Traditional Usui Reiki - Usui Shiki Ryoh

Usui Shiki Ryoho

Usui Shiki Ryoho – the Usui System of Natural Healing – is a Japanese Healing Art. This form was founded in Japan a little over 100 years ago a by Mikao Usui, whose personal search to understand healing led him to Reiki. In our western world Reiki is a form of hands-on healing using Universal life force energy, also known as Ki, chi or prana, to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and bring about a state of balance and harmony.

He developed his practice in Japan after his Spiritual experience on Mount Kurama in 1922. Usui Sensei travelled the country and personally  trained 16 Master. One of these was Chujiro Hayashi, who trained 13 Students to the Master Level. Mrs Hawayo Takata, a Hawiian woman of Japanese descent introduced Reiki to Hawaii 1937. It is passed on from Master to student through teachings, a defined form of practice and initiation.

The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ can be translated as ‘universal life energy’ and the Usui System is a way of working with reiki for healing of self and others. The word healing is used in the sense of regaining harmony and wholeness. Usui Shiki Ryoho addresses the whole person on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and those that we cannot identify at the present.

Usui Shiki Ryoho has been defined by the former lineage bearer, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, as having Four Aspects: healing practice, personal development, spiritual discipline and mystic order. The Aspects accompany a central core of practice and philosophy referred to as the Nine Elements. The combination of all the Elements and Aspects and their inter-relationships creates the system which has a proven, predictable capacity to take people along a profound path of healing, growth and spiritual deepening. If any part is changed or left out, the form is no longer recognized and is considered to be another form of Reiki practice.

The importance and deeper meaning of the elements and aspects and the whole system is mainly beyond words and gradually unfolds through personal experience. The following is a brief outline.

Usui Reiki

The name Reiki derives from two Japanese characters rei’ (meaning ‘unseen’ or ‘spiritual’) and ki meaning ‘energy’ or ‘life force’, similar to the Chi or Qi referred to in China, the Prana of India, or the Mana of Hawaii and other names around the world. In English, the meaning of Reiki is often given as ‘Universal life force energy’ or “Spiritually guided life force energy”.

This energy,  has been used for centuries for healing, and bringing the body, mind & soul back into balance. The energy was also used and experimented with, by such doctors, scientists & scholars as Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Paracelsus, Mesmer, Reichenbach, Quimby and Edgar Cayce, to name but a few, but was known under several different names such as Orgone.

Even our Aboriginal Traditional Healers, known as the Ngangkari, use a form of energy medicine, in fact Carol did some Reiki on a couple of these amazing healers when they came to Dubbo in 2019 to work with other indigenous people.

Reiki is a safe, natural, holistic therapy which brings about healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It is said that healing may occur in any or all of these domains in a single treatment, without a complete understanding needed by either the practitioner or the recipient. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been promoted as being effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki Master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Healing is aimed at a full and complete resolution of the causes of the dis-ease. Healing is returning to a state of alignment with your Higher Self or true way of being. Reiki also works well with conventional medical treatments.

When we have emotional issues going on in our lives it can cause a block in the flow of our energy field or aura. If we are unable to deal with these issues, the block may move through the layers to manifest as illness or injury. When the paractitioner does Reiki on himself/herself or others, the energy blockage is cleared, allowing the mind-body-soul system to return back into homeostasis, which then speeds up the  healing process and return back to health and balance once more. The Reiki practitioner is simply the channel or hollow reed, through which the energy flows. It is drawn by the client/patient to use for their highest good, whether that is for physical, mental, emotional or spiritual purposes, or a combination of any of these levels.

Reiki is based on the premise that universal energy flows through all living things. When we have emotional issues going on in our lives it can cause a block in the flow of our energy field or aura. If we are unable to deal with these issues, the block may move through the layers to manifest as illness or injury. When blockages occur this energy cannot flow freely through the body resulting in a range of disorders – emotional, physical and spiritual. 

