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A Simple Way with Symbols

A Simple Way with Symbols

In the West, we like to make things complicated, and you can read about the complicated way that we have ended up using the Reiki symbols in my article ‘Simplicity and Sandwiches’ which was published in our February 2002 Newsletter and which can be found on our web site. The way that most of us now use symbols is a world away from the simple approach that Usui used. So how can we work with symbols in a way that echoes more the way that Usui taught his students?

Well firstly, Usui taught symbols to a very small number of people, just in the last few years of his life. The vast majority of his students were taught in a very different way. Most of his students were given meditations to use so that they could, over a long period of time, become more and more familiar with the three energies taught at the second-degree level, for example. Once they were thoroughly familiar with the energies, once they had *become* the energies again and again, then they were given a shortcut – a trigger – to connect them to those energies. The triggers that they used were ancient Shinto mantras called kotodama, or jumon, not symbols.

In the West we do it backwards by comparison: we are given a trigger (a symbol) to connect us to an energy that we are not familiar, with and with which we may never become familiar, depending on how we have been taught to use the symbols. Usui had his students become the three energies again and again and again, and when they were ingrained, when they were innate, only then would you be given a way of connecting to the energies that were already within you.

The Power Symbol

The energies were also viewed somewhat differently. The first energy was not seen as some sort of ‘Power’ energy, in the way that the first symbol is seen as the ‘Power’ symbol in the West. The first energy was simply earth energy, energy of the physical body, a physical healing energy. The second energy was seen as heavenly energy and the third energy was said to produce ‘oneness’. Usui’s students learned to get to grips with these energies through meditation, so how can we learn to experience earth energy and celestial energy? Well we can do this by using the symbols.

Try this solitary exercise: sit comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap palms uppermost. In your mind’s eye, visualise the first symbol up in the air above you, and say its name silently to yourself three times. Now imagine that cascades of energy are flooding down onto you from that symbol, cascading into your head, your torso, your hands; endless cascades of energy or light keep on flooding into your body. Do this for several minutes. How does that feel? What impressions do you get of the energy? Where was your attention focused? What were your thoughts?

Now repeat this exercise using the second symbol, again visualising it up in the air above you, saying its name three times, and drawing down endless cascades of energy into your body. How does this feel by comparison? What impressions do you get of the second energy? Where is your attention focused? What is going on in your head?

If you have a Reiki friend to hand, you can do this exercise together: one person sits comfortably in a chair and the other stands behind. The person standing up is going to send energy from the first or second symbol in quite an intense way. What they do is this: ‘charge’ your hands with the energy of the first symbol, say, by drawing the symbol over your palm, saying the name three times, and press your hands together to ‘transfer the effect across’ to he other hand. Now in your mind’s eye draw out the first symbol up in the air above you and say the name three times. Move your hands so that they are hovering alongside the recipient’s temples, and imagine that you are drawing down cascades of energy from the symbol above you, which flood into your crown, through your arms and out of your hands into the recipient. Keep on visualising. How does the energy feel as it comes through your hands? What impressions do you get in your body? How does it feel for the recipient? What adjectives can they use to describe the essence of the energy that they have received?

Now repeat this exercise using the second symbol.

How does this differ from the first energy?

Having carried out this exercise countless times and with many, many students, I can generalise about the sort of impression that most people tend to get from the two symbols, the two energies. Maybe you will notice some, though not all, of these experiences.

The first energy seems thick, dark, heavy, dense, solid, maybe oppressive or claustrophobic sometimes, hot, fierce, coarse, penetrating, with pressure and slow pulsation, your focus is on your physical body. The second energy seems soft, light, gentle, ethereal, like soft fluffy clouds or marshmallows, cool, blue, expansive, exhilarating, and uplifting.

What you have experienced is the essence of earth energy and the essence of heavenly energy, and these are two energies that you have available to you when treating others. These energies are the essence of Usui’s system at second-degree level. The first energy focuses on the physical body, and the second focuses on thoughts and emotions. They are so different, so distinctive. Try using them on their own, just one energy, just one focus, without mixing symbols together. Keep things simple and uncluttered by focusing like a laser beam on one thing at a time, and see what happens. And with time, and with familiarity with the two energies, try producing those energies directly, using intent, and see what happens.

