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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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Sai Baba Reiki
An early expression of the Tera Mai system, developed by Kathleen Milner
Saibo Kassei Ka A cell-activating/vitalizing technique from Gendai Reiki Ho
Saihoji Temple
A Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Usui sensei's remains are interred in the temple graveyard. This is also the site of the Usui Memorial stone erected by members of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
See: Byosen Reikan-ho
Seichim Reiki
Style originating with Reiki Master Patrick Zeigler, who claims to have had a mystical experience in the Great Pyramid at Giza, and also received a spiritual initiation from a Sufi order in Egypt.
Seiheki Chiryo-Ho (A variant form of Nentatsu-Ho) Seiheki Chiryo-Ho is taught at Level 2 and makes use of symbols where Nentatsu-Ho does not.
Sei Heki (Sei Heiki) The second of the four Usui Reiki symbols: commonly called the 'mental/emotional' symbol in Takata-lineage Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho). In Japanese lineages the symbol is commonly called the 'Harmony' symbol'.
Depending on the kanji used to write 'Sei Heiki', the name can mean 'emotional calmness' or 'spiritual composure'
Seika no Itten 'The One Point below the Navel'. Another term for the: Seika Tanden
Seika Tanden
(See: Tanden)
Concept found in traditional Japanese disciplines - martial, spiritual or artistic. The seika tanden (commonly referred to simply as 'the tanden') is an energy 'centre' or area - perceived by some to be about the size of a grapefruit - located deep inside the hara (belly/abdomen). Seika refers to 'below the Navel'
Seikaku Kaizen-ho "Character improvement method" - alternative term for/version of nentatsu ho
Seishin Toitsu
Contemplation ('Unification of mind/spirit') - an element of Hatsu Rei Ho
Seiza Traditional Japanese kneeling posture, sitting back on (or between) the heels
Sekizui Joka Ibuki-Ho Spinal Cord (Sekizui) Purification (Joka) Breath (Ibuki) Method (Ho) - a technique of 'insufflation' or blowing of energy-breath to release negativity from the spine
Sensei Honourific form of address - as in 'Usui Sensei', 'Hayashi Sensei', etc. Often translated as 'master' or 'doctor' but more properly 'Teacher'. A person should never add 'Sensei' to their own name when introducing (or speaking about) themself
Shashin Chiryo ho Distance-Healing Method using a Photograph
Shihan (also Shihan Sensei; Dai Shihan) A Teacher or Instructor. More fully: "An expert who teaches by example"
This term is used in Jikiden Reiki for the grade above Shihan Kaku
Shihan Kaku An Assistant Teacher or Instructor. Term used in Jikiden Reiki for the grade above Okuden
Shihan Sensei
A Teacher or Instructor. Term used in Jikiden Reiki for the grade above Shihan Kaku
Shiki 'Style' - as in Usui Shiki Ryoho: Usui Style Healing Method
Shimo Tanden Another term for the: Seika Tanden -an energy 'centre' or area located deep inside the hara (belly/abdomen).
Shinpiden 'Mystery Teachings' - Level III (Master Level) in some versions of the Reiki grading system
Shirushi 'Symbol' - see: Reiki Symbols; Kanboku
Shoden 'Elementary/Entry Teachings' - Level I in some versions of the Reiki grading system
Shu Chu Reiki (also: Shudan Reiki) Reiki Treatment given to a single individual by a group
Shudan Reiki
Reiki treatment given to a single individual by a group
Shuyo Ho
Group practice of Hatsu Rei Ho
Sugano, Wasaburo
Uncle of Chiyoko Yamaguchi (founder of Jikiden Reiki), Wasaburo Sugano learned Reiki from Chujiro Hayashi in 1928
Suzuki, Bizan PhD
See: Kenzen no Genri
Takata, Alice
See: Furumoto, Alice Takata
Takata, Hawayo Hiromi
Born Hawayo Kawamuru in Hanamaulu, Kauai, Hawaii. Hawayo Takata studied Reiki with Chujiro Hayashi between 1935 and 1938. Hawayo Takata is the person responsible for bring Reiki to the West
Takata, Saichi
Hawayo Takata's husband. (Died in 1930)
'Teacher Takata' respectful way of referring to Hawayo Takata
An energy 'centre' or area, perceived by some to be about the size of a grapefruit. Tanden is the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese term: Tan Tien or 'field of the elixir'.
