The Usui Reiki System or “Reiki” as it is commonly known is a healing modality from Japan that primarily helps to reduce stress. It also provides relaxation and healing. It is more popular as a hands-on healing technique, though distant healing is also possible through it. In the simplest words, the term Reiki means spiritual energy.

Usui Sensei, the founder of this method, originally taught a self-development system; but the healing aspect, that was evolved by his student Chujiro Hayashi Sensei became very popular. The source of Reiki is the creative force of this universe that we call God.

The following set of Reiki ideals comes from the Usui Memorial in Japan. It clearly explains the underlying philosophy of what is now known as the Usui Reiki Method of Natural Healing.

“The secret art of inviting happiness

The miraculous medicine of all diseases

Just for today, do not be angry

Do not worry and be filled with gratitude

Devote yourself to work and be kind to people”

 Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer,

Pray these words to your heart,

And chant these words with your mouth

Usui Reiki treatment for the improvement of body and mind

       The founder…….Usui Mikao

The Usui Reiki System is taught in 3 levels/ degrees and each level or degree of training comes with its own set of initiations. Each level or degree has a different focus.

The focus of First Degree is on hands-on healing of self and others. The focus of Second Degree is on distant healing. Three sacred symbols are taught for specific purposes. The focus of Master/ Teacher Degree is on teaching Reiki and learning how to initiate others for first, second and master levels/ degrees. The training may extend over several months with specific contact hours to help the new teacher learn how to teach Reiki and initiate others.

In Reiki, there are lineages. They are like family trees which tell who was initiated into Reiki for all levels, by which Master and this line goes back to Usui Sensei, the founder of the system. Different schools of Reiki teach the Usui System in their unique ways along with add-on techniques wherever appropriate to their students. We must remember that all Reiki practitioners and teachers have value as all of them are involved in the process of spiritually uplifting themselves and the entire planet.

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