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The Usui System of Reiki

The Usui System of Reiki

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THE USUI SYSTEM OF REIKI: USUI SHIKI RYOHO 
Usui Shiki Ryoho
(the Usui System of Natural Healing), known as
Reiki
, 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.
Personal Development
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.
Spiritual Discipline
Inherent in the regular practice of the Form is the awakening of aspiritual practice, spiritual development and awareness of the sacred in daily life.
Mystic Order 
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.
Spiritual Lineage
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.
 
History
This is shared in Reiki classes as part of the oral tradition. Although it tells theorigin and key events in the nurturing of Reiki, it is told not as information but as a lessoncontaining parable.
Initiation
is the ritual passed down from Reiki Master to Master. When performed with astudent, this ritual results in the capacity to practise Reiki.
Symbols
There are three symbols that are presented to the student in second degreeclasses as received from Mikao Usui, together with a specific ritual and form of practice.They are energetic keys which access communion with self, others and the mystery of life.
Treatment
The basic treatment of self and others is the foundation practice of the Formand is simple and clear, with hands held still for several minutes in a sequence of positions on the head and body.
Form of Teaching
This covers both the energetic and physical structure of the classes.First Degree is taught in four 3 hour sessions, one per day over four consecutive days,with an initiation in each session. Students are introduced to the elements and aspects of Reiki and learn how to treat themselves and others. Second degree takes people deeper into the System and requires greater commitment. Practices taught at First degreeprepare the student for this next step and it is recommended that there be a minimum of three months between the classes. There is one initiation and the student receives thethree symbols and learns how to use them as sacred tools. Mastery is for those whorealise they have a calling to accept this far greater, lifelong commitment to the practiceand teaching of Usui Shiki Ryoho and are willing to take on the challenges andresponsibilities this involves. It is recommended students practice Reiki for over threeyears before Master initiation and be initiated by a Master with 5+ years experience of teaching Reiki.
Monetary Exchange
Each step of the Reiki path has a specific monetary fee: $150 USfor first degree, $500 for second degree and $10,000 for Mastery. The fees call out astudent's commitment at each level and lead the student into a deeper understanding of the energy of money.
Precepts
These are a spiritual teaching and code of ethics for daily living. They are:Just for today do not worry,Just for today do not anger.Honour your parents, teachers and elders,Earn your living honestly,Show gratitude to every living thing
THE REIKI ASSOCIATION GUIDANCE FOR CHOOSING A REIKI PRACTITIONER 
 
Finding a Reiki practitioner who you feel comfortable with is a personal process, so whileThe Reiki Association can put you in touch with a practitioner it is up to you to decidewhether s/he is suitable for you. We offer the following guidance so that you know what toexpect and to help you find some-one suitable.Please remember that membership of The Reiki Association is not an accreditation, soany referral made is informal and not a recommendation.
WHAT TRAINING WILL THE PRACTITIONER HAVE HAD?
At present there is no training for becoming a professional Reiki Practitioner. However theperson will have done at least First Degree Reiki. It is hard to quantify what makes a'good' Reiki practitioner but it is important that the person treating you uses Reiki on aregular basis, including treating themselves. A good Reiki practitioner is not necessarilyone with the highest degree or level of training. Reiki becomes stronger the more aperson uses it, so a First Degree practitioner who uses Reiki daily may be able to give amore powerful treatment than a Reiki master who does not use Reiki regularly.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A PRACTITIONER?
We suggest you have a chat with the practitioner before you book a session either on thephone or arrange to meet him/her so that you can get a personal impression of him/her.Ask her/him about her/his own journey with Reiki. How long has s/he been doing Reiki?Why was s/he drawn to do Reiki? Who did s/he learn with? You could also talk to otherswho have had a Reiki session with the practitioner, but ultimately trust your own heart. If you feel happy with the practitioner after speaking on the phone, book a session and thensee how you feel at the end of it. If you're not sure then it may be worth trying someoneelse. Reiki practitioners should do their best to make the Reiki treatment a comfortableexperience. Trust your intuition and if you do not feel comfortable with the practitioner,don't be afraid to look further.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?
The practitioner will usually give a short explanation of what the treatment involves andask for some details about you, which may include a short medical history. If noexplanation is given don't be afraid to ask what is involved. You will be asked to lie (or sitif this is easier for you) as comfortably as possible. You will not be asked to remove anyclothing except for anything which may restrict your breathing or comfort, such as out-door clothing, shoes, spectacles or contact lenses. This is so that you can feelcomfortable and relaxed during the treatment. Reiki will go through clothing, blankets or even a plaster cast if necessary!Treatment is given by the practitioner placing her/his hands gently on your body in a pre-determined sequence of hand positions, which are non-intrusive and cover both the frontand back of the body. The hand positions are sometimes varied to give Reiki to areaswhere it is needed that are not covered by the usual hand positions. If you find any of thehand positions uncomfortable don't be afraid to tell the practitioner so.The practitioner's touch should be gentle, light and comfortable, although sometimespeople experience intense heat from the practitioner's hands. There is no massage or manipulation. You may feel sensations under the practitioners' hands or in other parts of 

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