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Understanding Reiki

Understanding Reiki, and what Reiki actually is, has to be of paramount importance to anyone wanting to become a fully rounded and successful Reiki Master.

So, let’s take a little look behind the curtain…

One of the most incredible things about Reiki, which almost everyone involved with the art, seems to want to deny – is the fact that the energy of Reiki already lies within you.

And perhaps the second most denied aspect is that the founder of our present day Reiki, Dr Mikao Usui, actually attuned himself.

Yes, I know this creates derision in the ranks of the Reiki faithful…

Perhaps you feel that way too, but before you dismiss it out of hand…

…have you really stopped to give the notion any real thought?

Or do you really still believe that a great light came out of the darkness, at the end of Usui’s twenty one day meditation, smacked him in the forehead – and gave him Reiki and the ability to heal?

Now, don’t just shout at me – really give it some thought.

Does that story, for a story is exactly what it is, ring true to you anymore?

Probably not, if you’ve been around the Reiki scene for more than a few minutes – and have read some of the better books detailing the more likely history of Reiki itself.

Like the one which tells the story of how Usui, who was staring into the face of business bankruptcy at the time, went to his favourite spot to think…

…and whilst meditating under a waterfall, had a satori – or sudden flash of inspiration – and came to the fuller realization that a particular aspect of the life force energy, already within him, was capable of healing – if accessed correctly,…

…and, at a later date, called this particular aspect of the life force energy Reiki.

Now, does that sound a more reasonable account of what may have occurred?

Maybe, maybe not.

But what cannot be ignored, no matter which of the many stories, about how and when Usui discovered Reiki, you choose to believe…

The plain fact is this:

When Usui discovered, or more accurately, rediscovered Reiki, he was totally alone – and must have attuned himself.

Which ties in perfectly with what all spiritual Masters, Guru’s and Mystics have been saying since time began…

“There is nothing to seek outside yourself, everything lies within”.

So, how do you tap into this incredible healing energy, which as we have now shown, already lies within you?

Well, you have three choices…

1. You can go to a Reiki Master who will attune you
2. You can receive a Distance Attunement from a Reiki Master
3. Or, you can Attune yourself – as long as you know how

And really, the only difference between all three methods is the costs involved.

The first method is by far the most expensive of course and can work out at several hundred, sometimes thousands of, dollars to get yourself attuned to the level of Reiki Master.

Then, when you add in the costs of travelling to the classes along with meals and, perhaps, overnight accommodation – You’re looking at some serious investment, in both time and money.

The second method, the Distance Attunement, is usually much less expensive in monetary terms. And as you don’t have to commit to any travelling either it saves you a lot of time too.

The third method, self-attunement, is probably the least expensive and has one major advantage over the other two. You can re-attune yourself as many times as you like.

So, which method is the best?

Well, when you fully understand and accept that Reiki already exists within you – and it’s not something that has to be given to you by anyone else – the choice becomes somewhat easier.

All you have to do is ask yourself the following question, “What am I going to be doing with my Reiki”?

For you see, if you only want to be attuned to Reiki for personal growth and the ability to heal yourself, friends and family etc – then spending a fortune on attending classes is probably completely unnecessary.

You’ll get everything you need from a distance or self-attunement.

But if you want to take up Reiki healing purely as a professional career, then perhaps attending formal classes would suit you best. Now I say perhaps, of course, not because the quality of the Reiki energy that you’ll be opened up to will be any better…

…it can’t be, as it already exists within you remember – but because you may feel more comfortable about saying to your patients you ‘trained’ in Reiki at a school.

The choice though, as with everything, is entirely yours.

I just hope I’ve given you enough food for thought to help you make the best one for you.

Judith and Chris Conroy are the authors of Radical Reiki and the founders of Chikara-Reiki-Do. This husband and wife team are committed to guiding people towards a life of vibrant good health, wealth and happiness. To learn more about Judith and Chris, and Chikara-Reiki-Do, click here.

To read more from Judith and Chris Conroy:Reiki Secrets Revealed

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8 Responses to “Understanding Reiki”

  1. cornelia fitzgerald says:

    i am a Reiki master, and i very much agree with this article,
    before i attune any student i tell them they dont need me as
    they already have this dormont force inside them! Of course dr
    Usui attuned himself! makes sense and yes anyone can attune
    themselves if they beieve they can, again, if they believe
    they can! i imagine there are many other energies we can connect
    with if we willing to have a mind that is open to them.

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  2. Sam Bitar says:

    I am trying to attune mysself to reiki but the process of it making me feel little bit weird.
    What is really necessary for attunment ?? I assume the drinking of the Water which is make sense… But the different writing of the symbols in the air… is that important and why ???

    One question: can you give somebody energy for 5 minutes only or it has to be between 30 to 90 minutes sessions ???

    I appreciate if I can get any answers for these Questions….

    Thanks a lot…

    Sam bitar

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  3. Barry says:

    Sam, the ‘feeling a bit weird’ could be no more than the energy you are seeking to align within you coming closer to your conscious mind. Although I ‘trained’ to be a Master in the Usui school, I have no problem with the concept of self-attunment, and all of my family (who have undergone ‘formal’ attunement) have had a varying degree of emotional reaction. You will change, and you will grow in ways not yet known to you, but, in all cases, I believe that your efficacy will be in direct relation to the emotion with which you endow your Reiki pratice. The drawing of the symbols in the air is a good technique to fix them in your mind in order to call upon them as and when the focus is required.

