TRAINING IN VIBRATIONAL HEALING
ABOUT USUI REIKI ~ WHY AND HOW WE TEACH IT
THE ROOTS OF REIKI
We offer readers and potential students the traditional history and roots of Reiki here to offer the context of why we teach it as a core part of the Energy Training that we offer.
Reiki is a spiritually-based system of working with energy whose roots are well over 2,500 years old and embody the original traditional teachings of early Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. It is the oldest known form of Reiki and the source of all other systems of Reiki, migrating from Tibet and India to Southeast Asia and China, then to Japan via Buddhist lamas and adepts.
Usui references the specific lineage of this form of Reiki, named for founder Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist and Doctor of Theology who rediscovered this system from texts originating from Gautama Buddha, and began sharing it with his students as a complementary therapy to treat physical, emotional, and mental diseases. Sources report that Dr. Usui taught Reiki to over 2000 people during his lifetime, sixteen of whom continued their training to reach the equivalent to our Western third degree, or Master level.
Hawayo Hiromi Takata, a Japanese-American born in Hawaii, helped introduce Reiki to the US. Mrs. Takata was trained in Reiki by Dr Chujiro Hayashi in Tokyo, Japan and became a Master Practitioner by 1940. Dr. Hayashi had studied to the Master level from Mikao Usui, and was the the first teacher of Reiki, in the early 1900s. After completing her Master Practitioner studies with Dr. Hayashi, Mrs. Takata then brought Usui Reiki to Hawaii, where she taught until her death in 1980. It is not known how many students she taught, however, within the tradition, she is sometimes known as Reiki Grand Master Teacher Hawayo Takata. The American Reiki Association, Inc. was formed by Mrs. Takata in the final year of her life, 1980, together with Dr. Barbara Weber Ray, one of her students.
It is interesting to note the conjecture that Reiki has been reported to be the healing technique that Jesus practiced during his lifetime. However, when Dr. Usui's original Reiki manuscript was found in 1994, he cited the origins to be Gautama Buddha and the Buddhist text, Tantra of the Lightning Flash, so it is assumed that Mrs. Takata perhaps made a reference to the origins and that of Jesus to make it more palatable and acceptable in the US.
INCREASED AWARENESS OF LIFE-ENHANCING ENERGY
We are naturally connected to Life-enhancing energy - the Universal Life Force - the energy from which everything flows and is part of. In our modern world, our perception of this connection can become weaker as the busy-ness of our external world takes precedence as "reality." Reiki, which means Universal Life Force Energy in Japanese, is an amazing method/practice to learn to reconnect on a deeper level to the Love that is the source of all life, to navigate more gracefully the creativity and purpose of our life. Rather than being just for "hands on healing," this practice deepens our awareness of the animating part of everything in our world that is always available for our well-being, the "inner well" from which our creativity flows and in the many ways that shows up for us.
We include Usui Reiki as a core offering because of its ancient, undiluted teachings as well as the rigorous attention to keeping intact the purity of this lineage's teaching and information.
Connection to the spirit of life is one of life's many gifts for all of us. The deeper the connection, the easier life flows, enhancing everything positive that we already do for ourselves. For that reason, Reiki is shared from the perspectives of an artist, musician, writer and "healer" offering this class for all individuals, especially creatives. Everything is naturally connected to the Creative Life Force and so we share from a place of no boundaries or labels of any offering being "spiritual" or otherwise.
We firmly believe that everyone should have access to this reconnection and so we offer reduced tuition, sliding scale contribution Level I classes several times a year. Level II and Level III classes are generally not reduced tuition, although we offer specials and packages with each advanced series. And individuals desiring to study further but who have been unable to do so because of life and financial situations are always welcome to apply for scholarships.
LEVEL I USUI REIKI WORKSHOP
BASIC WORKSHOP INFO:
All of Life flows from Universal energy - the Creative Force that animates all living things. This Level I introductory class teaches you how to consciously connect to, strengthen and work with this flow of Life Force in all areas of your life through the practice of Usui Reiki. A significant part of this class is an energetic attunement, which opens and strengthens your energy channels to this awareness, clears and aligns your chakras, and thus enhances your own health, well-being, intuition, personal energy and inner guidance. This beginning Level I workshop has an energetic focus on healing the physical body, and can help you manage stress, ease depression, pain and physical issues.
No previous experience, special knowledge or abilities are needed to learn this. We will spend a lot of time working with this energy from many life perspectives. This class includes the energetic attunement, the traditional Reiki lore and teachings, learning and practicing basic hand positions, heightened awareness of energy in the body, practice time, study of the chakras, auric fields, and a beautiful Reiki Certificate suitable for framing.
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LEVEL II PRACTITIONER/LEVEL III WEEKEND TRAINING IMMERSION WORKSHOP
This weekend workshop immersion will take students into the Practitioner and Master/Teacher levels of Usui Reiki. These levels go much deeper into consciously and intentionally working with Reiki - Universal Life Force energy - in all facets of life. In each of these two days, students receive the attunements of greater awareness and flow of this energy, and the symbols that are appropriate for each level being studied. Much attention will be spent learning and working with these new symbols, practicing distance healing and practicing passing attunements. Students will receive a significant package discount for attending the entire weekend.
BASIC WORKSHOP PARTICULARS:
- Each Workshop will accommodate 8 individuals.