Reiki & Other Healing Modalities

Reiki is a system of healing created by Mikao Usui in Japan in the 1920s. A number of Reiki Masters existed in the East in parallel to it being brought to the USA by Hawayo Takata, known as Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, from which the Western Reiki tradition developed. Chakra theory was incorporated into Western Reiki in the 1980s. In the last decade or so, a large number of Reiki styles have emerged, although arguably they are 'channelled' hands-on healing systems and having no direct connection with what is commonly termed 'Usui Reiki'.

Reiki is supposedly a rediscovery of healing methods found in Sutras. Reiki is what could be described as a form of white magic and in the West is embedded in the New Age tradition, although more on the periphery of the Buddhist tradition in Japan. Reiki is not a religion although it fits in better with some religions than others.

Part of Reiki's popularity is perhaps down to its ease of practice, which does not necessarily require a large degree of concentration to perform, primarily just using hand placement in Level 1. Symbols are added from Level 2 onwards. Part of the 'training' is receiving an 'attunement' or 'empowerment' from a Reiki 'Master'. Other popular forms of hands on healing are Bio-Energy Healing and Quantum Touch. Quantum Touch relies on continuous visualisation and specific breathing patterns to perform, but can be learnt from a book.

I have been practising Reiki since 2014 and in 2017 edited and co-authored a revised edition of an existing manual for the Karuna Ki style of Reiki. Recommended prerequisites for learning this style are, according to the founder, Level 2 Reiki or Seichim or equivalent, and requires an attunement from a Karuna Ki practitioner. Some of the content of the document may be of interest to anyone, whether a Reiki pracitioner or not. This document is being updated on a semi-regular basis at the time of writing and is available to download here or from or Scribd.

© 2017 Fabian Dee