Usui Reiki - Origins and Development

Here we are at the root of the big spiritual tree called Reiki. Usui Reiki – the system of energy and consciousness work that is based on Mikao Usui – is that system that caused an enormous opening in the West and without that the whole development of the spiritual, healing and esoteric movement surely never would be where it is today.

Usui Reiki consists of three degrees. The first degree awakens and seals the flow of the universal energy in our system, the second degree gives us tools (three powerful symbols) that help us to work more consciously on the soul, body & spirit, whereas the third degree, often called the master/teacher degree, conveys with the last symbol a powerful key to the completion of the soul becoming a human being as well as the knowledge and ability to transmit the three degrees to other people.

    Usui Princiles in Japanese

  • Dake wa - Just for today

  • Okolu-na - Don't get angry

  • Shinpai suna - Don't worry

  • Kansha shite - Be Grateful

  • Goo hage me - Work hard

  • Hito ni shinsetsu ni - Be kind to others

  • You see, Usui Reiki is a method of self development that is not bound to a confession or ideology. If you combine the use of the Reiki energy with the Reiki Principles, you'll achieve amazing results.


    Usui Reiki 1st Degree Shoden

    The first degree is an initiation into the stream of divine universal energy (Rei = inversal and Ki = energy) that also will be sealed through a certain process. Traditionally four initiations are given that open and clean the human energy system. Methods of self healing and healing others are taught and also some more different possibilities to use Reiki on plants, animals or for example how to clean food.


    Usui Reiki 2nd Degree Okuden

    The second Usui Reiki degree widens your possibilities to work with Reiki with different new tools. You'll be initiated in three powerful symbols, the Cho Ku Rei, the Sei He Ki and the Honsha Ze Shonen.

    The Cho Ku Rei strengthens the energy flow and therefore it's often called the power symbol. Actually it solves blockages in the Navel chakra when used correctly and consequently the Reiki flow naturally increases because the blockages don't "stand in the way". In this way the energy flow doubles so that with the second degree the time to use Usui Reiki will be halved.

    The Sei He Ki is regarded as the emotional symbol. With this symbol you can work on all emotional themes and transform them for you or your clients.

    The Honsha Ze Shonen is also called the mental symbol and offers different possibilities of usage in this area. It enables you to send distance-Reiki, to get a specific access to past or future times etc.


    Usui Reiki 3rd Degree Shinpiden

    The third degree Usui Reiki widens again your possibilities to work with Reiki with different new tools. You'll be initiated in three powerful symbols: the Dai Komio, the original Reiki master symbol (also called the US-Symbol) and the Raku.

    The Dai Komio is a ancient symbol for enlightenment in Zen-Buddhism and should be regularly used during your meditation. It connects you to the source of exhaustible energy and power - it is the way of initiaion that enables you to feel deeply connected with yourself and the universe.

    The US-Symbol is the original Dai Komio - it is more feminine and dynamic than Usui's delivered Japanese Kanji-writing so that many Reiki teachers all over the world use only this sysmbol. It is called "US-symbol" because the American Reiki teacher Diane Stein made it known to the public in her book "Reiki essence".

    The third and last symbol for the third degree Usui Reiki has the name Raku and is only used during initiations to resolve the aura of the teacher from his student's aura at the end of the initiation process.