Introduction....................................................................................................................

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Using the Course Audio CDs.....................................................................................8
Lineage...........................................................................................................................9
BACKGROUND .........................................................................................................10
What is Reiki?..........................................................................................................10
What Energy?...........................................................................................................11
The Reiki Symbol ....................................................................................................12
Reiki and Chi Kung .................................................................................................13
Suggested Reading...................................................................................................14
Books ...................................................................................................................14
Web sites..............................................................................................................14
Where did Reiki come from?...................................................................................15
The History of Reiki ............................................................................................15
Japan in Usui's time .............................................................................................15
Usui's Life ............................................................................................................16
The Roots of Reiki ...............................................................................................17
Usui's Associates..................................................................................................17
Usui the Man........................................................................................................18
Usui's Motivation.................................................................................................18
Usui Sensei Teaches his System ..........................................................................19
How Usui Taught.................................................................................................20
Some Unusual Students .......................................................................................21
Dr Chujiro Hayashi ..............................................................................................22
Hawayo Takata ....................................................................................................23
Reiki in Japan.......................................................................................................25
Learning Reiki .............................................................................................................26
Who learns Reiki?....................................................................................................26
Short term effects of Reiki.......................................................................................27
'Clearing Out' .......................................................................................................28
Powerful Reactions on the day of the course.......................................................28
Resolving Health Problems..................................................................................29
Longer term effects of Reiki ....................................................................................30
Believing that Reiki actually works.........................................................................32
FOLLOWING THE SYSTEM ....................................................................................34
What did Mikao Usui teach?....................................................................................34
The Original System ................................................................................................35
First Degree (Shoden) ..............................................................................................36
How can we follow the teachings? ..........................................................................36
Reiju empowerments ...........................................................................................37
Mikao Usui’s Precepts and Mindfulness .............................................................38
Daily energy exercises .........................................................................................38
Self-healing practices...........................................................................................38
Treating others .....................................................................................................38
Reiki Evolution courses and their content ...............................................................39
MIKAO USUI’S PRECEPTS & MINDFULNESS.....................................................40
Precepts and Buddhism............................................................................................40
The origin of Mikao Usui’s precepts .......................................................................40
These are Mikao Usui’s precepts.............................................................................41
The importance of the precepts................................................................................42

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...........51 Students’ Experiences: receiving Reiju empowerments................................................................................................56 Push Someone off Balance using Energy ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................62 The Tanden ............................................................57 Play with ‘Energy Balls’......................................................................................................................................................70 Stage Eight: Gokai Sansho (optional).....................................................................................................................................................................................50 Why do we need attunements or empowerments?...........71 Essay on Seishin Toitsu .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................67 Stage Four: Connect to Reiki...................67 Stage Two: Mokunen (Focusing)........................63 Joshin Kokkyu Ho......76 3 ................................................................................54 Feel Energy Between your Hands.49 Are distant ‘connections’ effective? .....................63 Kenyoku...............58 Students’ Experiences: playing with energy and scanning......55 Feel Energy on a Partner’s Head & Shoulders .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................62 Two Simple Energy Exercises ....................................................69 Stage Five: Joshin Kokkyu Ho .................65 A simple sequence ........................................66 Stage One: Relax...................................................................................................74 Other ways of making your Reiki Strong ...............................71 Stage Nine: Mokunen .......................................................43 “Releasing” exercise ....................43 Be Compassionate................................73 Other uses for parts of Hatsu Rei Ho ..............................................................42 Do not Anger....................................................75 Students’ experiences: Hatsurei ho.................................................................................50 What will I feel when I receive an empowerment? .....................................................................................43 Be Humble .........................................................75 Treat Other People ...................................................................70 Stage Seven: Seishin Toitsu.................................................................................................................72 Receiving distant empowerments ................................58 DAILY ENERGY EXERCISES.........................................................................................................48 Repeating your empowerments.....................................................................................................................................................................................75 Practice Other Energy Cultivation Techniques..........................................................................................................45 Mindfulness and Mikao Usui’s system.................................................................................................66 'Hatsu Rei Ho' .............................. do not Worry ...................................................................74 Kenyoku (Dry Bathing) ...............................................................................................................................................47 REIJU...............69 Stage Six: Gassho ...............................................................................................43 Be Honest in your dealings with people .......................................................49 What are “attunements” ...................................................................................74 Gassho.........................................What do the precepts mean to you? ......................................................................67 Stage Three: Kenyoku..............................................................52 EXPERIENCING ENERGY .........42 Just for Today ..............................................................................................................................................................................46 Mindfulness and the precepts...................................................................................................................................................................48 What are empowerments?.74 Joshin Kokkyu Ho........................54 Feel Energy on a Partner’s Hand ..........

