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

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Makoto no kokyu- ho The "Breath of Sincerity" or "Breath of Truth" - a self-developmental exercise taught in some styles of Reiki with the intent of developing greater awareness of ones seika tanden (energy centre in the lower abdomen).
The practice, though claimed to be part of Usui-sensei's original teachings, has most probably simply been 'borrowed' from the art of Aikido at a relatively recent point in time.
Master Symbol
See: Dai Ko Myo
Matsui, Shou
Journalist, well-known playwright, drama teacher, and supporter of traditional Japanese 'Kabuki' Theatre, Shou Matsui (1870 - 1933) was one of Chujiro Hayashi's Reiki students. Matsui wrote what is probably the earliest surviving article on Reiki, published in the 'Nichiyoubi Mainichi' Magazine, on March 4th, 1928
Meiji Tenno Gyosei
See: Gyosei
Mental-Emotional Symbol
See: Sei Heiki
Menkyo Kaiden A Teacher's Licence - certification of achievement of the highest levels of proficiency in a given art. Usui sensei is said to have gained Menkyo Kaiden in the martial discipline of Yagyu Ryu
Mitsui, Mieko
Journalist and Reiki Practitioner. The first person to teach Western style Reiki in Japan, Mieko could be said to have been responsible for single-handedly sparking a Japanese 'Reiki Revival'.
Mochizuki, Toshitaka
Toshitaka Mochizuki published "Iyashi No Te" in 1995 (- believed to be the first modern day Reiki book written by a Japanese master). Mochizuki attributes some of the historical information presented in his book to an obscure Japanese book entitled "The Secret of How to Take Care of Your Family Members" by Takichi Tsukida.
(Focusing) an element of Hatsu Rei Ho
Morning Star Meditation See: Gumonji ho

Mugen Muryouju
(or: Mugen Muryo Ju)

As part of an attempt to 're-Buddha-fy' Reiki, in some Japanese styles of Reiki the SHK symbol has been renamed to either Muryouju or Mugen Muryouju.

Muryouju is the Japanese name for Amida Butsu in his manifestation as 'Buddha of Infinite Life'. Mugen can refer to infinite compassion or infinite wisdom.

