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© 2002/3 James Deacon
'Usui Shiki Ryoho' refers to the system of Reiki that has come
to us via the lineage: Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata.
on several occasions Takata-Sensei referred to Reiki as 'Usui
Reiki Ryoho' she used the name 'Usui Shiki Ryoho' on her certificates.
When asked what 'Reiki' meant, Takata -Sensei frequently gave
a very simplistic answer, along the lines of "...Rei
means 'Universal', and Ki means 'Energy'..."
[Yet it has been said on more than one occasion that this particular
explanation was something that only came to prominence, probably
during the latter 60's, to fit a more generalised 'frame of reference'
of the people drawn to her as potential students]
However, in attempting to transmit a deeper understanding of the
meaning of Reiki to her students, Takata-Sensei spoke of
"...a universal force from the Great Divine Spirit"
"...a cosmic energy to heal the ill..."
and 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.
helps attain health, happiness and security which leads to the
road of longevity..."
Shiki Ryoho is taught in 3 Degrees or Levels.
Being tailored to suit western students, Japanese terminology
is not used to describe these Levels - infact, beyond the symbol
names and the terms: 'Reiki', 'Usui Shiki Ryoho' and 'Usui Reiki
Ryoho' there are no Japanese terms used at all.
[Since Takata-sensei's death, numerous modifications have been
made to Usui Shiki Ryoho. What follows is an example of the contents
of each level as currently taught by many Reiki Masters]
First Degree Reiki training covers the following topics:
What is Reiki?
How Reiki works
What can Reiki heal?
The 'history' of Reiki
( i.e., the 'parable' or 'teaching story' about Usui-Sensei, his
quest, his experience of the phenomenon that is Reiki, and the
response that his gift of healing elicited from those he sought
to share it freely with)
The Five Reiki Precepts
The Reiki Degrees
A discussion on the Reiki Attunements
The 'Healing Crisis'
Finishing a session
Four Attunements are given in the First Degree.
Second Degree Reiki training covers the following topics:
A review of the First Degree
What is Second Degree Reiki?
The three Second Degree
- how to draw them, their names, and significance
Various ways of using the symbol.
Distant healing - various methods
Self-treatment using the symbols
Treating others using the symbols.
One Attunement is given in the Second Degree.
Third Degree Reiki (Master -level) training covers the
of First & Second Degrees
What is Master Level Reiki?
The Usui Master symbol
- how to draw it, its name and significance
Discussion and demonstration of the Reiki Attunements.
One Attunement is given in the Third Degree
which students practice giving (and receiving) Attunements.