While traditional Japanese disciplines - martial, spiritual or artistic - tend to speak of a single tanden, located inside the 'hara' (belly/abdomen) in Japan there are also several disciplines - either of Chinese origin or alternatively heavily influenced by Chinese Chi Gung philosophy - which speak of a further two tandens: one inside the chest at about the heart level, and one in the middle of the head between the eyes
Tanden Chiryo-Ho (Also: Hara Chiryo Ho) A body detoxification technique (Similar to gedoku-ho)
Te-Ate 'Hand-Treatment' - generic term for Japanese hands-on healing modalities
Te no hira Ryoji Kenkyu Kai Palm Healing Research Society - founded by Toshihiro Eguchi, a student of Usui Sensei.
Tera Mai
System developed from Reiki and Seichim by Kathleen Milner with the assistance of a 'Spiritual Being' (at one time taught to be the Indian spiritual master Satya Sai Baba)
Therapy Reiki is generally designated a therapeutic discipline (and even where it is considered to be primarily a system of Spiritual Development it is generally said to have a therapeutic element) The term therapeutic comes from the Greek therapeia. Therapeia does not mean 'healing' but rather 'attendance' - i.e. to help, aid, assist...
Tibetan Master Symbol
A symbol used in Raku Kei Reiki and other modern styles. Also known as Dumo, this symbol is seen as the equivalent to the Dai Ko Myo used in more traditional Reiki styles.
Tomita, Kaiji
Kaiji Tomita, a student of Mikao Usui, learned Reiki around 1925-6. After Usui Sensei's death, Tomita went on to establish the 'Tomita Teate Ryohokai' (Tomita Hand-Healing Association). In 1933/4 he wrote a book: Reiki To Jinjutsu - Tomita Ryu Teate Ryoho
(Reiki & Humanitarian Work - Tomita Ryu Hands Healing).
Traditional Japanese Reiki
Style of Reiki developed by Dave King in 1995. Traditional Japanese Reiki (TJR) is based on Vortex Reiki as developed by Toshitaka Mochizuki, which is itself heavily influenced by The Radiance Technique.
Traditional Reiki
A term previously used to denote original Usui Shiki Ryoho practice as taught by Takata Sensei
Twenty one day cleansing process
Whereas some people may experience a healing crisis in response to receiving Reiki treatment, some students - on receiving attunement - may also experience similar yet less acute symptoms as their being adjusts to the changes brought about by the awakening of the phenomenon that is the Reiki ability (though many people never experience this at all). It is believed by some that this 'adjustment period' lasts for about 21 days (symbolically representative of Usui sensei's 21-day period of austerity on Mount Kurama?) and students are encouraged to self-treat with Reiki as much as possible during this time.
Uchite Chiryo-Ho A Shiatsu-like patting or palpating technique
Un'Cloud'  - A word used by some as the name for the 'power' symbol. Also see: Kumo
['Kumo' and 'Un' are two different 'readings' of, or ways of pronouncing, the same kanji character]
Also see: Zui-un
Un A word used by some as the jumon (mantra) for the 'power' symbol. [Not to be confused with the other word Un, meaning Cloud]
['Un' is the Japanese pronunciation of the Sanscrit  'seed-syllable' mantra associated with the kami Maoson - one of the primary deities worshipped by the Kurama Kokyo sect on Mount Kurama]

A term used by many Japanese shamanic practitioners to describe 'power spots' - places where the 'veil' between this world and the World of the Spirit is thin. (Usui = Thin).
However, in this instance, 'usui' -although having the same sound - is written in different kanji than the surname Usui

Usui Do 'Usui Way'. Term used to refer to Usui-sensei's original system of Spiritual Development. Also, a reconstruction of the original system, as taught by Dave King and the Usui Do Eidan.
