Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rei Ki - the word

Reiki is written in two Japanese kanji or characters,  Spiritual (&) Energy

The word 'Reiki' is used in the West to denote a healing system.

The founder of our Modern Reiki System, Mikao Usui didn't use this term, his teachings were more commonly called 'Usui Do' (the Way of Usui) and the healings 'Usui teate' or Usui's form of hands-on healing. Later, the word Reiki was added or substituted, to signify the system utilized spiritual energy.

In Chinese, the same two kanji are used for 'Ling Chi'  
"Ling Chi is the subtylest and most highly refined of all the energies in the human system and the product of the most advanced stage of a practice, whereby the ordinary energy of the body are transformed into pure spiritual vitality. This type of highly refined energy enhances spiritual awareness, improves all cerebral functions, and constitutes the basic fuel for the highest level of spiritual work." (Ling Gung: Harnessing the Power of the Universe - Daniel Reid)

Just for today, use the kanji as a meditative focus, 'sit with it.'


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    1. Thanks, Nate!
      I'm enjoying sharing these concepts/ teachings.

  2. Interesting! Beautiful meaning.

    1. Aren't they lovely characters and meaning?
      Thanks for visiting, Megan.

  3. This reminds me of some tattoos people get - thankfully, I am sure these are the correct symbols for their meanings! ha ha.

    -GiGi Eats Celebrities

    1. Gosh, it sis reminiscent of that, isn't it Gigi!
      I've always enjoyed different scripts & alphabets, etc. I had taken a couple of weekend workshop from a Chinese calligrapher before taking 2nd Degree Reiki, when you learn several symbols, two of which include kanji. It's fun to see the roots of these word pictures.