Using the traditional Usui method, Reiki life energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner to the client whilst you are fully clothed. When the paractitioner does Reiki on himself/herself or others, the energy blockage is cleared, allowing the mind-body-soul system to return back into homeostasis, which then speeds up the  healing process and return back to health and balance once more. The Reiki practitioner is simply the channel or hollow reed, through which the energy flows. It is drawn by the client/patient to use for their highest good, whether that is for physical, mental, emotional or spiritual purposes, or a combination of any of these levels. There are many applications for this form of natural therapy.

You may experience the transfer of the Reiki energy as a warm tingling sensation, tingling, coolness or other sensations. Distant healing can also be done by a Level 2 Reiki practitioner or higher, who is trained to do so, to send Reiki Healing to others who are not physically present. This is similar to Prayer Power and can be accurately shown to work, which has been validated by scientific testing.

Carol Macrae had been a Registered Nurse in the past, then went on to help her husband own and operate fitness centres for more than 20 years.

She learned Reiki in 1998 after her knees had been swollen for three years due to managing fitness centres and teaching too many high impact aerobic classes every week for over 10 years. Even though surgeons told her there was a 20% chance an operation could fix her knees, and that she could never exercise again, not even go for walks, she was devestated, but would not give up.

Reiki found Carol after a series of events which culminated in a Reiki book falling off a shelf in front of her in a book shop. After reading this book, she knew that she would have to fix herself. After taking the Reiki Levels 1 and 2 classes in Byron Bay, Carol returned home, put her hands on her knees for 20 minutes, then went to bed. In the morning when she worke, the pain and swelling was gon forever and her knees were fully healed. She exclaimed “Oh my God, this is not my imagination, this is real!” Three weeks later Carol began doing Reiki treatments on clients and saw miracles appear below her hands!

A year later Carol trained to become a Reiki and Seichim (Egyptian Healing) Master and Teacher. Three weeks later Carol started teaching Reiki to her students, who had been her clients who also wanted to be able to share this gift with their families and friends. Since then Carol has taught over 700 students and has 76 Reiki Masters she has also trained, so that they too can share the magic that is Reiki. 

This was the beginning of Carol’s life work as a healer, Clinical and 5-PATH Hypnothersapist, Touch For Health Kinesilogist, Theta Healer and Spiritual leader in her community. Carol has learned many other techniques such as Kinetic Shift and other mind-body techniques. 

Her quest has always been to heal herself, then share what she has learned with others. Like a drop of water in a bucket, as we help one person at a time, they change their lives, and the effects spread out to have an effect of others we may never know. 

Everything is energy, and the only the only thing that limits us is our belief. When we work in this field, miracles happen!

The Four Aspects

Healing Practice – Usui Shiki Ryoho has as its basis self treatment and a form of treatment to be used as a way to treat others. This is achieved through a series of laying-on-of-hands treatment positions.

 Personal Development – Through the practice of this system, the student is presented in everyday life with choices. These choices address underlying principles and beliefs that the student has acquired over the years of life. These principles and beliefs are often challenged as they may not be beneficial for the student’s path toward authenticity.

Spiritual Discipline – inherent in the regular practice of the Form is the connection to spirit within each of us as a human being. This connection to spirit can result in students considering this practice as a spiritual path.

Mystic Order – practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho brings mystic experiences and a sense of connection and common purpose with others following this path.

The Nine Elements

Nine Elements

Oral Tradition – The form and essence of this system is passed on only through a person to person relationship with a Reiki Master involving verbal and non-verbal communication and energetic transmissions.

 

Spiritual Lineage – Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata and Phyllis Lei Furumoto are recognized as the spiritual lineage of this system. The living lineage bearer embodies the essence of this system. The teachings are passed down through this line of masters, developing through the experiences of these masters, the cultural norms of the time frames, and the development of global society.

