‘Reiki is first for yourself, then for your family and friends and then for others.’ This was what was taught by Hawayo Takata, the master who brought reiki to the west from Japan. Reiki is a simple and extremely powerful system of healing that anyone can learn.
The Usui System of Reiki Healing, is a spiritual healing art, practiced through the placement of hands on the clothed body. The hands facilitate the flow of Ki, the energy of life, throughout the body, producing profound healing on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This gentle but powerful treatment may be performed on others or oneself. It is safe and effective for all conditions.
The experience of the person receiving reiki treatment varies, but is most commonly one of profound relaxation, leading to increased energy and ease. This experience may also be described as that of spirit touching spirit, powerful, nourishing and transforming. “Breath of the Spirit” is a translation of the Japanese word reiki which aptly describes this experience.
It is through diligent practise that reiki practitioners cultivate their skill. I have learned to trust that the energy that we call ‘Reiki’ creates just the right experience for each person who comes for a treatment or participates in a class. It fills our needs, if we just allow it. The practise of the Usui Shiki Ryoho is about learning to allow this energy to fill our lives, to light up dark or closed off areas, to energize areas that have become dull or sluggish with time and experience in the world.
Reiki is taught through the interaction of student and teacher in an oral tradition. Shelley teaches and practises a traditional form of this healing art, Usui Shiki Ryoho, or the Usui System of Reiki Healing. In this system there are three levels of study:
- first degree, which is the introductory level and teaches all you need to treat yourself and family and friends.
- second degree, for those who wish to go deeper, explore distant treatment and more focused treatment.
- master level, as an individualized mentorship or apprenticeship programme, tailored to the individual who feels called to teach this healing art and spiritual discipline.
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