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A Definition
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a Japanese word representing Universal Life Energy, the energy inherent in every living thing. When activated and applied for purpose of healing, Reiki addresses body, mind, and spirit. It accelerates the body's natural ability to heal physical ailments and opens the mind and spirit to the causes of disease and pain, the necessity for taking responsibility for one's life and the joys of balanced wellness. The Usui System of Natural Healing is a practice which uses Reiki in these ways.
Origins
This system was born out of the experience and dedication of Mikao Usui who, in the late 1800's, began an extensive study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest acknowledged spiritual leaders. Through travel, study, research and meditation, he evolved a healing system based on ancient Buddhist teachings. He spent the rest of his life practicing and teaching this method of natural healing, which involved attunement to the energy and the laying on of hands.
The Usui System of Natural Healing
continues to be taught by Reiki masters who are trained in the original traditions of Reiki and whose personal and professional lives are committed to this healing art and the life-style which it engenders.

 

A Reiki Practitioner
is a channel for the energy. Undergoing initiation as a Reiki practitioner takes the treatment to another level, bringing the energy into your life and creating a continuous healing process for your body, mind and spirit.
 

Learning the Reiki System

Anyone can learn the Usui System of Natural Healing. The only prerequisites are openness and a desire to learn. There are two practitioner levels.
 

Shoden: "To deal with and transmit the energy."

In this first level of training you learn everything you need to know about Reiki for the purposes of giving treatment to yourself and others. The class is a hands-on experience, and an opportunity to reawaken your own natural healing ability through the Reiki initation process. This energy attunement occurs in four ceremonial acts shared by the Reiki Master with each student. A Reiki class is taught by a Master using the format of a formal treatment. There are four consecutive three-hour sessions. In the first section, the history of Reiki is discussed, and the basic hand positions for self-healing are given and practiced. In each of the three remaining sections the Reiki Master will demonstrate the sequence of hand positions for head, chest, and back. The students then practice, giving and receiving Reiki in these positions under the caring supervision of the Master. By the end of class, each student will have given and received a full treatment.
 

Oku Den: "Bringing in and transmitting the essence of the energy."

Oku Den is the second level of training and is available to the first Degree practitioner who wishes deepen her or his experience and commitment to using Reiki in their lives. There is a minimum of 100 days between the First and Second Level training. THe Second Degree class includes a deeper initiation by the Reiki Master, and instructions in the conscious use of ancient symbols to increase the flow of energy in treatments, to reach the subconscious mind, and to be able to send energy to someone not present in as focused a way as a physical treatment.
 

Do Shu: "Where a Way is Practiced."

Do Shu is the teaching level of Reiki. A Traditional Master of the Usui System of Reiki is one who has been trained in the original traditions of Reiki and whose personal and professional life is committed to this healing and the life-style that it engenders.


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