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The Reiki Alliance
The Reiki Alliance
The Official Alliance of Traditional Usui Reiki -
The Reiki Alliance is an international community of Reiki Masters practicing and teaching Usui Shiki Ryoho (translation from Japanese: the Usui System of Natural Healing). We consider ourselves as stewards of Usui Shiki Ryoho by maintaining the time-honored form passed through the direct spiritual lineage of Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
In 1982 masters initiated by both Hawayo Takata and Phyllis Furumoto were invited to Hawaii for a meeting. The group who came to Hawaii acknowledged Phyllis Lei Furumoto as Hawayo Takata's successor. They decided to meet again in 1983 in British Columbia. During this meeting, The Reiki Alliance was founded to honor the system taught by Hawayo Takata with continued stewardship of this practice.
  • Learn more about the Alliance, the Founding Statements Code of Ethics Bylaws and more at
  • You may also want to visit the website for the Office of the Grand Master at where you will find information and articles by the Lineage Barer Phyllis Lei Furumoto and the Head of Disciplinee of Usui Shiki Ryoho Paul Mitchell.


Important concepts of the practice - from
  1. The practice is for one's life or whatever time the practice suits and benefits the student.  The teachings of the practice strengthen and deepen from daily and diligent practice of the student.
  2. Within the practice there are time and timing guidelines supporting the value of preparation for each step of studentship. 
  3. Masters are recognized by their students and through this relationship the beginning teachings are passed on. 
  4. This practice is not a commodity, a way to make a living, nor a technique alone.  The practice is a Japanese Healing Art through which as student can attain self awareness, spiritual understanding, and daily experiences of healing. 
The Four Aspects:
Healing Practice, Personal Development, Spiritual Discipline and Mystic Order are the Four Aspects of Usui Shiki Ryoho. 

These aspects describe the path of a student and the development of the system itself. This path and this development are not made by human decision but by the natural process of maturation.  The human decision is to commit to this practice and follow their own path.

The Nine Elements:
Each of the nine elements contain information, the way to hold this information, and the use of the information which transforms information into sacred tools.
The Elements are equal in importance and have a relationship with each other.  This dynamic relationship propels the student into learning experiences, guides the student into his/her next step of development, and keeps the student free to experience Reiki in all levels of consciousness.
Initiation:  It is not possible to describe the initiation here as the ritual is only for masters to initiate a student for the first time for each step in the system.  The initiation can be described as a sacred time when the student and master experience communion with the energy of Reiki.  The other eight elements of the system allow the experience of the initiations to be used in daily life, expanding the awareness of the student.
Symbols: These three symbols are the sacred tools for the Second Degree student.  They are held as secret in order to preserve their integrity within this practice.  This step is to acquaint the student with direct experience of the unseen dimensions of being human.
Treatment:  The hands on treatment of First Degree is the foundation practice of the system.  This includes self treatment and treatment of other people as well as animals, plants, and our environment.  The gift of this treatment as well as the Second Degree practice is through the practice, we are able to recreate the sense of the initiation, communion with Reiki and life around us.
Oral Tradition:  The quality of oral tradition contains the premise that the way the system is given to a student is by the personal presence of a master with the student.  This happens in the First and Second Degree class as well as other gatherings or meetings for students that the master offers.  This element also contains the understanding that books containing the information of the actual practice do not benefit the student nor the system.
Teaching manuals are not used and students are generally not allowed to take notes in classes.  When needing assistance, the student goes back to the master for advice, reminding, and remembering.
Spiritual Lineage:  The system of practice as we know it today has been carried through four lineage bearers and their time/space in the world as we know it.  Historical events, changes in communication and travel methods, research into the human conditions, and many other factors have had a bearing on the practice through the lineage bearers.  This is a developing system that has at its root the inspiration and teachings of Mikao Usui and his cultural values.
History:  The history of Usui Shiki Ryoho describes the path of the practice.  The portion of each lineage bearer's life in the story pertains directly to this path..  As the master tells the story, there is a notable transmission of energy to the student.
Money:  Preparation is measured with time and money.  Money is a doorway to many other teachings as well because in our society money has become a representative for many things. Sacred use of money in our daily lives is a part of the practice.
Precepts:  The five precepts were translated and given to us in English by Hawayo Takata.  The precepts begin by being rules of living, gradually becoming an ethical guideline to living with Reiki.  The individual precepts are worded in a way to provoke questions in students.  These questions open places of learning and teaching in daily life.
Form of Teaching:  The eight elements are presented in the classes that masters give to beginner students.  These are beginner classes that allow the student the gift of discovery, permission to build his/her own relationship with the energy of Reiki, and ensure that all students of each master committed to practicing this system receives the practice within certain parameters created by values and integrity of the system.
Created: 12/20/2012       Updated: 01/31/2013
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