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Glossary of Reiki-related Terminology
Copyright 2002/5 James Deacon

[ See Also: Glossary of Japanese Terminology in Spiritual/Healing Arts ]

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'Concepts' - a term used in Usui-do to refer to the Reiki Principles/Percepts
A 'Learning Society' - such as the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
A ritual gesture formed by placing the hands together in a prayer-like position in front of the mouth - the fingertips at a level just below the nose. 'Gassho' implies recognition of the oneness of all beings. This gesture is also used to show reverence to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Patriarchs & Teachers
Gassho Kokyu-Ho 'Gassho Breathing Method' - the practice of 'breathing' through the hands while in the Gassho position
Gassho Meiso Gassho Meditation
Ge Tanden
Another term for the: Seika Tanden - an energy 'centre' or area located deep inside the hara (belly/abdomen).
Gedoku-Ho Detox technique - one hand is placed at seika tanden, the other on the lower back at approximately the same level.
Gendai Reiki Ho 'Modern Reiki Method' - modern form of Japanese Reiki created by Hiroshi Doi - combines some traditional Usui teachings & techniques with teachings & techniques from other energy-healing arts
Genetsu Ho Technique used to reduce high temperature / bring down a fever
Gokai The Five Reiki Principles / Precepts / Ideals
Gokai Sansho Recitation of the Five Reiki Principles / Precepts (sansho here refers to 'three times')
Gokui Kaiden Teacher Level in the Gendai Reiki Ho system of Reiki
'Gray Book' ('Grey' Book)
Compiled by Takata sensei's daughter, Alice Takata Furumoto, in 1982. The 'Gray Book' (Grey Book) - more properly called 'Leiki: a Memorial to Takata-sensei' was presented to Takata sensei's master level students, and amongst other things included extracts from Takata sensei's writings,and a copy of her Reiki certificate, (notarized in Hawaii)
Grand Master
(also: Dai Shihan}
A title created by the Reiki Alliance to refer to the head of the organization.
Alternatively, a loose translation of a term (used in certain Japanese Reiki styles) for one authorised to initiate Reiki 'Masters'
Group Reiki
See: Shu Chu Reiki
Gumonji ho The Morning Star meditation. It is claimed by some that Usui-sensei was undertaking this particular Buddhist meditation when he received the 'Reiki experience' on Kurama Yama. [There is however nothing to support the claim.]
Gyosei (Also: Meiji Tenno Gyosei) Poetry penned by the Meiji Emperor (Tenno), about 125 of which are recited / sung at meetings of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

