Reiki Facts From Fiction

Fiction


Some people say that Reiki was re-discovered by Mikao Usui. Reiki is not a re-discovered healing art. There were many different forms of healing prior to Reiki and there continue to be many different forms of healing today. Reiki as we know it was a gift given to Mikao Usui because of his path in the universe. Reiki uniquely uses symbols which allow you to match the frequency of a condition with the frequency of the energy you use to heal.

Fact


Reiki is a healing art that was discovered by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s, we do not have an exact date but we do know that Mikao Usui embarked upon a retreat of fasting and praying upon Mount Kurama in Japan. On the 21st day he was given Reiki by God or The Universe (whichever terminology you prefer). In his own handwritten documents, Usui Sensei has said “The Usui Reiki Therapy is something no one before has discovered and bears no comparison with any other treatment in the world.

Fiction


It is often announced that Reiki has origins in various different countries and that the symbols have been found on Tibetan walls or in China or India. Reiki is Japanese. The Tibetans have denied all knowledge of Reiki and Reiki symbols. Tibetan Reiki originates in the United States. All that is needed are the symbols provided by Usui, which work perfectly as they stand. When you are healing someone, sometimes you will be guided to use new symbols, but these are specific to the person you are treating and should not be used on everyone else as well.

Fact


Reiki is a Japanese healing art and the Reiki symbols are of Japanese origin.

Fiction


Many claim that the Reiki symbols are just a focus for intent. They see them as training wheels to give the student something to focus on which once they become proficient at healing can be respectfully discarded.


The Reiki symbols are an integral part of the healing process. Without the symbols all the healer will be doing is passively channeling energy into their clients without regard for the conditions that need treating.


If you have practiced Reiki for a long time and you can vary the frequency of the energy intuitively without using the Reiki symbols and their colours, then you can work without them. However for most people they will need to use the Reiki symbols to ensure that they are meeting the client’s needs and using Reiki to it’s full potential. If the symbols are not used properly you will merely be offering spiritual healing which works at a much slower rate and is not really Reiki at all.

Fact


The Reiki symbols have a specific frequency allowing you to channel energy at the correct frequency to treat specific conditions. The shape and colour of the symbol you use defines the frequency and amplitude of the energy you use to heal. It has been demonstrated scientifically that various body parts and functions operate at a certain frequency as they work on electromagnetic signals, so it makes sense that when we heal we should use the correct frequency to counteract a condition.


A student of Hayashi explained this very same thing in an article written in 1928 “I have experienced/researched some treatments but Reiki is the best as far as I know. Reiki is the most unique and the most effective, it can really heal any disease………when my hands with activated blood are put on the patient’s body, I think my blood vibration may promote the patient’s blood vibration. Blood current, vibration may become the same” (“A Treatment to Heal Diseases, Hand Healing” by Shouoh Matsui in the magazine “Sunday Mainichi”, Mar. 4, 1928). It is also worth noting that the frequencies of the symbols may clash so they should always be used separately unless guided for a specific healing by intuition.

Fiction


Some say that you can show the Reiki symbols to anyone and it does not matter who sees them because no harm will come of it. As mentioned before the symbols and their mantras invoke a certain kind of energy. Although in Reiki we use energy for good others may use it for harm so the symbols need to be protected. You should always treat the symbols with respect.

Fact


The Reiki symbols have a sacred geometry and should be respected and not shown to anyone who has not learned Reiki level 1 and 2. The symbol’s geometry evokes a certain kind of energy. If someone untrained in Reiki attempts to use the Reiki symbols they may damage themselves or someone else by playing around with them. Out of respect for the founder of Reiki Mikao Usui and to protect yourself and others you should not show anyone the Reiki symbols, unless they are a qualified Reiki practitioner.

Fiction


Some Reiki healers and Reiki teachers say that Reiki simply allows the body to heal itself. It does not matter where they place their hands because the energy is intelligent and will go where it needs to. They also say that Reiki can do no harm.


Using Reiki in this way is not making effective use of this amazing healing art. By claiming that the energy is intelligent it takes the responsibility away from the practitioner, so that they can do as they please without any liability.


It is your responsibility as a Reiki practitioner to treat your clients most urgent conditions and get them healthy and back on their feet as quickly as possible, within your remit. People may well say the energy is intelligent but as intelligent individuals we are given the gift of healing and intention for a reason and that reason is to help people. Logically it makes sense to use all your healing abilities whilst using Reiki on your clients and that strongly involves using Reiki in an active way.

Fact


Reiki uses variable frequency energy to heal conditions directly. The most effective way to use Reiki is to use intention, visualisation along with the Reiki symbols to treat whatever condition you are treating specifically. If someone comes to you with cancer then treat the cancer. The other problems they may have can be dealt with in good time but the most serious issue should be handled immediately and by using active Reiki you are enabled to do this.

