“Remove the cause and the effect no longer exists.”
-Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, Reiki Grand Master
While Dr. Hayahsi shared this wisdom in reference to the Four Aspects of Reiki, it might apply to many facets of life. As it applies to Reiki, let us understand the Four Aspects of Reiki:
(1) Healing Practice – Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki has as its basis self treatment and a form of treatment to be used as a way to treat others. This is achieved through a series of laying-on-of-hands treatment positions for self and others. Reiki heals physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The word ‘healing’ comes from the Greek ‘helios’, to make whole. In this way, Reiki makes the person, whether provider or recipient, embrace their totality, to feel balanced and whole. The hands-on practice of Reiki for treating self and others is a cornerstone of Reiki practice.
(2) Personal Development – Through the practice of this system, the student is presented in everyday life with choices. These choices address underlying principles and beliefs that the student has acquired over the years of life. These principles and beliefs are often challenged as they may not be beneficial for the student’s path toward authenticity. Adapting the Five Principles of Reiki to meet these challenges is a means to meet them with success and serves as opportunity for developing, strength, achieving growth and higher learning. Reiki enhances one’s own expansion. In Hawayo Takata’s words, “Giving Reiki treatments is a real gift.” Reiki acts to assist both the provider and the recipient to listen to one’s inner knowing and to trust in intuition. Reiki increases one’s ability to connect with others. As a giver or receiver of Reiki, over time both parties develop a greater sensitivity, a stronger sense of compassion for self and others. Both parties benefit as their inner strength is fortified, their ability to surrender increases and to release what no longer serves the highest good. Most importantly, Reiki helps one develop inner clarity, wisdom and increases the capacity to give and receive love.
(3) Spiritual Practice and Discipline – inherent in the regular practice of Reiki is the connection to spirit within each of us as a human being. This connection to spirit can result in students considering this practice as a spiritual path. Reiki strengthens spiritual connection and raises spiritual awareness. The Five Precepts of Reiki, brought to presence by Dr. Mikao Usui, provide guidelines for living. With the Five Principles, we are given a road map to inner freedom.
Applying the Reiki Five Precepts to any situation brings resolve and peace. When we trust, surrender, honor the lessons and the teacher in everyone, keep our side of the street clean and are kind our lives reflect our spiritual discipline. In alignment with Reiki, we flourish and grow on every level. It is akin to a garden, when we tend to it, it flourishes and we bear the fruit of our labors. When we ignore it, it may get unruly and need weeding or it may wither and need nourishment.
(4) Mystic Order – practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki brings mystic experiences and a sense of connection and common purpose with others following this path. Reiki is infinite Source Energy; it is the mysterious Universal Life Force Energy that organizes the world and everything in it, the inspiration that weaves the very fabric of our being, of our lives of existence. Reiki energy is transmitted through hands-on or remote treatments working outside of the limitations of time and space. Reiki is a way of healing and a way of being. Honoring the Great Mystery and trusting in its infinite intelligence invites Reiki energy to support us on our journey of life as spiritual beings in physical form to experience the Divine in her eternal and limitless grandness and to restore us to wholeness.
Those that have experienced Reiki know its power. When one of these four aspects is missing from the practice of Reiki, that power is diminished if not lost completely. Dr. Chujiro’s words are applicable to Reiki, to all of life. When we remove the cause, the effect is also removed. We might apply this to our own lives in a myriad of ways whether it applies to our lifestyle habits as they effect our health or our behaviors as to how they influence our environment or our loved ones. Whether you have chosen to follow the Reiki way or another path, Reiki honors all things as sacred. May you embrace the rhythm of nature and experience the grace of being in harmony with the Universe. We need not struggle against the current of life but may flow with it.
Joyce Winough, Reiki Master, partner and student of Phyllis Furumoto