[These poems are in a style known as waka]
Gyoshi-Ho 'Gazing Method' - technique of healing with the eyes
Hado Kokyu-Ho Breathing technique which involves intoning the sound 'Haa' while exhaling. Used for inducing relaxation; said to raise ones vibrational levels and enhance functioning of the immune system.
Hado Meiso Ho Hado-breath meditation (a Gendai Reiki Ho technique)
Hamamoto, Kenji
Originally based in Sapporo, Japan, Kenji Hamamoto currently in South Korea where he teaches Hekikuu (Azure Sky) Reiki - his personal 'understanding and expression' of the therapeutic art, based on almost two decades of practice. Hamamoto-san's initial Reiki training was with Mieko Mitsui (who also taught Reiki to Hiroshi Doi and Toshitaka Mochizuki). He then studied Usui Shiki Ryoho via apprenticeship with the Reiki Alliance. Later, he trained in Reido Reiki, and has, over the years, studied with a number of other Japanese Reiki Teachers.
Hand Positions
In the different styles of Reiki numerous different sets of hand placement positions are used in giving Reiki treatment. Some sets have as many as twenty positions, and some as few as five.
Hanshin Chiryo-Ho 'Half-body Treatment Method'
Hanshin Koketsu-Ho 'Half-body Blood-purifiying Method' - a version of Ketsueki Kokan-Ho
Hara Belly/Abdomen - the extended area between the top of the pubic bone and the base of the sternum. In Japanese thought, hara is the seat of the individual's ki - their vital power.
Hara Chiryo ho
See: Tanden Chiryo Ho
Hatsurei-Ho Generate[/Invoke] (Hatsu), Spirit (Rei), Method (Ho) - a set of primarily Ki-jutsu techniques which Usui Sensei is said to have taught as an aid to self-development. However there is a good possibility that Hatsurei-Ho was originally intended to be used solely as a ritual during which the student received reiju.
Hayashi, Chie
(Born 1887) Wife of Chujiro Hayashi, Chie learnt Reiki from her husband, receiving the master Level attunement somewhere around 1936/7
Hayashi, Chujiro
(1880 - 1940) retired Commander, Japanese Naval Reserve, Medical Doctor, and student of Usui sensei. In 1930, Chujiro Hayashi began to modify his approach to Reiki (presumably to bring it more in line with his own understanding of clinical methodology/practice) and went on to establish the Hayashi Reiki Ryoho Kenkyukai
Hayashi Reiki (Ryoho) Kenkyukai
Hayashi Reiki Treatment Research Association. Founded in 1931 by Chujiro Hayashi. After Chujiro Hayashi's death, his wife, Chie took over the running of the Hayashi Reiki Ryoho Kenkyukai clinic
Healing Attunements
An attunement process which unlike a normal Reiki initiation/attunement, is said not awaken the permanent Reiki ability within the individual, but rather is believed to enhance the healing process.
Healing Crisis (also: Koten Hanno)
A temporary, catharthic or abreactive response which some individuals may experience as part of the healing process. (Many people never experience this at all)
'Healing Space', the See: 'Holding the Healing Space'
Hekikuu Reiki
Hekikuu ('Azure Sky') Reiki is the name given by Kenji Hamamoto to his personal 'understanding and expression' of the therapeutic art, based on almost two decades of practice. Hekikuu Reiki strongly informed by elements of Japanese 'Folk Spirituality'
Heso Chiryo-Ho Acupressure-type energy-balancing technique applied to the navel with middle finger. Considered to have a beneficial on the kidneys
Hibiki 'Reverberation' - sensation in the hands, the nature of which can indicate the presence and status of a dis-ease
Hikari no Kokyu-Ho
'Breath of Light' Method - a variant of Joshin Kokyo-Ho
Hikkei 'Companion' - a handbook or manual
'Method' or 'Technique'
A term used in Gendai Reiki to refer to the Reiki Symbols
'Holding the Healing Space' Term referring to the whole process of facilitating the client's 'opportunity for healing' - the creating and maintaining ('holding') of a suitable environment - not so much the physical environment as the emotional and energetic 'environment': a safe and relaxing psychological 'inner space' in which the individual can heal themself with Reiki's assistance
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
(Alternatively: Hon Ja Ze Sho Nen)
Name of the third of the four Usui Reiki symbols. Commonly called the 'distant' symbol in Takata-lineage Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho). [However, in some 'Japanese' styles of Reiki - Hekikuu Reiki for example - Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is not taught as a 'distant' symbol but rather as one pertaining to the mental faculties.]
This ' symbol' is actually the words: Hon, Sha, Ze, Sho, & Nen, written in kanji (albeit in a stylized form). While some people have sought to translate the phrase Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen 'as: "no past, no present, no future", this mantra phrase more clearly translates as: 'Correct Thought (Correct Mindfulness) is the essence of Being'.
Ibuki Ho
Breath technique
Inamoto, Hyakuten
Hyakuten Inamoto, an 'independent' Buddhist Priest, learnt Jikiden Reiki from Chiyoko Yamaguchi, and now teaches what he calls Komyo Reiki
Independent Reiki Masters
A term originally coined to refer those masters who did not belong to either the Reiki Alliance or the American Reiki Association, Inc, but rather preferred to 'go their own way'
Equivalent of the Chinese Yin-Yang
Jaki Kiri Joka Ho

Technique for 'energetic cleansing' of inanimate objects.
NOT to be used on living things: people, plants or animals
[This technique seems to be derived from a more involved practice called the 'Ki Barai']

