Your Questions About How Does Reiki Attunement Work





James asks…

what is reiki?

frankp57 answers:

Reiki itself is a Japanese spiritual system that has been used in Japan at least back until the Meiji period, where spiritualist, shaman, and priests used this term to describe their practices. The first time a book was printed about Reiki was in 1919 by a Therapist from Japan.

The Reiki that we have commonly come to know today as ‘Reiki’ started life as a spiritual system taught by a Japanese man named Mikao Usui. In around the year of 1920 Usui, a devout Buddhist, had a Satori (a breakthrough, enlightenment) that allowed him to realize that the ultimate goal in life was to live by “unity of self through harmony and balance”. He created a system for doing so, based on Buddhist and Shinto beliefs that were held outside the confines of the very controlling Japanese government during his time (in Usui’s time, Religion that was not state run was forbidden). In around 1921 he started to teach others his system, calling it a ‘philosophical’ path, which was controlled by the Japanese Department of Education.

In around 1922, Usui’s friend started to teach his own ‘philosophical’ path that included hand healing as part of the practice. This system was based heavily on folk Shinto – which was outlawed during this time. In 1923, Usui added hand healing to his practice, as well as blessing ceremony (the predecessor to todays attunement) – both derived from his friend.

In 1925, several Japanese Navy Admirals joined Usui’s School. They became very interested in the hand healing methods, and, shifted focus of the school to devoting their time refining their practice at it. In 1926, Usui would pass away, leaving the school to his senior students and his friend.

In 1926, these people would found the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai – a memorial group dedicated to the work of Usui. They would recognize Usui, posthumously, as their first President. They would teach both Usui’s spiritual system as well as hand healing. As time went on, less and less of Usui’s spiritual system was being taught, reserved for more advanced students. Newer students would be taught hand healing methods instead.

In around 1928, Usui’s friend would leave the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai because of disagreements that he had with the way things were being run. He went on to found his own spiritual system and taught his own hand healing method.

In 1930ish, Dr. Hayashi, one of the Navy Admirals, would leave the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai because of differences in how things were being run. He went on to create his own style of Reiki (with many changes – focusing primarily on Hand healing), and, run his own healing clinic.

In 1935, a woman would seek out Hayashi for Reiki treatments and would be successfully healed by Hayashi. She would go on to learn Reiki from Hayashi. Her name was Hawayo Takata.

In 1938, Takata would bring ‘Hayashi Reiki’ to America, change it again, and call it Usui Shiki Ryoho. At this point, her Reiki looks nothing like the Reiki that the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai was teaching. Her Reiki was taught as a hand healing method and lacked much of the traditional spiritual teachings as well as the meditative practices common in Traditional Reiki.

In 1941, Japan would bomb Pearl Harbor. Americans would hate ANYTHING having to do with Japan. Knowing this, Takata would re-write Reiki history, telling a tale of Usui being both a Doctor and a Christian Minister. She did this with hopes that the USA was a very Christian Society, so, if she could make Reiki and Usui linked to Christianity, Americans would not have prejudices against either. Also, Takata believed that Doctors were universally accepted, so, making Usui a Doctor, she believed that Americans would be further put at ease.

After this, Takata would go on to teach 22 Reiki Masters with this ‘new’ Reiki. These 22 Masters would spread out across America and teach this system to the masses. This is where American Reiki was born.

Since that time, Reiki has been hacked, chopped, diced, sliced, deleted, omitted, replaced, combined, mixed, stirred, blended, improved, simplified, over-exaggerated, and combined with every new age thought to come about. New systems of Reiki are being invented every day. There are now thousands of ‘new and improved’ systems. Sadly, Reiki has been exploited and violated in every way possible. You can even find something called “Sensual Reiki”. Sadly, I dont think Usui had this in mind when he started teaching his Spiritual system in the 1920’s.

A LOT of misinformation now exists in the Reiki world, such as Reiki being Buddhist healing – it is NOT. Such as Reiki coming from Tibet – it DOES NOT (Reiki doesnt come from Atlantis, Mesopotamia, or outer space either). Such as Reiki being part of the Chakra system – NOT.

With all of these changes, most of the Traditional material that was once part of this spiritual system (that included hand healing) has been omitted, being replaced with who knows what and being passed off to the unsuspecting consumer as the latest and greatest thing in the Reiki world.

Also interesting, Usui Reiki Ryoho has remained alive and well in Japan during all of this ‘Americanization’ and has finally made its way to America. It is still being taught in a traditional sense, holding close to the traditional values and practices that the Senior members of the original Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai expounded.

It is a common bit of misinformation to translate Reiki as “universal energy”, where Reiki is thought of as purely a hands on healing modality. This is because the Japanese language has changed over time. The Reiki that Usui taught was named in old Kanji (old Japanese language). The common mis-translation in todays Reiki world comes from the use of new kanji (new Japanese language) script to make the translation.

In the Usui Reiki Ryoho style of Reiki (the most traditional form of Reiki), it is traditionally taught that the word Reiki – translated in the old Kanji script – means “spiritual essence” or “essence of being” and expounds the teachings of Usui-San – who was teaching a spiritual belief system where hand healing was but a very small part of the entire system. Those that worked with usui have said that when Usui talked of hand healing he did not use the word Reiki. Instead, when he talked of Reiki, he talked about our link with our essence of being – our connection with the past, present, and future.

