What is Reiki?
Reiki is a wonderful gift. In truly understanding Reiki and using it regularly, you begin to experience it at a deeper level. Many benefits to both mind and body are inevitable.
Reiki will undoubtedly change your life and how you perceive yourself and the world. It is important to have a clear understanding of what Reiki is in a general sense. In a general sense Reiki may be described as the force behind every living thing. It is the essential substance that keeps life in motion. Therefore, in the broadest sense Reiki is life itself. The word Reiki is a Japanese word composed of two characters (Kanji), see below.
The character REI may be defined most simply as spirit. The character KI means energy. It is a subtle energy, an energy that is not evident to most. The Chinese word for KI is CHI. In Chinese Traditional Medicine and Chi
Gong (Qi Gong), the subtle energy that runs through the acupuncture meridians is called Chi. In Indian Traditional Medicine or Ayurveda, this energy is called Prana, the life energy. The combined meaning of the
two characters, “REIKI”, is a Spiritual Energy or a higher form of energy. In practice, Reiki is translated as Universal Energy, Universal Life Force, or Universal Energy Field.
The Japanese meaning for Rei is spirit or “Life Principle”, “Mind”, and “Consciousness”. When taking these meanings, it is possible to define Rei as the vibrational energy that energises all matter into life. Without consciousness or mind as an energy force, there is no life. It is the common medium of which we are all part of. It is the universal mind, the universal energy field. It is the consciousness that maintains all life. Ki, on the other hand, is its counterpart, the vibrational energy of consciousness when it manifests in the physical reality in all living things.
What is Reiki Jin Kei Do?
There are different lineages of Reiki and Reiki Jin Kei Do is a lineage of Reiki. The term Jin Kei Do has been created to represent the lineage of Reiki originating with Mikao Usui then enriched and further developed to its present state by Venerable Seiji Takamori and further refined by Dr Ranga Premaratna. The teachings have been enhanced by the influx of information from the ancient healing and meditation system of Buddho in Nepal. This input of information was a contribution by Seiji Takamori due to his own extensive experience of the ancient teaching.
During the time of Usui, as well as after his passing away, Reiki kept evolving. Many individual masters have over the years contributed their own experience and knowledge to the teaching material, whether it is extra
hand positions or change of emphasis in one or more aspects of the practice.
In the Reiki Jin Kei Do teachings, there is the basic form of Reiki as it was developed by Usui with further developments by Chujiro Hayashi and enhancements by Venerable Takeuchi due to his own recognition of the
close inter-relationship, overlapping and parallelism between the Reiki he learned in Japan from Takeuchi and the Buddho system of healing he studied with the Buddhist monks in Himalayan Nepal.
Also in Reiki Jin Kei Do there is an emphasis on meditation. Kei is the wisdom aspect in the term Jin Kei Do which leads to Jin compassion. Meditation is practised to enhance energy awareness as well as to develop the ability to eliminate conditioned thoughts and responses.