Reiki is a Japanese word translated as ‘spiritual energy’. The word ‘Reiki’ has become synonymous with a system of healing which has entered the mainstream of Western life. You’ve all heard of it – many of you have taken one or more levels in the various lineages.
As you begin another year, perhaps it is time to open your heart and your life to this spiritual path. Yes, Reiki is a spiritual life path, a way to heal not only others but oneself. It is a beautiful, powerful yet simple path, a way of living in harmony with Heaven, Earth, and your Connection to all that exists.
Linda and Rick have studied several different Reiki “lineages”. A lineage is a way to trace one’s certification back through individual teachers to the founder of Reiki, Usui Mikao. The deeper one goes into the study and practice of Reiki, the more understanding surfaces for us to realize that the lineage is one of spirit, of an internal knowing that you are connected to the teachings and the jumon (mantras) and shirushi (symbols), and how these have been put together to show us the way to enlightenment.
In order to be an effective “healer”, one must first work with healing one’s own life. This is the most important thing you need to know! In Shoden (Level 1 of the system of Reiki that we teach), you will open the door to a way of empowering yourself to create serenity in your daily life, through ancient practices of breath work and meditation. You will experience your own life force and how this can be concentrated in your hands to offer hands-on healing treatments to yourself and others. You will learn about the Japanese energy centers of the body and how they relate to wholeness and balance. You will meditate upon the Reiki Precepts, the core of the teachings and the “secret” to happiness. And, you will receive four Reiju (attunements, or spiritual blessings) to assist and support you as you move into these beginning understandings.
After you have been practicing the Shoden level techniques for awhile, you may consider the next level of study. In Okuden (Level 2), you will focus more deeply on your self-healing. Tools will be offered and practiced that will awaken and resonate with your energy centers to promote spiritual growth and well-being. These include the jumon (mantras), which are chanted aloud, and three of the four shirushi (symbols). These practices are some of the most profound you will EVER come across, and they effect rapid progress on your personal journey. You’ll also learn the deeper meaning of “distant” healing and practice that technique, and receive two more Reiju.
The practices of Okuden are imperative to attaining the wisdom and clarity necessary for the final level, called Shinpiden. Therefore your teachers will remain available to you for the time necessary for you to progress through the Shoden and Okuden practices and master them. We’ll be offering Reiki practice nights that are different from what you may usually encounter, because we will be doing the meditative work and jumon chanting as well as the hands-on treatments. We will also offer individual guidance and counseling by appointment.
We are offering both Shoden and Okuden in the current calendar, and we encourage any of you who have been considering Reiki training, as well as any who have studied in different lineages, to give yourself this opportunity to connect with ancient Japanese teachings that are still so impactful and relevant to our Western society today.
When the time is right, we will offer the Shinpiden training on an as-needed basis to those of our students who have committed to this path. Shinpiden takes you deeper into the mysteries of the teachings. You will receive the final shirushi and jumon, and learn how to do reiju. You’ll also receive outlines for that time when you feel you are ready to begin teaching this system. Shinpiden is an invitation to becoming all that you can be – the embodiment of Reiki – for the benefit of yourself and those you touch during your everyday life.
Bonbu mo satoréba hotoké nari.
“Even a common man by obtaining knowledge becomes a Buddha.”
Shoden: February 23 and 24, March 23 and 24, 9:30am-5:30pm
Okuden: April 13, 9:00am-5:30pm
Mt. Kurama, where Usui Mikao studied