Fiction


It is quite common for Reiki healers and Reiki teachers to say that they are merely channels for the energy and that Reiki has no contraindications.


You were put on this earth with many abilities and you have every reason to take an active and responsible role in healing, you are much more than just a channel for the energy. Of course you heal with the highest good of all concerned and God or The Universe will always retain control of what ultimately happens. You have to remember though that we have much within our power if we decide to use it. If you decide to learn Reiki, use Reiki to it’s full potential and accept that as discussed below Reiki must be used wisely and carefully because there are contraindications.

Fact


Reiki does have contraindications. Part of being a Reiki healer is taking responsibility for your client’s welfare while they are under your treatment and accepting that Reiki does have contraindications in the same way as other therapies.


As a Reiki practitioner you have a responsibility to establish what medication your client is taking and to not treat those people that are on medication, which might affect the outcome of the healing. For example, if you are treating someone who is diabetic and taking insulin if you go ahead and heal their diabetes, making them naturally produce insulin again, they will overdose on insulin when they inject themselves.


You must be aware of everything when you are treating clients, such as doctor’s instructions, medication, the law along with other contraindications of Reiki. A Reiki healer is not just an inert channel a Reiki healer is an active participant in the healing.

Fiction


There are some Reiki practitioners and Reiki teachers that specify a fixed time gap between level 1 and level 2 Reiki courses. This time delay is totally unnecessary. Level 1 Reiki teaches you to use Rei healing which is spiritual healing for yourself. It will not allow you to heal physical or emotional problems.


The Reiki teacher needs to explain to the student that Reiki Level 1 is purely spiritual healing and it is Reiki Level 2, which enables healing on a much deeper level. A student of Reiki can become very disillusioned if they are misled to believe that they can walk away after their Level 1 course and heal anything. The Reiki attunement at Level 2 is much more powerful, raises the student’s frequency much higher and brings a greater connection with God or The Universe. It is in most cases preferential to learn the Reiki Level 1 and 2 courses over two days, one following the other. This way the Reiki student leaves with a practitioner’s qualification and the ability to heal themselves and others in the best possible way

Fact


The Reiki symbols have a specific frequency allowing you to channel energy at the correct frequency to treat specific conditions. The shape and colour of the symbol you use defines the frequency and amplitude of the energy you use to heal. It has been demonstrated scientifically that various body parts and functions operate at a certain frequency as they work on electromagnetic signals, so it makes sense that when we heal we should use the correct frequency to counteract a condition.


A student of Hayashi explained this very same thing in an article written in 1928 “I have experienced/researched some treatments but Reiki is the best as far as I know. Reiki is the most unique and the most effective, it can really heal any disease………when my hands with activated blood are put on the patient’s body, I think my blood vibration may promote the patient’s blood vibration. Blood current, vibration may become the same” (“A Treatment to Heal Diseases, Hand Healing” by Shouoh Matsui in the magazine “Sunday Mainichi”, Mar. 4, 1928). It is also worth noting that the frequencies of the symbols may clash so they should always be used separately unless guided for a specific healing by intuition.

Fiction


There are some Reiki practitioners and Reiki teachers that specify a fixed time gap between level 1 and level 2 Reiki courses. This time delay is totally unnecessary. Level 1 Reiki teaches you to use Rei healing which is spiritual healing for yourself. It will not allow you to heal physical or emotional problems.


The Reiki teacher needs to explain to the student that Reiki Level 1 is purely spiritual healing and it is Reiki Level 2, which enables healing on a much deeper level. A student of Reiki can become very disillusioned if they are misled to believe that they can walk away after their Level 1 course and heal anything. The Reiki attunement at Level 2 is much more powerful, raises the student’s frequency much higher and brings a greater connection with God or The Universe. It is in most cases preferential to learn the Reiki Level 1 and 2 courses over two days, one following the other. This way the Reiki student leaves with a practitioner’s qualification and the ability to heal themselves and others in the best possible way

Fact


You can move onto the next level of your Reiki course whenever it is right for you. Everyone has a different higher path and will move along that path at differing speeds. For some people learning Reiki is something very natural to them and they can quickly progress from one level to another for others it will be a much slower progression. It really depends on how enlightened you are, how much self-healing you do and your lifestyle after your Reiki training.


There needs to be a gap between becoming a Reiki Practitioner and teaching Reiki but it does not have to be a year or 6 months or any other given time. It is always the time that is right for you as an individual with a particular path in life.

Dawn Mellowship is a qualified Reiki practitioner and teacher who has taught active Reiki, in the Usui style to hundreds of students. Dawn is a member of the Reiki Healers and Teachers Society and her website can be found at http://www.activ-energy.com

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