Copyright © 2009/10 James Deacon
# 'Energy' or 'Spirit'?
Hatsurei ho, and Reiji ho are
believed by many to be three of the most important practices within
if Reiki Ryoho and its associated
techniques are ( as perhaps a great many Reiki Folk tend to believe)
about working with 'energy', why is it that these primary
are named the way they are:
reiju ....靈授 ....-
法 ....- "invoking/generating
reiji ho ....靈治 .... -
"indication of spirit"
do they refer to 'spirit' [rei:
靈] rather than to 'energy' [ki:
# 'Gokai: Moral Admonitions and...
Reiki folk, it seems, tend to view the 'gokai' - the Five Reiki
Principles or Precepts - simply as a set of Moral Admonitions.
However, in my opinion, the gokai are also a set of very practical instructions, intended to be applied as basic 'preventative medicine'....
Don't get angry
(anger can harm the liver and gall-bladder)
(worry can impact negatively on the immune system)
(the emotion of true gratitude has therapeutic benefits)
(bringing mindful focus to the task at hand is a primary key to inhibiting worry)
Be Kind to others
(a key to counteracting anger)
# "Reiki can do no harm"?
There is a much-repeated belief that: "Reiki can do no
So, what does this statement actually mean? Do we take it to mean that: "Reiki can
do no harm to any one or any thing"
To whom or what is Reiki
If Reiki assists an individual to
overcome a viral or bacteriological infection which, prior to
intervention with Reiki, the individual's bodily defenses were
failing to eradicate - would it not be fair to say that Reiki was
(perhaps indirectly?) responsible for causing harm to the
bacteria or viruses - which are, afterall, living organisms?
And if Reiki can thus be seen to
cause harm to a living organism, albeit submicroscopic in the
case of a virus; how far can we take this?
If we apply Reiki treatment to deal
with intestinal parasites such as Nematodes (round worms) or Cestodes
(tapeworms) etc.; is not Reiki at least assisting in the
destruction of these lifeforms?
Is there a 'cut-off point' at which
Reiki ceases to cause harm to a living entity?
Perhaps it is that Reiki can do no harm to sentient life?
Then again, different cultures,
philosophies and individuals have differing views as to what is or is
# 'On the source of Reiki 'energy'...
asked what 'Reiki' meant, Takata-Sensei frequently gave a very
simplistic answer, along the lines of: Rei means 'Universal', and Ki
in attempting to transmit a deeper understanding of the meaning of
Reiki to her students, Takata-Sensei spoke of Reiki as:
universal force from the Great Divine Spirit"
she described it as:
cosmic energy to heal the ill..."
yet more specifically, as:
It is not associated with any visible material being.", she said
of it, "It's an unseen spiritual power that radiates vibration
and lifts one into harmony. This power is incomprehensible to man,
yet every single living being is receiving its blessings..."
it seems that in hearing Takata-sensei speak of Reiki as a "...a
universal force from the Great Divine Spirit" and
'... a cosmic energy...' , many
of her students took this to mean that Reiki - as an 'energy' - was
something outside of ourselves: something 'out there' - beyond
something we 'channel' from 'out there', rather than something
arising within us.
this is the understanding these students passed on to their own
However, this idea of Reiki as being something
external is perhaps only part of the truth...
a diary entry dated Dec. 10 1935, Takata-sensei wrote about Reiki
"...Energy within oneself
" - and also about how we must "...meditate
to let the "Energy" come out from within."
the "Energy" she said: "It
lies in the bottom of your stomach about 2 in. below the navel."
learning of this, many people have now jumped to the conclusion that
Reiki must therefore be an expression of our own
inherent, intrinsic, 'self-originating' or 'personal'
simply because 'energy' is perceived as coming out
from within, does not necessarily mean it is 'personal
Consider, for example, the phenomenon of Johrei (or
Johrei's 'founder', Mokichi Okada believed
that he had received the purificatory, Johrei healing power from the
According to Okada (known to his followers
as 'Meishu Sama'), Kannon placed an orb or ball of golden light
within his hara*, and it was from this radiant source within his
abdomen that the power of Johrei emanated.
"The Principles of Jyorei"
source of the light energy of the Ball is to be found in the
spiritual world. The Orb of Kannon constantly and infinitely
replenishes its Power with Divine Light rays which are directed at
me.” – Meishusama
while the healing light of Johrei emanated from within Okada's
hara (at a point which can be described as “in
the bottom of your stomach about 2 in. below the navel."), Okada
not the ultimate source
of this light.
* It has often been said that the Reiki
initiation results in the 'planting of a seed of light' within the
student (though the initiation itself does not necessarily involve
such visualisation or intention) …