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Discover Your Inner Healer with Reiki

Discover Your Inner Healer with Reiki

Nowadays most people turn to medicine for solving their problems. From the banal headache to the most complicated cases of chronic diseases, all can be solved with a handful of pills. Yet, in most cases these pills undermine the body’s power to heal and cause several other problems, thus inhibiting the normal function of the body. A solution to that would be restoring the body’s ability to heal itself by improving the energy flow through Reiki procedures.

Reiki is a non-invasive procedure that has its main goal of restoring the energetic balance from inside the body. Using a practitioner as the channel and the guiding person, vital energy is introduced inside the body. From there the energy, guided by the Supreme Intelligence, reaches the part which needs help in healing and supplies it with the necessary power or energy to start healing itself.

Universal Vital Energy

All living creatures have this universal, vital energy, which is positive by its nature because it comes from the supreme force. The imbalance appears when negative thoughts and feelings are let inside the body. These prevent the normal flow of positive energy, thus leading to illnesses or diseases of different types. What Reiki does, through the practitioner, is to reestablish this balance and improve the body’s ability to fight negative energy. Unlike other types of healing, Reiki does not introduce any other substances stranger to your body but simply supplies the body with more of the positive energy it already comprises. Thus, the body will heal naturally and no foreign substances will be introduced inside the body.

There are two ways in which Reiki can be used: either as a full therapy or as a complementary therapy indicated in post-surgery or post-trauma cases. Thus, if you are on treatment right now, you can still follow it and start a Reiki treatment. The flow of positive energy will make your body recover faster and at the same time will give you a state of well-being and optimism that will help you pass much easier through the momentary hardships and will give you the strength to move on regardless of what is waiting for you ahead!

I Thought I Would Never Learn Reiki

I Thought I Would Never Learn Reiki But Contrary To My Reiki Teacher’s Prediction, I Became a Powerful Reiki Master Using a Simple Fool-Proof Technique, After Years of ‘Trying’ You Can Too! Here’s How.

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Working with Intuition

Working with Intuition

When I first started practicing Reiki, I didn’t believe that I was intuitive. In fact, I thought that I might only be able to become intuitive after years of dedicated practice, if then. I thought that maybe intuition was only for the gifted few, or if it did arrive for me then it would flash into my head, gone in an instant, and I would not know how to get it back again.

I now realize that intuition is available for everyone, right from the word go, and that by doing just a few simple things we can all amaze ourselves with what we can become aware of. Partly I have come to this conclusion through trial and error, and partly through practicing an intuitive technique called ‘Reiji’ that is used in the original form of Reiki, a technique that allows your hands to be moved ‘by invisible magnets’ to the right places to treat. I have a long way to go with intuition: it is a lifelong journey, but I thought some people might find my experiences and experimentation interesting to read about.


I would dangle the pendulum over each chakra in turn and ask ‘Show me the state of the crown chakra’ and so on. Some people ask if each chakra in turn is balanced, others dangle the pendulum and watch its direction of rotation and the size of the circle traced out, showing how the chakra spins and how open it is. I found after a while that I did not need to hold the pendulum over the chakra; I could just hold the pendulum at my side and ask it as the client lay in front of me. Then I discovered that I did not need to have the client in front of me either and that I could balance their chakras before they arrived for treatment! I was starting to realize that there were not too many limits to this technique.

On occasion, I forgot to bring my pendulum with me, and I could not find anything to use as a substitute, so I started using an ‘imaginary pendulum’ that I ‘held’. My arm made the same muscle movements as before, without the need to suspend a crystal from a thread. Some people use a pendulum that swings ‘in their imagination’. They watch to see how its spin changes in response to their questions. I don’t get on very well with that: I never seem to be able to look at the pendulum from the right angle to tell exactly what it is doing!