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  4. Selene says:

    Judith attuned me and my hubby back in April. It was a very lovely personal ceremony for me and heightened my intuition quite a bit. Should you seek someone to attune you she is available to do the attunment. She is a wonderful person and great lady. I am very grateful to Judith.

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  5. Michael says:

    The issue of Usui, Reiki, varriations of attunement, symbols, where and what the Reiki energy is – is an important and somewhat volitile topic. Certain information I have come across from a website ebook, written by someone who apparently had communication with another person who recently has been given information from some of Usui’s students who are still living. Obviously they are along in years. These individuals spoke of how Usui did not use symbols originally, nor did he have a single “attunement” process or ritual. Rather he gave or extended the energy often to the students [possibly similiar to what in East Indian lineages is referred to as Shatipat {sp}, and stressed various exercises and meditations to increase and emobdy the energy. It's certainly provocative information, and seems somewhat in alignment with the perspective these authors have regarding the Reiki energy is within, and self attunement is possible.

    While I do not deny this as feisable, there are a few considerations which give me pause, in temrs of contemplating if self attunement is the appropriate path for someone to take. And financial considerations, in my opinion, should not be primary for any choice for a Reiki process or teacher. Financial considerations can go either way. You have people who think the best Reiki is only the school or teacher that has the most levels or is the most costly, thinking it's an indicator of "quality"; as well as those who will always be looking for a bargin.

    And even if the Reiki energy is ultimately "within", as is possible or even probable, that all energies are within, each person is at a particular level in their "energetic vibration" and their consciousness. Sometimes an external teacher is appropriate, and even needed to "activate" someone into an experience of energy or consciousness that lies dormat within them e.g., the various shakipats mentioned earlier.

    Any spiritual teacher worth their salt will tell you that energy is a very REAL and POTENT phenomenon. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. There are reports where students of Reiki who have been attuned to the energy [and there is protocol for attunements] have decided, for whatever reason, to change part of the protocol, or to ADD something in the protocol. Either because their ego has interviened, or they perceive they have “received” some guidance within a meditation, and they consequently altered the purity of the Reiki energy being activated. Sometimes causing energetic problems for individuals. Other times a Reiki teacher is supposedly doing an attunement process and they are not really activating anything, the recipients don’t feel anything, and nothing is really shifting energetically, let alone activated.

    The stories about Usui, the various writings regarding his story are just packed with variations and inconsistancies. Just because someone says something does not make it so. That includes what I’m writing. What it does seem to convey is the value and necessity for the consumer to use DISCERNMENT in their selection. This takes effort and time. In this fast paced, immediate gratification culture, taking time to reflect, investigate, get resources, referrals, and MOST IMPORTANTLY the commitment to deeply inquire within one’s own heart and integrity for why they are choosing a particular path in Reiki and the appropriate experience wtih Reiki is what will serve their highest good.

    A Reiki Master

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  6. Lorinda says:

    I too am a Reiki Master and would agree that there is alot of conflicting information in the marketplace (books and www) regarding the origins and what Reiki is all about.

    Yes, I would agree that Usui-sensei had a satori (enlightening) experience. Yes, I would also agree that he received his “attunement” all at once. But, it is important for us to remember that we in this modern age do not have the same spiritual awareness that Usui had.
    Now, I am not saying that no human could ever attain what he attained, and there may be some spiritual folks who have. It is just with the gap of 70 or so years since his transition it is alittle hard to know what steps he took in order to achieve what he did.

    With regards to knowing what Reiki is all about I would refer people to the Reiki Ryoho Hikkei or handbook. In this book are some questions and answers done in an interview format in which the following quotes are from.

    “Usui Reiki Ryoho is an unprecedented treatment method and I believe it should be made accessible to everyone so that anyone can benefit from the divine blessings and happiness it brings. This Reiki Ryoho is a unique treatment method deriving from spiritual energy in the universe which will help people improve their physicall well-being and, in turn, will help bring them peace of mind and happiness in life.”

    The article continues by saying.
    “Reiki is not a synonym for hypnotism, Kiai healing, religious healing or any other treatment method. It is a treatment method I have discovered after many years of hard ascetic practices to gain spiritual enlightenment.”

    When asked why does it work? ”
    I was not taught this healing method by anyone, nor did I specifically pursue the gift of spiritual powers for treatment. I discovered, while I was fasting, that I had been given spiritual power to treat sick people. Therefore, it is difficult even for me as founder to explain clearly why or how it works.”

    A comment in the article that the authors can relate to is.
    “All livng things possess this incredible ability (healing power)- plants, trees, insects, animals, fish and humans. As humans are spiritually the highest in all creation, we have the more remarkable power. Usui Reiki Ryoho simply embodies it and makes it available to everyone.

    I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned this healing art, an even more grateful to be able to support those I teach as they have enriched my life (not in the monetary sense) in many ways.

    Anshin Ritsumei, Lorinda

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  8. mara says:

    I would love to get in touch with myself.
    It is very important to me.

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