Asher-Usui Reiki Academy
Who is Mikao Usui?
Mikao Usui re-discovered the energy now called ‘Reiki’ in Japan in the late 1800’s. Through him it has become manifest in the known world. Through questing, meditation and a lifelong dedication to his goal of discovering a form of physical healing similar to that told of in stories of Christ and Buddha, he achieved the founding of a tradition that becomes more widely known each day.
Many believe Reiki to have been used as far as 7000 years back by Tibetian Buddhists. Usui Shiki Ryoho, means ‘The Usui System (or Method) of Natural Healing’ . Specifically this refers to the the tradition brought to the West through a series of individuals known as Reiki Masters – Mikao Usui, Dr Hawayashi, Mrs Takata.
Indeed, the most prominent known use of Reiki is as healing energy, as was demonstrated to Dr Usui when he first received attunement to the Reiki energy and subsequently performed four ‘miracles’, which are known as the 4 Miracles of Dr Usui.
What is Usui Shiki Ryoho ?
The Usui System or Method of Natural Healing. Specifically the tradition taught to a series of three masters – Usui, Hayashi, Takata who brought Reiki – (two Japanese Kanji meaning ‘Universal’ and ‘Spirit Breath’, or ‘Life Force Energy’. Chi (Ki) is also a Chinese word meaning ‘spark’ and it’s meaning is the fundamental supporter of life, in Chinese philosophy without Chi, life would not exist). Usui Shiki Ryoho is the story of Dr Usui, the principles of Reiki as passed down from Dr Usui and the progressive system of attunements resulting in a Reiki Master. It is the do, or way of Mikao Usui.
Where can I use it ?
Anywhere. It’s a universal energy. It can be used for healing, to help plants grow, to charge water, food or a situation with positivity. It is a healing energy that is channeled through the attuned individual (initiate) to the recipient; thus the practitioner of Reiki always receives it’s benefits before the client. At Reiki level two (Practitioner) the healer gains access to three symbols, one of which is a symbol the use of which enables the practitioner to send Reiki over distance to a particular person, place or situation.
When does it work ?
With intent – when you want it to. All that is needed is an intent to heal, to allow the Reiki energy to flow through the energy channels of the healer to the recipient. Reiki flows down through the crown chakra (top of the head) of the practitioner and out through the chakras in the center of of each palm (chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’ and refers to the 7 main energy centers and other smaller ones that exist throughout the human energy system). It should only be used when the healer has been asked to provide healing energy.
How do I learn more?
a) a session of Reiki therapy will give any individual a chance to get a feel for Reiki and how it can affect us, as well as the opportunity to talk to someone who has had first-hand experiences of Reiki and the attunement process (this is certainly a first step for anyone seriously interested in pursuing Reiki further.)
b) a Reiki Attunement is a process of passing the Reiki energy from Master to Initiate, in this (relatively short) process the Reiki Master opens the crown chakra of the aspirant and draws the Reiki energy down through their energy system and out through the palm chakras.
This is often a profound moment in a person’s life and indicates the choice of an individual to open up to and invite healing energy into their lives. From this moment they can channel Reiki simply by thinking about it.
Please check out the Asher’s Place Reiki Pages for more. Or search this site for blog articles I’ve written on ‘Reiki Healing‘ for Xen’s Pad.