Reiki - It's History and Emergence in the Wider World
The history of the ancient healing art of Reiki has been well documented. It is widely believed to have originally been practised for hundreds of years by Buddhist Monks.
However, at the end of the 19th Century a Japanese priest discovered this ancient healing art for himself. When his personal belief system was originally challenged, Dr Mikao Usi decided to leave Japan and study the teachings of Buddhism.
Through these teachings and during one particular meditation, Dr Usi was told he should go to Mount Kuri Yama near Kyoto. This he did and whilst there underwent a metaphysical experience which gave him the vision of the keys to what is now commonly known as Reiki Healing.
Dr Mikao Usi decided to use his newfound gift to heal others by setting up a practise in Tokyo. He became very well known and revered for his work and after his death a shrine was erected at Mount Kuri Yama in his honour.
During the years of work as a healer Dr Usi discovered some valuable lessons which have been passed down through the years to all Reiki practitioners. These are basic rules which must be adhered to enable the receiver of Reiki to achieve beneficial healing:-
A. A client must take on the responsibility for their own healing process by way of an exchange between recipient and practitioner either a monetary exchange or a gift.
B. A potential client must want and ask for healing.
These two rules led to 5 basic principles being introduced also into the holistic attitude of healing by using Reiki energy. They are (in condensed form):-
1. Just for today will let go of Anger
2. Just for today I will let go of worry
3. Today I will count my many blessings
4. Today I will do my work honestly
5. Today I will be kind to every living creature
Enjoying the benefits of Reiki does not mean you have a quick fire solution to your health problems. Our minds control so much of our physical symptoms and we must take responsibility too in helping ourselves heal. You may feel incredibly relaxed and care-free momentarily after a reiki session but if you do not scrutinise the causes which brought about your need for healing, then you will end up in the same position. Changes of attitudes may be required ie Principle 1 above, for today let go of Anger. You may suddenly feel the pain in your body disappear. Principle 2, let go of Worry - your headache eases off. Value yourself enough to allow the healing energy to work with you and seek the root cause.
Dr Usi passed down the teachings and principles to others who have taken them worldwide. Such are the success stories of Reiki that previously sceptical minds are now converted to accepting this type of healing and have gone on to become either healers themselves or recipients of the healing. The myth of healing hands is no longer a myth and has been replaced with many, many successful testimonies.
=> Recommended Resources:
The Ultimate Reiki Package
Reiki Master Home Study Course
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