The Usui system was a path that taught how to refine ones own spiritual self, to make oneself better by healing the spirit first, the mind second, the body third. His teachings were centered around the 5 Reiki principles and the Usui Dojo motto: “Unity of self through Harmony and Balance.”

It is also a common misconception that the chakras are a part of Reiki. They are not. The chakras are a part of Vedic philosophy which come from India. Reiki is based largely on Chinese influence, with Reiki being influenced heavily from Chinese Traditional Medicine and their energy system – which includes the Tan Tien and the Meridians. Traditional Reiki techniques are very similar to Kiko techniques (kiko is the Japanese form of Chinese Traditional Qi gung). This misinformation about the chakras in Reiki, that is very common in todays Western Reiki systems, was added to Reiki in the 1980’s by an American man named Arthur Robertson, who incidently invented the first ‘Tibetan Reiki’ style too. The chakra system is a foreign energy system to Japanese thought (being Indian in origin – derived from the Pali language – cakra), and, differs greatly from the Chinese Traditional medicine system of energy introduced to Japan between the 7-9th centuries. The Japanese dont even have Kanji script for the word Chakra.

Hand healing methods in Japan go back at least 2000 years, with ancient poems describing practitioners healing with the touch of their hands. This system of healing had many variations throughout Japanese history – the biggest being the introduction of Chinese Trad. Medicine and their energy system. It also spurred things like Shiatsu and Anma Japanese massage techniques. Hand healing is nothing new to the Japanese people.

In Traditional Reiki hand healing, the practitioner is taught to sense energetic disturbances within the body, and, bring balance back to the energetic system of the body by correcting these disturbances through the localization and concentration of ‘spiritual essence’ (often mistranslated as universal energy) from the practitioner to the client.

Reiki hand healing therapy can be used to help any aliment of mind, body, or spirit. It is a true holistic therapy. It works to aid and support medication as well as other therapies. It can be used on human, animal, or plant.

Reiki healing can be sent over distances – something called distance or absentee healing. The client does not have to be present for Reiki to work.

All in all, this is the short version of what Reiki is. I have given you the story of Reiki as taught by the original Usui Reiki Ryoho system. Other styles will tell you other things, depending on what they teach as Reiki.

I would recommend Frank Petters books if you’d like more info. For the most part it is historically accurate (coming from someone who knows Japanese history as well as Japanese culture and Theology). I would also suggest getting The Reiki Sourcebook – for the most part, it too is fairly accurate.

I would suggest not getting books by Diane Stein or Maureen Kelly (IMHO, these are typical new age versions of Reiki, presenting a lot of not so historically accurate info). Hope this helps.

Contact me if you’d like.

Ken asks…

Get paid to meditate?

How many of you would work as a security guard guarding some construction site where one can doze off and get paid? How about being a game freak or using an iPhone wasting hours just blogging around and getting paid? Watching DVD’s and living life cushy? Currently, there are even Hare Krishnas who are torn towards becoming monks in the west and devoting their life to practice chanting their mantras as western converts, becoming security guards so that they can get paid while chanting for hours their mantras. Even more facinating is the New Agers now getting involved, spending hours on perfecting their lightbody, doing Reiki self treatments and distant treatments. Many of you may know the book about Zen and the Art of Motorcycling Maintenance, one can now do the Zen and the Mindful Security Guard who does sessins or doing Vipassana meditation during his or her shift and make a living during the graveyard shift.

I wonder where the trend of having trendy new age hippies taking on security guard jobs just to get paid to meditate? Even Tibetan Buddhism and followers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama are picking up on the fact that being a security guard is a Right Livelihood way of making ends meet in the west and still find the time to do all that practice.

I see that my collegue in security is a meditator, and I am obsessed with money and study market trends. We are both polar opposites as he is extremely spiritual, and I am very materialistic.

During my last few shifts I talked to my college why he came to security despite having a Bachelor’s Degree from UBC. He walked away from taking up a goverment job that could have paid him $24/hour as a parking enforcement officer, and is working for half of that doing security so that he could meditate. He is certified as a Reiki Master/Teacher, and even gave me a free attunement to this energy saying that he will not charge me. I actually felt this tingling sensation in my hands today, and can feel energy flowing out of my hands. A world that I didn’t even know existed until today, and wondering why in the world he wouldn’t go make hundreds of dollars treating those with cancer if he can heal but do it for free. Even in security, he was offered to go to mobile patrol where he could have gotten the perks of getting 168 hours biweekly with loads of overtime (for those who don’t know, in some companies, those who have active sites doing patrols get priority on overtime over the guards who just sit at a construction site watching movies all day for the same pay per hour to encourage those who take active sites to stay there) he chose not to because he wanted to pursue Enlightenment. It facinated me how some people genuinely do not care to get ahead financially or bank their paycheques and make it in this world. According to my college, he is happy to do this for the rest of his life, while I find that after watching DVD’s and surfing the internet all day on the job can only go so far and I would want to eventually want to land a $25/hour plus job even if I have to get up and work. What do you guys think of this lifestyle coming into security? Wereany of you even aware that some rent-a-cops have no interest in actual security but take these jobs because they are actually hippies?

frankp57 answers:

It depends on the individual.

