ASKED QUESTIONS -
© 2006 James Deacon
Some people do four attunements at level 1, others do only one
attunement; does this affect the outcome, does it make a real
difference or is it all down to the intent of the person giving
taught the use of the 4 separate initiations (i.e. attunements)
for level one, with a gap between each initiation. The idea seems
to be that each initiation 'built' on the previous one, deepening
the process of connection - thus ensuring the student develops
a deep 'quality' of connection at what is afterall the foundation
level of Reiki [Reiki is - or should be - a building built on
as seems to be the case with all things Reiki - some post-Takata
Reiki folk decided that as 'time is money' they needed a way to
speed up the initiation process (especially when you hear how
some of those in question liked classes of not less than 30-40
people!) - so essentially it seems the idea of one attunement
instead of four actually evolved out of a time-saving exercise
/ plain ol' laziness.
Now as to what
difference there is between the two:
[We all know that the symbols are sacred - but many it seems forget
that the Initiation is also sacred.]
The Reiki initiation is a process - just like a mathemathical
or chemical formula (or a food recipe for that matter)
You follow the process/formula and you get what you are supposed
But when you start messing about with the process - alter the
process - change the number or nature of one or more of the 'ingredients',
change the point in the process where certain proceedures are
carried out or the order in which the 'ingredients' are added
to the mix, you are likely to end up with something other than
what you were supposed to get.
IMO, this is the case with the 'simplified' Reiki initiation.
While it may connect a student to Reiki, there is often little
'quality' of connection (and some folk - well they've definitely
been attuned to SOMETHING - but it sure ain't "Reiki as we
Yes, of course, intent plays a part - but
only a part (and as the saying goes "the Road to Hell is
paved with good intentions") IMO, too much is made of 'intent'.
Just because someone intends something, does it guarantee
I intend to win the lottery every week! [And afterall, this whole
concept of 'intent' as used in relation to 'New Age-ified' Reiki
and other practices is simply a washed-out shadow of the original
mystical/magical concept of 'intending'. 'Intent' in its mystical
use was not about simply wishing that a thing be so; but
involved a devastating effort of will - the achievement
of a total congruence of being - focussing every single fibre
of the being to achieving a given aim or goal. ]
No - 'true' intending is too much hard work. Personally, I can't
see why I should have to intend (that is: hope & pray!) that
a version of the Initiation that has been 'messed with' will work
properly, when I can use the version passed on from Takata-sensei
- one we KNOW will do the job, properly attuning the student to
Reiki 'as we know it'. [but this is just MY opinion of course.]
I am having certificates printed and was wondering if you can
tell me what wording Takata used on her certificates?
most people now use the terms 'Level 1', 'Level 2', or 'Level
3' (or 1st, 2nd, 3rd Degee) Takata-sensei used the terms 'introductory',
'intermediate', or 'advanced' for the courses she offered
Takata-sensei used the following wording on certificates:
(Title:) USUI SHIKI RYOHO.
This is to certify that ( student's name
handwritten here ) has completed the [see
above] course in the REIKI Method of Natural Healing as
administered by Hawayo K. Takata on this date (hand-dated
and signed: Rev. Hawayo K. Takata)
Just where in Hawaii did Hawayo Takata have her Reiki Clinic?
after returning to Hawaii from Japan, Takata-sensei set up a small
place of practice at Kapaa in the Kawaihau district on Kauai island.
However, in 1939, she acquired a property at: 2070 Kilauea Avenue,
Waiakea Homesteads, South Hilo, Big Island, and it was from this
address that she ran her practice up to the late 1940's.
For a time at her clinic, she advertised Reiki as 'Reiki Massage'
Later, when the clinic was called the 'Hawaii Health Studio',
Takata-sensei advertised Reiki as 'Nerve-Gland-Shortwave Treatments'
As well as Reiki, she also offered Swedish Massage, and 'Cabinet
Bath' (i.e. steam bath) treatments at this address. Later she
moved back to Honolulu and set up a practice there.
it Mrs Takata who came up with the idea of the 'energy exchange'
- the requirement that payment must always be made for treatment/training:
that they are not allowed to be given for free? And why is this;
are free treatments believed to be less effective - didn't Usui
treat victims of the Kanto earthquake for free?
people do seem to think that Takata-sensei was responsible for
introducing the idea of charging for treatment/training, and the
phrase "Energy Exchange" is certainly a very modern
However in a 1928 Reiki Article,
the playwright and journalist Shou Matsui states:
"I was introduced to Mr. Hayashi by a mutual acquaintance
and I paid a large sum of money to learn this treatment method..."
was speaking of Shoden level - and if he had to pay what he [a
quite affluent individual] considered " a large sum of money",
it makes you wonder what Hayashi-sensei's fees for Okoden - never
mind Shinpiden, might have been like.
Hayashi-sensei would certainly also have expected some form of
payment for providing treatment.
And in Usui-sensei's day it was probably
much the same. Students would have had to pay fees to attend Usui-sensei's
Dojo, and no doubt payment for treatment would also be expected
- this was common practice during the time whether one was learning
an artistic, therapeutic, or martial discipline.
Certainly, other healers and therapists in the Meiji and
Taisho eras required payment from clients. Where treatment itself
was provided without charge, this was often done simply
as a way to attract new interest in the particular therapy - in
the form of people who would then hopefully go on to pay for
Even those who practiced healing as members of the various 'New
Religions' (and Traditional Religions for that matter) would expect
'donations' from those they had helped. Often, 'new religions'
offered healing as a means of recruiting new 'devotees'.
