Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Three Pillars of Reiki

Before commencing a treatment, Dr Usui taught his students how to centre themselves, call in the Reiki energy and how to give a treatment.

These are the 3 pillars of Reiki.
  • Gassho
  • Reiji-Ho
  • Chiyrio
Gassho is a form of meditation that the Reiki Practitioner uses to centre themselves before giving a treatment. You do this by bringing you palms together in front of your chest, keeping your eyes closed. Focus your attention on the tops of your fingers. Try to clear you mind of everything else. Relax and just let the energy flow.

Reiji means the indication of Reiki Power. Ho means Methods. In essence we are asking to switch on the energy. This is done is 3 steps. Firstly assume the Gassho position as before and ask that Reiki energy flows through you. Then you have to ask for the energy to be used for your client, and we do this by asking “I ask that the Reiki be used for the highest good of……..”. Finally hold you hand in front of your third eye and ask that you hands be guided to where the energy is needed. You can also ask for your Reiki Spirit Guides to come and help at this stage. Also remember that you can say it in your head rather than say it out loud.

Chiryo means treatment. Treatment can be performed on a couch or a chair, whatever is your preference. Treatment normally begins at the head on the clients crown chakra.

These three processes essentially put the Reiki Practitioner into a centered space, helps to connect to the Universal energy, and accept that it is the energy itself that does the healing not the practitioner. Once you are in Chiryo just let go of your ego and let the Reiki flow guide you.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Meditation to Open the Chakras

Meditation to Open the Chakras

My own method of opening chakras before beginning a session is very similar to the traditional method. See Chakra table for associations. The flowers used for imagining are changeable according to your taste.

  •  First ground yourself.
  • Then start at the Base Chakra and imagine a red rose bud spinning gently.
  • Imagine that rose opening as it spins faster and drawing energy up from the ground
  • When the rose is fully open and spinning well go to the Sacral Chakra
  • Here I imagine an orange Calendula. Again it is a bud, and as it opens it spins more quickly, drawing energy through the rose.
  • The Solar Plexus holds a glowing yellow Kingcup
  • The Heart Chakra a citrus green Hebe
  • The Throat Chakra has a deepest blue Cornflower
  • The Third Eye a vivid indigo Dog Violet
  • The Crown Chakra a white Water Lily
  • Each flower spins as it opens and draws energy through from its neighbour until you finally reach the crown.
  •  At this point energy can flow freely down from the Branches (Cosmos) and up from the Roots (Earth).
  • The process is reversed at the end of the session, slowing the revolutions to a steady pulse and closing the flowers to a point where the energy can still flow, but is a slow steady trickle rather than a rushing stream.

You can repeat this as often as necessary, using other flowers that may mean more to you personally, and which will help you to gain a free-flow of energy.

There are many more chakra’s located throughout the body. These all feed into the major centres along the spine. For the purpose of this exercise you do not need to know more about them

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Celtic Reiki - by Founder Martyn Pentecost

Celtic Reiki
as described by the founder
Martyn Pentecost

Having studied various forms of Reiki for many years, I was guided to act with the natural world. When working with Reiki to help Animals, Plants, Trees, Rivers, Lakes, the Oceans and the Earth itself, I found that everything has a distinct vibration – each variety of rock, each stream, each type of flower has its own unique facet of energy. I would sometimes lose myself so deeply in these vibrations that I could mimic the energy during Reiki self-treatments.

Late one winter’s day, whilst on a visit to my ancestral home of Wales, I discovered a huge Silver Fir tree that had been split in two by a recent lightning strike. One half was still firmly rooted upright, whilst the other half was lying on the ground, dying. As I walked up to the tree, I could sense the immense loss felt by the upright section and an urgency of the fallen half, which was completely separated from the standing section.

I connected to Reiki and started to treat the standing section, but could feel a resistance, so I asked what I should do. I was told that I should work with the fallen half of the tree and so I placed one hand on the fallen half and one of the standing half. As I did this, I became part of the tree, completely absorbed and assimilated by its vibration, its essence.

This experience was unlike anything I had felt before – the essence of the tree – its knowledge, its force, its wisdom, and its love. I was then guided to work with the standing section of tree, which I then proceeded to do. It was an amazing experience, being enveloped by the gratitude and love of the healthy section of this massive tree.

As the vibration faded, I was able to return to the usual Usui Reiki and work on healing the tree’s broken trunk. I was then told that the tree was very grateful for my assistance and would allow me to use its vibration to help others. I was instructed that I could help people to ‘see’ with that particular type of energy vibration.

As I left the site, I touched the fallen part of the tree and felt very little, as if the consciousness of the tree had gone, leaving only the wood.

This led me on a further journey of discovery – for the Celts believed the Silver Fir represented the ability to see over long distances – to view the horizon – to ‘see’. I began to understand the meaning of the tree in Wales and the wisdom of the Celtic people. I now firmly believe that they knew the essence of each tree and plant type – so complete was their relationship with Mother Earth that they were sensitive to the resonance and the energy around them, harnessing and using this energy to assist them in life

Saturday, 4 February 2012

History of Reiki

Dr Mikao Usui, Reiki Founder.

The energy that is known as Reiki has in essence been around since the dawn of time. However it was not until Mikao Usui had his mystical experience on mount Kuriyama, that this energy became known as Reiki and the Reiki System developed.

So how did all this come about?

