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of a series
where I give my ideas on aspects of Reiki and/or energy work. The pages
are intended to give some "food for thought" and some are only my
viewpoint. While a number of facts may be included, you should decide
for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels right to you.
There are other questionable
beliefs that come up but these seem to be the more frequent ones.
- Distant Reiki requires Reiki 2 training: for years I’ve taught distant Reiki in my
level 1 classes, without the use of symbols or photos. An easy way to prove this works for you is to
use an energy sensitive person (clairvoyant, psychic) as the intended recipient.
- Permission from the recipient is required to send Reiki: This is not taught in traditional Reiki.
It is strange that the same teacher dictating this will often send Reiki to
group events like war or disaster victims but not ask each of the target person’s
permission in advance. In any case whether
Reiki is requested or not, I feel a higher spiritual part of the person will
decide if Reiki or any healing support is appropriate, even if consciously
asked for. Sometimes life lessons are involved and may need to be dealt with
- The time between Reiki 1 and 2 must be 3 months: This
seems to be a mid 1980’s idea since Mrs. Takata is known to have previously
taught at least 9 students (sponsored by Wanja Twan) Reiki 1 and 2 in the same
week. Also, Mrs. Yamaguchi explained at
the URRI 2000 conference that Dr. Hayashi would often teach Reiki 1 and 2
together in his 5 day workshop (2 hours a day).
In my own first Reiki 3 / Master weekend, the other 4 students had all
learned Reiki 1 and 2 the previous weekend.
Each went on to be a very effective healer and teacher.
- 3 or 4 attunements must be given for Reiki 1: in the URR Gakkai and in Dr. Hayashi’s
classes, an attunement or reiju was given once per 2 hour class day, as well as
during monthly meetings or Reiju Kai gatherings. This allowed greater integration of the
energy each time the student met with the teacher. Each attunement ceremony was the same and in
the Gakkai no symbols are used. This
began to change with Mrs. Takata’s students.
- A special ritual is required to begin giving Reiki: while many practitioners might have their
own preferred way of beginning a treatment, I am sure everyone can discover
that Reiki will begin flowing whether you do this or not. Try working on
someone with a very serious illness and you will see.
- Attunements or Reiju can be intended to be temporary: this is an area like many others in Reiki
where I find that people accept a belief without testing this thoroughly. I always ask the teachers who suggest this
whether they have tried this on a number of people and whether they have
followed up on the recipient to see if the person still had Reiki ability. In my experience an attunement or proper
reiju is like teaching someone a song. Once
learned and used they are unlikely to forget it, especially if they work with
- A practitioner’s hands must be cupped to apply Reiki properly: in URR Gakkai Master Fumio Ogawa’s book
“Everyone Can Do Reiki” he explains a standard treatment and describes how only
one finger of one hand (middle finger) need be applied to the healing subject.
Two hands (one finger each) might be used when 2 similar organs are being
worked on (like the lungs).
- Continued focus and concentration are required to keep Reiki flowing: I have witnessed my own children when young
as they gave very effective treatments while their mind was glued to the TV
set. It’s as if they turned on a light and trusted that the hydro would keep
electricity flowing. Also, anyone receiving
Reiki from several people during a Reiki share would notice that the energy
remains constant even as the givers chat amongst themselves over you.
Usui was a doctor: Usui Sensei
was a Tendai Buddhist lay monk, meaning he was allowed to live and work outside
of the temple. He was not a medical practitioner
although he did develop strong natural energies that could assist in healing
others. His brother Sanya Usui however,
was a medical doctor living in Tokyo, and he was familiar with Usui’s teachings
(as was their other brother, Kunichi.)
should not be sent to a person being anesthetized: the concern here is that Reiki will nullify
the anesthetic during an operation. I have never had this experience with
anyone nor has every Reiki practitioner I asked about this. In fact Reiki practitioners are now invited
into a number of operating rooms to give Reiki during the procedures.
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