Some Differences Between Reiki in Japan versus the West

One main observable difference between what developed as the Western Reiki way and the original Japanese Reiki Tradition, is seen in the practical way of learning to give a treatment.

Reiki is taught in many forms in the West. You may have noticed that some students are taught distinct hand positions to follow for everyone they work on and at all Reiki Exchanges; some students pay heed to the little bell in some Reiki music tapes that is played every three minutes to signify the moment is ready for themselves and everyone else at the table to change hand positions; some Reiki practitioners will never touch their clients and only practice distant healing even if the receiver is easily accessible or in the same room; some Reiki practitioners will write down someone’s first name and ailment on a piece of paper and place that literally on a light box or light table in order to facilitate energy being sent. Some Reiki practitioners actually pull out pendulums and crystals and throw that into the mix!

Many techniques and varying quirks have crept into the Reiki teachings in the West. These sort of Reiki variants and differing details do not exist in Japan. Master Usui (in the 1920’s) and Master Hayashi (in the 1920’s and 1930’s) gave out guidelines for their students who copied them into their handbooks and although that included certain hand positions for certain ailments and health problems, it was not meant as a strict menu but a suggested guide, for the beginner only. Just before Master Usui passed on, Master Hayashi wrote out a comprehensive set of hand positions as a back-up – sort of what one might liken to ‘training wheels’ on a bicycle – until the practitioner’s hands were sensitive enough. The ‘real deal’, this sensing, was something not known to most Western Reiki practitioners – sensing with all of ones’ faculties and specifically ones’ palms. This is called Byosen in Japanese.

In later years in Therapeutic Touch in the West, long after Master Usui’s passing, practitioners are taught to feel the energy field very close in to the client’s body. An experienced palm can feel coolness, a breeze, warmth, heat, coldness, stickiness, tingling, etc and get a sense of whether that means a place to focus energy specifically, stay longer or even go back to... whatever is required.

Reiki energy passed on properly, lifts the vibration of the area that is receiving – bones, lymph, organs, gray matter, etc. All lucky tissues! Any area / organ / tissue that is in a healing phase will have extra ‘good’ bacteria, extra white cells, extra bio-film and fluids and mucous present. Raising the lower vibration of such an area in repair mode, means elevating the healing components that are already hard at work assisting nature’s own energetic efforts.

Back in the olden days of Reiki in Japan this was politely explained that Reiki detoxifies the body.
“The muddy stream” analogy which was used by Master Usui implied that if you look at a stream, it flows clearly and beautifully. But if you disturb the stream’s water (giving a Reiki treatment) the mud from the bottom is disturbed and clouds all of the water and it appears dirty (voila - a healing-crisis - the toxins have entered the body’s extra-cellular matrix and lymphatic system). If you then keep cleaning the water of the impurities that have come up (more Reiki), it becomes cleaner and cleaner until the whole stream is pristine. Of course it is so much more than just physical impurities that the elevating Reiki vibration addresses. It may include accidents, wrong food and also includes emotional and mental ‘owies’ that find their way to specific organs. If, for many reasons, toxins of the body, mind and soul cannot be eliminated, then the toxicity accumulates until the balance in the body tips the scales.

Working to help the body heal and release these takes practice to perfect! That’s why we call it ‘practice’... honing a skill that takes a lifetime and is genuinely and deeply rewarding. The basics cannot be taught in a short one day class. Barely is a weekend enough. The ‘practice’ takes a lifetime.
Master Usui described Reiki as: “The Secret art of inviting happiness, the spiritual medicine for all illnesses”.

let’s find this together,
with love and gratitude.

Merrie Bakker, Reiki Master Teacher


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