In the late 19th Century, Dr Mikao Usui was the principal of a Christian Seminary in Kyoto in Japan. He was actually primarily a Buddhist although he studied many religious systems of the time. He was asked by one of his students why they were not taught about the healing methods used by Jesus Christ and would he be able to use these methods to carry out healings on his students.

Unable to answer this question, he decided that he would leave Japan and study in a Christian country until he found the answers.

This led him to America where he became a Doctor of Theology. Here he would hope to find the answers he was looking for. Sadly he could not find the answers. He searched through ancient scripts but could find nothing. He studied Chinese scripts but could find nothing. (I wonder why?)

His journey took him onto India where he studied the holy writings in Sanskrit. However he still did not have his answers.

He returned to Japan, where he studied old Buddhist Sanskrit formula’s and symbols which held a fascination for him. Were these the answers he was looking for?

He decided to go to the Holy Mountain of Kuriyama where he would meditate and fast for 21 days. During this time he undertook a practice called Kushu Shinren which is a particular type of meditation. He hoped that he could gain a subconscious understanding of the symbols in the Sanskrit manuscripts.

At the mountain Usui used 21 stones. He would remove one at he end of each day. He read sutras, sang and meditated for 20 days. Nothing was happening. At the completion of 21 days he gained realisation into the way of healing. While it was still dark, he saw a great energy appearing over his head. The energy hit him in the centre of his forehead and he saw bubbles of colour, all the colours of the rainbow. A great white light appeared and he saw the Sanskrit symbols shining in the light. This was when he said “I remember”.

He returned from the mountain, experiencing a couple of miracles along the way ( a stubbed toe which stopped bleeding, being able to eat with no upset after a long fast, and curing the toothache of an innkeepers daughter).

After much contemplation he decided to set up a school and share these discoveries with others. At first he practiced on his family and friends, before setting up a practice in Kyoto. Kyoto was a religious centre and people would be bought for him off the streets and he would give them Reiki. During this time he was able to study and perfect the system that we now know as Reiki.

Later he would move to Tokyo where he would set up a clinic in Harajuku, Aoyama, outside Tokyo and begin classes and teach his Reiki system. This was in 1922 and he was said to have taught 2000 people of which 21 he trained to Master level.

During this time, one of his most well known students Churijo Hayashi studied with Usui. He only studied with Usui for 21 months prior to Usui’s death in 1926. It was Hayashi who introduced the concept of degrees, and developed a more complicated set of hand positions. He also set up the concept of the Reiki Share, whereby more than one practitioner worked on a patient to enhance the energy.

Churijo Hayashi.
Hayashi encouraged his students to his clinic by giving them empowerments in return for 3 months of unpaid help. Once they had done this they would be offered the second level of training in return for a further 9 months commitment. Those who had the greatest commitment to work were allowed to go on and become teachers. The most famous of his students was Mrs Hawaya Takata who is the person responsible for bringing Reiki to the West.

The story goes that during the second world war Hayashi was worried that Reiki would get into the wrong hands and he did not want this knowledge in the hands of the enemy. Hayashi passed away on May 10th 1940. Some reports say he had a stroke, others that he performed ‘Seppuku’. Mrs Takata now became Hayashi’s successor.

Hawaya Takata pictured with her granddaughter.

Hawaya Takata was born in Hawaii. She married in 1917 and had 2 daughters, one of whom had a daughter (Phyllis Furumoto) shown above who also teaches Reiki.

Following her husband’s death in 1930, with her two daughters and failing health, Takata decided to go to Japan and visit her family. It was while here that she met Hayashi and began training at his school, doing her 1st Degree in 1935 and her 2nd degree in 1937. Following this she returned to Hawaii, and Hayashi visited her with his daughter in 1938. During this time Hayashi made Takata a Reiki Teacher or Shinpiden.

Between 1940 and 1970 Mrs Takata taught Reiki in Hawaii and ran several clinics. She then retired from teaching until the early 1970’s where she began teaching in the United States, training four students to teacher level.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

What is Reiki?

In literal terms the word Japanese word Reiki can be split into two parts.  ‘Rei’ is can be translated as ‘free passage’ or as ‘Spirit’ or ‘Ghost’ .  Ki (Chi is usually held to mean ‘life force’. In western terms this is usually defined as meaning ‘Universal Life Energy’. 

Many forms of Reiki have been developed since its discovery in 1870 by Dr Mikao Usui. But whichever definition you prefer to use there are two basic principles that are generally taught throughout Reiki disciplines:

1/ That Reiki is to be found in all things, throughout the universe, be they animal, vegetable or mineral.

2/ That Reiki exists as a force that may be channelled but cannot be ‘made’.

Reiki is both an instinctive and intelligent energy passed from one practitioner to another through ‘attunements’.  When a practitioner is ‘attuned’ to Reiki energy it will remain with them for life, enabling them to channel Reiki energy whether or not they choose to study further to become a Master/Teacher.

When channelling Reiki to humans a practitioner will introduce Reiki can reach any part of the recipient through the body’s system of Chakras and Meridians. Reiki practitioners are taught, and in their turn teach set hand positions, Reiki does not really need any signposts that we choose to erect. A practitioner is not really required to do more than channel energy toward something or somebody requiring its aid it will go to the source of ‘dis-ease’, without further help. 

Monday, 31 January 2011


Suffering from various aches and pains at the weekend I was relieved to have a reiki session from a good friend, Sam Stone. 

Yes, you can reiki yourself  - and it can and is often very effective.

But for me at least its never quite the same as recieving energy through another person. Somehow the filter of another person leaves out all of the the niggling doubts and baggage so that the energy can get right to the problem.