“Each of us has the potential of being given a gift by the divine which results in the body and soul becoming unified . . . a great many people will experience the blessings of the divine . . . Through it, the human being will first be made healthy, and then peace of mind and joy in life will be increased.”
~ Dr. Mikao Usui ~
Usui Shiki Ryoho ~ The Usui System of Natural Healing
Hands on healing is a centuries-old healing method used by many cultures all over the world. In the early 1900s Mikao Usui, a spiritual seeker, travelled to the top of Mt. Kurama to fast and meditate. He placed 21 stones around him to mark each day’s passing. On the 21st day he received a shaft of white light in the middle of his forehead (Third Eye or Ajna) which subsequently burst into bubbles of white, blue, purple, and gold, each containing the Reiki healing symbols. During the remainder of his life Mikao Usui travelled and taught his method of spirituality and hands on healing, known today as Reiki.
It is believed that Dr. Usui taught sixteen Master Teachers before he passed away in 1926 from a stroke. One of those teachers was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi who started a Reiki clinic in Tokyo. Dr. Hayashi also taught many Master Teachers, including Mrs. Hawaya Takata. Mrs. Takata is credited with bringing Reiki to the United States and ultimately, the rest of the world. Mrs. Takata trained twenty-one Reiki Master Teachers to carry on the work.
Using light hand placements to direct Universal Life-Force Energy to the body’s aura (energy fields), chakras (energy centers), and physical body (such as glands and organs), a Reiki Practitioner facilitates the flow of Reiki energy which is loving, gentle and healing. A treatment is deeply relaxing and supportive allowing both the client and practitioner to experience the healing effects of Reiki during a session. In this deeply relaxed state a client may experience altered states of consciousness and heightened spiritual experiences.Since Reiki works on all levels of our being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – one may also experience improved health, clarity, self-esteem, and peace of mind. Reiki can assist in healing disease such as cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s to facilitating the recovery after surgery. Reiki can also be used effectively in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression (read ‘My Story’) and can improve the effectiveness of other therapies including chemo and radiation, physical therapy and massage. Reiki can also be used in Hospice to help a person be more comfortable and ease the transition process.
Reiki is safe for everyone at every stage of life. As Reiki adjusts to the needs of the client, it can never be too strong and it always works for the greatest good. Since Reiki is guided by Universal Life-Force Energy, Reiki is safe for babies, children and pregnant women. Babies love Reiki and it is healthy for them. Pregnant women can receive Reiki with great benefit to them and their unborn child. Reiki has also been used to ease the discomfort of child birth.
Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not affiliated with any religion or belief system. Reiki is used by and for people of every religion.
The many benefits of Reiki include:
- supporting natural self-healing
- balancing the physical and subtle energies in the body
- healing holistically
- strengthening the immune system
- relieving pain
- clearing toxins
- enhancing personal awareness
- relaxation and stress reduction
- increased creativity
- treating symptoms and causes of illness
- adapting to the natural needs of the receiver
- releasing blocked and suppressed feelings
- balancing the organs and glands and their bodily functions
- aiding in meditation and positive thinking
In this realm we access our limitless potential as Divine beings.
This sacred place offers a wealth of spiritual knowledge, creative inspiration,
blessings and guiding energies that assist our soul’s progression.
Karuna Reiki can help us experience this level of consciousness
as a very special place of blending, co-creation and heightened spiritual awareness.”
~ Laurelle Shanti Gaia ~
Karuna Reiki® was developed by William Rand and The International Center for Reiki Training and is based on traditional Usui and Tibetan Reiki. Karuna Reiki® is a healing energy that assists us in awakening to Universal compassion allowing us to shine a light into those areas of our being where we hold judgements, criticism and unloving thoughts towards ourselves, others or the world. Karuna Reiki® enhances our ability to see everyone and everything through the eyes of the Divine.
Karuna is a Sanskrit word and is used in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is translanted to mean any action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others and could also be translated as “compassionate action.” Through our awakened consciousness our ability to have Universal or unconditional compassion helps us to alleviate our own and other’s suffering. In this process of healing we can understand that there is a Divine plan for all creation and that we are all part of that perfect plan.
Karuna Reiki® helps us develop an awareness of those personality traits that have been blocking us or perhaps causing us to doubt or fear our inner guidance. It also helps us to accept love and heal the shadows within our personality. Karuna Reiki® is the energy of compassion in action, teaching us to have compassion for ourselves and for others. It helps to harmonize the upper and lower chakras, helping us to discern guidance and wisdom for the Divine and moving us into the physical realm of manifestation where we are empowered to heal.
Karuna Reiki® goes very deep, gently but quickly, and it takes on many forms such as intense heat, coolness, tingling or pulsing. As issues arise that require healing, they can be acknowledged, processed and healed in moments because they are dealt with in their fundamental energetic form. Therefore, when appropriate, Karuna Reiki® can bring about deep emotional healing without the recipient being aware of or having to re-live an unpleasant or traumatic life experience.
As Karuna Reiki® assists us in recognizing repressed thoughts, emotions or beliefs these feelings can be released at a deep cellular level and through Universal compassion, foundations for healthy new patterns can be created. Although Karuna Reiki® facilitates healing, it does not do the healing, it simply assists by reflecting information to the body’s systems to allow for healing to take place within the person. Karuna Reiki® can assist in healing on all levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The International Center for Reiki Training website.)