Usui, Fuji
Fuji Usui (1908-1946) was Usui sensei's son
Usui Kai 'Usui Society'. A modern term used to refer to the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Usui, Kuniji One of Usui sensei's two brothers. It is said Kuniji was a policeman in Gifu prefecture (the area where Usui-sensei was born)
Usui, Mikao
Creator of the Usui Reiki system of healing and self-development
Usui Reiki Ryoho (see also Japanese Reiki) 'Usui Reiki Healing Method.' Term generally used to refer to Reiki as it evolved in Japan. Said to be closer to Usui-Sensei's original format. Utilizes Reiju rather than the symbol-centred attunements (denju) familiar in 'western' style Reiki. While generally using the term Usui Shiki Ryoho when speaking of Reiki, Takata sensei also occasionally used the term Usui Reiki Ryoho
Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai 'Usui Reiki Healing Method Learning Society'. While some say the society was founded by Usui-Sensei himself in 1922, it is generally accepted that the Gakkai was actually founded by Rear Admiral Juusaburo Gyuda (Ushida) and other students around 1926/7.
Usui, Sadako
Usui sensei's wife
Usui, Sanai One of Usui sensei's two brothers. Sanyai was apparently a doctor with a practice either in, or somewhere near, Tokyo.
'Teacher Usui' respectful way of referring to Mikao Usui
Usui Shiki Ryoho (see also: Western Reiki) 'Usui Style Healing Method' or 'Usui-style therapy'. 'Western' Reiki as taught by Takata-Sensei -a system devided into 3 levels, using attunements involving the four Reiki symbols..
Usui Teate Term used by some to refer to Usui-Sensei's Healing Method.
Also (confusingly) the name used to indicate teachings promoted by Chris Marsh and Andy Bowling as being an expression of Usui-Sensei's original system of Spiritual Development (as opposed to his Treatment Method). The term specifically means 'Usui Hand Treatment'.

NOTE: more recently, Dave King of Usui-do (see above)  also began teaching 'Usui Teate', however this 'Usui Teate' is not the same as that taught by Chris Marsh...
Usui/Tibetan Reiki
Essentially a combination of Reiki as taught by Takata-Sensei and elements of Raku Kei Reiki. It makes use of both the standard Usui Reiki symbols and some Raku Kei symbols, plus numerous other 'non-traditional' elements. The third level is commonly separated into 3a and 3 b (see Advanced Reiki Training)
Usui, Toshiko Toshiko Usui (1913 - 1935) was Usui sensei's daughter
Usui, Tsuru
Usui sensei's elder sister
Violet Breath
A special breathing technique used in Tera Mai.
The Violet Breath is a variation of the Breath of the Fire Dragon technique found in Raku Kei Reiki
Vortex Reiki
Modern Japanese style of Reiki, developed by Toshitaka Mochizuki, who had learnt Western style Reiki from Mieko Mitsui
Waka 'Japanese Song' - short poems with lines containing fixed numbers of syllables. [The familiar Zen haiku are a form of waka]
Western Reiki
Term used to refer to Reiki as taught in the West by Takata sensei, i.e. Usui Shiki Ryoho, and by extension, all styles of Reiki based on Usui Shiki Ryoho. (see also: Japanese Reiki)
Yagyu Ryu Usui Sensei is believed to have achieved his Menkyo Kaiden ( 'Teacher's Licence') in Yagyu Ryu, a Bujutsu (Martial Arts) school focussing on the arts of Kenjutsu (swordsmanship) & Ju-jutsu (un-armed Combat) - founded by Yagyu Muneyoshi Tajima no Kami (1527-1606).
Yamaguchi, Chiyoko
See: Jikiden Reiki
Zenshin Koketsu-Ho 'Full-body Blood Cleansing Technique' - a version of Ketsueki Kokan-Ho
Zui un
While previously it was said that the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai did not have names for the Reiki Symbols - that they simply referred to them as Symbol 1, Symbol 2, etc - it is now being claimed that they did have names for the symbols all along.
Supposedly they use the term Zui-un for the symbol commonly known as Choku Rei.
This use of Zui-un has also been adopted by some other schools/styles of Reiki.
Zui-un means: "Auspicious Cloud" - an omen of good luck. It is also the name of a popular brand of Japanese aloeswood incense. Also see: Un; and Kumo

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