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What is Reiki?


Reiki is an ancient healing art that has been around for thousands of years. In the early 1920's a spiritual man, Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki while meditating at one of the power sites on Mt. Kurama, near the city of Kyoto. Dr. Usui soon established healing centers in Tokyo where he created the three levels of training. Reiki is a Japanese word. Rei-meaning "higher power" and Ki-meaning "universal life force energy". Therefore, Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy".

We know that Reiki uses universal energy to heal from the inside out and that it works not only on the physical level, but the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels as well. Reiki heals by directing universal energy to flow through ones body, freeing for restrictions, blockages or negative energy. This allows the life force energy to flow in a healthy, balanced, and natural way.

Reiki is a wonderful healing technique that anyone can learn. Once a person receives first degree attunements, all he or she needs to do, is to place the hands on another person with the intention to heal. The Reiki energy immediately starts to flow and knows exactly where it is needed. Reiki initiation can be very powerful and may bring transformation into ones life, increasing intuition and enhancing personal growth. First degree involves initiation into the energies of Reiki, powerful attunements, and the basic hand positions on the body. First degree Reiki allows you to heal yourself and others. Second degree provides a deepening of the energies, more attunements, and teachings for mental, emotional ,and distance healing. As well as Karmic healing (healing of past lives). The third degree is the Reiki Master/Teaching level. With this degree the Reiki Master is able to open the healing channels in others as well as teach this wonderful healing art to others. Reiki is a wonderful gift that allows us to reconnect with ourselves and others in a

warm and loving way.


I love to use healing stones along with the sacred healing art of Reiki. I find that gemstones amplify the healing process of this Universal Life Force Energy. Below are a few of my most popular and important stones to use with Reiki and instructions on how to use them with your Reiki Practice.

Before you begin make sure your stones are cleared and programmed for your healing purpose. Clearing is necessary before using any stone for healing. The clearer the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is. Crystals and healing gemstones need to be cleared as soon as they are purchased as well as clearing after every healing. A cleared, ready crystal feels positive and bright, tingly and cold to the touch. A crystal that needs clearing may feel hot, heavy or drained. I like to use the smudging method by lighting a sage stick or incense, allow the smoke to become thick and then pass each stone thru the smoke asking your guides/deities to cleanse the stone of any negativity.

After you choose and clear your gemstone or crystal, it is a good idea to dedicate it or program it. The purpose of programming a crystal or gemstone is to focus its abilities on something you specifically need, thereby magnifying the stone's intent through your own. The purpose of dedicating the stone to a high-level healing energy or Goddess (God) is to protect it from negative energy. A crystal or stone that is programmed and dedicated in these ways becomes much more powerful and useful as a tool.

This is a very simple process. Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and sense its energy. With the stone being newly cleared, the energy will feel stronger and even more appealing that before. As you sense this energy and appreciate it, ask quietly to be connected to the deva of the crystal or gemstone. Though not animate, stones are living things and the deva of the piece is the stone's life-force energy. Once you feel you have sensed what you can from the energy, think of what you will be using the stone for. Think of these uses, then quietly ask the gemstone if it is willing to act in the way you wish. The crystals energy may increase with a yes or seem to disappear with a no. If the stone accepts your intent, state in your mind that it be so. Once a stone is programmed, it will hold its intent until you or someone else reprograms it.

To prevent any negative energy from attaching itself to your crystal you may with to dedicate it. To do this, simply hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and state clearly in your mind: "Only the most positive high-level energy may work through this healing tool". Focus on your intent for awhile, then end your sensing (meditation) with "SO BE IT". The stone is now dedicated.

You may also choose to dedicate your gemstone or crystal to a specific healing energy, for example, to a Goddess of healing. There are many healing goddesses, including Isis, Yemaya, Diana, and White Buffalo Calf Woman. For stones programmed for protection, Hecate or Kali are strong protection Goddesses.

REIKI CRYSTAL GRID INSTRUCTIONS from The International Center for Reiki Training located in Southfield, MI

It is possible to create a grid or pattern using eight crystals and charge them with Reiki energy so that they will continuously send Reiki to your self or to anyone whose picture or name you place on the grid. This advanced technique is more effective than the use of a single crystal and can be used to send Reiki to many people and situations at the same time.

