It took a long time for me to decide how
to write these articles in a method that would give out useful
information to seekers, yet maintain the respect and essence
of the Usui Reiki tradition. The tradition
states that much of the knowledge given in Reiki II and Reiki
III are to be treated with great reverence and only shared in
a class forum through teaching the Reiki II or Reiki III levels.
I've pondered this controversy for many years.
I myself am a traditionally trained and traditionally certified
Master. In my loyalty to the Reiki tradition, I have not shared
this information with anyone outside "the ranks" before
creating these articles. However, since I became a Reiki Master,
many masters have begun to break the ranks and have published
their training knowledge in various books and on the web. No
longer is it secret and reserved to the traditionalists.
In addition, these articles have become useful
sources to trained channels who do not practice on a daily basis.
Those who have forgotten certain aspects of their training, can
find a resource of the traditional teachings and feel confident
about the information attached to them.
For instance Reiki II training consists of
symbols and meanings that aid in the delivery of Reiki to a needed
party. However, these symbols and meanings have long been treated
as secret knowledge, only to be shared with students trained
in the traditional manner and attuned to the Reiki method of
connecting to the Life Force energy. So many of the new published
works are different from one another, because the authors were
trained by different Masters who received their training from
people that are not part of the Usui lineage. I've found that
not only is the symbology different, but the information about
the method of healing and what's included and not included in
it has also been changed.
It may still be valid and viable information
which can still be affective. But it's not Usui Reiki. Because
of this it's important to share some of this knowledge to maintain
the history, knowledge and tradition of Usui Reiki. In order
to perserve the Usui lineage, we need to document it and validate
its historical link.
Reiki has long been an oral tradition passed down from initiated
Master to student. As an oral tradition there maybe some variation
in how a subject is delivered but the details and specifics can
remain the same. In fact it's that attention to the traditional
details that provide value to a tradition.
example of this, consider the concepts emphasized by the pagan
community (of which I'm part). Many in the pagan community want
to align their practice with the "Ancient" ways. But
sadly NO one can truly do that. Old knowledge fades and becomes
lost because there's no one to carry on those initial traditions
in their original form. This is especially true for something
like a religious practice that is at odds with a reigning religion
coming into its own. Information is destroyed on purpose, its
practice is outlawed and those who continue its practice are
captured or killed. Detailed information about the old ways have
been lost long ago. But reconstruction of those ways still exist
even if they're from the mid 18th or 19th Century. Their old,
but they're not the same ancient ways of the past.
We can come close and fill in the blanks with knowledge from
other systems. We can use 20th Century understandings of archeology,
sociology, rediscovered historical documents and even modern
science and knowledge of our universe to bring those old beliefs
and practices together. But they aren't truly the traditional
ancient ways. For a spiritual practice they shouldn't be because
we as humans evolve and so too does the need for our spiritual
understandings of the universe.
So what does this have to do with Reiki? There's something
to be said for Tradition in keeping to the ways of a specific
form or practice and understanding. Keeping it intact and as
close to true in its original teachings not only helps to preserve
the information, but it allows the value of the "tradition"
to stand the test of time. That's not to say that even within
a tradition of doing something that new thoughts or perspectives
can't be included. They can, and in fact they often enhance that
which has already been established. But they don't have to change
what's traditional in order to make it better or more effective.
Tradition gives value and importance to something, especially
something that maintains its wisdom through the change of time
and thought. If it can live up to changing standards, which Reiki
can and does, there's no need to reinvent it or alter its practice.
For this reason I think it's important to document some of
what Usui Reiki is to ensure it remains true to it's original
intent and standard. I by no means am the person to do that alone
or as the representative of Usui Reiki. That blessing and work
lies with the Reiki Lineage Bearer.
of the Grand Master was founded in 1993 after Phyllis
Lei Furumoto, the recognized lineage bearer, and Paul David Mitchell,
recognized as Head of Discipline, formed a partnership to maintain
the strength of the system brought to them by Hawayo Takata.
And it's original traditions. Ms. Furumoto is the grand daughter
of Takata and Mr. Mitchell is one of Takata's 21 Masters.
One of the concerns with making some aspects of the Usui
Reiki system public and published is that it can be "taken"
by others who don't have the value of the Master's traditional
knowledge and understanding, and it can be altered in an attempt
to "make it better" or "more available" to
a wider audience. Or from a negative side, it can be taught without
the knowledge and experience where assumptions are used to fill
in gaps. I've noted as of late that this is the biggest harm
to the traditional teachings. Those who read a book or two, take
a class from someone else who simply hung out a shingle and claimed
knowledge they didn't earn, miss out on the intricate details
that can only be shared by those who learned in the traditional
As an example, some people believe Reiki is simply a way
to connect to the Divine healing energy and delivered through
symbols to those in need. They believe it doesn't have connections
to spirit, karma, the super consciousness or better put, it doesn't
address the Mind/Body/Soul connection of the individual. In fact,
that's a false assumption and something that is covered in traditional
One of the concepts of Reiki is that 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 a student can
attain self awareness, spiritual understanding, and daily experiences
think there's value on both sides of the coin to keep aspects
secret and earned through training. But I also see the value
in documenting aspects in order to help maintain the details
of the tradition. It's a quandary indeed.
I still believe in the traditional teachings
of Reiki and the concepts of formally learning a healing method
by a certified master and a master who can trace their lineage
to Usui. It's not a perspective of being an elitist; it's a perspective
of maintaining the values of the tradition and the aspects of
its wisdom that are the important issue. Even here in my writings
you won't find all the information that I teach in my Reiki courses.
There's simply not enough space or time to put it all down on
paper (or digital screen).
So my biggest suggestion and recommendation
for those interested in Reiki, if you want to become a Reiki
Channel, you can't learn it from a book or even from what I offer
here in my writings. You can use these as refreshers, or follow
up reference because you cannot access a Traditional Master of
Reiki at the time you need the information. So find yourself
a traditional Reiki Master who can offer you the traditional
training method provided within the Usui system.
If the information contained in this section
on Reiki in any way offends a certified Reiki Channel or Master;
than I humbly apologize. My intention does not come from ego,
arrogance or greed. Rather it is from a great respect and a desire
to maintain the original tradition of Reiki. I'm trying to look
at these articles from a perspective of change in the modern
world. As short as 100 years ago, we could gather together in
communities and share the oral stories of our ancestors. Today,
that gathering together in community has grown beyond your next
door neighbor or your family across town. Today's community is
world wide through the internet and the many ways we connect
to each other on a technological basis. This is the new oral
sharing of history, respect and honor for our important traditions.
At no time in history has it been more
important to share traditional information than today. Because
access to topics is so readily available today and misinformation
can be so easily put forth as accurate. The internet has become
the Library of Alexandria and we need traditional Masters to
grow and change in the methods of how we share our knowledge
to maintain their authenticity. It is my hope that this information
is looked at from this perspective.
The only part of Reiki training you will
not find here in my writings is the Level 3 Reiki Master training.
In part because I believe it's easy for anyone to hang out a
shingle and claim to be an expert at something. I don't want
to give these individuals an easier method to defraud people.
I also believe there is a level of practice that needs to be
gained to understand the highest level of Reiki. You can't learn
that from a book or an article. There is great value in the one-on-one
sharing of knowledge, in person, and through the oral exchange
of knowledge and putting that knowledge into practice. We gain
knowledge through research, we gain wisdom through the exercise
of that knowledge. But you need someone who has attained that
knowledge to help you, critique your implementation and even
correct your practice when it's needed.