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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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Advanced Reiki Training (ART) Sometimes referred to as Level 3a, or as Master-Practitioner Level. In Usui/Tibetan Reiki the common Level 3 is separated into two parts. ART, i.e. Level 3a focuses on 'personal mastery' and incorporates 'non-traditional' elements such as Reiki (crystal) grids, Psychic Surgery, Reiki Guide Meditations, healing attunements, the Antahkarana symbol, and meditation on the Reiki symbols. At this level the student receives the Level 3 ('Master' level) attunement, but is not instructed in the process of passing attunements to others.
Ai-Reiki The state of being in harmony with Reiki
American Reiki Association, Inc. An association founded in 1980 by Barbara Weber Ray and Takata-Sensei. It has since changed its name to The Radiance Technique International Association, Inc. (TRTIA).
Anshin Ritsumei (also: Dai Anjin) - a state in which ones mind is totally at peace - not bothered by anything - and in which one perceives one's life's purpose
Antahkarana A 'non-traditional' Reiki symbol, the Antahkarana is a cube symbol, with an 'L' shape on each of its surfaces. The Antahkarana is claimed to be a symbol of Tibetan origin, but there does not seem to be any proof of this. Antahkarana is said to be a panacea for all ills.
Aoki, Huminori (or Fuminori) Huminori Aoki is Chairman of the Nagoya Reiki Lab (formerly the "Human & Trust Institute"), where he teaches his own form of Reiki, known as: Reido Reiki, a system which attempts to unite Western and Japanese Reiki Traditions. He is also the author of the book: "The Reiki Healing".
Attunement (also: Initiation or empowerment)
The central focus of each Level or Degree - The sacred process performed by a Reiki Master (Teacher) essentially re-patterns or recalibrates the students etheric field & subtle energy centres, enabling them to interact with the phenomenon that is Reiki. Called denju in Japanese
A non-contact method of giving Reiki treatment. Differs from distant treatment in that the client is actually present (i.e. within line-of-sight). The practitioner stands a short distance from the client and 'beams' or projects Reiki to them
'Blue Book'
Written in 1985 by Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Takata-sensei's granddaughter) and Paul Mitchell of the Reiki Alliance, the 'Blue Book' includes historical information concerning Reiki as presented by Hawayo Takata, info on the Reiki Alliance, extracts from Takata sensei's diaries, and photos of Usui sensei, Hayashi sensei, Takata sensei and Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
Blue Kidney Breath
See: Breath of the Fire Dragon
Breath of the Fire Dragon
A special breathing technique used in Raku Kei Reiki. A variation of this practice, used in Tera Mai, is referred to as the Violet Breath. Yet another version is called the 'blue kidney breath'
'Treating the root cause of a disease' [Byo (disease) gen (root/origin ) chiryo (treatment)] - a technique similar to Genetsu-ho
Byosen Reikan-ho Also simply called Byosen. A Reiki technique in which the practitioner moves their hands through the client's aura/energy-field, sensing for energetic fluctuations - in particular, the 'energetic sensation' perceived at areas of dis-harmony or dis-ease. Referred to as 'Scanning' in 'western' Reiki styles.
However, Byosen is not solely concerned with energetic fluctuations. It is also about intuition or inspiration. The 'Reikan' part of the name is often translated as inspiration; though, in its deepest sense, Reikan refers more specifically to 'spiritual intuition ' - i.e. what we would probably understand better as 'psychic sensitivity'.
Chakra Kassei Kokyo-ho Chakra-activating breathing method from Gendai Reiki Ho

