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.
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.
- An Introduction To Usui Reiki – An overview of Reiki & it’s Levels (on Spring’s Haven)
- Reiki On Springwolf Reflections:
- A Reiki Master’s Hanko Seal – A Personal Symbol of Empowerment
- An Evolution Of Reiki Thought – Experience Brings About Changes In Opinions
- Reiki Practice and Perspective – A Look at Traditional Reiki vs non-Traditional Reiki
- The Reiki Principles – Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Precepts