Definition of Usui Reiki Ryoho and Usui Shiki Ryoho
The Reiki Kanji
Different Ways of Writing Reiki
What Reiki Ryoho is
What Reiki Ryoho is not
Benefits of Reiki Ryoho
The Reiki Treatment
Levels or Degrees of Reiki
The Reiki 21 Day Cleanse
Principles for Directing Energy
Usui Reiki Ryoho or Reiki Ryoho or Reiho (‘Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method’):
Reiki means, ‘spiritual energy’; and Ryoho means, ‘healing method, therapy, remedy, cure’ – is the original name(s) attributed to Reiki by Mikao Usui. When Usui achieved satori (enlightenment) on Kurama Yama, he developed a system of wellness and spiritual growth, which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho, Reiki Ryoho or Reiho, for short.
Usui Shiki Ryoho (‘Usui Style Healing’):
Shiki means ‘style, ceremony, rite, method, system, form’; and Ryoho means, ‘healing method, therapy, remedy, cure’ - The method taught by the Reiki Alliance and some Independent Reiki Masters. It is not known where the name Usui Shiki Ryoho originated. Perhaps with Dr. Hayashi or Mrs. Takata, however in one recorded session in 1979, she tells the history of Reiki and refers to the name of the system as Usui Reiki Ryoho. Mrs. Takata did use the name Usui Shiki Ryoho on the certificates she issued to her students. When comparing the information contained in the Usui Hikkei, Hayashi Hikkei and the Gray book, ‘A Memorial to Takata Sensei’ compiled by Alice Takata Furumoto, one will notice that the information is very similar. Little has changed. The information, the way it was presented and some of the techniques remained intact. It is known, that Mrs. Takata changed the history of Reiki, perhaps to have this wonderful system more readily accepted by a primarily Christian country (U.S.). It must also be kept in mind that when she began to teach (1938 – 1980), Mrs. Takata was faced with passing on a primarily Japanese Buddhist discipline, to American Christians during and after a major war (ending in 1945) with Japan. It is not surprising she made some changes.
The kanji characters Rei and Ki both have an old and a modern form. The old form Kanji (written by Usui and Takata Sensei's) best describes Reiho, rediscovered by Usui Sensei. The word Reiki with a capital “R” is the word, which describes the energy of this system. The old style kanji is the form that is currently used by the Radiance Technique and some independent Reiki Teachers.
The old form kanji as written on the precepts by Usui Sensei, best describes the system known as Reiho. It is easily explainable as follows:
Rei – Strokes, 24. Consists of 3 parts. Top is rain, middle is things and bottom is Shaman. Rei means "spirit or spiritual". The Japanese dictionary defines Rei as: (1) Spirit; the spiritual aspect of the human being as contrasted to the physical. (2) Divine, numinous, charismatic, supernatural, mysterious. (3) The luminosity of the spirit; the luminosity of a God or Sage. (4) Inconceivable spiritual ability; charismatic power; charisma; wonderful; a wonder. (5) A rainmaker, a diviner; a person or being with spiritual or supernatural powers. (6) A shaman. (7) Goodness; good, excellent, efficacious. (8) Clever, nimble, sharp. (9) Life. (10) A living being; a human being. (11) A supernatural (mythical) beast or being; a fairy, an elf. (12) Pure, undefined, unpolluted. (13) Bright, clear.
Ki – Strokes, 10. Consists of Breath with rice (Rice in Japan is sometimes used as a synonym for people). Ki means "energy". The Japanese dictionary defines Ki as: (1)Vital energy connected with the breath. Invisible life-force, somewhat equivalent to the Indian prana. (2) In the view of Zhuxi and other Neo-Confucians, the material force of the Universe. The generative forces of heaven and earth, by means of which all things are constantly reproduced. (3) Air. (4) Breath, steam.
Description of the old form Reiki Kanji: On the earth stands a shaman with his arms raised against the sky. From the heaven the rain comes down with lifesaving energy consisting of 3 parts, Light, Love and Wisdom. The shaman acts as a channel (channeling this energy down to all the people of the Earth). The Reiki teacher is the channel when s/he initiates students and the practitioner is the shaman, when s/he channels this spiritual energy to the people treated.
New Kanji and its description from the dictionary.
The meaning of the new form kanji from a Japanese dicitonary is, 'aura'. The new form kanji does not give an accurate description of Usui Sensei's Reiki Ryoho.
Rei - Strokes, 15; (1) soul; spirit; departed soul; ghost
Ki - Strokes, 6; (1) spirit, mind
Katakana script - According to a friend in the Gakkai, Katakana is mainly utilized for foreign names and brands like Toyota and Seiko and does not properly represent Usui Sensei's Reiki Ryoho.
Dr. Mikao Usui the founder of Reiki Ryoho, adopted five admonitions to live by from the Meiji Emperor, that if applied with Reiki, would heal the body, bring peace of mind, and happiness in life. Following are those admonitions, taught as the Reiki Principles/Precepts/Ideals. It is interesting to see the variations from the various Reiki Organizations, even in the translated version (from the original document in Usui Sensei's handwriting).
From Usui Sensei's memorial, 'when it comes to teaching, first let the student understand well the Meiji Emperor's admonitory, then in the morning and in the evening let them chant and have in mind the five admonitions which are:
Don’t get angry today.
Don’t be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others.
The Ideals as taught by Mrs. Takata
Just for today, thou shall not anger
Just for today, thou shall not worry
Thou shall be grateful for the many blessings
Earn thy livelihood with honest labor
Be kind to thy neighbors
Reiki Principles as taught by Reiki Alliance Masters
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
Reiki Principles as taught by The Radiance Technique
Just for today, I will let go of anger
Just for today, I will let go of worry
Today, I will count my many blessings
Today, I will do my work honestly
Today, I will be kind to every living creature
Reiki Principles/Precepts as taught by some Independent Reiki Masters
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not anger
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing
Reiki Ryoho Principles Other translations
(Version of translation from The Center for Reiki Training)
The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. 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
(Version of translation from Traditional Japanese Reiki School TJR)
The Secret Method of Inviting Blessings
The Spiritual Medicine of Many Illnesses
For today only, do not anger, do not worry.
Do your work with appreciation.
Be kind to all people.
In the morning and at night hold your hands in prayer, meditate on and chant these words.
The Usui Reiki method to change your mind and body for the better.
Reiki Principles from Satya Reiki a Japanese lineage through Eguchi
Clarifying the wind - A Poem
Don't get angry today
Don't mind or worry today
Don't be afraid
Thanks to the world and every being
Be kind to every being
Make morning and evening Namaste' and say thanks to all beings
Thanks to God and existence
Reiki Principles from Jin Ki Do Reiki
Observe throughout the day, with all your effort, the arising of anger,
then look deeper for its true cause.
Observe your mind throughout the day for the arising of worry and restlessness,
look deeper at their roots.
Be mindful, each moment of your day, appreciating the gift of life, find
the right livelihood for yourself and be honest in your work.
In your day, as you appreciate your life, be kind to yourself and to all beings.
Your mind and body will truly transform with the power of Reiki, practise daily,
connect to the universal nature of mind, and develop these Reiki ideals everyday.
Drawn by Adonea
Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Written by Mrs. Takata
The Radiance Technique
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