The adjective “holistic” is derived from the ancient Greek word “holos” which means “whole”. Interest in the holistic approach to medicine was revived in the early 1970s. The idea of holism and the word itself were first introduced by the South African statesman and biologist Jan Christian Smuts in his book Holism and Evolution as early as in 1926. To Smuts, holism was a way of viewing and describing living things including people, as entities greater than and different from the sum of their parts.
How is Reiki Learnt?
The key to Reiki is its simplicity. The real difference is in the Attunement (also known as initiation) Process, which the student experiences in the various levels of Reiki classes.
What is Reiki?
The word Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy. It is defined as that power which acts and lives in all created matter. The word Reiki consists of two parts. The syllable REI describes the universal, boundless aspect of the energy while KI stands for the vital life force energy which flows through all living beings. It is one of the highest forms of energy in existence.
Reiki is not associated with any material which is visible, nor does it have a shape, nor name.
There exists one Supreme Being, the Absolute Infinite, a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance before it. Therefore, it is Absolute!
Chronology of Reiki Development
620 BCE – Birth of Gautama Siddhartha, Sakyamuni. Buddha at Lumbini, India-Nepal border.
543 BCE – Death of Gautama Siddhartha at Kusinagara, India.
2nd to 1st Century BCE – Tantra Lotus Sutra written, other healing texts.
7 BCE – Birth of Jesus.
5 BCE – The “Three Wise Men” (3 Magi) come from the East (India) to seek the reincarnation of an Enlightened One. They take Jesus and family to Egypt and India
27 or 30 CE to 30 or 33 CE – Jesus returns to Jerusalem for 2-3 years. The Crucifixion. Evidence that Jesus survived it.
46 or 49 CE – Jesus returns to India, 16 years after the Crucifixion.
110CE – Death of Jesus in Srinagar, India. Legends say he lived to 120 years of age, not unusual for his time.
Late 1800’s 1925 – Mikao Usui’a quest for Reiki.
1930 – Chujiro Hayashi receives the Reiki Master’s degree (Reiki III) at the age. of 47.
May 10, 1941 – Death of Mikao Usui. He made 16-18 Reiki Masters, sources vary. Death of Chujiro Hayashi. He made 13-16 Reiki Masters including the first woman, his wife Chie Hayashi and Hawayo Takata.
December 24, 1900 – Birth of Hawayo Kawamuru (Takata).
March 19, 1917- Marries Saichi Takata.
October, 1930 – Death of Saichi Takata.
1935 – Takata goes to Japan for healing at Maeda Hospital in Alaska, then to Hayashi’s Reiki clinic, Shina No Machi, Tokyo. She is healed in 4 months.
Spring, 1936 – Takata receives Reiki I from Chujiro Hayashi.
Winter, 1938 – Takata receives Reiki II from Hayashi and returns to Hawaii. She opens her first healing clinic in Kapaa.
December 11, 1980 – Death of Hawayo Takata. She made 22 Reiki Masters from 1970-1980. Some sources give death date as December 12.
Reiki Master Lineage
Dr. Mikao Usui
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
Barbara Weber Ray
Maureen O’ Toole
Pravin D Patel
(Adapted from Reader’s Digest Guide to Alternative Medicines)
The Reiki healers use prayer, meditation, or visualization to link themselves to divine or mystical healing forces which are then channelised to patients, activating their power to heal themselves. The patients may not even know that they are being healed, although most healers will send healing only when requested by a patient. Healers usually discover this ability by accident, and see it as a gift, which they must use in the service of others.
History of the Usui System of Natural Healing
The story of Reiki to date has been an oral history that is passed on from teacher to student by the word of mouth. This is the story as I and others have heard it.
Mooladhara means foundation. It is the lowest of the chakras. It is known as the root centre because it is the seat of dwelling place of primal energy. Mooladhara is like a lotus with four petals. It is also the seat of Kundalini shakti. Normally, the Kundalini Is in the form of a serpent in deep sleep, coiled around the ‘Swayambhu linga’. It is the source of all energy, may it be mental, emotional, spiritual or sexual.
We understand our physical framework, i.e. our body, as an energy body but not just muscle and bone. Situated with the body is a complex network through which the energy flows. This network consists of channels called nerves, which distribute vital energy to each and every part of the body.
Vishuddha means to purify. Vishuddha chakra is located near the throat. It is the centre of purification. It is symbolized by a light blue coloured lotus with 16 petals. This chakra influences the vocal cords and the region of the larynx, thyroid & parathyroid glands. It governs the person’s communication, clairvoyance. Spoken words come from this chakra, giving voice to the emotions within the heart. In this chakra all the elements of the lower chakras i.e. earth, water, fire and air are refined to their purest essence and dissolved into akasha (ether).