Many healers, religious or otherwise, traveled the country and
while not charging for the healing per se would expect
to be housed and fed by the person receiving healing, or by their
family. ['Free' usually really means hidden 'strings attached']
And yes, Usui-sensei is indeed said to have provided emergency
treatment for a great many people after the Kanto Earthquake,
however, in Takata-sensei's version of the Reiki
Story, Usui-sensei is also said to have realised that people
don't always appreciate - and therefore do not reap the
full benefits of - 'something-for-nothing' (see the story of the
while the phrasing is modern, the original thinking
behind the concept of the 'energy exchange' is much older. And
its not so much about not being allowed to give free treatments
as about the fact that in doing so, the giver is seen to be
making the receiver 'beholden' to them on some level.
It is all tied up with giri, okaeshi, and kansha.
Giri - in this usage, meaning obligation or indebtedness
- is a big deal in Japanese culture. To be indebted to someone
can in some circumstances carry with it a certain degree of shame
- it can also simply weigh heavily on the mind, and as such be
the cause of much stress (which can impact on the effectiveness
of the treatment - possibly even counteract the therapeutic
effects of a treatment).
Tied in with giri is okaeshi: meaning 'a gift in
When someone gives one a gift (and this doesn't have to be a material
or monetary gift - it can be advice, aid, assistance - treatment,
etc) one can free oneself of obligation (and the psychological
burden it can bring) by means of okaeshi - giving a gift
[Often, if one wants something from a particular person, one will
actually give the gift before asking for the thing.]
Okaeshi is the true origin of the 'energy exchange'
(which technically doesn't have to be money - it can be a token
item, payment in kind, performance of a service - something given
to or done for the Reiki practitioner/Teacher - or for that matter
something given to or done for a third party (with the
Reiki practitioner/Teacher's approval) in line with the concept
of 'Pay it forward'
By means of okaeshi / 'energy exchange' one can free oneself
psychologically (also ethically/spiritually/karmically) of indebtedness
to the practitioner, thus enabling one to fully accept the healing
on all levels.
/ 'energy exchange' is also a worldly means of expressing true
kansha - gratitude: appreciation (and with it, true
respect) for what one has received.
"Just for today, be Grateful" - Takata sensei held this
as the most important of the principles.
When we truly appreciate / respect the treatment/training
received, this also opens us (psychologically, spiritually,
etc) to receive the full benefits of the 'gift'.
- Gratitude is also the acknowledgement of ones indebtedness to
another (giri), and on yet another level (to a certain
extent, one of 'self-interest') the generation and expression
of true heart-felt gratitude is also perceived as a means
whereby one can free oneself from the burden of indebtedness -
i.e. gratitude itself becomes another level of okaeshi.
[And from a
purely therapeutic point of view, the generation of the emotion
of gratitude is also widely accepted as being highly conducive
to the healing processes.]
were taught that we should only lightly place our hands on the
healee without any pressure. Also that we must not slide the hands
between the positions, we must lift our hand clear of the healee's
body then place it in the next position. Why is this?
the years I've heard all sorts of reasons being offered by various
people - including how applying pressure will supposedly force
Reiki too deeply into the recipients body-tissue!!
And how sliding the hand from one position to the next might somehow
direct the recipient's own energy to flow the wrong way along
any meridian your hand happens over in the process!
However, the real reason is far simpler. It has nothing
to do with forcing or influencing the energy.*
It is very simply this: a matter of self-preservation. Application
of pressure, or for that matter, sliding the hands while remaining
in direct contact with the recipient's body, could posibly be
construed as 'massage', and as it is illegal to practice massage
without a licence in many places, this could result in either
public prosecution or private lawsuits. By lifting the hands/
not applying pressure you ensure against this.
from what we now know, Usui-sensei himself probably used application
of pressure: the Oshi te technique utilises pressure with
the heel of the hand. And as for sliding the hands: the Nade
te technique utilises stroking or brushing with the hands]
it true that there's an asteroid named Reiki?
indeed. An asteriod discovered on November 14, 1990 by Japanese
astronomers Shun-ei Izumikawa & O-samu Muramatsu is designated:
However it is not named after 'Usui Reiki'.
(5239) Reiki is named in honour of a woman: Reiki Kushida - another
Japanese astronomer; and the kanji used to write her name
are not the same as those used to write Reiki - a la Usui.
we use all three second-degree symbols together when doing treatments,
or just use certain ones?
(IMO) that would depend on two things: 1, which form of Reiki
you have been attuned/trained in; & 2, what you happen to
be doing at the time.
For example in 'pure' Usui Shiki Ryoho:
if you are giving a distance Reiki treatment, then you use the
HSZSN to connect to the person, followed by the CKR (you would
also use SHK if doing a 'habit' treatment)
If you are not working at a distance you don't use the
If you are treating an ache, a very minor cut, or other 'simple'
physical injury, while you may use the CKR, you probably wouldn't
need the SHK
SHK can come into the equation when there is psychological-emotional
shock/trauma (however minor) connected with the physical injury
etc. (though perhaps there may actually be some level of
emotional shock/trauma accompanying 'simple' physical injuries
- a paper cut for example!) .
If the client has had a fall, been in an accident, etc, etc, then
they would almost certainly be suffering from associated emotional
shock/trauma (as well as from the physiological shock /trauma),
so you could use SHK as well as the CKR.
This would also help prevent the build-up of what is often referred
'emotional body-armour' around the area of injury, and will contribute
greatly to the self-healing process. SHK can also be used to release-clear
pre-existent 'emotional body-armour' associated with old injuries
which although technically healed, are still causing the client
discomfort or other problems.
if you are treating a purely stress-related problem of any kind
where there is no physical injury, etc. you would use SHK.
You would use SHK and CKR together in behavioural modification
treatments - be it Takata sensei's version of the technique or
the 'Japanese' version: Seiheki chiryo-ho
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