During a recent teleclass, How to Perform Reiki Treatments, a student asked me to elaborate on byosen reikan ho. Since we believe this question is of interest to many of our readers, we decided to write an article about it.
In many Asian teachings, including Buddhism, karma is an important concept. Since Usui Mikao, the founder of the system of Reiki, was a Japanese Buddhist practitioner, we wondered: Is the concept of karma contained within the teachings of the system of Reiki?
Within Shoden level I the most important elements to practise on a daily basis are Joshin Kokyu Ho, meditations on the precepts, and performing hands on healing on yourself. To get the most out of your personal practise these elements need to be worked at on a daily basis. The more we practise, the more we find out who we truly are.
Within Okuden level II you will study something that many know as the “distance healing” symbol. This is a modern, rather than Japanese, interpretation of a practise which we shall call HSZSN. But how was HSZSN used in Mikao Usui’s time, and where did this symbol come from?
The hara is regarded as one of the most important aspects of Japanese life and of its people’s spiritual practices. But what is it exactly?
Translated from the Japanese hara simply means belly, yet there is so much more to this intriguing word. At a deeper level the word, hara, means one’s true nature; who one truly is as a human being. So it is not just a physical centre in the body but also the centre of one’s true nature.
A complete system requires the three ingredients of intent, path and result.
Let’s look at how these ingredients work within the system of Reiki.
Intent is necessary to begin your journey. Intent is the directed thought that triggers an action to take place. Without intent you would not have read this article, let alone begun to study the system of Reiki.
This week we received this question through our website: “Is it necessary to attend an ‘advanced’ Reiki class before beginning the Master level?”
This concept has only been recently introduced into the system of Reiki by Western Reiki practitioners. You will be happy to hear that there is no need to complete an ‘advanced’ level (sometimes called level 3a).
Many people relate the system of Reiki to a magical process. It is true that we often cannot see what is happening yet we reap the benefits of the practice.
As a student moves to the second level of the system of Reiki then he or she delves into the uses and practice of 3 of the 4 symbols and mantras. The first symbol, which we call by the pseudonym of CKR, has often been attributed with performing almost ‘magical’ acts. By considering CKR as a magic wand it becomes exactly that; an external source. Yet, Real Magic comes from the inside.