The beginning steps are similar to those necessary for using a single crystal. First, choose your eight crystals while asking for guidance in finding those which would work best in your Reiki grid. You will need six crystals for the outside part of the grid, one for the center and one to use as a Master Crystal. The center crystal can be a single or double terminated crystal, or a crystal cluster. The Master Crystal needs to be a longer crystal like a laser or one with more of a yang or male type energy. (scepters work well too).

Arrange the six outer crystals in a hexagram approximately eight to twelve

inches across with the points pointing toward the center. Place the central

crystal in the middle with the point going between two of the outer crystals.

The Master Crystal is placed outside the grid, off to the side.

Take a picture of yourself and place it in the middle under the central crystal.

On the back of the picture, write out positive open-ended affirmation such

as: "The love and wisdom of God guides and empowers me to fulfill my purpose" or "I am completely healed by God's love and wisdom now." Or you could create your own positive affirmation.

It is a good idea to place your grid on a piece of stiff cardboard so that you can move it around if needed. Keep your grid in a private sacred place. You will need to charge your Reiki grid each day to keep it empowered. To do this take the Mater Crystal and hold it between your hands. Draw the Distant Symbols over it and any other symbols you are guided to use, such as the Power Symbol or the Master Symbol. Do Reiki on the Master Crystal for five to ten minutes to charge it with Reiki. As you do this you can pray to your guides or angels or other spiritual beings to work with you and to charge the Master Crystal with love and deep healing.

Once the Master Crystal is charged, go to your Reiki grid and use the Master crystal to draw the distant symbol over the Reiki grid. Now point the Master Crystal at the central crystal and begin moving it to one of the outer crystals.

Then move it over to the crystal next to it. Move it back to the central crystal again, then back out to the same outer crystal. Then move over one more crystal, then in and out and continue directing the energy of the master crystal in and out and around and around. As you do this, you will be moving in and out, then over one crystal, then in and out, then over one crystal, then in and out, then over, etc. as thought you are cutting out pieces of a pie. You will be moving around the Reiki grid as you do this. Move in a counter clockwise direction around the grid. Go around the grid at least eight to ten times. As you charge your Reiki grid with your Master Crystal say a continuous series of affirmations such as: "I charge this grid with Light, light, light, to heal, heal, heal". You can also add: "I connect this Reiki grid with my highest Spiritual Guides to heal heal heal". Of course, you can use your own positive affirmation as well. Once the grid is charged, anyone whose name or picture that you place in the grid will continuously receive distant Reiki. You can place your goals or other situations on a piece of paper and they will be blessed with Reiki as well.

If you go away and still want to keep your grid charged, take a photograph of your grid. Take the photo with you when you travel along with the Master Crystal. Then using the Distant Symbol, connect with your grid through the picture and charge it using the Master Crystal. This will keep your grid charged and the picture itself will have an energy around it and be very healing and protective for you to carry with you during your travels. Remember, as we continue to follow our guidance, not just for healing individual issues, but for the healing and guidance of our lives, we become more a part of the great transformation that is taking place on the planet.


Cho Ku Rei

The first symbol is Cho-KU-Rei (pronounced cho-koo-ray), which is often referred to as the 'power symbol. You will normally use this symbol in every healing session, as frequently as you feel is right. Its affect is to channel far stronger healing energy. Some people may feel attracted to drawing it counter clockwise instead. If you experiment, you will usually find which feels better for you.

Sei He Ki

The second symbol is SEI-HE-KI (pronounced say-hay-kee) and is used in most healings. It is sometimes called the 'emotional symbol' because it specifically addresses the emotional healing process and helps release deeply repressed feelings, quickly and easyily. It is usually drawn once at the start of a session and can be used again when you feel drawn to it at any time during the healing.

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (pronounced hon-sha-zee-show-nen)

"The Distance Symbol" Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is used to send Reiki. You can send Reiki to anyone and anything. It is used to send Reiki over distance and time (such as when using Reiki to heal a past trauma or sending Reiki to a point in the future when you or someone might need it). It is also drawn before sending a distant attunement. You may be guided intuitively to use it in other situations when necessary. If you feel you need to use it but have trouble recalling it exactly, just repeat the name of of the symbol and let Reiki do the rest for you.


Just for today, I will let go of anger.

Just for today, I will let go of worry.

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.

As presented by Mrs. Takata

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