If a person’s life motivation is to reach a level of Spiritual enlightenment, they should be left alone to do this. If this means getting a job where the person has opportunities to integrate their Spiritual pursuits with their career, I think it best to let them do this.

Personally, I don’t think it would be too hard to do both a low-level security job and practice meditation at the same time. I know of some people who took on security jobs and studied at the same time.

In a lot of instances, the choice between Spiritual well-being and Material well-being are in conflict. It does require lifestyle choice.

Paul asks…

Retreat place in the uk?

i am looking for a retreat place in the uk
to help with phobias and derpression
please help if you can

frankp57 answers:

Welcome to The Retreat

Relax at our beautiful and tranquil Retreat.
Recharge your batteries.
Regenerate mind, body and spirit.

Book in for Treatments, Day Courses and Overnight Stays.

The Retreat is situated in the grounds of 16th Century Witherdens Hall. Set close to Wingham village in rolling East Kent countryside, we are 7 miles from both Sandwich Bay and the historic town of Canterbury.

We offer overnight stays with the opportunity to enjoy fresh organic juices, healthy lunches, teas, dinner and breakfast served to order, using produce sourced from our local organic farm shop. We can prepare food for most dietary requirements.

We also offer Reiki attunement day and residential courses with our two resident Reiki Master Teachers. The prices of these courses start from £50 per person.

We have several affiliated Health and Beauty practitioners of the highest calibre. You can book them to visit you while you are staying with us. Their contact details are published on our Price List page.

Witherdens Hall is close to many wonderful attractions such as Goodnestone Park Gardens, Walmer Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.

We are less than half an hour from the Eurotunnel terminal, Ashford International station, the ferry and hoverports of Dover.

Our nearest train station, Adisham, has hourly trains from Victoria. We also are located close to Canterbury West station, which connects with Ashford International and Waterloo. We can arrange transport to and from any nearby rail, air or ferry link.

Helen asks…

what is the practice that is studing electromagnetic fields in the body? it’s like “ryekee” or something like

frankp57 answers:

Reiki (ray-key) means “Universal Life Force Energy” and is a laying-on of hands healing technique thousand of years old. It is a Tibetan Buddhist practice that was rediscovered in the 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki is the natural healing energy that flows through all living things and sustains life. Reiki is passed on from master to student through initiations or attunements. A Reiki practitioner is simply a channal for the energy to flow through, allowing the person to heal themselves. Going from the hands of the practitioner into the body of whoever is willing to recieve the energy.

Reiki brings balance to the mind and body and helps with the physical, spiritual and emotional areas of our lives . Reiki is unlimited in quantity. It is self healing, brings harmony to ones life, balances the chakras and strengthens your overall well-being. Since Reiki balances and is cleansing and works on all levels, the effects of recieving Reiki vary widely. Ranging from an increase in energy levels to an outpouring of emotions to a total understanding of what ones life purpose is. It’s very indivisual and is always good because Reiki can only be given with love and the greatest of intentions. Any other way will not work. Reiki is not a religion and does not affiliate with any doctrines. It does not interfere with modern medical treatments but rather speeds up the healing process, giving the indivisual the needed healing energy to recover. The benefits of Reiki are:

Supports the body’s natual healing ability

Strengthens intuition

Promotes relaxation

Treats causes of illnesses

Relieves pain

Many more

Laura asks…

i hav done my reikimasters course does any one know how to devlop quin yin position is there any easy exercise

frankp57 answers:

Hi, i think you’re referring to the hui yin “tensing” that’s called for usually used in passing attunements? Well, diane stein, in her book: *essential reiki* provides some practice guidelines. I’ve been involved with usui and usui-tibetan reiki, and other forms, as well, for many years and teaching for 13. You don’t need to obsess about hui yin. As long as your intent is focussed reasonably well during the attunements, all will work out perfectly, guaranteed. Just relax, and be focussed. Welcome to the “teaching corps”. Reiki is a wonderful practice, very helpful and easy to share. At this time on the planet, especially, the more people who have had their frequency raised by being attuned, the better. Also,( and this may sound a bit bizarre, but i assure you it’s true) one aspect of reiki that is often overlooked in teaching it to the initiates is: when you receive reiki 1you receive an “angel” as part of the overall procedure. Everyone does, it’s automatic. I think alot of teachers fail to mention this fact to their students for fear of appearing to be slightly “wacko”. It’s nevertheless the case. Here’s the procedure for working with the angel: when you begin a session on yourself, or another, just say very softly “reiki angel please increase the reiki flow by 2times, 3 times, 4times, etc. Start at 3times, as an experiment, and work up to 10times, over time. You will feel the difference immediately. This is separate from using the symbols, and of course, makes their effect more potent. If you don’t wish to “work with the angel, or teach about it, that is of course your choice. But, at least give it a try for yourself, the results are quite impressive. Best of luck to you!

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