The evolution of Reiki

February 25, 2012

Healing, Natural therapies, Reiki

A symbol-based modality, Reiki is passed from teacher to student through an attunement or initiation.

by Josephine M. Joseph — 

Reiki is a simple hands-on healing technique that is as gentle and loving as a mother’s touch. It was rediscovered in the early 1900s by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui, and brought to America by Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American who traveled from Hawaii to Japan for healing.

After experiencing the profound effects of Reiki, Takata asked to be initiated into the Usui method of natural healing. She returned to her home in Hawaii and attuned 22 Reiki masters before her passing in 1980. We are deeply grateful to her for the gift, as Reiki is now available globally.

A symbol-based modality, Reiki is passed from teacher to student through an attunement or initiation. This enables the practitioner to channel greater amounts of life-force energy, and form a partnership with the healing universe.

Reiki has evolved from its early beginnings and has quickly become a household name. It is based upon simple and timeless principles to live by. These include:

  • Do not worry; be filled with gratitude.
  • Just for today, do not be quick to anger.
  • Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people.
  • Every day join your hands in prayer.
  • Reiki is for the improvement of body and mind.

Anyone with the desire may practice Reiki. Hospitals now recognize the benefits of healing touch, and offer it to patients and nurses. Reiki has evolved due to millions of global practitioners who use it as a resource to heal themselves, the community and the world.

The practice of Reiki elevates us to the awareness that we are all made of love and it is love that unites us. Utilizing this life-force energy awakens souls to living extraordinary lives.

 

Josephine M. Joseph is a Karuna and Reiki master teacher and owner of www.lightjourneys.org. 623-698-6899.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 29, Number 5, Oct/Nov 2010.

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