Reiki is a system of natural energy healing. The word is Japanese for Universal Life Force Energy. A Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit for the life force energy and directs it into the body of the person receiving a treatment. The practitioner does not use their own energy to do Reiki healing work. Reiki is used to promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives. The person receiving a treatment will feel a sense of warmth, relaxation and a balancing of their energy and chakras. Historical Reiki originated in the time of the Buddha. The Buddha did healings throughout his life and ministry much the same as the healing stories of Jesus. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of modern Reiki, based this healing system on Sanskrit literature written by the disciples of Buddha instructing them on how to heal others and themselves. There were three great Reiki Masters in the development of this system of natural healing.
Meet the Three Great Reiki Masters
Dr. Mikao Usui (1860?-1930) founded the modern Reiki system of natural healing. A professor of theology, he studied the traditions of Buddha’s healing and developed them into the Usui System of Natural Healing (Reiki). It is thought that he taught over 2,000 students to use Reiki. Sixteen of his students continued their training to reach the Reiki Master (Shinpiden) level, one of whom was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi (1879-1941) was a student of Dr. Usui’s. He took over the leadership of Reiki after the death of Dr. Usui. He developed uniform procedures for teaching Reiki and doing healings.
Hawayo Takata (1900-1980) was a Japanese-American woman who studied Reiki under Dr. Hayashi. She brought the Reiki healing method to her native Hawaii and taught throughout the United States.
In addition to developing the Reiki healing system, Dr. Usui wrote five principles that should be followed by all Reiki practitioners.
The Five Reiki Principles
- Just for today, I will let go of anger.
- Just for today, I will let go of worry.
- Today, I will count my many blessings
- Today, I will do my work honestly.
- Today, I will be kind to every living creature.
If a person desires to become a Reiki practitioner, they must study with a Reiki Master. There are three degrees in the Usui System of Natural Healing. The first degree practitioner is able to do hands on healing on themselves and others. The second degree practitioner is able to send healing energy to people anywhere in the world. The Reiki Master (third degree) is able to teach Reiki and attune people to the Universal Life Force energy.