Usui Shilki Ryoho
I practice and teach a form or Reiki known as Usui Shiki Ryoho in the lineage Usui, Hayashi, Takata, Furumoto.
When Hawayo Takata was alive she taught according to the way she had learned Reiki, with some adaptations to make Reiki more accessible for non-Japanese people. In the last years of her life she created 22 Reiki masters. When she died in 1980 some of these masters continued to teach in the way that she had taught them, others began to vary the form.
A while after her death some of these masters came together and compared notes about their teaching, finding that in general they were still teaching in a very similar way. They decided to create an organisation to maintain this form and honour the memory of their master. This was the Reiki Alliance which still exists today.
When I learned Reiki Martha was a member of the Reiki Alliance and her teacher Wanja was one of the founder members. So the form of Reiki that I learned was close to the way Takata taught. I am now a member of the Reiki Alliance myself and continue to teach in this tradition.
One of the things I have always appreciated about this form of practice is its simplicity. Like Zen Buddhism there is often great mystery and wonderful gifts hidden in what at first can seem confusing or too simple. There is wisdom here if I practice as I was shown: surrendering to the system brings great gifts.
What I am particularly interested to note is that my students often find that Reiki meets the need for spirituality that is not linked to a particular religion. Read more about that here.
Usui Shiki Ryoho has a clearly defined form and when Reiki is taught and
practised according to this form the student or practitioner will find
that it gives them Four Aspects, known as: Healing Practice, Personal
Growth, Spiritual Discipline and Mystic Order.
Healing Practice - Many people are initially drawn to learn Reiki because they are interested in being able to heal - whether it is themselves or someone else. Often it is to help a family member or close friend. Frequently people simply have a desire to be a more helpful person and see the healing as one way to do this. Reiki is ideal because it is so simple to use, yet can have profound effects on the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It restores balance and harmony.
Personal Growth - Sometimes people are drawn to learn Reiki because they are on a personal journey of discovery, seeking to know themselves and the world better. Reiki is a wonderful tool on this journey, not only because it gives you the ability to treat yourself and those around you, but because it will often show you the way towards other things that will help you to grow and develop as a person.
Spiritual Discipline - People who learn Reiki often have a feeling that something important is missing in their lives. They are seeking some form of everyday spirituality. Reiki is not a religion and people of many different faiths have learned Reiki and found that if anything it enhanced their faith. Learning Reiki gives you a practice that can be used daily to reconnect you with the world around you - visible and invisible.
Mystic Order - In these days when many people have moved away from their original homes, there is often a longing for the support of community. When you learn Reiki you will find that you are a part of a community of people who share the special experiences Reiki brings. Somehow the practise of Reiki re-kindles the human bonds of community, even when we don't know each other very well. The friendship that is established very quickly in classes and Reiki Shares is often commented on.