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August, 2001
William Lee Rand, Editor
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It is my pleasure to send you the August 2001 edition of our Reiki online newsletter. I hope you enjoy the new format. It's designed to have a more pleasing appearance and to be user friendly. Clicking on the links in the table of contents takes you directly to each article. To return just click on the "Return to Contents" link at the end of each section. I would enjoy your input so we can make this newsletter even more informative and valuable. Feel free use the input form toward the end of the newsletter to send any comments, questions, information or articles that you would like to share with other Reiki people. This online newsletter is being sent as an Email, but as soon as you click any of the links in the table of contents, it will open in your browser window making it easier for you to navigate.

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The Look of Love
by William Lee Rand

One of the techniques Dr. Usui taught to his students is called Gyoshi-Ho. With this technique you can send Reiki to any part of your own body or to others with your eyes. Just by looking at the area in need of healing or at another person, you can send Reiki. This can really be amazing. As an example, a few weeks ago, I was opening a package with a knife and accidentally cut my finger. First I washed it in running water, but then remembered Gyoshi-Ho. As I stared at the wound, I could feel the power of Reiki and something said, "allow the power to flow" and as I did, I could actually see the wound healing before my eyes! Another exercise is to sit across from another Reiki person and send Reiki to each other's hearts with your eyes, or you could just stare into each other's eyes as you send Reiki. A strong spiritual bonding can quickly develop along with deep healing and mystical experiences. This exercise can also be done while looking into a mirror. You can also send Reiki to your children while they are playing and I am sure you can think of many other ways to use Gyoshi-ho.

Here are the instructions:

  1. With Gyoshi-Ho, you can send Reiki to a specific area or to the whole person with your eyes. As you focus on the area or person, allow your eyes to relax and become slightly defocused.
  2. As you do this, meditate on Reiki and allow it to begin flowing from your eyes.
  3. If thoughts arise, gentle brush them aside and return your attention to the Reiki energy and the area or person it is flowing to.

I encourage you to try Gyoshi-ho, as it is really a vitalizing way to send Reiki. I'm interested in what you experience, so please Email me about what happens.

This technique along with instructions for practicing the other Japanese Reiki Techniques taught by Dr. Usui is explained in Reiki, The Healing Touch. To learn more about this book, click here:

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Science Validates Spiritual Healing

Many believe there is no scientific proof that Reiki and other forms of spiritual healing work. This makes it difficult to talk to scientific or medical people about Reiki. Those trying to get Reiki started in hospitals or clinics are often confronted with this issue and many of us know of people who strongly resist Reiki because, according to them, there is no proof. Yet proof exists. In fact, there are over 124 scientific studies that show positive results for a variety of spiritual healing techniques. These include experiments involving people as well as plants and animals. These studies have been designed using the highest scientific standards and their results leave no doubt that spiritual healing produces meaningful results.

This information is available in a new book written by Daniel Benor, M.D. titled Spiritual Healing, Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution. It is wonderfully written and well organized and contains descriptions of hundreds of scientific studies. Written for the Layperson, this book is easy to read. The studies are organized in different categories and include studies on cancer, heart disease, leukemia, anxiety, pain etc. It also contains descriptions of the methods and subjective experiences of some of the world's best-known healers! This groundbreaking book is available now and is certain to create a revolutionary shift in the acceptance of spiritual healing.

The following is a quote from the Introduction:

"Three branches of healing appear across the ages.20 The first is the natural gift of spiritual healing, which throughout history has sprung up as a wildflower bringing its healing essence, unbidden and uncontrolled by human will, to act as a balm for the ills of body, emotions, relationships (with other people and with nature) and spirit. This gift has cropped up spontaneously in the fertile soil of human diversity, sometimes in the most ordinary of Laypersons, sometimes in those who choose paths of ministering to physical or spiritual needs of others, and sometimes in the well-to-do and prominent, even amongst royalty. In recent decades we have learned to cultivate this flower within ourselves, sometimes inviting it to appear in the carefully-prepared soil of our inner being . . . . ."

If you would like to learn more about this book, please click here:

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Many Kinds of Reiki

Many kinds of Reiki have developed in the West since Mrs. Takata first began teaching. The first of these new Reiki techniques was called Mari el® which was channeled in 1983 by Ethel Lombardi who was one of Mrs. Takata's masters. After this came many others including The Radiance Technique®, Raku Kei, Tibetan Reiki, Karuna Reiki®, Rainbow Reiki, Golden Age Reiki, Reiki Jin-Kei Do®, Satya Japanese Reiki, Men Chho Reiki®, Jinlap Reiki, Seichim, Saku Reiki, Blue Star Reiki, Reiki Plus®, and the list continues. There are now over 30 different kinds of Reiki with many sub groups and branches and more are being channeled all the time.

