The History of Reiki
Reiki is older than any written account, but the modern story of Reiki begins in the mid 1800’s with Dr Mikao Usui, a Christian Minister in Kyoto, Japan. He was searching for the skill of healing, and spent many years travelling to and from different countries and religious groups trying to find the answers. Finally he settled in a Zen Buddhist Monastry back in Kyoto and spent many years studying the Sutras. Eventually he found a formula for healing, but it was not complete, it was written 2500 years ago and could not be fully interpreted.
Dr Usui decided to undergo three weeks of fasting and meditation on the nearby holy site of Mount Kori-Yama to ask for guidance. He picked a spot and laid out 21 stones to act as a calendar and threw away one every morning. Early on the morning of the 21st day just before dawn he saw a beam of light which moved towards him faster and faster, growing larger and larger. He got up to run, but decided to accept this as his answer from God, even if it killed him.
The light struck his eyebrow centre and knocked him down unconscious. He saw bubbles, millions of bubbles moving from right to left in every colour of the rainbow. Finally came the Reiki symbols in white and gold. As each symbol appeared he was given instruction on how to use it. When he opened his eyes it was the middle of the morning.
Dr Usui spent the rest of his life sharing Reiki. Before his death Dr Usui passed the keys of Reiki over to his closest associate Dr Chijiro Hayashi, who ran a Reiki clinic in the early 1900’s in Japan. Mrs Hawayo Takata travelled from her home in Hawaii to Japan to be healed when she became ill. Dr Hayashi healed her and then she studied Reiki for a year and in 1934 Dr Hayashi made her a Reiki Master (someone who can fine tune or empower others with Reiki energy). Mrs Takata spent the rest of her life sharing Reiki through Hawaii and California, where she trained other Masters.
How does Reiki work?
We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.
The life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted when we accept, either consciously or unconsciously, negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body.
Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.
Reiki can be used to heal people, plants, animals, the earth, the universe, and as many other things as you can think of. It works at a deep level where there may be deep mental, emotional and psychic blocks or imbalances which may be causing a physical problem that must be released. It works at the casual level of illness, not just the symptoms, by balancing energies and cleansing toxins.
Reiki is not just for when you are ill, it helps you to live your life at your own highest level, restoring control and balance.
The effects of Reiki treatment
- Heals mind, body and spirit
- Works on causes of illness
- Releases stress
- Develops positive attitude
- Balances energy and Chakras
- Increases energy
- Enhances personal growth
- Expands creativity