Reiki as a healing technique has gained immense popularity all over the world with more and more people wanting to master this simple art of meditation and self-realisation. Reiki as a healing art originated in Japan and it means 'Universal Life Energy' in Japanese. The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words viz. 'rei' which means "free passage" and 'ki' which means "vital life force energy". Reiki as a system was developed by Mikao Usui in the year 1922 while he was performing 'Isyu Guo', a twenty-one day Buddhist training course. This training course involved meditation, fasting, chanting and prayers. It was during this training program that through a mystical revelation, Usui gained the knowledge and the spiritual power to apply and grant to others, what he called "Reiki". Usui founded the "Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai" in Tokyo, in order to continue training people with Reiki.
Reiki energy that helps in healing ailments helps in relaxation, clears energy obstructions and removes toxins from the human system is based upon five basic principles. The first principle stands against anger. It is believed that expressing anger creates serious blocks in one's flow of energy and is the complex inner enemy of an individual. Therefore, a Reiki practitioner should refrain from getting angry. The second principle of Reiki suggests that people should stay away from all sorts of worries. Though worry is not always negative, it might keep one's mind occupied, preventing Reiki energy from flowing freely. In order to treat a person's worries, Reiki energy needs to be spread all through the body. The third strong principle on which Reiki energy is based on is to be grateful. It is believed that simple things like thanks, forgiveness, smile, good words, gratitude, etc. can improve a person's life. The fourth and the fifth principle of Reiki requires people to be honest in their work and to be kind and generous to living organisms respectively.
People interested in learning the art of Reiki need to abide by these five principles. The training process for Reiki outside Japan is broadly divided into three levels. The first degree or the first level of training teaches the basic theories and procedures. This is when the students undergo attunement and also learn different hand positions.
In the second degree or level of the Reiki course the students are taught to make use of a number of symbols that will help a person increase his inner strength The level will also include training in symbols that will allow a person to form a temporary connection between himself and the recipient, regardless of the space and time. In the second level another level of attunement is 'handed over' to students to further increase their capacity for Reiki.
The third degree or the master training trains a student to become a Reiki master. In this level of Reiki training one or more number of attunements can be carried out and the student learns about new symbols. Completion of the third level of Reiki training makes a student eligible and efficient enough to introduce other people to Reiki and teach them too. There are basically two types of master training, 'master teacher', and 'master practitioner'.
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