THE USUI SYSTEM OF REIKI: USUI SHIKI RYOHO
Usui Shiki Ryoho
(the Usui System of Natural Healing), known as
, is a form of healing and spiritual awakening, received and developed 100 years ago by a Japaneseman, Mikao Usui, and brought to the West via Hawaii in 1937. It is passed on from oneperson to another through specific initiation rites, teachings and defined forms of practice.The Japanese word reiki can be translated as 'universal or spiritually guided life force' andthe Usui System is a way of working with reiki for healing of self and others. The wordhealing is used in the sense of regaining harmony and wholeness and Usui Shiki Ryohoaddresses the whole person, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.The integrated way of Usui Shiki Ryoho has four Aspects: healing practice, personaldevelopment, spiritual discipline and mystic order. For the gifts of the whole to be realisedthey need to be held in a balanced way, not allowing any to overshadow the others. TheAspects spring from a central core of practice and philosophy called the Form, comprisedof nine Elements, each bringing unique lessons. The combination of all the Elements andAspects and their inter-relationships creates the system which has a proven, predictablecapacity to take people along a profound path of healing, growth and spiritual deepening.If any part is changed or left out, it is no longer Usui Shiki Ryoho.The importance and deeper meaning of the elements and aspects and the whole systemis mainly beyond words and gradually unfolds through personal experience. The followingis a brief outline
Four AspectsHealing Practice
Usui Shiki Ryoho has as its basis a hands on healing practice for regular self treatment and a form of treatment which helps others to use universal lifeenergy for their own healing.
Giving and receiving Reiki through Usui Shiki Ryoho stimulates aprocess that brings a clearer sense of one's own true self and humanity, with a deepeningself love.
Inherent in the regular practice of the Form is the awakening of aspiritual practice, spiritual development and awareness of the sacred in daily life.
Practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho brings mystic experiences and a sense of connection and common purpose with others following this path.
Nine ElementsOral Tradition
The ability to practice Reiki is received only through face to facerelationship with a Reiki Master, and involves verbal and non-verbal communication andan energetic transmission.
of Usui Shiki Ryoho is Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takataand Phyllis Lei Furumoto. The living lineage bearer embodies the essence of Reiki andcarries out a central role for the Reiki community which includes leading, teaching, andinspiring.