Reiki, Yang Shen, & Shugyo


Early on in my Reiki days, I understood Reiki to be something more akin to a technique; a tool for healing a toothache or a bellyache in a pinch. Later on, I realized how such a view as inherently limiting and with work, I learned how to see, live, and embody Reiki from a much broader perspective.

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Deeper Insights Into Choku Rei 直霊 (Nao Hi)

When we want to know what Mikao Usui had in mind with his teachings, we need to look not only at traditional Japanese teachings as a whole, but also at what other serious Japanese teachers were teaching at the time.
In this blog, I compare one aspect of Mikao Usui’s teachings to the teachings of Masahisa Goi (1916-1980.)

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Mikao Usui and Mt Kurama or was it Mt Hiei?!

The first time we went to Japan in 2001, we went not only to Mt Kurama but also to Mt Hiei.
Many Reiki practitioners and teachers visit Mt Kurama, as it is said to be the birthplace of the system of Reiki and also the place where Mikao Usui did his 21 day meditation retreat.
But why did we also go to Mt Hiei and why do we still recommend that students who go to Japan not only visit Mt Kurama but also Mt Hiei?

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The Different Names of Mikao Usui

In the time of Mikao Usui, it was very common for people to have different names. These might include birth names, artist/style names (goh), popular names, Buddhist names, and/or posthumous names (戒名kaimyo/imina).
Mikao Usui also had different names.

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Reiki and Nature

For me the system of Reiki is about rediscovering our True Self, which we also could call our True Nature. Our True Nature indicates that we need to realign ourselves with the natural elements.

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How to Boost your Energy with the Precepts

There are many teachings to be discovered within the precepts, and one of these is energy - Ki. The precepts point towards preserving our energy.

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Understanding Surrender

In today’s world, where activity and achievement are celebrated, where multitasking and aggressive doing are crowned as great success skills, the notion of surrender can seem quaint or old fashioned at best, or downright irresponsible at worst.

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In Harmony with Nature

It is said that Mikao Usui was a Shugenja/yamabushi, a practitioner who walks in the mountains to realize harmony with the natural elements. When we walk in nature with an open heart/mind we can start to feel how we need to practice the system of Reiki; more than that, we begin to realize how we need to lead our lives. Nature shows us how to live in harmony, but in modern times we have removed ourselves so far from nature that sometimes it is hard to see what nature is teaching us.

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