“It may appear small, but it is powerful…”
This is the perfect description of the first level or first degree in Usui Reiki Ryoho training, commonly shortened to Reiki Training.
Usui Reiki Ryoho is the name Mikao Usui gave to the vibration of love and harmony of universal energy he connected to in 1921. Take a minute to think of all the strength contained in love, and that in harmony.
This will give you an idea of how powerful the combination of these two energies is.
Reiki cannot be directed.
But once a person’s channel has been opened, Reiki can be allowed to flow to yourself and others.
Understanding Reiki-ho (method)
Reiki-ho (method) is often called a hand-on healing, because it is usually done by allowing Reiki to flow through the palms of the hands.
Reiki knows where imbalances exist in the mind, body or spirit and travels to the core. Reiki balances and surrounds with harmony — what is in balance and surrounded by harmony heals.
Any one of any age can benefit from Reiki, and have his or her channel opened to Reiki by a qualified Reiki Shihan (teacher). There is nothing strange about Reiki — there are no odd and difficult rituals.
The first level of Reiki training is the first step on the path of self-discovery, and enhancing all positive in your life. It is the first step into a life of health and good fortune. When training in this level, immeasurable hours are devoted to self-healing and self-growth.
Once your channel has been opened to Reiki the connection remains with you always.
There are no short cuts to self-healing or self-growth.
To identify with an energy most people cannot see, hear, taste, or smell requires hours of study with a qualified Reiki Shihan, and practice.
The five short lines of the Gokai (the five precept or five principles) is the backbone of Reiki-ho showing the path to happiness. The five lines are short in word length, but the meaning behind each line is powerful.
Reiki is easy to learn but requires time and discipline.
No level of Reiki can be learned in one afternoon, by a quick download from the internet, or from a book.
The first level or entrance to Reiki requires at least 12 hours of interactive instruction with a Reiki Shihan. Your communication skills whether they are verbal or in sign, as with your independent mobility skills, took time to learn. So why should the ability to channel two of the strongest vibrations from the universe be any different.
The ritual of opening another person’s channel to Reiki takes only a few minutes, but the width and clearness of that channel is another matter.
Think of all the practice and time put into learning to walk upright even if all systems within the body are functioning perfectly. Then think of the connection to Reiki as the most complex of professional ballet routines.
Can you imagine any person learning to not only walk upright but also achieve the grace of a professional ballerina or dancer in 1 afternoon, 1 weekend, or one month?
Levels of Reiki
The strength of Reiki is such that it needs nothing to increase its strength, and once a clear connection has been established Reiki can be combined with everything positive in your life.
The last student of Chujiro Hayashi-Sensei is a good example of the time required between the entrance to Reiki and the teaching of Reiki. Hawayo Takata-Sensei, who appears in many energy lineages in North America, reached the level allowing her to teach Reiki in Hawaii in 1938 only after countless months of daily interaction, daily study, and daily practice. Over thirty years passed before she began teaching Usui Reiki Ryoho.
As you advance through the four or more levels of Reiki you will learn to let balance and harmony flow to others, but keeping yourself in balance automatically touches all you meet in a positive way.
Have you ever been around a person that simply made you feel great even if he or she was not giving you compliments or gifts?
The second level will take you deeper into Reiki as you learn how it can travel over time and distance, but each level of Reiki is honorable. Most Reiki Shihans (teachers) use symbols in the second level to help students learn to feel the energies. They are used again in the spiritual third level, and in the fourth level a person is taught how to leave the symbols and continue on his or her journey without their weight.
More factual information about Usui Reiki Ryoho and the training I offer can be found on my website.