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What is Reiki? - Usui Shiki Ryoho - What is a Spiritual Lineage - Four Aspects -Nine Elements

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The Art of Reiki

The Buddha taught his followers to recall and recite the 
Five Remembrances every day:
"- I am of the nature to grow old.  There is no way to escape growing old.
- I am of the nature to have ill health.  There is no way to escape having ill health.
- I am of the nature to die.  There is no way to escape death.
- All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.
- My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the
consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand."

"The greatest gift you can give someone is your time,
your attention, your love, your concern."

- Joel Osteen

"The planet does not need more successful people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers,
restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds."
- Unknown

"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.  Only when we know our own
darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our 
shared humanity."
- Pema Chodran




Reiki is a non-invasive, gentle, yet powerful method for stress reduction that also promotes healing.  Reiki energy is accessed by the therapist during the treatment.  It enhances the body’s natural healing ability.  Reiki does not interfere with or diminish the intended effects of other health or medical practices.   It is increasingly accepted in health and community care facilities including hospitals, hospices and cancer support units.

According to the American Hospital Association, more than 15% of American hospitals offer Reiki as part of hospital services.  The popularity of Reiki in hospitals has been largely driven by requests from patients and by nurses and doctors who have experienced its value.  They report that Reiki reduces stress, decreases the amount of pain medication required, improves sleep and appetite, and accelerates the healing process.  It has also been reported to reduce many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy.

In Perth, Australia, for example, at the Solaris Care Cancer Support Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Reiki is the most accessed complementary health treatment for cancer and leukaemia patients.  Many patients report significant improvements in their level of pain, fatigue and breathing.


Reiki is a Japanese word translated as "Universal Life Energy" by Hawayo Takata. Usui Shiki Ryoho can be translated as "The Usui System of Natural Healing."  Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki Ryoho, adopted five admonitions to live by from the Meiji Emperor, that if applied with Reiki, would heal the body, bring peace of mind, and happiness in life.  Following are those admonitions, taught as the Reiki Principles/Precepts/Ideals:

"Don't get angry today.
Don't be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others." 

Usui Shiki Ryoho is a system of Reiki practice that comes through a spiritual lineage:  Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata.  The system is known as a Japanese Healing Art.  Healing refers to the natural balancing process of the human body, on many different levels.  Hawayo Takata used to refer to this as being "a complete whole."  Art refers to the practice as having the potential to develop into a way of living, a philosophy of being.

This practice has been given a definitive form of having 4 Aspects and 9 Elements.  These describe the system and give students a way to access the deeper levels of practice.  The 4 Aspects are Healing Practice, Personal Development, Spiritual Discipline, and Mystic Order.  The 9 Elements that describe the form of practice unique to this system are:  Initiation, Symbols, Treatment, Oral TraditionSpiritual Lineage, History, Money, Precepts, and Form of Teaching.  There is no order of importance as all are equal in importance and vital to the practice of this system.  


The system of Usui Shiki Ryoho has a line of masters from the conception of the practice in the early 1900's beginning with Mikao Usui.  Their duty was to preserve the practice as best as they could, honouring their own master's teaching, while at the same time, monitoring the developmental progress of a living entity, Usui Shiki Ryoho.  As the students of this system recognize this lineage, they are placing themselves in relationship with the lineage, allowing themselves to be students, not only of their personal masters, but of the system itself.

Dr. Mikao Usui             Hawayo Takata     Dr. Chujiro Hayashi


Healing Practice, Personal Development, Spiritual Discipline and Mystic Order are the Four Aspects of Usui Shiki Ryoho.

These aspects describe the path of a student and the development of the system itself. This path and this development are not made by human decision but by the natural process of maturation.  The human decision is to commit to this practice and follow their own path.


Each of the nine elements contain information, the way to hold this information, and the use of the information which transforms information into sacred tools.

The Elements are equal in importance and have a relationship with each other.  This dynamic relationship propels the student into learning experiences, guides the student into his/her next step of development, and keeps the student free to experience Reiki in all levels of consciousness.

Initiation: It is not possible to describe the initiation here as the ritual is only for masters to initiate a student for the first time for each step in the system.  The initiation can be described as a sacred time when the student and master experience communion with the energy of Reiki.  The other eight elements of the system allow the experience of the initiations to be used in daily life, expanding the awareness of the student.

Symbols: These three symbols are the sacred tools for the Second Degree student.  They are held as secret in order to preserve their integrity within this practice.  This step is to acquaint the student with direct experience of the unseen dimensions of being human.

Treatment: The hands on treatment of First Degree is the foundation practice of the system.  This includes self treatment and treatment of other people as well as animals, plants, and our environment.  The gift of this treatment as well as the Second Degree practice is through the practice, we are able to recreate the sense of the initiation, communion with Reiki and life around us.

Oral Tradition: The quality of oral tradition contains the premise that the way the system is given to a student is by the personal presence of a master with the student.  This happens in the First and Second Degree class as well as other gatherings or meetings for students that the master offers.  This element also contains the understanding that books containing the information of the actual practice do not benefit the student nor the system.

Teaching manuals are not used and students are generally not allowed to take notes in classes.  When needing assistance, the student goes back to the master for advice, reminding, and remembering.

Spiritual Lineage: The system of practice as we know it today has been carried through four lineage bearers and their time/space in the world as we know it.  Historical events, changes in communication and travel methods, research into the human conditions, and many other factors have had a bearing on the practice through the lineage bearers.  This is a developing system that has at its root the inspiration and teachings of Mikao Usui and his cultural values.

History: The history of Usui Shiki Ryoho describes the path of the practice.  The portion of each lineage bearer's life in the story pertains directly to this path..  As the master tells the story, there is a notable transmission of energy to the student.

Money: Preparation is measured with time and money.  Money is a doorway to many other teachings as well because in our society money has become a representative for many things. Sacred use of money in our daily lives is a part of the practice.

Precepts: The five precepts were translated and given to us in English by Hawayo Takata.  The precepts begin by being rules of living, gradually becoming an ethical guideline to living with Reiki.  The individual precepts are worded in a way to provoke questions in students.  These questions open places of learning and teaching in daily life.

Form of Teaching: The eight elements are presented in the classes that masters give to beginner students.  These are beginner classes that allow the student the gift of discovery, permission to build his/her own relationship with the energy of Reiki, and ensure that all students of each master committed to practicing this system receives the practice within certain parameters created by values and integrity of the system.




Technical Director Aikido:
Philippe Gouttard Sensei, Shihan (7th Dan)
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho:
Detlef Decker Sensei, 5th Dan
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

The Cork Open Centre is a holistic learning Centre offering affordable ongoing evening classes, full-day and weekend workshops, and advanced training in Aikido, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Hanmi Buddhism and Reiki.

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

The Cork Open Centre admits students of any race, colour, age, gender, and sexual preference to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in our educational and admissions policies. Minimum age requirement for attending Aikido classes is 16 years and for T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Kung (Qigong) classes is 18 years of age. 



Ai - Love by Hiroshi Ikeda


"The Art of Peace"

Study how water flows in a valley
stream, smoothly and freely
between the rocks. Also learn from
holy books and wise people.
Everything - even mountains,
rivers, plants and trees -
should be your teacher.


Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

T'ai Chi Ch'uan 
"The Supreme Ultimate"

Knowing others is intelligence,
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength,
Mastering yourself is true power.




At least for today: 

Don't get angry.
Don't be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others. 

For improvement of mind and body.
Usui Reiki Ryoho.

The Founder
Mikao Usui 


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