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'REIKI' = 'GHOST'...?
[Copyright © 2007 James Deacon]
Until the mid 1980's in Japan, it is unlikely that anyone you mentioned the term
to would have recognised it as signifying the healing practice we know by that name.[Though, had you mentioned the term:
, well - even if theperson you asked wasn't knowledgeable of alternative therapies
- simply fromthe word '
' they would at least have grasped that you were referring to someform of 'obscure' healing or treatment practice]It seems that the shortening of
Usui Reiki Ryoho
[i.e. Usui 'Spirit-energy' (or'Spiritual') Healing Method] to the one word
was something that happened inthe west.As a term for Usui-sensei's healing practice, it was (
) completely unknown inJapan until western-lineage masters (starting with Mieko Mitsui in 1985) went toJapan and began teaching and referring to the art under that name.And while, over the past 20 years, Usui-sensei's healing method - under thisshortened name,
- has become quite popular in Japan (particularly amongst theyounger generation) there are of course a great many Japanese people today whoare completely unaware of it.
Reiki and ghosts?
Within the Reiki Community, there is an often-quoted notion that
in general usage
means a ghost.[However, in the past, the word
, it seems, was something that never reallyfound its
into 'general usage'!]In Japan even now, 'Reiki' is not a word often used as part of everyday mundaneconversation (unless you happen to be a
practitioner of course!)And I find it interesting that
of the native Japanese speakers (
practitioners and otherwise) I've discussed this matter with, have personally beenaware of the term
as having the meaning of 'ghost'.Certainly on its own, the word
can refer to a ghost, yet the term
is morecommonly used; and there are also several other words indicating a ghost which arein general usage[Though one person did suggest that - the
part of the compound word
implying 'influence' - the word
conceivably be used to denote the
)or presence of a ghost (
)]However, it would seem that if
is used by some to indicate a ghost, this wouldbe, at best, a rather indirect or obscure usage of the word.