 

History – The story that is told from master to student is passed through the oral tradition in the First Degree class. This is the story of Reiki and this particular form of practice. This is not a story that is about people but the way in which Reiki has passed through each of the lineage bearers and become a manifest form.

 

Initiation – This secret and sacred ritual is passed down from the Lineage to the masters of the system. The masters, in turn, use this ritual to connect each student to the energy of Reiki and to bring life to the form of the practice that accompanies the initiations.

 

Symbols – The three symbols taught in the Second Degree classes are accompanied by a specific form of practice. These symbols seem to act as energetic keys that access the non physical world. This part of the practice prepares the student for a greater choice in life and a wider understanding of the world in general.

 

Treatment – The treatment form consists of hand positions held for a few minutes in a specific order. This is the formal treatment practice. The informal treatment is any hand position that is practiced with the consent of the person being treated for as long as is necessary. Treatment of the First Degree is done on the physical body with hands on the body. The Second Degree treatment is also practiced on the physical body and also at a distance through use of the symbols.

 

Form of Teaching –The Form is the container for the teaching of First and Second Degree classes.

 

Monetary Exchange – Each initiatory step of the path has a specific monetary commitment from the student to the master.

 

Precepts – The Five Precepts are intended to awaken questions within a student and therefore involves the mind as well as the body and spirit in the process of becoming whole in body and spirit.

Miko Usui
Chujiro Hayashi
Mrs Hawayo Takata
Phyllis Furumoto
Johannes Reindl

Reiki is a safe, natural, holistic therapy which brings about healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.  Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows which flows through every living thing, also flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.

Reiki is a Japanese word which means “Universal Life Force Energy” or a mysterious, ethereal and sacred energy of heaven and earth, that is, of the universe that sustains all life. Reiki Ryoho (pronounced Ray-key Ree-oh-hoh), means Reiki therapy or Reiki Healing Art. 

The name Reiki derives from two Japanese characters rei’ (meaning ‘unseen’ or ‘spiritual’) and ki meaning ‘energy’ or ‘life force’, similar to the Chi or Qi referred to in China, the Prana of India, or the Mana of Hawaii and other names around the world. In English, the meaning of Reiki is often given as ‘Universal life force energy’ or “Spiritually guided life force energy”.

If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been promoted as being effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

This energy,  has been used for centuries for healing, and bringing the body, mind & soul back into balance. The energy was also used and experimented with, by such doctors, scientists & scholars as Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Paracelsus, Mesmer, Reichenbach,  Quimby and Edgar Cayce, to name but a few, but was known under several different names such as Orgone.

Even our Aboriginal Traditional Healers, known as the Ngangkari, use a form of energy medicine, in fact Carol did some Reiki on a couple of these amazing healers when they came to Dubbo in 2019 to work with other indigenous people.

Carol Macrae performing Reiki

The Benefits of Reiki

Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-intrusive touch therapy, which restores the natural energy balance of the body, promoting harmony in all areas of one’s life and bringing wholeness to the recipient and giver.

Here are some of the benefits of Reiki:

Treats symptoms & causes of illnesses & heals holistically.

Strengthens life force energy & immune system.

Relieves pain and stress.

Provides deep relaxation, evoking a sense of peace and well being.

Clears away energy blockages in the body, to increase the rate that it heals and returns to wellness.

May bring clarity and insights helping to improve one’s outlook on life.

Strengthens creativity, awareness and intuition, and promotes creativity.

Helps meditative states.

Compliments the healing properties of traditional medicine, naturopathy, massage, shiatsu, bowen, meditation and other healing modalities. 

We do not encourage anyone to discontinue any form of modern medicine or treatments, we offer our practice of complementary therapies as a way of working with your existing program to enhance your healing process.

Is NOT a religion and holds no creeds or doctrines.

Anyone can do Reiki!

How Does Reiki Work?

Healing is aimed at a full and complete resolution of the causes of the dis-ease. Healing is returning to a state of alignment with your Higher Self or true way of being. Reiki also works well with conventional medical treatments.

