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
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 ReikiAlliance.com
You may also want to visit the website for the Office of
the Grand Master at UsuiShikiRyoho.com 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.
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
Within the practice there are time and timing guidelines
supporting the value of preparation for each step of studentship.
Masters are recognized by their students and through this
relationship the beginning teachings are passed on.
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
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
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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