..................................................................97 Floating or sinking ....86 “Western-style” Hands-on Self-treatments................98 'Movement' or 'drawing'..........................................................................97 Relaxation.................................................................93 The Early Stages .............................106 Treating a Dog ........................83 Students’ experiences: Self-treatment meditation ........................................104 Anorexia...98 A feeling of intense cold ..........................................................108 Situations when you should not treat someone..............90 Using Western self-treatments in practice ............................................................................................................................................99 ‘Physical release’ ..................................................................................................................................................98 Memories coming to the surface.REGULAR SELF-TREATMENTS..........................113 Merging with the recipient.......111 Seated Reiki treatments..............99 Emotional release........................................................................................................................................................97 Heat or warmth from your hands ..............................................94 Nausea and Queasiness ...........................................................................................................109 “Short Blasts”..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................96 What people feel when they are treated.....................................112 Starting the treatment............................113 Finishing the treatment .........................................................94 Aches and Pains .....................................................95 Effects noticed after the treatment has finished...............................................................113 4 ..........................................80 Alternative approaches.....................................................................................................................................................................................................98 Disorientation...........................................................100 Physical Problems......................................................................................................................84 Intuitive Hands-on Self-treatments ..............................................................................................................................................98 Pressure or difficulty in breathing....................................................................................................106 A whole range of problems........................................................................................108 Different treatment approaches......................................................................................................................................105 Multiple Addictions .................................................................................................................................................................113 Merging with the energy...............79 Healing meditation................................................................................................................................................................................................ sometimes very deep relaxation .........................95 Coolness......................................................................................................92 What you will feel when treating others .......................................97 Seeing colours.....................86 Treating ‘difficult-to-reach’ areas.......106 Giving Reiki treatments .........................................................................................................................82 Why these particular hand positions? ........................................................................................................83 Advantages of the Self-treatment meditation ...............92 Experiencing treatments......................................................................................................................................................................................99 The effect of Reiki on people you treat ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................91 The effects of Self-treatments..............................................................................................91 WORKING ON OTHER PEOPLE .......................................................................95 An Absence of Sensations ...............................................................90 Combining Japanese and Western approaches ................101 Mental and Emotional problems...............................................................................................................................................79 Self-treatment meditation.............................................

.....................................................................................122 Finishing the treatment .......................................................................................................................................................152 Treating Plants ............................................124 How to hold your hands as you treat ...................................148 Using Reiki with other Therapies ...........................171 5 ........................132 Creating a Conducive Atmosphere ............................161 Sources of information about Japanese Reiki.................................150 Spiritual Healing ..................................133 Hand Positions: Supine Treatments ................................132 Focusing on results .........................122 Working from the Tanden...........156 FIRST DEGREE ‘HOMEWORK’ .................161 Chris Marsh.......................................................160 APPENDIX......................................................140 Back treatments........................................................163 Mikao Usui Talks about his System .........................146 The Hand Positions............................................................................................................114 Students’ experiences: treating head and shoulders.132 Treating 'both sides' .........................................................................................................................................................................................................155 An even simpler approach .................133 A few other suggestions about treatments .............................................................................................................................................................162 The Usui Memorial .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................159 Moving on to Second Degree ............................................................................150 'Hands-On' Therapies.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Thoughts & Emotions .................................................................................125 Your state of mind when you treat......................................................................................................................................126 Feeling the Energy Field...........126 Scanning............................................................................................151 Crystal Healing .........................123 ‘Connecting’ to the energy..................................................155 Self-Treatment meditation approach..................................................................167 Poems of the Meiji Emperor ..........................................................118 “Full” Reiki treatments ...154 Distant Healing ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................158 Live the Precepts........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................157 Work on Yourself ..................................................122 Merging with the energy........151 Treating Plants and Animals.................................................................161 Hiroshi Doi...........................152 Students’ experiences: treating plants and animals ...............124 “Reiki On” ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................130 Intuitive working......................................................................................................................................................................................158 Practise on others ....128 Students’ experiences: Scanning........................................................................................................................121 Starting the treatment.....................152 Treating Animals ...............................................................................................................................................................................134 Dealing with Physical Discomfort when you treat ................................................................161 Frank Arjava Petter .........157 Receive Reiju on Mondays .....................................125 Letting your hands tell you how long to treat ................................................................Hand positions for seated treatments ..........................122 Merging with the recipient................