Reiki is based on the premise that universal energy flows through all living things. When we have emotional issues going on in our lives it can cause a block in the flow of our energy field or aura. If we are unable to deal with these issues, the block may move through the layers to manifest as illness or injury. When blockages occur this energy cannot flow freely through the body resulting in a range of disorders – emotional, physical and spiritual. 

Using the traditional Usui method, Reiki life energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner to the client whilst you are fully clothed. When the paractitioner does Reiki on himself/herself or others, the energy blockage is cleared, allowing the mind-body-soul system to return back into homeostasis, which then speeds up the  healing process and return back to health and balance once more. The Reiki practitioner is simply the channel or hollow reed, through which the energy flows. It is drawn by the client/patient to use for their highest good, whether that is for physical, mental, emotional or spiritual purposes, or a combination of any of these levels. There are many applications for this form of natural therapy.

You may experience the transfer of the Reiki energy as a warm tingling sensation, tingling, coolness or other sensations. Distant healing can also be done by a Level 2 Reiki practitioner or higher, who is trained to do so, to send Reiki Healing to others who are not physically present. This is similar to Prayer Power and can be accurately shown to work, which has been validated by scientific testing.

The History of Usui Reiki

Mikao Usui, founder of Usui Reiki RyohoIn 1922 Mikao Usui discovered Reiki after meditating on Mt Kurama for 21 days, when he experienced his satori or enlightenment. After this experience, he attuned thousands of people into his Reiki system, then attuned 13.Masters who shared Reiki with the world. Read more in depth information about the History of Reiki here.

The Reiki Precepts

These are the Reiki Ideals which were developed by Sensei Mikao Usui, inspired by the Meji Emporor of the time, to act as principles to live by. Students were encouraged to kneel to meditate with hands in Gassho (Prayer Position) twice a day, and recite these words.

Just for Today, I let go of Anger
Just for Today, I let go of Worry
Just for Today, I count my many Blessings
Just for Today, I do my work Honestly
Just for Today, I will be kind to my Neighbour and Every Living Thing

(Note: every living thing includes YOU. Be kind to YOU!)

The Original Reiki Ideals

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases

Just for today, do not be angry
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people
Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer,
Pray these words to your heart,

And chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki treatment for the improvement of body and mind

The founder … Usui Mikao

The Reiki Precepts

When Japanese Buddhist teachers (for example Shugendo, Shingon, and Tendai priests) have been shown the Reiki Precepts, they point out that the precepts are linked to the six paramitas. Takeda Ajarai, an esteemed Shingon priest, feels that Mikao Usui created the Reiki precepts to allow his students to have a direct experience of the six paramitas without actually pointing the six paramitas out to them. This might have been done because in Mikao Usui’s time the Meji Emperor decided to separate Shinto and Buddhism in Japan. State Shinto was introduced and was promoted in the name of national unity and patriotic duty. Therefore, Mikao Usui might have created a simple form of the six paramitas which was more accessible to people who had to practice State Shinto.

The Reiki precepts are listed here in Japanese:

Kyo dake wa
Ikaru-na
Shinpai suna
Kansha shite
Gyo o hage me
Hito ni shin-setsu ni

This can be translated in different ways depending not only on how the kanji is read, but also on the spiritual state of mind of the translator. I personally like this translation of the precepts:

For today only
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be grateful
Practice diligently
Show compassion to yourself and others

The Six Paramitas

Let’s have a look and see how the Reiki precepts and the six paramitas intertwine with each other. 