Reiki - A Definition

Some people become confused when they hear of different kinds of Reiki as they believe that Reiki is what Dr. Usui channeled and any other kind of healing technique should not be called Reiki, but should have another name. However, we need to remember that when Dr. Usui was given the new healing technique, the word Reiki was already in use in Japan. This is why Dr. Usui did not call his technique Reiki. He called it Usui Reiki Ryoho to make sure people understood that this was a unique kind of Reiki. With the channeling of other healing methods similar to Usui Reiki Ryoho, but with different vibrations and effects, it has become clear that there is a whole class of healing methods that can appropriately be called Reiki.

With this in mind, how can one tell what is a Reiki technique and what is not? By analyzing the Reiki given to Dr. Usui, we can discover four unique qualities that identify the class of healing techniques appropriately called Reiki.

These four qualities of Reiki are:

  1. The ability to do Reiki comes from receiving an attunement, rather than developing the ability over time though the use of meditation or other exercises.
  2. All Reiki techniques are part of a lineage. This means that the technique has been passed on from teacher to student through an attunement process starting with the one who first channeled the technique.
  3. Reiki does not require that one guide the energy with the mind, as it is guided by the higher power and knows where to go and how to act all on its own.
  4. Because of this, Reiki can do no harm.

If a healing technique has these four qualities, then it can be considered to be a Reiki technique."

The above information is in part an excerpt from The Spirit of Reiki. William Lee Rand, Walter Lübeck and Arjava Petter, wrote this book together. To learn more about this book, please click here:

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Sacred Reiki Sites of Japan Video

If any of you have an interest in the origins of Reiki, or would like to connect more directly to Dr. Usui and his discovery of Reiki, this video is for you. In it Arjava Petter takes you on a tour to Dr. Usui's memorial at Saihoji Temple in Tokyo, and to the temples and shrines on Mt. Kurama, North of Kyoto, where Dr. Usui discovered Reiki. This one-hour video is a great way to experience the birthplace of Reiki. It is done in a touring format and directions are given in case you plan to travel there yourself. Toward the end is a wonderful montage accompanied by meditative flute music that really captures the mood and feeling of these sacred Reiki sites. To learn more about the Sacred Reiki Sites of Japan Video, please click here:

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Accepting Greater Joy

The love that comes from the Creator is unbounded and because of this, there is no limit to the good that can come to those who seek. The potential that lies within us and around us is waiting to unfold and is always available to reveal more and to take us to greater heights. No matter how much we have accomplished or how wonderful something has become there is always the next step, the next lesson, the next development. This is especially true with healing and with Reiki. If we accept this, it makes it possible for us to open to a greater experience of what healing can be. . . . .

Awakening To A Better World

So often we approach life and its responsibilities with a sense of struggle. Out of fear we assume that we must diligently focus on our worries including being ready to defend ourselves against those whom we imagine oppose us. Yet, the reality is that most of our worries are based on false assumptions. They usually never happen, so our energy is dwindled away by needless worry. At other times, because we believe they are real, without knowing it, we end up actually creating what we fear or making existing situations worse. Because of this, a great deal of our time and resources are wasted on worries that never happen or that didn't exist until we acted on our fear. This leaves us in a far less resourceful state and reduces our ability to create the happy, healthy life that we really would like to have. This process has become so habituated into the thinking of many that it is not questioned. It is assumed that mastering this method of doing is the only way to be effective and that there are no alternatives.

Yet, there is a better way. Karuna is an energy that can lift us up to a higher understanding and a healthier way of living our lives. Karuna is an energy that comes from the Creator and also flows toward us through those higher beings that have become liberated from the illusion of the material world. This wonderful energy is filled with compassion for all those that suffer and its intention is to heal. It is able to heal on all levels including helping us make the right decisions and helping us attract the healthy things into our lives we need to enjoy life to its fullest. Karuna energy is all round us and all we need to do is to be attuned to it and invite it in for it to begin its loving work in our lives.

Karuna presents wonderful possibilities for our lives, but to follow this path we must make a choice. In order to fully enjoy the benefits of Karuna, we must be willing to let go of old ways of doing . . . . .

The above information comes from a new book: The Book On Karuna Reiki® by Laurelle Shanti Gaia with foreword by William Lee Rand. To learn more about this book, click here:

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We are very interested in your Reiki question(s). If you have a question about Reiki, please use the form below to send it to us. Your question(s) will be answered in a future edition of this Reiki Online Newsletter or it may be answered by Email. Remember, others may have the same question you have and by sending it in to us, you will be helping others gain a better understanding of Reiki as well.

Also, I know many of you have had interesting Reiki experiences where you or someone else was healed or received benefit from Reiki. We are interested in reading about this and so are our readers! Please send us your Reiki stories. Also, if you have written an article about Reiki you would like to share with others send it to us using the form below.

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