Kind hands gently holding a small bird.

There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. —Dalai Lama

Reiki: The Practice

Mikao Usui (1865-1926) originated the system that is at the root of all modern Reiki practice. The practice of Reiki is founded in the intention to understand the healing nature of life source energy. Many refer to this energy as spiritual and to Reiki as a spiritual practice. Reiki is not a religion.

The original Five Elements of Reiki Practice continues to provide a grounding framework for both working within the system and expanding a practitioner’s ongoing awareness and growth. Part of this framework includes daily respect for the Five Reiki Precepts.

A precept is a general principle intended to inform behavior or thought. The Five Precepts are held only for the present moment, each moment. This energizes focus on the singular moment of attention.

Another aspect of the Five Elements framework includes Reiju, a formal blessing passed on from teacher to student. The western concept of attunement evolved from this blessing. Attunement opens, strengthens, and focuses the capacity to facilitate the flow of life source energy that all living entities possess.


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