MORE CONCERNING REIJU...
2006 James Deacon
A number of people have asked questions along the lines of:
or where did Usui-sensei get the idea for reiju, and were the
symbols always a part of the process?"
Well, I think the only person who truly knows the complete answer
to that is Usui-sensei himself.
in the course of his spiritual studies, he no doubt became aware
of many forms of blessing/initiation procedures used by others
(both individuals and groups), quite possibly having received
several different forms himself.
he was, as is commonly claimed, a student of the esoteric teachings
within Tendai Buddhism, then receiving such blessings etc
would have been a central part of his training.
has also suggested that Usui-sensei had been involved with the
Reijutsu Kai movement, and also had links with the Omoto
Kyo sect, both of which also utilised rituals of empowerment,
blessing and healing.
can also be pretty sure that Usui-sensei's own approach to initiation
was one of experimentation - probably evolving through various
forms over the four years or so he used it [prior to his death]
understanding is that originally (- rather than being a purely
therapeutic modality,) Usui Sensei's system was essentially
a spiritual-philosophical system - a system 'for the improvement
of body and soul' - that is, a system primarily focussing
on spiritual development, but one which also incorporated
a self-healing element.
the reiju process was not simply about imparting practical 'healing
abillity', but also (as the term reiju implies) about imparting
spiritual qualities or 'gifts'
say that originally there were no symbols used in the reiju
process - that Usui-sensei incorporated them into the procedure
at a later stage in its development.
there is of course the possibility that the symbols were
there all along (They are, afterall, important keys to Usui-sensei's
spiritual teachings, which predate the healing practice
we generally think of as 'Reiki' today)
is quite possible that Usui sensei (even early on) used two different
versions of the reiju process
- one, without symbols: being a means of conferring blessing
/ empowerment / awareness of the healing ability, on soto-deshi
(lit: 'outside students') - ie those who simply sought to
develop a 'practical' remedial ability
one, with symbols: a more spiritually-oriented process
- being reserved for conferring blessing / empowerment / awareness
of the healing ability, on ushi-deshi (lit: 'inside students')
- i.e those who had been accepted to study Usui-sensei's spiritual
- and other 'higher' practices?
reiju to denju...
'Attunement' , 'Empowerment', or simply a form of'Blessing Ceremony'?