Choku Rei

Name of the first of the four Usui Reiki symbols. Commonly called the 'Power' symbol in Takata-lineage Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho). In some Japanese lineages the symbol is commonly called the 'Focus' symbol'.
Takata-Sensei translated Choku Rei as 'put the [spiritual] power here', yet it can also translate as something akin to: 'in the presence of the Spirit(s)' or even as 'Direct Spirit' .
Chuden Second / Middle (Chu) Teaching (Den). In some styles of Reiki, a level of training between Shoden and Okuden
Chu Tanden
(see: Tanden)
An energy 'centre' or area located deep inside the chest.
Crystal Grid A particular geometrical layout of crystals that have been charged with Reiki, designed to continually emanate therapeutic or protective influence
Dai Ko Myo Name of the last of the four Usui Reiki symbols. Commonly called the 'Master' symbol in Takata-lineage Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho).
The ' symbol' is actually the words Dai, Ko, & Myo written in kanji, and name literally means: 'Great Shining Light' - signifying 'Enlightened Nature' or 'the Radiant Light of Wisdom' - the Radiance of a Deity (Buddha, Bodhisattva, 'Vidyaraja', etc) - the manifest expression of the Light of Wisdom: the means by which illumination "dawns on us."
Dai Shihan (see: Shihan) A term used (in some Japanese Reiki styles) to denote a level above that of Shihan (teacher/master). In these styles, one must attain the level of Dai Shihan in order to be allowed to initiate students to Shihan level.
Dai Shihan
is sometimes translated as 'Grand Master'.
Dashu-ho Another term for Uchite Chiryo-Ho
Den 'Teachings' - this term is found in the titles of the grades or levels used in most Japanese Reiki traditions - eg. Sho-den, Oku-den, Shinpi-den
'Initiation' - the 'Western' style Reiki attunement process used by Takata-Sensei. Denju refers to 'initiation' in the fullest sense of the word - including the energetic 'attunement', but also the teachings accompanying it.
Dento Reiki
'Traditional Reiki' - a term used by some to indicate Usui Reiki Ryoho
Distant Attunement The (non-traditional) practice of performing a Reiki attunement on a student who is not physically present at the time. Most 'Japanese' styles of Reiki - e.g. Gendai, Komyo, Hekikuu, etc do not condone the practice of distant attunements (denju) or distant reiju.
As Kenji Hamamoto - founder of Hekikuu Reiki says:
"To effectively assist the student to awaken to Reiki, the teacher needs to be present, needs to be able to watch for the physiological signs that the process is actually unfolding; to receive tangible energetic feedback. It would be disrespectful to the student to merely raise the hands at a distance, take their money, and hope."
Distant (also: Remote) Treatment
Process of performing a Reiki treatment for a client who is not physically present at the time.
Distant Symbol
See - Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
Do a (philosophical or spiritual) 'Path' or 'Way'
Dojo 'The Place of the Way' - while commmonly used to refer to a Martial Arts Training Hall, the term originally referred to a place for Meditation and the pursuit of Spiritual Discipline.Usui sensei's Training Centre was referred to as a dojo.
'Tibetan' Master Symbol' - as used in Raku Kei Reiki and several other modern styles of Reiki
Eguchi te-no-hira Ryoji A hand/palm healing modality developed by Toshihiro Eguchi. Said to incorporate elements of Usui-do
Eguchi, Toshihiro
A friend and student of Usui Sensei, in 1930 Toshihiro Eguchi published: Te-no-hira Ryoji Nyumon (An Introduction to Healing with the Palms) and later, in 1954: Te-no-hira Ryoji Wo Kataru (A Tale of Healing with the Palms of the Hands).
See: Attunement
Enkaku Chiryo-Ho 'Remote(Distant) Healing Method'
Finishing Stroke (also: Nerve Stroke)
Usui Shiki Ryoho Level 2 technique; essentially the same as Ketsueki Kokan-Ho
Fire Serpent
A symbol used in Raku Kei Reiki and several other modern styles of Reiki. Said to represent the kundalini energy residing in the spine. Also known as Nin Giz Zida
(Fuku Ju)
A phrase used by some as the jumon (mantra) for the mental-emotional symbol.
Also the name of a well-known brand of Sake! (
Fukuju can be translated as: "a long & happy Life", or, when used as a toast, can have an implied meaning not dissimilar to another Japanese word: Kanpai - "Cheers!")
Furumoto, Alice Takata
Takata sensei's daughter. Alice was responsible for compiling the 'Gray Book' after Takata sensei's death. She was also the mother of Phyllis Lei Furumoto.
Furumoto, Phyllis Lei
Takata sensei's granddaughter and co-holder of the Office of Grandmaster of the Reiki Alliance

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