Origins of Reiki

This ancient practice has been practiced in Japan since the early 20th century. A practitioner named Tsuneo Usui said that he was gifted with the ability to heal without wasting his energy. He went to Mount Kurama and meditated for three weeks. He then returned to his village and began teaching others about this healing technique and the symbols to be used in each treatment. Usui used initiations called Reiji-ho to enhance people's access to the healing energy.  These later became known as attunements.  Attunements also gave the student a clearer ability to channel the Reiki as well.

Reiki teachings had five principles that give us an easy way to live life. Usui was a reader of the works of Emperor Meiji. While developing his Reiki techniques, Yusui borrowed some of Meiji's teachings. These principles should be said twice a day, morning and evening. The five principles are as follows: Only for today I do not worry, only for today I will not be angry, only for today I will respect my whole life, only for today I will live honestly, and only for today I thank you for everything Am. Some of Usui's student preferred to actually touch the patient and find out where the trouble spots were.  Usui practiced a technique called scanning.  He used scanning to find imbalances and closed chakras.  He had always thought that the laying on of hands was only for beginners.

After repeatedly treating the poor and homeless in his village, Asui saw that they did not want to help him, no matter how much he tried to help them. He came up with the idea of exchanging energy between the practitioner and the patient. Yusui shared his Reiki energy in exchange for some kind of financial payment.


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