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Reiki Teaching Materials


::Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living thing.::

These are the precepts of Reiki, as presented by one of the first masters. They are described not as rules, but as phrases for contemplation.

What is Reiki

Reiki is several things.
It is a form of energy healing, described as channeling universal life energy or Ki to the client, typically through light touch.
It is an attitude, and an approach to life and its vagaries.
It is an invitation to wellness, a spiritual healing practice that can help return us to balanced functioning on every level – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, even social.

Rei = universal Ki = life force Reiki is the universal life force which animates all things. Practitioners consider it a spiritually guided life force, guided by and part of the collective consciousness. It is a form of Japanese “hands-on” healing, through which a practitioner acts as a channel to connect another person with the “universal haling life force” or Reiki.

Rapid stress reduction, relief from pain and anxiety
Improved sleep and digestion, enhanced sense of well being.

Reiki supports our well being and strengthens our natural ability to heal by encouraging balance.

What is the experience of reiki?

Light touch
Breathing becomes slower
Variety of subjective experiences – warm tingling, subtle pulsations, simply sense of relaxation and enhanced sense of well-being.
At the end of a treatment, the recipient generally feels more centered, more in touch with themselves in a very natural way, and often finds they sleep better.
Simultaneously, it may open an inner spiritual connection that changes the way that person experiences life, and provide a sense of connectedness that can transform negative attitudes and create a snese of meaning and purpose.

History of Reiki

Dr. Mikao Usui (1865 – 1926) was the first practitioner and the first master of Reiki, and the one who discovered these techniques after many years of study.
He was the President of Deshisha University, a small Christian university in Kyoto. He was challenged by the question of a student, and that challenge caused him to resign from his position, and to devote many years to finding an answer. That question was a desire to “see with our own eyes” the miraculous healings like those performed by Jesus.

He studied comparative religion in Chicago, and received a PhD/Theology. (seven years)
But he did not find his answer.
He returned to Japan, and began the study of Buddhism.
He was admitted to a Buddhist monastery to sturdy the sutras.
Still he found no answers.
So he learned Chinese.
Then Sanskrit, and travel to Tibet.
He found the formula, the symbols, and the description of how the Buddha healed. But still he could not heal others, or find anyone else who could.
Another seven years had passed.
After meeting with the Abbott of the monastery, he realized that the only place to look for the ability to heal was within himself. He chose to undertake a 21 day retreat, on the top of Mt. Kuriyama, not far from Kyoto.
It is said that he collected 21 pebbles, and threw one down the mountain each morning to mark the passage of time. He fasted and prayed, but nothing happened for the first 20 days.
On the morning of the 21st day just befor dawn, he described seeing a light coming over the horizon, whiling toward him. It hit him “in the 3rd eye” and and knocked him over. It knocked him into some sort of an altered state for some hours – and during that time he received the keys to healing. He saw a series of symbols, symbols that he recognized from his study of the Sanskrit texts, but now found knowledge that seemed to arise spontaneously in him, as if her were remembering or recalling knowledge from deep within. He recognized that these symbols could be used as keys to unlock our own healing channels to allow us to conduct powerful healing.
He awoke, knowing that he had received the answer to his prayers and to his years of study. He was no longer tied, no longer stiff, no longer hungry. He was so excited in fact, that he jumped up – and stubbed his toe as he began to race down the mountain. Placing his hand on hi stoe in the way he had seen in the vision, he received healing of the injury. The bleeding stopped, the pain went away, and his healing was well underway.
On his way down the mountain, he stopped for food – his first in 21 days. There he met a girl – and healed the toothache she had suffered for three days, observing the swelling of her jaw quickly subside after his touch, as her father prepared food for him.
He returned to the monastery, and found the abbott in bed, suffering from arthritis – and healed the abbott with his touch.

The next seven years he worked in a beggars camp, healing others. But he became discouraged when he found people whom he had healed returning to gegging, in spite of their good health. They couldn’t handly teir health and the responsibility for their life. The abbott adivised him:
You must heal the whole person. People must be genuinely seeking long-term positive change within themselves before healing is possible.

Thus, the precepts:
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living thing.

Ki / Qi / Prana

Everything that is alive has a certain amount of life force – or ki. We each receive a certain amount at birth, which can be depleted . . . leading to exhaustion, irritability, and depression.
This is the part that biomedical science cannot explain or replicate.
With strong ki, the body and mind are maintained in balance - a positive state of health and well being.
When the ki is blocked, the body or the mind or the spirit ultimately gets sick and out of balance.
The job of the Reiki Practitioner is to lay on their hands, and channel universal ki, drawn through them from the universe at large, by the recipient, who is then replenished and rebalanced. The purpose of Reiki is to supply additional energy, which can be used for balancing and for healing itself. Reiki does not treat disease – it restores balance, which allows the recipient to then use his or own innate healing to address the disease or illness.

The ki is channeled to the recipient. It is not the practitioner’s own ki. His or her own personal life force is not passed on, nor do you take on the client’s energy or burden. If you are not attuned, when you lay on hands, you pass some Reiki along, but at a much lower intensity than someone already attuned to Reiki.

Reiki is fundamentally wise and compassionate. It goes to where it is needed in the client, without guidance from either the client or the practitioner. It always acts for the person’s giherst good, and can not harm. It activates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It automatically goes to the deepest level of the person’s being where illness originates, and works wherever it is needed most, releasing blocked energies, cleansing toxins, and creating more balance.
It is a natural healing force which flows through the hands of the Reiki giver.


Reiki does something special with the channeller to boost effectiveness and to amp up power. To become a reiki practitioner, you mush have your healing channels opened through a process called attunement. There is not really a lot of learning involved, at least not in the usual sense of “learning”. You learn about the history and the philosophy. But the more important part is the ceremony by which the master attunes each person individually, adjusting the energetics/vibrations of the student to the universal life force so that more energy can flow through them. The idea is that we are already wired for this work. The master just throws the switch. The channels are harmonized with universal ki, so that you now have unlimited access to the life force energy for their own healing, and an channel this energy to others.

Hands on, Reiki on.


First degree – allows you to do hands on reiki, to yourself, and to others, attunes you, and teaches you the hand position.
Second degree – provides you with further attunement, teaches you three of the sacred symbols which allow you to 1st amplify the Rieki energy, 2nd to directly address mental healing, and 3rd to enhance intuition and to do distant healing.
Master level – involves a commitment to a life and teaching of Reiki. I understand it also provides the master symbol, and allows you to attune others.

An amazing thing happens at each level. With 1st degree, you can quickly offer real assistance to yourself and to others with hands on work. 2nd degree allows more powerful channeling, and allows you to send Reiki not only to people at a distance, but also to situations.

Bottom Line
Reiki is easily acquired, and easily done.
It does not require faith or belief.
Its experience is subjective, and different for each person.
It can do no harm.
It directly helps – especially with balance, centering, pain, and anxiety, and it helps us rest. And because of all these, it amplifies healing, and works well with every other modality – including biomedical/conventional medicine.

April 17, 2007