I tried to move on from this to see if I could dispense with a pendulum altogether, whether real or imaginary. I started ‘looking’ at someone’s chakras by imagining a series of seven circles one above another and looking at each circle, in turn, to see whether it was small and closed, or open and large. I did not trust this to begin with, of course, because I thought ‘This is just my imagination. I am making this up, so I went back to my trusted imaginary pendulum, and was amazed to find that the pendulum agreed with my ‘imagination’.

On a recent update day for my Reiki Masters, we practiced visualizing each other’s chakras, and there was a whole variety of presentations. One person saw traffic lights with lights at different intensities. One saw a string of seven beads. Another could not see anything until she ‘peered’ over the edge of the chakra, to look down on a lotus flower; some of the flowers had petals that were folded in, and others had their petals fully open.

Now I have moved on from the pendulum and use an imaginary ‘mixing desk’, rather like you might see in a recording studio: a series of seven vertical ‘sliders’ with a central point that represents ‘balance’. I look at each chakra slider in turn and if it slides downwards then the chakra is closed/spinning sluggishly, and if it moves upwards then the chakra is spinning too fast. I also now use a set of five sliders to look at a person’s elements.

The Japanese connection to all this comes in the form of an intuitive ‘technique’ called “Reiji Ho” which means something like ‘indication of the spirit technique’. Details of this method have come to us through Frank Arjava Petter, Hiroshi Doi, and through contacts with Usui’s surviving students. This method involves allowing the energy to guide your hands, so rather than following the Western system of ‘standard hand positions’ you allow Reiki to put your hands in the right place for each person you treat. You are then gearing your treatment to the individual’s energy needs, rather than applying a ‘rubber stamp’ treatment to everyone. People who I have treated using both approaches have found that intuitive treatments seem to penetrate more deeply, seem more relevant to them, and more profound. Once this technique is mastered then every treatment is different: the hand positions change from one person to another and from one treatment to another with the same client, based on their individual needs. Intuitive treatments are liberating; you just merge with the energy and let it happen!

This was the basis for Usui’s original method: letting the energy guide you.

I have described Reiji Ho as a technique, yet in fact, there is no method. The ‘technique’ involves not doing, not thinking, in fact, it works best if you can simply get your mind out of the way completely. You feel your connection with the energy, feel the energy flowing through you, and as you do so feel yourself joining with the energy, merging with the energy, becoming one with the energy, and you simply allow the energy to guide your hands.

What is so exciting for me is that this technique works for almost everyone within a few minutes, so of the 260+ people who have been taught this technique in my ‘Japanese’ course, more than 95% have found that it works for them almost immediately. I teach this technique routinely in my Reiki 2 courses and it works incredibly well. The Japanese ‘Reiju’ empowerments seem to have the effect of giving people greater intuitive potential, so the combination of Reiju and Reiji, as well as the energy exercises called Hatsu Rei Ho, work very well together, fitting like the pieces of a simple and elegant jigsaw. What is also exciting is that if you make it a basic part of your Reiki practice to open yourself to intuition, then you will develop additional intuitive abilities, so moving your hands is only the starting point!

It is liberating and exciting to realize that intuition is there from the start and that all you have to do to access that inner knowledge is to suspend your disbelief, trust that it will work for you, and have a go. Don’t try hard, don’t force it, and don’t think about it, just merge with the energy, empty your head, and let it happen!

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Who Can Use Reiki?

Who Can Use Reiki?

Reiki is a healing technique open to everyone who wants to try it and learn how to use it. There is no restriction on who can learn to use Reiki and who cannot. In fact, it is one of the most permissive healing techniques because there is no way in which the Reiki practitioner can harm in any way himself or the patient.

There is no age restriction

Starting with children and ending with old people, everybody can take part in the wonder of healing themselves and others with the power of their hands.

There is no religious restriction

Many people wrongly assume that, because the energy from Reiki is guided by the creator of this universe, the Reiki Masters must be adepts of one or another religion. This is false, as Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists or persons of any other religion can become Reiki Masters without betraying their religion. In fact, most of those who have tried this form of Healing claim to be closer to their creator (no matter what name it bore for them).

