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The Secret Elements of Usui Shiki Ryoho

What is Usui Shiki Ryoho

Usui Shiki Ryoho is a specific branch or form of Reiki characterized by four “Aspects” and nine “Elements.” Usui Shiki Ryoho is also known as the Usui System of Natural Healing and, like Reiki itself, is a Japanese Healing Art. The difference between Reiki and Usui Shiki Ryoho is that Reiki is the name Mikao Usui gave to the energy, just like many systems and school of thought call the universal life force energy responsible for health, vitality and well- being chi, prana or ki.


It is an advanced healing technique which is similar to the Shamanic “extraction.” Shamanic practitioners can too remove and dispel negative energy from the etheric body and subsequent subte planes of being, through similar intentions and visualizations.

The “Nine Elements”

1. Oral Tradition

Reiki as a universal energy specific to this system is passed on only and directly from Master to initiate or student. The system involves a number of specific “Attunements” known as a Reiki Attunement.


2. Lineage

The lineage of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki embodies the essence of the system and further signifies the original masters. Teachings are passed down from master to student, stemming all the way back to Mikao Usui himself (and his initial enlightenment experience on the mountain during his 21 day meditation and fast). The spiritual essence of Reiki is ancient, timeless, and transcendent of all modern day notions and global changes through the times.

3. History

Reiki has a history that comes with its founder, Mikao Usui. But, unlike most human history, the story of Usui Shiki Ryoho is about the energy itself, the universal life force and healing energy gifted to us by source, spirit, god or the universe. Thus, Reiki’s story is still very much rooted in tradition whilst simultaneously being non- linear and multi- dimensional.


4. Initiation

Sacred ritual is an integral element to the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing, and something which is passed down within the lineage itself. Initiation is spiritual, connected to soul, and in tune with the natural vibrations of the universe. There is a strong essence of sacredness inherent.


5. Symbols

Symbols are a deeply significant aspect and element to Reiki as a system. They teach the power and importance of the subtler realms and dimensions/ planes of consciousness, and the power of thought, frequency and intentions. Symbols are used to amplify and direct the healing energy in a unique way, further increasing the effect of a Reiki treatment (or Attunement). Symbols can be seen as “energetic keys” or doorways to new levels of consciousness, insight and understanding.

6. Treatment

As already described, treatment comes with a set of specific hand positions placed on or over certain body parts. In Second Degree Reiki, treatments can be given in the form of distant healing. Symbols can also be used in treatments for a more profound experience.


7. A Form of Teaching

There are different levels to Reiki generally taught and practised as level 1 or first degree, level 2 or second degree, and level 3 which is also known as Master- Teacher level (and third degree). The teaching element also helps this ancient system be shared and passed on in courses which merge harmoniously with other spiritual, healing and self- development courses in current times.


8. Monetary Exchange

Monetary exchange supports the concept of commitment and valuing Reiki energy. Reiki as a system teaches that there must be a healthy exchange of energy, as life itself is a flow and balance of giving and receiving. Money is just a form of energy, so receiving money is receiving gratitude, abundance and blessings for your work/ service/ time; and receiving energy simultaneously to be able to continue the great work.


9. Precepts

Finally, the precepts are intended to awaken questions and channels for self- discovery within the student or receiver. In this respect, Reik is not solely a physical thing affecting the physical body, it also activates and stimulates the mind, emotions and spirit- the entire being and holistic self.


The precepts or principles of Reiki include: releasing anger, releasing worry, being humble, doing your work honestly, honoring your teachers and elders, and showing compassion and kindness to all living things.

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