. So it seems to be the japanese version of qigong
     
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    Hi Teckniec,

    Yes, it's pronounced Ray-Kee.

    In qigong, the practitioner performs various exercises to build up the Qi energy within themselves and then that energy can be used, whether that's as part of the movement in Martial arts, Self healing or in healing others.
    With Reiki, the practitioner is "attuned" by a Reiki Master/Teacher. This attunement is a short, almost ceremonial process where the student sits with eyes closed and the Teacher uses the "master symbol" and the other symbols to bring the student in tune with the energy (each attunement process itself lasts only 5-10 minutes, but may inolve some sitting in stillness beforehand etc.; the rest of the teaching relates to treating the self and others with Reiki).

    Once attuned to Reiki the practitioner can simply place their hands where needed (or visualise if doing distant healing), and let the energy of the universe flow are required.

    So, a qigong practitioner will build up energy and then use it and have to rebuild up more energy as their personal reserves become depleted. With Reiki, the practitioner is not having to build up reserves or use any of their own energy; in fact giving Reiki to someone else allows the Reiki to flow through the practitioner themselves and can be of benefit to the giver as well as the receiver.

    Yes, everybody has an ability to naturally use energy and feel it, if they're open to sense it, but this is likely to deplete your own energy system rather than tap into the universe of energy, unless you're one of the lucky ones with a natural ability to heal using universal energy.

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Hi Giles,

    What is spiritual healing? I hope this is not a dumb question, It seems to me that there is a wide spectrum of energy levels that one can travel on their spiritual path. However the concept of "healing" within the spiritual realm seems foreign to me.

    Thanks in anticipation...

    Olmate
     
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    Spiritual Healing is a seperate branch of healing that is very similar to Reiki (although don't let the Spiritual Healers hear me saying that, some get quite protective over it :D). It involves more belief in the spirit world and has religious overtones involved in it, and tends to be a bit of a clique group from what others have said who've got involved. However, many people do do Spiritual Healing and find it works for them, so that's fine. It's a little more of a Western thing than Reiki.

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Oh OK. I was trying to understand how spirit can be ill or injured. If I understand you correctly, it is drawing on spiritual energy to heal in the physical (or emotional) realm.

    Nothing but the best...

    Olmate
     
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    Yeah, it's often performed by people who attened spiritualist church. Whilst the Spiritual Healers (as a group/organisation) say that it's not related to any particular religion, which in truth it's not, you often find a common belief system in those who practice.

    And, yes, they draw on spiritual energy, or more along the lines of asking spirits to come in and do the healing with them.

    The forum I moderate on has a sub-forum specifically for Spiritual Healing discussions if you're interested to find out more... Spiritual Healing - Healthypages and there's even a thread on there which is specifically to do with your question: What's the difference between Spiritual healing and Reiki? - Healthypages (Blimey, I even answered on there myself back in 2006)

    Hugs

    Giles
     
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    Hello jada,

    I am a kundalini reiki master and a pranic healer. Yes, its very powerful for anxiety. I work not with symbols, I make the thinks easyer for myself to give healing. I am aware and that is very important...

    There is no time and space for me when I give healing to people!

    Hope you understand my messages, my English is not so very good.

    Greetings,

    Liana
     

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