There is no gender restriction

This is another proof that you do not have to be a member of any religion to become a Reiki Master as in most known religions women were not allowed to be priests or have any important role in the religious hierarchy. Yet, both men and women can become Reiki masters, as they will be only the channels, while the healing action will be performed by the supreme force through the energy guided by it.

Reiki Practitioner

The only criterion a Reiki practitioner must fulfill is to have the necessary attunement in order to perform Reiki. The attunements are empowerment received by Reiki students by their masters as proof of the fact that they are ready to start their healing activity. These are special sessions during which the students are given special directions regarding how to channel the energy and are given more power to heal themselves and others.

Thus, if you want to become a Reiki master, you can do that after you have undergone a preparation stage and have received the special attunements. Any other detail regarding your physical or intellectual abilities as well as your emotional preferences does not matter!

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Who Can Learn the Principles of Reiki?

Who Can Learn the Principles of Reiki?

Reiki is one of the most powerful healing techniques. It involves channeling the Ki (life energy or divine power) through the patient’s body and balancing the amount of energy from their bodies. It is used for treating all types of illnesses and diseases and can address physical problems as well as mental and emotional ones. This technique was first explained to people by Dr. Usui who then passed his knowledge and skills to his followers so that Reiki is a healing technique that can be learned. But who can learn it?

Anyone who is ready to believe in the curative force of positive energy is eligible for becoming a Reiki Master. There is no restriction regarding the type of religion one should believe in, no special period of preparation that can last for years, and no intellectual ability necessary in order to be one of those attuned to Reiki. People from all over the world have received their attunement and are now Reiki Masters.

Reiki Masters

Even though there is no restriction regarding the persons who can become Reiki Masters, those who intend to follow this path must know that there are three levels they will have to undergo until they become masters. In each one of those levels, the students will be taught something and at the end of each level, they will receive an attunement. Only after the student has completed all three stages they can be named Reiki Masters.

In addition to that, there is a condition that must be fulfilled by all Reiki students: they must believe and agree with the Reiki principles which state that the Reiki practitioner should live their lives in peace and harmony with the ones around them, will honor the ones which have taught them and brought them to life and will banish every negative feeling from their hearts.

Non-invasive techniques

Reiki is one of those non-invasive techniques which can have positive effects on the entire human body. Yet, it needs a person to channel the energy through the human body. Do you think you can take this responsibility of healing people and bringing that state of wellness to their bodies and minds?

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What You Need In Order To Become a Reiki Healer

What You Need In Order To Become a Reiki Healer

Reiki means healing one’s body and/or soul with the use of universal positive energy. Anyone can benefit from the positive effects of this universal power or energy, yet it requires a practitioner who has received the attunement or empowerment to channel the energy through the individual’s body.

Everyone can become a Reiki healer. There is no restriction regarding religion, intellectual capacities, learning or ability to meditate. Anyone who wishes to be initiated into the secrets of the Reiki technique is a potential Reiki healer. However, in order to be able to channel the energy one must necessarily receive attend special preparation Reiki sessions and obtain the attunement. For this, a future Reiki master must undergo a series of preparations. The original Reiki preparation, taught by Dr. Usui involved learning different meditation techniques, breathing exercises, reciting spiritual poetry and the Reiki principles, regular empowerment meant to open the student’s eyes towards this new type of healing, and lastly, the hands-on and distance healing was taught.

Reiki Masters

Nowadays there are two ways in which you can undergo your Reiki apprentice: whether by learning the secrets of Reiki with one of the few Reiki Masters or read their books and practicing Reiki all by yourself. While the first option is considered to be better, it is not always quite affordable for different reasons, ranging from time to the fees one will have to pay. The second option, which is considered by specialists almost as effective as the direct apprenticeship is much more comfortable. Those interested read the book with lessons, perform the activities listed there and they receive indirect attunement. Some Reiki masters are also available on the phone or through email for feedback and/ or comments, so that students can keep in touch with their masters and even receive direct attunement if this is what they want.