(Muryo Ju)
- see above
Nade-Te Chiryo-Ho Stimulating the flow of ki in the body by stroking with the hand
Nagao, Tatseyi
According to his daughter, Yoshi Kimura, Tatseyi Nagao was one of Takata sensei's Level 2 students. It is also claimed that he visited Japan in or about 1950 and while there took Level 3 with Chie Hayashi (Chujiro Hayashi's widow). On returning to Hawaii he is supposed to have begun teaching Reiki (Though none of his students have been identified). Nagao is said to have died in 1980
Naka Tanden
(see: Tanden)
An energy 'centre' or area located deep inside the chest.
Nao Hi An alternative name for Choku Rei. Both terms have the same meaning: 'Direct Spirit'
Nentatsu-Ho A Level 1 technique, essentially a form of 'thought-transmission' via the hands. Used to 'realign' habits. A variation of nentatsu-ho taught at Level 2 is called seiheki chiryo ho.
Nerve Stroke (also: Finishing Stroke)
See: Ketsueki Kokan-Ho
Nin Giz Zida
Another name for Raku Kei Reiki's 'Fire Serpent 'symbol
Okuden 'Inner Teachings' - Level II in some versions of the Reiki grading system. Oku refers to the 'inner' the depths or heart of a thing - the esoteric or secret aspect of a thing.
Okuden Zenki In Reiki systems where the Okuden level is divided into two parts, the suffix -zenki ('First Term') is added to indicate the first part.
Okuden Koki (Okuden Kouki)
In Reiki systems where the Okuden level is divided into two parts, the suffix -koki ('Second Term') is added to indicate the second part.
Oshite Chiryo-Ho 'Pressing Hand' - actually, an acupressure-type technique applied with the fingertips
See: Gokai
See: Gokai
Power Symbol
See: Choku Rei
Radiance Technique, The
A Style of Reiki incorporating seven Levels or Degrees, promoted by Barbara (Weber) Ray. Ray claims that Takata Sensei taught her this seven-degree system between 1978 and 1980.
Radiance Technique International Association, Inc.
Originally founded in 1980 by Barbara (Weber) Ray and Takata-Sensei as the American Reiki Association, Inc., the Radiance Technique International Association, Inc. (T.R.T.I.A.) considers Barbara Ray to be Takata Sensei's legitimate successor
A symbol from Raku Kei Reiki. Looking like an extended 'lightning-bolt', Raku is used at the conclusion of the attunement process to separate the energy/auras of teacher and student. Also used in Usui/Tibetan Reiki.
Raku Kei Reiki
Known as "The Way of the Fire Dragon" - Raku Kei is the creation of Reiki master Arthur Robertson (deceased). It uses additional symbols and claims a Tibetan origin for Reiki
See: Repeat Attunement
Rei To Bow - as in: Sensei ni Rei - bow to ones teacher(s), or, Shinzen ni Rei - bow to a shrine.
By bowing you are expressing respect, courtesy, and gratitude - to the person, concept or spiritual being you are bowing to, and also, to yourself.
[This 'rei' is not written in the same kanji as the 'rei' in 'Reiki']
Reido 'Spirit Movement' - involuntary bodily movement (eg. rocking or swaying). A form of cathartic response, sometimes triggered/stimulated by the application of Reiki and other energetic therapies
Reido Reiki A Japanese Reiki system which attempts to unite Western and Japanese Reiki Traditions, developed by Huminori Aoki, Chairman of the Nagoya Reiki Lab (formerly the "Human & Trust Institute).
Reiho (also: Reishiki) Etiquette; a method of bowing
Reiho 'Spiritual Method' - as in: Usui Reiho: Usui Spiritual Method
Some people claim that 'Reiho' is a contraction of: 'Reiki Ryoho' (Reiki Healing Method) This 'Reiho' is not written in the same kanji as the 'Reiho' meaning Etiquette]
Reiji 'Indication of the Spirit' - Spiritual guidance in the placing of your hands to give treatment
Spiritual (Rei) Gift (Ju) - term for the original form of Reiki Attunement-Empowerment
Reiki The term commonly used to indicate the therapeutic and self-development system created by Mikao Usui, and more specifically, the wonderful therapeutic energy-radiance, or phenomenon, which lies at the heart of this natural healing system.
(However, the word 'Reiki' has, it seems, achieved generic status, being used to refer to numerous hands-on healing practices of unrelated origin.)
The term Reiki is often erroneously translated as meaning 'universal energy'. And while it can be translated in a simplistic sense as: 'Spiritual Energy' or 'Spiritual Feeling'; it refers more directly to 'Spirit', 'Spirit Force', or 'Spiritual Influence' - the effect of Spirit in action.
In some instances 'Reiki' can be used as a term for an Ancestral Spirit. (See also: Reiki Consciousness)
Reiki Alliance
An organization formed in 1983 by a number of Takata-Sensei's original Reiki Masters, with the intended purpose of preserving the integrity of the Usui Shiki Ryoho, as presented by Takata-Sensei
Reiki Circle (also: Reiki Current)
See: Reiki Mawashi
'Reiki Consciousness'
Term that speaks to the perception that, while Reiki is commonly (and perhaps somewhat superficially) perceived as a form of therapeutic 'ki' or energy, at a deeper level it can be experienced as a direct manifestation of Spiritual Presence. (Some believe it to be an expression of our own Spirit, some, the 'Universal' Spirit.)
Reiki Ethics
Guidelines for Reiki teachers and practitioners concerning professional conduct
Reiki (Crystal) Grid
See: Crystal Grid
Reiki Guides
Spirit Beings who are believed by many to attend and assist Reiki practitioners in giving treatments
Reiki Ho the 'Reiki Method (of healing)' - a term used by some to refer to Reiki healing in general. However, others use it more specifically to refer to Gendai Reiki Ho
Reiki Jutsu Translates as 'Art of Reiki', however Reiki Jutsu is actually the name of a martial art (developed by Andy Wright) which combines elements of Reiki and Shotokan Karate!
Reiki Lineage
The chain of Reiki Teachers between any given practitioner and Usui-Sensei
Reikika A Reiki Practitioner
Reiki Marathon
See: Renzoku
Reiki Master
More properly 'Reiki Teacher' -someone who has not only received Master Level attunement and knows how to carry out the attunement process for all three levels, but has also taught at least one class and thus has actually attuned at least one student. Technically refers to someone who is part of a Teacher - Student (Mentor - Student) relationship
Reiki Master Practitioner
Term used in Usui/Tibetan styles of Reiki to indicate a person who is at the Level 3a (see: Advanced Reiki Training).
Reiki Master Teacher
Term used in Usui/Tibetan styles of Reiki to indicate a person who is at the Level 3b - i.e. they have been shown the master symbol and the methods of passing Attunement / Initiation. (see: Advanced Reiki Training).
Reiki Mawashi
'Reiki Circle'. Also: Reiki Current A group-based energy cycling meditation.
Reiki Ryoho Hikkei 'Reiki Treatment Companion' - a 68 page, Level 1 (Shoden) manual given to students of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Comprises of a Q&A section & explanation of Reiki - supposedly in Usui Sensei's own words - a healing guide (Ryoho Shishin), & Waka Poetry penned by the Emperor Meiji. The 'Hikkei' was compiled in the 1970's by Kimiko Koyama, sixth kaicho of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Reiki Ryoho No Shiori

