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Japanese Reiki Techniques

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Japanese Reiki Techniques

by Frank Arjava Petter

Japanese Reiki Techniques
Arjava Petter & Chetna Kobayashi
At A Japanese Reiki Techniques Workshop

(For Information About Our New Japanese Reiki Techniques Workshop Video,
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Three years ago, before the publication of my first book, a fellow Reiki teacher and author, Walter Lübeck predicted that “Reiki Fire” would have a powerful effect on the Reiki community. He felt at first it would create controversy but within a few years would help to bring the international Reiki community closer together. This was one of my reasons for writing the book in the first place, to bring Reiki people from all lineages and organizations into greater harmony. After all we do work with the same energy.

I did not believe that my Reiki research in Japan would be difficult for Reiki practitioners to accept. I had thought that every Reiki lover on Earth was just as thrilled about our findings as we were. Finally we had some tangible and provable facts on Dr. Usui instead of the old fairy tales. But Walter was right in both instances. Some people found these new ideas difficult to accept at first, but now that people have had time to think about them, the value of factual information about Dr. Usui and the history of Reiki is being more widely accepted and appreciated. This new information, based on written records and interviews with members of the Japanese Reiki community has given Western Reiki a solid historical foundation and as a result, is helping bring greater harmony to the global Reiki community.

Also, during this time the international Reiki movement experienced a wake-up call when one individual attempted to trademark the Reiki names worldwide and use legal power to define Reiki for everyone and control how it is used. Those of us who did not agree to this preposterous idea were motivated to join together to prevent it and in so doing, got to know each other better. Now that the trademark attempt has failed, we can start over fresh, working together to create a strong international Reiki community based on harmony and cooperation.

We live in interesting times for the Reiki community and now find ourselves at an important turning point. It is now possible for us to grow into a place of loving acceptance of each other, develop a deeper understanding of our roots and create a stronger connection to the Reiki energy.

In the past several years, more information on Dr. Usui, his life and work in Japan has come to light and new facts and information continue to bubble up every day. Many of us in the West had been told that Reiki was an “oral tradition” and that nothing was to be placed in writing. I do not understand how this idea could have gotten started because it is now known that Dr. Usui had a handbook he gave to all his students. It contained crystal clear instructions as to how and when to use Reiki. In addition, every president of the Reiki organization started by Dr. Usui, the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, also created handbooks they passed out to their students. Out of these handbooks, and additional information given to us by Mr. F. Ogawa, whose father, K. Ogawa was a close friend and associate of Dr. Usui and the leader of the Shizuoka branch of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in Shizuoka, we learned an array of wonderful Japanese Reiki techniques that have so far been unknown in the Western world.

Japanese Reiki Techniques

A Video Of This Workshop Is Now Available!


Mar. 23-25, 2001 Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 30-Apr.1, 2001 Sacramento, CA
Apr. 6-8, 2001 Kansas City, MO

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Arjava Petter

In 1999, William Lee Rand invited me and my wife Chetna to teach these Japanese Reiki Techniques at his Center and at a few other locations around the United States. The workshops were held during September of 1999. Those who attended told us over and over that they loved the simplicity and power of these methods and that they could easily incorporate them into their daily lives.

These past workshops were so popular that we committed to coming back during the year 2000 and once again, we held three day workshops all over the United States.

These workshops were held over three days starting on a Friday evening. On Friday evening we began with:

* A slide show of the Reiki sites in Japan. We will explore the grave of Dr. Usui in Tokyo and the Kurama temple in Kyoto where the Reiki System was born.

* A talk on Japanese Reiki history and historical facts of Dr. Usui’s life and work. * Questions and answers.

* A short energy work session.

On Saturday we learned the following Japanese Reiki techniques:

* An exercise called Reiki Undo. This exercise was introduced by Mrs. Koyama, the sixth president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. It helps us learn to listen to our own body’s needs and activates the bodies inherent self healing abilities.

* A breathing method called Joshin Kokyuu Ho. This is a breathing technique to strengthen your energy, collect energy in your tanden(lower abdomen) and learn to let the energy flow out through your hands.

* A meditation called gassho meditation which is practiced in the morning and /or evening, alone or in a group. It does not require any prior knowledge of meditation or yogic body postures. Anyone of any age can do it.

* A technique called Reiji. This is a powerful prayer and is to be used prior to starting a treatment.

* A group hands on session called Shu Chu Reiki. This technique is practiced in a group or at a Reiki meeting. All group members send energy to one group member wishing and praying for their happiness and health.

* A group energy exercise called Reiki Mawashi. Translated the word mawashi means current. We let the Reiki current flow through the whole group.

* A method called kenyoku. This is a technique to strengthen your energy and disconnect yourself from your clients, people in general, things, situations,even your own thoughts and emotions.

* A short energy work session

On Sunday we deepened our understanding of the gassho meditation, joshin kokyuu ho, kenyoku and reiji techniques learned on Saturday.

Additional objectives were:

* Review of the second degree Reiki Symbols and their origins. So much has been speculated about the meaning and origin of the second degree Reiki symbols. We will look at the Buddhist and Shintoist aspects.

* Healing with the eyes. We waste a lot of energy with our eyes. This technique teaches us to use it instead.

* Healing with the breath and the second degree Reiki symbols. Not only do we breathe in energy, we also breathe it out!

* A method called Byosen, scanning. With this method you learn to find and treat negatively charged body parts.

* Shu Chu Reiki with the help of the Reiki symbols. Several practitioners send energy to one participant with the help of the second degree symbols. We will practice hands on and distant healing.

* Enkaku Chiryo, distant healing. There are as many distant healing techniques as there are Reiki practitioners. This technique is Dr. Usui’s version of it.

* A short energy work session.

During all three days there was plenty of time to share and ask questions. We did a lot of hands on and distant healing. And now, we are able to provide you with our Japanese Techniques Workshop Video, a professionally edited four hour version of our three day workshop



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