Reiki is a healing art and a spiritual practice that came from Japan to Hawaii in 1938. Since then it has spread throughout the world like the beautiful branches of a tree. It is currently practiced in the west as a “hands-on” technique used for self-healing and for treating others. Reiki has worked its way from the life of individuals into gaining recognition by hospice caregivers, nurses and doctors.
The founder of Reiki was Mikao Usui (1865-1926). The four major influences in his personal development were the martial arts, Shintoism, Tendai Mikkyo Buddhism and Shugendo. Usui, at age 57 is said to have attained enlightenment and a healing ability while fasting and meditating on Mt. Kurama near Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan.
Usui’s teachings were originally for the cultivation of an individual’s spiritual connection through personal development and self-responsibility. The teachings supported students in remembering their true nature & to realize that each person is the keeper of all the knowledge that he or she requires. Healing exists within each person, not outside, and therefore the essence of the teachings are self-practice.
The system of Reiki is not a religion but a spiritual practice guided by personal experience. The five elements of Usui’s teachings:
- Gokai –meditation
- Kokyu ho – breathing techniques
- Shirushi & Jumon – symbols & mantras
- Reiju – attunement, blessing from the teacher
- Tenohira – laying-on-of-hands
Reiki is for everyone. You needn’t be a religious person nor have “special powers” of perception. For touch therapists, Reiki can easily be blended with your current skills; it’s a wonderful enhancement and will add another dimension to your work.
The gift of Reiki touches people in different ways, providing opportunities for healing and transformation of body, mind and spirit. Anyone interested in their spiritual development, making positive change and helping others, will benefit from learning Reiki.
When introduced to Reiki, Char had already been practicing bodywork and energy-work for fifteen years as well as being a seasoned teacher. Receiving Reiki treatments facilitated a deep personal transformation, the release of blockages and the amplification of KI or Life Force.
Inspired by its gentle power, Char became a Reiki Teacher in order to further the spread of healing and Spiritual Light throughout the world. She has made three pilgrimmages to Kurama Mountain, each visit being powerful in its own way. In April of 2009, she facilitated a First Degree Reiki Retreat at Megamiyama Life Centre, Nagano, Japan. Char has studied traditional Japanese Komyo Reiki Kai and western Reiki.
~ Rabbi Leah Novick, Reiki workshop participant
~ Michelle Spencer, Yoga Teacher & Reiki practitioner