*Taken from “Reiki; Hawayo Takata’s Story, by Helen
Haberly, Archedigm Press.
According to Hawayo Takata, Reiki is neither electrical
energy, nor is it magnetic. It is very simple and scientific
with no magic or ‘hocus pocus’ involved. One does
not need to ‘prepare’ one’s self, go into an
altered state of conscious, no visualizations or involved rituals
are involved. Once one is attuned to the energy, one simply places
hands on and the energy flows of its own accord. It will work
She called the energy by various names including;
God Power, Cosmic Energy, Universal Life Force, Radionic Waves,
Etheric Waves, Prana, Mana. Reiki energy is like a radio wave.
It is always there, just waiting for someone to tune into it.
Reiki is not a technique, or a method or a process…
it just is. Reiki is not taught like other modalities. The role
of the teacher is to empower the student. With four brief rituals,
called ‘initiations’, certain inner centers of the
body are opened allowing the safe channeling of the energy. Once
the student is initiated the presence of the ability to channel
is sensed, mostly in the hands which get hot, or vibrate, or tingle
or is expressed occasionally in another way. As each person is
unique there are infinite possibilities of expression of this
Universal Life Force.
Specific hand positions are taught because practice
has shown that these work most efficiently. However, there is
no wrong way to do Reiki, and hence no right way.
Once one is initiated, the energy is always ‘on’,
simply waiting for the practitioner to make a connection. The
only decision a practitioner needs to make is whether to place
one’s hand on another or on the self. Practically, the giver
of Reiki has no control over what the energy does. It seeks its
own level, and empowers the body’s natural wisdom and abilities
to heal and balance itself.
Energy is not created, nor is it the practitioner’s
own energy that is used. It is Universal energy, channeled. Accepting
the role of ‘vessel’ for the energy one is not attached
to the results. One does not actually become a healer for Reiki
is the healer.
Reiki has a built in safety factor. It cannot harm anyone, does
not destroy. There is no danger of any kind using Reiki. It can
only heal. It will vitalize all forms of life including plants,
animals, fish, fowl, and humans.
It works through all kinds of fibres so it is not
necessary to disrobe when receiving Reiki. In fact, it works through
any man made or natural substance. So, Reiki can be applied even
over casts, bandages, and braces. At the second level it is not
even limited by space and/or time.
Ailments are either chronic or acute. Chronic illness
is one that has developed over a long time, even years in many
cases. Acute ailments are ones that are immediate such as cuts,
broken bones, and illnesses that are sudden onset. Sudden onset
illnesses treated with Reiki most often respond right way, often
with only a single treatment. Chronic illnesses, on the other
hand may take a great deal of time and much Reiki to bring the
body back into balance.
In most chronic cases there is cleansing reaction
that takes place in response to a Reiki treatment. This cleansing
needs to take place before the healing can be completed.
This reaction (called a Healing Crisis) can be mild
or it can quite uncomfortable. Symptoms include; a temporary worsening
of all symptoms, headache, diarrhea, nausea, spontaneous sweating,
build up of phlegm, and other symptoms. These are positive signs
that healing is taking place. See Healing
For Reiki to be channeled effectively, the practitioner
must believe in the power of Reiki to heal. To disbelieve or doubt,
reduces its effectiveness. People being treated do not need to
hold such a belief. It is not a test of their faith, but the practitioner
Secondly, Reiki must be used. As an unused muscle
will tend to atrophy, so will Reiki and eventually fade away if
There is an inherent safeguard in Reiki that will
not permit it to be misused or abused. Any abuse, and it will
Reiki energy is inexhaustible, drawing on the infinite
store of Universal energy.
There are things that Reiki will not do, for it
is not a ‘miracle’ cure. It will not cure a terminal
illness in its last stages. It will not restore an amputated limb.
It will not cure birth defects. But it will alleviate most of
Reiki is an energy of balancing. Its effect is to
bring the body back into its own natural state of balance.
She taught the principal of ‘Healer heal thyself.’
“You are number one”, she would say, “then if
you have time, treat your family, friends, then other people in
Reiki is an energy of wholeness, not only alleviating
symptoms in the physical body, but balancing emotions, calming
the mind and enhancing one’s spiritual awarenss.
Everyone has Reiki potential. It is the very fabric
of the universe and we are all composed of this elemental energy
and can use it for healing. It is a matter of choice.
The physical body is not depleted when treating
others. In fact, quite the opposite. In order to give to others,
one must first receive from the Universe. In other words, the
practitioner first fills up with Reiki energy, and then it is
the overflow that is drawn through by the one being healed.
You become a channel for the healing and take neither
credit nor responsibility for the results.
You do not take on the symptoms of those you are
Mrs. Takata taught that it is not necessary to know
anatomy in order to do Reiki. She encouraged the idea that it
is an intuitive art, promising that “Reiki will guide”
you and know what to do when an area of imbalance is found.
Even so, she studied anatomy herself, and taught
that there were three primary areas of the body that needed to
be treated; the head, the abdomen and the back. The abdomen, she
said, was the most important area since most ailments and disharmonies
originated from low vitality in the major organs located in this
Note; the Upper abdomen extends from the solar plexus
to the navel and includes the Stomach, Spleen, Gallbladder, Pancreas,
and Liver. Lower Abdomen extends from the navel to the genitals
and includes the Intestines, and Kidneys.
The guiding principal of Reiki is ‘find the
cause and the symptoms will disappear.’ If you have a symptom
it is well to place your hands upon the affected area, but it
is better to bring the full body back into balance. In many cases,
the cause is not located in the same place as the symptom. So,
while Reiki applied to a specific place will alleviate the symptom,
it is better to remove the cause with a full treatment.
A full treatment includes specified hand positions
on the head, the back and especially the abdomen. “The body
is a complete unit, so, whenever possible, treat the whole body.”
Still, she would say, if a full treatment is not
possible, put your hands on anyway, wherever you can. “Do
what you can. Some Reiki is better than none at all.”