Japanese Reiki (see also: Western Reiki)
Term intended to refer to styles of Reiki which have evolved in Japan - as distinct from those based on the Usui Shiki Ryoho teachings of Takata sensei (several of which have been imported into Japan from the West). However the lines become somewhat blurred as several styles of Reiki classed as 'Japanese' [ i.e. Vortex, Reido, Gendai, Komyo, Shinden] are actually a blending of both 'Japanese' and 'Western' teachings and practice.
Jikiden Reiki 'Original Teaching' or 'Directly Taught' Reiki - Japanese Reiki System now taught by Tadao Yamaguchi whose mother, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, was a student of Chujiro Hayashi
Jiko Joka Ho
A Gendai Reiki Ho self-purification practice
Jisshu Kai Training/Practice Meetings
Jo Tanden
(see: Tanden)
An energy 'centre' or area located in the middle of the head between the eyes
Joshin Kokyo-Ho Cleansing Breathing technique used to stimulate, strengthen and purify the flow of Reiki (- a variant of Hikari no Kokyu-Ho) - a component of Hatsurei-Ho
A 'Spell' - a Mantra or Sacred Invocation. Term commonly used to refer to the name accompanying each Reiki symbol (eg: Choku Rei, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, etc.) indicating that the name is also the symbol's mantra. However, in some schools/styles of Reiki, some of the symbols have been given an alternative name, and also a separate jumon (mantra) which is intoned in place of the symbol name.
Kaicho A president / chairman - title of the Leader of The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Kami Tanden
(see: Tanden)
An energy 'centre' or area located in the middle of the head between the eyes
Kanji Chinese characters used for writing Japanese
Kanboku A term used to indicate the Reiki symbols by Yuji Onuki - a student of Toshihiro Eguchi [see also shirushi]
Kantoku Illuminating visionary mystical state - brought about by practice of strict ascetic mystical disciplines including fasting, isolation, meditation & the use of incantation and mudra-like techniques
Karuna Ki
'Compassionate Heart Energy'. A Reiki style developed by Vincent (Vinny) Amador based on Tera Mai and Karuna Reiki, with additional elements based on Raku Kei Reiki practice
Karuna Reiki
Style of Reiki developed by William Lee Rand and the International Center For Reiki Training, based primarily on Sai Baba Reiki
Kawamuru, Hawayo See: Takata, Hawayo
Kenyoku-Ho 'Dry Brushing Method' - essentially an aura-cleansing technique - a component of Hatsurei-Ho
Kenkyu kai Term for mettings held by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Kenzen no Genri 'Health Principles' - title of a book by a Dr. Bizan (or Miyama) Suzuki. A 1915 edition of this book includes the admonition:
"Just for today, do not anger (others), do not fear, work hard, be honest, and be kind to others."
This is almost certainly the direct source of Usui Sensei's Five Reiki Principles or gokai
Ketsueki Kokan-Ho 'Blood Exchange Technique' - actually refers to a blood-cleansing technique. A version used in 'western' style Reiki is often called the 'Finishing' or 'Smoothing' technique or 'Nerve Stroke'
Kihon Shisei
(Foundation / Standard Posture) Refers to the starting position in Hatsu Rei Ho - ideally, sitting in traditional Japanese seiza posture, eyes closed, with attention focussed in the seika tanden
Ki-jutsu 'Energetic Arts' - Collective term for Japanese disciplines concerned with the development, strengthening and refinement of 'Ki'
Kikai Tanden
Another term for the: Seika Tanden - an energy 'centre' or area located deep inside the hara (belly/abdomen).
Ki Ko A (modern) Japanese name for the Chinese Art of Chi Gung (Qi Gong)
Kiriku Pronounced somewhere between: k'rik and k'lik- the 'spiritual emblem' of Amida Butsu, and probable origin of the second of the four Usui Reiki symbols - Sei Heiki
Koketsu-Ho 'Blood-purifiying Method'
Koki-Ho 'Exhalation (Koki) Method' - technique of healing with the breath [note: not the same as koki ('second term') as used in Okuden-koki]

Breath-empowerment method. A Usui Shiki Ryoho technique used to empower the breath when giving attunement. Sometimes referred to as 'sweetening the breath'.
Kokoro Heart, Spirit, Will, Mind
(or: Kokyu-ho)

Breathing techniques for development, strengthening and purification of ki

Komyo Reiki Komyo Reiki
Style of Reiki developed by Hyakuten Inamoto - based on Jikiden Reiki, which Inamoto learned from Chiyoko Yamaguchi. Komyo Reiki places emphasis on personal spiritual transformation - that is: 'Satori' - through Reiki practice, and holds that Usui-Sensei's original teachings focussed on spiritual development, and that any healing that took place was merely considered a side effect to this spiritual growth.
Koriki A 'non-traditional' symbol and mantra taught at level 1 in Reido Reiki. Koriki is referred to as the 'force of happiness' or 'power of happiness'. Said to grant peace and serenity.
Koriki A Buddhist term, referring to 'spiritual power' or 'meritous power' accrued via practice of various ritual, meditative, or venerative disciplines such as ajikan (meditation on the shittan 'A' character), nembutsu (chanting the 'Namu Amida Butsu'), nyorai kaji, shugyo asceticisms, etc, etc.
[This 'koriki' is not written in the same kanji as the 'koriki' used in Reido 'Reiki']
Koshin-do Mawashi The 'Reiki Circle' method. [also called Reiki Mawashi]
Koten Hanno
See: Healing Crisis
'Word-Spirit' - a multi-faceted discipline originating within Shinto, a primary element of which involves the intoning of sacred sounds (both syllables and individual vowel-sounds)
Kumo'Cloud'  -  A word used by some as the name for the 'power' symbol. Also see: Un 
['Kumo' and 'Un' are two different 'readings' of, or ways of pronouncing, the same kanji character]
Also see: Zui-un
Kurama Yama Horse-saddle (Kurama) Mountain (Yama) - the Sacred Mountain where Usui-Sensei is believed to have first experienced Reiki
There is no true 'R' sound in Japanese. The actual sound identified by 'R' in 'Reiki' is a sort of a blending of 'R' & 'L'. In her diaries, Takata Sensei does not write the word as 'Reiki', but rather as 'Leiki'
'Leiki: a Memorial to Takata-sensei' See: 'Gray Book'
Lineage (Reiki Lineage) The list of ones 'Reiki Antecedents' - ones Reiki Teacher, ones teacher's Teacher, and so on, back to Usui-sensei
Lotus Repentance Ritual

It is claimed by some that Usui-sensei was undertaking this particular Buddhist ritual when he received the 'Reiki experience' on Kurama Yama. [There is however nothing to support the claim.]

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