|Reiki Plain and Simple Ó
A comprehensive Guide to Usui Shiki Ryoho
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Welcome to the Usui/Tibetan
Material. This Section consists of the Level IIIa
Manual and the Usui Tibetan Reiki Manual. In most
Usui Tibetan Reiki the material for Level I and Level II
are consistent with the Traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho as
taught in the Western Hayashi - Takata style. It is
at Level IIIa and Level IIIb that the changes to the Usui
Shiki Ryoho System become obvious.
The "Tibetan" material was originally added to traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho by an American, Arthur Robertson. Arthur Robertson was a student of one of Mrs. Takata's Masters, Iris Ishikuro. The style he created was called Raku Kai Reiki. Although the idea that Reiki is from Tibet has been widely popularized by such authors as William Rand and Diane Stein there is in actuality no evidence that Reiki was ever practiced in Tibet. Usui Reiki Ryoho was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan incorporating elements of Tendai Buddhism, Zen Training, and Japanese Ki Ko and most likely elements of Dai Rei Jutsu. It is my opinion that it likely shares common roots with the religion Johrei. In Tibet, there are hands on healing arts that might be considered similar to reiki. These are the Green and White Tara Empowerments, and the Medicine Buddha. There are some similarities in that they use empowerments and some hands on techniques.
The "Tibetan" Practices were incorporated into Usui Reiki and renamed Raku Kai Reiki. The techniques added included the Breath of the Fire Dragon (i.e., Violet Breath), the Microcosmic Orbit called the Hui Yin, the White Light Symbol from the Johrei Religion, and the Antahkarana Symbol. Others added in Reiki spirit "Guides" and Reiki Guide Meditations and a few other techniques. The symbols of Raku, "Tibetan Master Symbol", and the Fire Serpent were also added. The two schools most influenced by Raku Kai would appear to be Kathleen Milner's Tera Mai (tm) Reiki, and William Rand's Usui/Tibetan Reiki. The Usui/Tibetan Tradition has been popularized by William Rand and Diane Stein.
The Usui / Tibetan Schools often add a level IIIa in their curriculum. This means they are teaching four levels rather than the traditional three in Western Usui Shiki Ryoho. This level is generally taught as a "personal mastery" level, and a number of new age techniques are taught including Reiki Crystal Grids, Healing Attunements, the Antahkarana Symbol and Meditations, Reiki Guide Work, and other Techniques. If you would like to read about these please visit the Reiki Level IIIa Section of this manual. With the exception of Scanning and Beaming (which were part of the original Usui system) this material was added on by Iris Ishikuro, Arthur Robertson, William Rand, Diane Stein and others.
For those reading through my many
meanderings, understand that I do not teach any of the
"Tibetan" material, and it is provided here for
your reference only. BEing Reiki is being reiki, in
the moment, now, in every breath. It is without
control, expectation, attachment to outcome, just doing
and being what is, as you are, now, in this moment.
In that light, using crystals to "strengthen"
reiki, or as talismans leads to a focus on the external
and control. Extra symbols are merely other "things"
to focus on that do not enhance but distract and
give the illusion that if you have more you have better.
Reiki "guides" again lead us to look outside
ourselves, to wonder what the "guides" want, to
wonder and worry about what the "guides" are
trying to tell us. We anthropomorphize our
intuition, needs and wants and then look to that to tell
us our answers. Special healing "techniques"
lead us to believe that we are controlling what cannot be
The Reiki Plain and
Simple On-line Book, this site and all its contents are
Copyright 1998-2001 Ó
by Vincent Amador.
The author of said material allows it to be used For
Free Use only. It is to be shared
freely, without cost. You may print copies of this
work for personal use or to be shared with students,
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