Reiki Master Degree

There are 3 levels that a student must reach in order to be a Reiki master: first degree, where you learn the importance of the Reiki practice as well as the necessity of cleaning yourself before learning to clean others; second degree where you are taught the secret uses of Reiki as well as the techniques through which you can heal the others and the third degree when the student becomes a Reiki master who can pass their knowledge to other students.

If becoming a Reiki master is your goal, then you should undergo all those levels, one at a time. For each one, you will receive a special empowerment that will recognize your skills in channeling the energy for healing yourself and others.

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What Types of Illnesses Does Reiki Heal and How?

What Types of Illnesses Does Reiki Heal and How?

Reiki is a Japanese healing therapy that works by guiding Ki through the patient’s body. Ki is the universal energy, God’s power that keeps all living creatures alive. In normal situations, when the body is in good shape and the person has a state of well-being, the Ki flows undisrupted through the entire body. During the time when the Ki has a normal flow through the body, the person is happy and positive feelings are present in their mind and soul.

Yet, when negative thoughts make their way through the individual’s soul, the Ki flow is disrupted. This means that one or more areas of the body no longer receive the amount of life energy needed to function properly. The situation can be solved by leaving positive thoughts enter one’s soul. When this is not possible and the negative energy lurks inside the body, the affected areas become more prone to developing certain illnesses and diseases. This is when Reiki must be used to guide the Ki and restore the balance inside the affected bodies.

The Practitioner Guides

The practitioner guides the Ki through the body and with the help of their hands, they direct the energy towards the parts of the body which require help. If the practitioner does not spot exactly the area with the problems, the energy will go to the affected area, no matter if it is guided in that direction or not. Thus, the results of this technique are guaranteed regardless of the practitioner’s ability to discover the affected area.

Because it balances the energy inside the human body, Reiki has been used to treat all types of body illnesses and diseases. Moreover, it has been used as a complementary therapy along with medicines.

Not only physical conditions can be treated with the help of Reiki. Ki can also improve the overall condition of people with emotional problems. In fact, as pointed out previously, negative energy (or negative thoughts) is at the basis of all problems, so dealing with those is the first step in any Reiki treatment. Thus, if you want to balance your chakra you will first need to learn how to think positively.

The Principles of Reiki

The principles of Reiki are very simple and easy to follow. In addition to that, it is non-invasive and can solve any known problem, so if you suffer from a bodily or emotional problem you should give it a try!

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What Is Reiki and How Can It Help You

What Is Reiki and How Can It Help You

Stress and modern diseases have started to take over the human population. More and more people complain about serious illnesses and diseases as well as about a weak immune system that is no longer able to cope with the invasion of external, harmful factors. The problem behind all these health issues is the body’s inability to heal itself.

We have bacteria in our bodies all the time, both good bacteria and bad bacteria. Yet, the bad ones are kept under control by the human body through its power of defense. When this power, this healing energy is no longer present inside the body, it can no longer fight back, and the bad energies as well as the diseases set in.

Rei Ki

Reiki (Rei = universal and Ki = life force, energy) means the universal energy, the power which is available in the entire universe, in all the living creatures as well as all-natural items from this planet. This energy is used in helping the body increase its ability to heal and fight back external aggressions. This technique of Japanese origins is both a healing instrument as well as a purifying technique used for prevention.

The principles of Reiki are simple: by balancing the body’s natural energy, its healing power is increased considerably, so that the bacteria and viruses will not be able to defeat it. Also, any type of disease present at that moment inside the body will be healed or at least improved. The Reiki sessions result in a thorough cleansing of the body and in clearing the mind of all the negative thoughts which used to linger there. Thus, the body will be clean and energetically balanced from both a physical and spiritual perspective.

There are two types of Reiki sessions: the direct ones, in which the Reiki master places their hands on the most important parts of the body, and the indirect ones, which take part when the Reiki master cannot reach the client. The procedures are basically the same, with the exception that the client is missing and the Reiki master will just imagine placing their hands on the body. It is said that both procedures are almost equally effective, with slightly more benefic results in the case of hands-on sessions.

