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To Understand Reiki,You Need to Study its History

  • Dec 28, 2011
REIKI-THE HEALING TOUCH: FIRST AND SECOND DEGREE MANUAL (1998 Revised and Expanded Edition) is modest in intent, clearly written and a helpful introduction to the Japanese healing technique known as Rei Ki ("Spiritually guided life Energy").
Author William Lee Rand's preliminary definition of Reiki (Pronounced RAY ki) is "a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing ... administrated by 'laying on of hands.'" (Ch 1).
Reiki was introduced to Hawaii and to the United State by Mrs Hawayo Takata. On a visit to Japan she was cured of various ailments via Reiki. She brought one Dr Hayasi and his family to Hawaii to spread Reiki. Mrs Takata herself became a Reiki Master in 1938. From 1970 to 1980 Mrs Takata, long a powerful healer, initiated new Reiki Masters herself. She instituted the practice of charging high fees for training: $10,000 for one weekend's training.
By the time of her death, Mrs Takata was widely accepted in the USA as virtually the world's sole authority on Reiki. Author William Lee Rand and others laboriously have recently stitched together a more complete, historically accurate picture, based on Japanese sources and interviews with practitioners in Japan. And Rand's appendices lay out very affordable and more flexible paths from Mrs Takata's to Reiki mastership at his schools in the USA and elsewhere.
The founder of modern Reiki was Dr Mikao Usui (1865 - 1926). During a Buddhist retreat, Usui was enlightened and discovered his technique, characterized by not draining the healer of his own vital life source.
Among the healing touch therapies, Reiki is unique in the way it is taught. "The ability is transferred to the student by the Reik Master during an attunement process. ... The Rei or God-Consciousness makes adjustments in the student's chakras and energy pathways to acccomodate the ability to channel Reiki and then links the student ot (sic! = "to") the source of Reiki" (I-4).
The healer merely places his hands in various positions on the patient to be healed -- with the intention of healing her. "Reiki has its own intelligence and knows exactly where to go and what to do" (I-6).
Beginning in Chapter 3, REIKI - THE HEALING TOUCH describes the history, services and fees of The International Center for Reiki Training  founded by author Rand in 1988. He blends the pure Usui method wth a special Tibetan technique (1-43). Among the many skills that Rand and staff teach are
-- "Scanning" "a way of finding those places in yourself or others which are most in need of healing"
-- "Beaming" "a way to focus Reiki energy" (I-44).
I suggest that you read early on William Lee Rand's appendices which give you the cost of every stage of Reiki training and how much time you must spend at each stage. There are also useful links, notes, illustrations, definitions and bibliography.

To Understand Reiki,You Need to Study its History

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January 09, 2012
On Sunday January 15, my wife and I begin work with a Reiki master to reach the basic levels of Reiki proficiency. I concluded after reading this book that I could not, even as a detached anthropologist of sorts, deepen my knowledge further without being "attuned" to Reiki, which only a master can do.
December 30, 2011
Thanks for commenting! I read every word in the book (1998 edition). Appendix C-1 with its costs is indeed very helpful. I am pursuing Reiki Master Teacher Jennifer Dale of nearby Swannanoa, NC for Level one and two weekend. In the 13 intervening years the cost of an intensive weekend has risen only from $310 to $350. I don't see how I can progress, even as it were in the posture of a detached anthropologist, until an acknowledged Master initiates/attunes me. Cordially, Patrick K
December 30, 2011
Reiki is a popular healing modality.
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Reiki, a well known variety of more than 250 "healing touch" hand-movement approaches to stress reduction and health.
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