Archive | March 8, 2016

Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki

Healing Through Compassion & Affirmation

Reiki: Caring with Compassion

From A Traditional Reiki Master

Reiki is an ancient art of healing. It is often referred to as a Zen art of hands on holistic healing, where the healer is a channel for the Divine Universal Life Force Energy.

From the Reiki Alliance:
Reiki is a Japanese word translated as “Universal Life Energy” by Hawayo Takata. 
She brought the possibility of a relationship with this energy to us through Usui Shiki Ryoho, a healing system founded by Mikao Usui in the early part of the 1900’s.

Usui Shiki Ryoho can be translated as “the Usui System of Natural Healing.”
Until the mid-1990’s, this was the most common translation and was used by nearly all of the various forms of hands on healing practice that came from Hawayo Takata’s teaching. At this time, Phyllis Lei Furumoto decided to return to the Japanese title of the practice to identify the form of practice and the system that she teaches: Usui Shiki Ryoho.

Takata trained 21 Reiki Masters before her death in 1980. One of those Masters was Rev. Beth Gray, who was my first Reiki teacher for Reiki I and II. I have been a practicing Reiki Healer since 1989.

Traditional Reiki Hanko

Traditional Reiki Hanko

I convinced a friend to take Reiki, who said she would if I took the classes with her. I call these my refresher classes, this time with John Harvey Gray (Beth’s husband). I really found the refreshers beneficial and they inspired me to take the next step and I became a Reiki Master Channel in 1996.

Over the past two decades of practice I have learned a few things and changed my view of some aspects of Reiki. I originally wrote a set of  articles about Reiki and what I had learned in 1999, and shared them on my website PagansPath and they have seriously needed updating. Primarily because of the evolution of Reiki around the world, some good, some not so good. And because my views on the traditional teachings have also evolved. With practice comes greater understanding and insight.

I overhauled this section in January 2013 and added my Reiki Introduction to my business site, Spring’s Haven. I continue to add and update to these articles, along with sharing perspectives about Reiki here on my blog.  Below you will find links to both the Reiki Introduction and the additional blog perspectives.

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Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: The Star

The Star

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

It’s not always easy to go with the flow, but it’s a lot easier than going against the current. Don’t make double the work on yourself today. Let things fall where they may and pick them up as you go. There are things that are definitely worth waiting for, so don’t push it!

Additional Insight:

There’s a right time and place for everything in life. If you give in to temptation or try to force things to happen before you’re ready, you likely to fail. And there are plenty of nay-sayers who are standing by waiting and watching for you to fall flat on your face. So don’t give them to chance to point fingers and say “I told you so”. 

You don’t need to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You can be flexible as things change in the ebb and flow. After all, change is the only constant in the universe. If the door won’t open for you as you pass it by, then it wasn’t meant for you in the first place. Be grateful you didn’t step inside and keep going.
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