Non-invasive Method

Reiki can make wonders for your aura and can help you fight all the diseases of the body and mind which want to take control over you. It is a non-invasive method without any side effects and with great results. Numerous patients stand as proof of that!

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What Is Attunement and Why You Need It to Perform Reiki

What Is Attunement and Why You Need It to Perform Reiki

Reiki sessions always need two people: the patient and the practitioner. The practitioner is not just any person claiming to have powers in guiding energy. In order to be a real Reiki practitioner one must receive the necessary attunements and have at least two of the three levels of becoming a Reiki master completed. This will enable them to heal themselves (first degree) and to heal others (second degree). People who have not received these attunements are not working with Reiki, but rather use other types of energy healing. Thus, it is important to ask your Reiki practitioner if they have the necessary attunements to practice Reiki. It will be a way of ensuring that you are not dealing with a scam.

Reiki Attunements

Reiki attunements, also known as empowerments are special Reiki sessions in which the Reiki Master (who is also the teacher) transfers part of the energy and of their learning to the students wanting to be introduced to Reiki. It is a special process that acknowledges the fact that the students are ready to work with supreme energy and can heal themselves (first attunement) and others (second attunement). The last attunement represents the ability of the student to become a Reiki Master, thus not only being able to use the Ki but also to share their knowledge with other people and become a teacher for them.

The attunement for all these three levels used to be given all at once, but to avoid superficial people from trying to get it, it was split into three with different stages of preparation, meditation periods, and preparation for the special event. Thus, only those determined to help people will be able to get this attunement.

One can receive their attunement personally, using the hands-on technique, or, if the teacher is at the distance, they can send the attunement from the distance. There is no difference between the two types of attunement, apart from the convenience of not leaving your own home to attend a miles away attunement.

Receive Attunements

In order to practice Reiki every individual must receive attunements or empowerment. Without them, they are not Reiki Masters and cannot channel the vital energy, which will lead to no effect after the so-called Reiki sessions. So, make sure that your Reiki Master has received all the attunements before starting the healing sessions.

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What Are the Steps to Become a Reiki Master?

What Are the Steps to Becoming a Reiki Master?

In order to practice Reiki one must undergo several periods of preparation. This way the individual will be prepared to receive and understand the secrets of working with Ki, the divine force which governs life. Usui, the first Reiki master and the one who established the Reiki healing technique receive all the Reiki energy at once, thus being able to heal himself, and others and at the same time pass his knowledge of Reiki to his followers. Similarly, he passed the power to his students at once. Yet, Dr. Hayashi understood that not all people who want to learn the principles of Reiki are prepared to receive all the attunements at once as they are not able to adapt to the power that runs through them. This is why he broke the empowerment procedure into 3 main levels. At the end of each level, the student receives a new attunement or empowerment, all culminating with receiving the attunement of a Reiki master.

Level one

Focuses on preparing the body for receiving the energy. During these initial preparations, the student is taught how to attract energy, receive it inside their bodies and work with it for their own cleaning. The basic notions of channeling energy are also disclosed in the first-degree sessions. At the end of the preparation period, the student will receive the attunement which enables them to use Reiki for their own sake. From then on the students will need to perform regular sessions to clean themselves and balance the level of energy from their bodies.

Level two

Focuses on others, as the students will be given lessons about the way in which they can use energy to heal others. The sacred symbols are taught now and the emphasis lays now more on the spiritual part of the student rather than on their physical part (which was the object of level one). At the end of this level, which lasts four times more than the first one the student should be able to individuate the part of the body which needs treatment, will be able to give proper care to other people, and will be capable of initiating both hands-on and at distance treatment sessions.

Level three

This is the last attunement. Students who choose to undergo this last level of learning will be taught how to pass their knowledge and power to other people who want to learn about Reiki. At the end of the lessons they become Reiki masters and have the highest rank in the Reiki hierarchy, but they have also more responsible, as they are in charge of their lives as well as of the others’.

Reiki attunements are valid for life, so even if you do not use it for a long period you will still have them and be able to activate your power when needed.

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