[This article is part of the "Reiki Fuushi" section of aetw.org]
IMPORTANT REIKI ANNOUNCEMENT:
VERSION OF THE USUI REIJU PROCESS YET DISCOVERED
© 2006 James Deacon
many years of in-depth (and what some have considered obsessive)
Reiki, I have finally managed to uncover irrefutable documentary
evidence of a genuine early example of the Reiju process
(as used in the pre-Gakkai days.)
in the true spirit of Reiki, I am honoured to be able to
share this gift freely with the Reiki Community.
As has been surmised by several other people, the original process
is almost sublime in its simplicity:
For example, it does not involve use of any of the four symbols;
there are no 'hui yin' type clenches involved; there is no focus
on chakra points (which of course we already knew would not have
been used in a Japanese spiritual and therapeutic discipline anyway);
there are no procedural order of points to be 'attuned' - actually
there are no attunment-points as such - not even as some
might expect the 3 'tanden' areas.
The whole body is simply attuned as a unified whole, by hand gesture
and other movements in the student's aura.
is, however, one Jumon/Kotodama mantra used in this profound yet
amazingly powerful reiju process - a four-word, six syllable phrase
(perhaps symbolic of the six Elements - earth, water, fire,
air, void & consciousness - spoken of within Shingon
phrase - as is the case with many Japanese esoteric 'incantations'
is presumed to be based on an ancient chant, possibly of Buddhist
or Shinto origin (it is difficult to be sure which, as these two
traditions have been inseparably entwined throughout Japanese history)
- and its power is primarily in the actual sound of the words uttered.
The meaning of the kanji used to write the mantra is of secondary
in the case of this 'Reiju Shingon' (shingon, in its usage here,
refers solely to a mantra - not to Shingon Buddhism ) the
kanji used to write the sounds do actually give some clues as to
the specific intention of this particular Reiju practice.
four words of the 'Reiju Shingon' are as follows:
= Big/ Great [In Japanese it is commonly the case that there are
several ways of 'reading' a kanji - the kanji here pronounced as
'O' is the same kanji that is pronounced as 'Dai' in the Reiki Master
= to capture, seize, or take
[kiko is the Japanese term for the Chinese practice of Chi Kung
(or Qi Gung)
However the Japanese are fond of the 'play on words' and this kanji
is often substituted with one, still pronounced kiko, but meaning
'remarkable effect' or 'remarkable results'
= skill [different kanji than that used to write the more familiar
ki commonly translated as 'energy']
Essentially the phrase can be read as something like:
"Great method*of skilfully seizing the (remarkable results)
not actually written, the word 'method' is implied here]
The Reiju Ritual:
to the complete reiju 'ritual' itself, this is in five** (elegantly
of the five Elements - earth, water, fire, air, & void
- spoken of within Tendai Buddhist philosophy, perhaps?]
with most formal Japanese practices, prior to performing the ritual,
both student and teacher perform 'rei' - the obligatory act or etiquette
- i.e. they bow to each other.
the bow here is not the familiar gassho bow, with hands held
in 'prayer position' but the is actually standard greeting bow,
with hands held down by ones sides.
having been performed (slowly and gracefully), reiju itself begins.
mentioned, it is comprised of five elegantly simple sections. These
sections flow seamlessly on from each other - as the Japanese expression
puts it: "like the verses of a song"
this present article I will simply describe one of these five sections.
[I feel it is important for the individual to become totally familiar
with, and comfortable in the practice of, one section at a time.]
teacher approaches the student (from the students left side).
Focussing his 'energetic attention' on the student's aura, he momentarily
reaches into the aura with his left arm (i.e. 'non-dominant' hand),
gently letting the Reiki flow throughout the student's field, before
withdrawing his arm/hand again.
The teacher repeats this process twice more. Then (and it must be
clearly understood, this is not as some seem to believe, to get
rid of 'negative energy', but rather to relax and re-energise the
hands) the teacher simply flicks his wrist/ shakes his hand vigorously
a few times
this point the teacher performs (i.e. intones) the four-word 'Reiju
soon as he finishes saying the last syllable of the mantra, the
teacher - with a smooth and measured movement, rotates a full 360
degrees, gathering in the energy.
[This is the core point of each of the five sections - the point
at which the actual sharing of reiju - the 'spiritual gift' itself
completed the rotation, and facing the student once more:
the teacher smoothly raises his arms up out in front of him (palms
facing downwards, fingers loosely spread, hands making a quivering
motion), and on up to a point about level with his own head, then
as part of the same smooth continuous action, brings his arms back
down in front of the student - fingers still spread, hands quivering
- as if brushing down the student's aura.
While doing so, the teacher intones the 'Reiju Shingon', timing
it so that the first word of the mantra is intoned protractedly
while raising the hands, and the remaining three while 'brushing
Without pausing, this process (raising the arms and 'brushing down'
while intoning the mantra) is repeated twice more.
he completes the movement for the final time, the teacher then lowers
his body slightly [bending the knees so as to assume a position
similar to the 'horse stance' familiar to martial artists], reaches
out in the direction of the student with both hands, and 'projects'
the reiju, using a vocal/breathing technique called the 'Tigers
[This latter technique simply involves exhaling whilst making a
sound a bit like a tiger: "raa!" This is voiced a total
of three times in quick succession].
completes this section of the reiju process]
I would really like to encourage all Reiki Masters to practice and
familiarize themselves with this section of the process, and I will
be presenting the remaining sections in a follow-up article in the
very near future.
Note: since discovering this wonderful
early form of the Reiju process, I have also come across a second,
Now, while in the second version there is, for example, a slight
difference in the way the hand is moved in relation to the student's
aura (at the beginning of the section described above), the primary
differences between the two versions are:
1, in the actual number of sections in the ritual (the second
version has ten)
2, in the pronunciation of the third word of the 'Reiju Shingon':
While in the version given here the word is pronounced 'ki-ko',
in the other version the word is pronounced 'ki-po'.
It is unclear as to which is the older of the two versions (I personally
feel it is the former, but an American acquaintance of mine claims
it is the latter), however, the difference between the two does
seem to be solely due to a matter of regional dialect.
Read a simplified
description of both these early versions of the reiju process, HERE