Technology For Living Your Highest Potential: The Original Japanese Reiki Techniques
Reiki was brought to the West from Japan by Reiki Master Hawayo Takata in the 1930’s. Reiki quickly spread throughout the world and is now used by millions of people across every continent and country.
Some of the original more intuitive Reiki techniques practiced in Japan by Mikao Usui, the founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho, were not included in what Hawayo Takata brought to the West. By doing this, she made the practice of Reiki simple and easy to understand across all cultures while retaining its effectiveness.
In the 1990’s a group of Reiki Masters in the US traveled to Japan to learn more about Reiki, and discovered these original techniques of Mikao Usui. The techniques were then integrated into the teachings of certain Reiki Master Teachers and lineages in the West, including the International Center for Reiki Training.
These more intuitive methods became known as the Japanese Reiki Techniques, and they give practitioners additional abilities. This includes reading the human energy field, transmitting Reiki with parts of the body other than the hands, receiving and recognizing inner guidance and energetically clearing objects and spaces.
The energy attunement that students receive in Reiki training activates their ability to perform the Japanese Reiki Techniques. These beautiful techniques are taught in detail during my Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 classes.
The first three Japanese Reiki Techniques described here were taught by Mikao Usui as the Three Pillars of Reiki.
The meaning of Reiji-ho is “indication of the spirit”. From the Gassho position, a person then moves their hands to the forehead with thumbs touching the 3rd eye. Reiji-ho is also both a meditative technique and part of preparing to give a Reiki session.
When preparing for a session, two powerful intentions can be stated in Reiji-ho position: 1. thanking for the healing (in present tense), and 2. inviting Divine guidance (example: “please guide me well”). This opens the 3rd eye, allowing one to be guided by Source and by the Reiki energy, showing us how to effectively proceed during the session. Reiji-ho is a wonderful way to develop one’s intuition and tune in to the voice of Higher Power.
Reiki is energy, not bound by time and space. It is provided remotely just as effectively as in person and does not require proximity or touch. A practitioner trained at level 2 can send Reiki to a recipient across any distance.
Enkaku is “to send” and Chiryo is “treatment”. Through this technique, the recipient feels the Reiki energy and receive its benefits in a distance healing session. Recipients report feeling warmth, tingling, deep relaxation, peace and release of pain and tension in remote sessions.
Often the recipient can tell what part of their body the practitioner is sending Reiki to, even when the practitioner is thousands of miles away. I have clients around the world who are greatly helped by distance Reiki.
Infinite love, peace & blessings,
Beth Wishbow, RMT
Reiki Master Teacher & Therapist
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