'Guide to Reiki Ryoho' - the title of a document compiled by two Gakkai presidents: Koyama & Wanami, said to be given to all members of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. The 'Shiori covers the history & purpose of the Gakkai, and sets out its administrative system. It outlines the characteristics of Reiki Ryoho, deals with the how to strengthen Reiki, & includes a number of techniques such as: koketsu ho, byosen, nentatsu ho, etc. It also contains comments by mainstream Medical Practitioners, lists 11 of Usui-Sensei's shinpiden students; and instruction from Mikao Usui.

Reiki Ryoho To Sono Koka Reiki Ryoho & Its Effects - title of a book written by Mataji Kawakami in 1919.
This book was not about 'Usui Reiki Ryoho'.
It seems that the term Reiki Ryoho (indicating 'Spiritual Healing') was used by several therapists, before Usui-Sensei, to describe their practices.
Reiki Shower
An aura-cleansing/replenishing technique found in some 'western' styles of Reiki
Reiki Symbols (see also: Shirushi & Kanboku)
Four 'tools' used in Reiki - According to Takata-sensei, only three are for use by practitioners as part of giving treatment; the fourth is reserved for use in passing attunements
Reiki Un-do A method of Reiki treatment received through spontaneous movement - albeit intentionally initiated. This technique was introduced to the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai by the society's sixth kaicho: Kimiko Koyama
"Reiki wa darenimo deru" "Everyone can do* Reiki". book privately published in 1986, by Japanese Reiki Master Fumio Ogawa
[* Radiate / Emanate]
Renzoku A 'Reiki marathon', or 'relay' treatment. A practice wherein several practitioners take turns at providing Reiki in a continuous treatment session - often over many hours, even days - to a single client
Repeat Attunement
(also: Re-attunement)
Takata sensei taught that an attunement was permanent, and it didn't 'fade', need 'topping up' or have an expiration date. But after her death, several 'western' Reiki Masters began experimenting with the idea of 'repeat attunements'. The theory supposedly being that repeating the attunement process result in a 'deepening of the quality' of the students connection to Reiki.
Ryoho 'Healing Method; (Medical) Treatment' - as in: Usui Reiki Ryoho: Usui Reiki Treatment
Ryoho Shishin A treatment guide, written by Chujiro Hayashi - very similar in content to the healing guide in the Reiki Ryoho Hikkei. Hawayo Takata is known to have had this guide and gave copies to some of her students. It was also included in the 'Gray Book' compiled by Alice Takata Furumoto

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