Reiki FAQ's



What is Reiki?

What Is The Difference Between Western & Japanese Reiki?

What Are Reiki Attunements?

Why Do A Combined Reiki Level I & Level II Course?

What Are The Benefits Of Reiki?

Can Therapists Use Reiki With Other Treatments?

Can Anyone Learn Reiki?

What Is A Reiki Lineage?

What Is Your Reiki Lineage?





What is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural form of energy healing, using varying frequencies of energy to heal at all levels. The energy used in Reiki is believed to be Universal Energy. This energy is channelled by the practitioner and directed through the practitioner's hands to wherever it is needed. The system of Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui after his sartori (enlightenment) on Mount Kurama in 1920's Japan. Reiki has spread throughout the world as a respected form of healing used by many thousands of people, and some hospitals and clinics.

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What Is The Difference Between Western & Japanese Reiki?

Japanese Reiki is much more intuitive and genuinely spiritual, in line with Japanese culture. Western Reiki has, in many of its forms, had some of the spiritual teachings removed and replaced with a mix of pseudo-spiritual and non-Japanese concepts. The other main difference is that Japanese Reiki is used as a means of treating injuries and illnesses directly, whereas Western Reiki is often used as a relaxation therapy or as a means of balancing the 'chakras'.

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What Are Reiki Attunements?

Reiki attunements or denju are adjustments made by the Reiki teacher to the students energy body to connect them to the source of the energy and allow the flow of energy from the Universe into the student. This allows the student to heal using the Reiki energy and to develop themselves on every level to fulfill their higher path. Once attuned, the student has a direct connection to the Highest Consciousness.

These are not to be confused with Reiju (a blessing) or empowerments. Reiju empowerments apply energy to the student and bring the student closer to the source of the energy a little at a time where as the Reiki attunements offer a direct connection. Originally Mikao Usui taught his students on an ongoing regular basis (similar to his KiKo teaching) so it made perfect sense to give them Reiju empowerments generally on a weekly basis, raising their frequency a little at a time as they learn Reiki.

As Mikao Usui developed his understanding of his new method for healing, he introduced the denju or attunement process. This meant he could teach Reiki on short courses (as people are taught in the Western World) the Reiki attunements were used as a direct and immediate connection to the source of the energy.

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Why Do A Combined Reiki Level I & Level II Course?

There are a number of reasons why it is more beneficial for a student to take level 1 and level 2 as a combined course:

When a student is attuned to Reiki, whether on a short course over one or two days or on a longer course over many weeks, a cleansing and healing process takes place over a period of time. This is called the "21 day cleansing process" or the "Reiki healing crisis" and lasts as long as each individual needs. The more self-healing that is done over this time, the easier and shorter the process is.

Level 1 does not actually teach Reiki healing using the Usui symbols, only Rei healing (spiritual healing) is taught. Level 2 teaches Reiki healing for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions, allowing the student to heal themselves much more effectively during (and after) the cleansing process.

Very few students will be sensitive enough to feel the energy used at level 1. We find that students get disillusioned with Reiki when they have only taken level 1 because they cannot feel the energy and are disappointed with the healing effects. Level 1 is more a relaxation treatment, rather than the healing treatment possible at level 2.

Level 1 is not a complete or stand-alone course, and as such it only teaches part of the Reiki system. Mikao Usui said Light and Ki energy flows from the healers hands, eyes and breath. Level 1 teaches the Light component and level 2 teaches the Ki component. Both are needed to be able to use Reiki effectively. This is much closer to the way Dr Usui taught Reiki.

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What Are The Benefits Of Reiki?

Reiki has many benefits, both in a physical way and in a spiritual way. Once attuned, the flow of Reiki energy gives continuous healing to the individual, on every level. Self healing on a regular basis increases the flow, and the beneficial effects of the Reiki energy. Generally, people tend to feel much less stressed, more energized and much more focused. Life seems clearer, and life's purpose is more apparent. Reiki is a life changing event, the start of a spiritual journey of self discovery and enlightenment. Reiki gives the gift of attaining happiness.

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Can Therapists Use Reiki With Other Treatments?

Reiki works well with any form of healing treatment. Reiki enhances the benefits of the therapists existing form of healing. Clients usually feel the difference in the treatment they are receiving and often therapists offer Reiki healing as an additional treatment.

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Can Anyone Learn Reiki?

Yes! The founder of Reiki Mikao Usui said: "...a man, woman, young or old, people with knowledge or without knowledge, anybody who has a common sense can receive the power accurately in a short time and can heal selves and others. I have taught to more than one thousand people but no one is failed." I believe that anyone will be able to use Reiki energy.

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What Is A Reiki Lineage?

Reiki lineage refers to the line of Reiki Masters that leads to the student. For traditional Reiki the line begins with Dr Usui, and continues with one of his Reiki Masters, and then to one of theirs and so it continues. For a healing system to be called Reiki and be recognized as such, the lineage must trace back to Mikao Usui.

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What Is Your Reiki Lineage?

Western

Mikao Usui

Dr Chujiro Hayashi

Mrs Hawayo Takata

Bethal Phaigh

William L Rand

Allan J Sweeney

Andy Chrysostomou

Dawn Mellowship
Japanese

Mikao Usui

Kanichi Taketomi

Kimiko Koyama

Hiroshi Doi

Allan J Sweeney

Andy Chrysostomou

Dawn Mellowship




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