Generosity

Generosity means giving and sharing. In Japanese Buddhism, there are different elements of giving. One is the gift of material things, but a much more generous gift is the gift of no more fear. The gift of no more fear is that as people we do not become angry, so we do not instill fear in others. Fear is also interlinked with worry; when we do not worry, we become calmer and therefore can radiate that calmness out to others. One of the most generous gifts we can give to others is to share the teachings on how to embody the Reiki precepts in their daily lives. If everyone embodied the precepts, the world would be a better place for all of us, people and animals alike. Real giving also needs to come from an egoless state of mind, giving without strings attached. This in essence means that we have a state of mind in which there is no giver, no gift, and no receiver. This can only start to happen when we let go of the ego, the “I”. Mikao Usui pointed this out in the precepts as well, because when we let go of the “I”, then there is no “I” who gets angry or worried. There is no “I” who gets in the way of being grateful and compassionate. And there is no “I” who gets in the way of not practicing diligently.

Morality

Morality means that we have to look at our moral conduct: moral conduct is the embodiment of the precepts. There are three elements of morality. The first is refraining from negative actions, like anger and worry. We often think worry is for ourselves, but it also is about not instilling worry in someone else. The second element is about accumulating positive actions, which links to being grateful. We have to be grateful for all things in life, for it is only through being grateful for both “good” and “bad” that we start to be positive in life. And the third aspect of morality is helping others, which is of course linked in with showing compassion to others. The deepest form of compassion we can show to others is in helping them to rediscover their True Self, their essence, because it is only in that state of rediscovery that they can start to really heal themselves.

Patience

The paramita of patience is about acceptance. This not only is linked to being grateful but also to anger. When we are patient with someone we will get less angry with them, and also will be less angry within ourselves. Patience therefore is the real antidote to anger.

Persistence

Persistence is linked to practicing diligently. Without practicing diligently the meditation practices Mikao Usui placed in his teachings, we will not start to embody the precepts in our heart; they will be merely empty words that we repeat. Therefore the deeper aspect of persistence is the willingness to embody the precepts in our life so that we can help others. Persistence is therefore also interlinked with compassion. The deepest level of compassion we can show to ourselves is the willingness to rediscover our True Self, our essence, because it is only at this stage that we can help others to find their True Self. If we don’t know how to find it ourselves, how can we help others to do so?

Wisdom

Wisdom is about the complete embodiment of the precepts.

This wisdom is the foundation for no more anger and no more worry.

This wisdom is the base on which we can rest our gratitude for whatever happens to us.

This wisdom gives us strength and energy to practice diligently.

This wisdom shows us a clear path to being compassionate to ourselves and others. 

As you can see, the Reiki precepts are in fact no different than the six paramitas. If we embody the five Reiki precepts we also are embodying the six paramitas; the two are one and the same.

Carol first learned Reiki in 1998, while searching for a way to heal her damaged knees after doctors told her there was a 20% chance they could be healed, and that she could never exercise or go for walks again. A year later she went on to become a Reiki and Seichim Master and Teacher, and now has over 800 students who have trained to learn Reiki from her.

Since then Carol has helped thousands of clients on their healing journey, and even used Reiki, self-hypnosis, meditation, diet and vitamins to work eliminate her own bone cancer. Read about her  Reiki Journey thus far.

In 2017 Carol attended a Komyo ReikiDo Workshop with Japanese Reiki Master Hyakuten Inamoto and was trained in Level 1, 2, 3 and Master/Teacher. She is now certified to teach this style of Reiki too. Although this style of Reiki still uses the same Lif-Force Energy as Usui Reiki, there is a more Japanese flavour to the workshops. Carol may be teaching Komyo ReikiDo Workshops in 2023 to Reiki Level 2 and Master students.

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Reiki Workshops

Carol runs Reiki and Seichim workshops in Dubbo, NSW, Australia on a regular basis throughout the year. People from all walks of life have used Reiki to help heal themselves, their family, friends and clients. Check our Workshop Page for more details or book from the link below.

Level 1

The Basic level to channel Reiki Energy dor Hands-on Healing for self and others

Level 2

More Advanced Techniques & learn the 3 Symbols to increase power, do mental/emotional healing & send Reiki at a Distance

Reiki Master & Teacher

Completion and learn how to share Reiki with others. Increased Spiritual Connection

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