I have had a Reiki weekend. I took my Reiki I class on Saturday. Sunday I visited one of the congregations involved in the district’s congregational growth and vitality program. The lay worship team led the service. The topic? Reiki. How thoroughly appropriate.

I can’t wait to go back for Reiki II (and III). Reiki also seems a throughly UU healing art. The Reiki symbol is made up of two Japanese kanji characters / ideograms. The top one is the symbol for Rei or spirit/soul and the bottom one is for Ki or universal life energy (known elsewhere as Chi or Prana or some might say the Holy spirit).


reiki kanji

Anyone can learn reiki and the class involved learning a bit about the history of reiki, having an attunement, and practice. The attunement is like dialing in a radio station. Everyone has access to the healing reiki energy. What the attunement does is make you more sensitive to the energy; helps you access the energy more easily. During the attunement, I had a brief vision of my friend who is a Reiki Master saying to me, “You have to do this.”

Having been attuned, I’ve been doing the self-treatment and I’ve done reiki on the family. Although I’ve had reiki treatments in the past and could already testify to its benefits, one of the reasons I wanted to take the training and get attuned and become a practitioner was my son. I’ve watched reiki help my son overcome a bout with illness this past year and when he had an upset stomach last night and asked me to do reiki, well that was a moment of grace that doesn’t come very often.

The Reiki Ideals also make nice prayer/meditation to compliment any spiritual practice.

Just for today:

Don’t get angry

Don’t worry

Be grateful

Work hard

Be kind to others.

I especially like the way these are presented by Usui Mikao, the modern “founder” of reiki:

The secret art of inviting happiness

The miraculous medicine of all diseases

Just for today, do not be angry

Do not worry and be filled with gratitude

Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people

Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer,

prayer these words ot your heart,

and chant these words with your mouth

Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind

Even in a non reiki context (without the last line), it’s a nice prayer. As a prayer for reiki, it’s right on.

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