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« on: Jan 28, 2013 05:11 am »

i hope you do not mind Comet but i decided to put together a little info about
Reiki since it seems to be such a passion of yours and i myself wanted to
understand its origin and background and practice. i was able to pull this from the link you provided:

Reiki (霊気?, /ˈreɪkiː/) is a spiritual practice[1] developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which has since been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands on healing as a form of alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies.[2] Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of qi (Japanese: ki) through the palms, which allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.[3]

Reiki is commonly written as 霊気 in shinjitai kanji or as レイキ in katakana syllabary. It compounds the words rei (霊: "spirit, miraculous, divine") and ki (気; qi: "gas, vital energy, breath of life, consciousness").[9] The ki (better known as Chinese qi or ch'i) in reiki is understood as meaning "spiritual energy; vital energy; life force; energy of life".[10] Some reiki translation equivalents from Japanese-English dictionaries are: "feeling of mystery",[11] "an atmosphere (feeling) of mystery",[12] and "an ethereal atmosphere (that prevails in the sacred precincts of a shrine); (feel, sense) a spiritual (divine) presence."[

Usui's concepts and five principles
 
Usui was an admirer of the literary works of the Emperor Meiji (明治天皇 Meiji tennō). While in the process of developing his Reiki system, Usui summarised some of the emperor's works into a set of ethical principles (called the "Concepts" 概念 Gainen), which later became known as the Five Reiki Precepts (五戒 Gokai, meaning "The Five Commandments", from the Buddhist teachings against killing, thievery, sexual misconduct, lying, and intemperance). It is common for many Reiki teachers and practitioners to abide by these five precepts, or principles.[39]
 
The five concepts of Mikao Usui 

The secret art of inviting happiness,
The miraculous medicine for all diseases.
 
At least for today:

Do not be angry, Do not worry, Be grateful, Work with diligence, Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in meditation and pray with your heart.
State in your mind and chant with your mouth.
 
For improvement of mind and body.
 Usui Reiki Ryōhō.
 
The founder,
 Mikao Usui.
 
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 28, 2013 05:19 am »

Yes that is fine Steve!! Thanks for posting the info and interest to understand Reiki better!!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 28, 2013 05:37 am »

i wanted to know where your interests led you Comet and found out they have origins in Buddhism. i was interested and practiced Buddhism before having an interest in SRF and Amma. This took place in the second and third decades of my life. The buddhist origins immediately interested me.

So here we see that Reiki was developed by a Budhhist Master who's name is Usui. He speaks of meditation as part of the practice and a technique using the hands for healing which SRF and many Christians use today. However it appears to be very developed beyond any usage as practiced by myself in SRF or Christian healers. Which means he (Usui) probably wanted it to be used in the medical profession and/or at least as a professional healing tool.

These are some initial impressions i am getting in my understanding. It appears that the Reiki use similar terms that we find in the SRF Lessons. Terms like universal energy and more specifically 'Life Force' which Yogananda used throughout his teachings as well as these: "spiritual energy; vital energy; life force; energy of life". Reiki also gives emphasis to prayer and meditation every morning and evening. Which is similar to my own practice.

Also; there is talk of the warmth felt in the hands when conveying this energy. Paramahansa Yogananda also spoke of this warmth/heat and energy that is transmitted thru the hands in healing.

After looking at the diagrams it is evident that i'm just skimming the surface here but at least i am starting to understand this wonderful practice.

Thanks Comet i am just beginning to get a view and understanding of what this is all about.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 28, 2013 06:03 am »

Yes that is fine Steve!! Thanks for posting the info and interest to understand Reiki better!!  Smiley

You are welcome Comet. There is so much to learn! Everywhere we go and in every experience we have with those close to us.  Cheesy
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