Reiki Ryoho
“Of course we are lost,
but good news,
the question is not where to begin.”

(Japanese haiku)


The Japanese word "Reiki" was used by Mikao Usui Sensei to describe the nature of the state of consciousness he experienced on Kyoto’s Mount Kurama after undergoing a rigorous practice of meditation and fasting for 21 days, back in 1922.

One of the two kanji that make up the word "Reiki", "rei", refers to “a spiritual entity; the soul; that which possesses infinite power; an invisible and wondrous power or the source of it” while "ki" denotes “something unseen; atmosphere; the energy of the universe.” Thus, we might say that Usui Sensei had a spiritual experience of infinite power on Mount Kurama, an experience of cosmic consciousness. Reiki might then be defined as the vibration of our true nature and of the ocean of oneness which underlies every manifestation from consciousness to energy to matter, to atoms, to galaxies, to life…

Usui Sensei’s sudden enlightenment was accompanied by the realization that what had also awakened in him was the natural ability to heal self and others.

Following his awakening, Usui Sensei created Reiki Ryoho, a system designed to lead individuals to the enlightened state of consciousness he himself had experienced. In April 1922, he established the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (or Society) for the purpose of imparting his original teachings. This society is still active in Japan today.

Reiki Ryoho consists of healing, cleansing, concentration, and meditation practices. We start out by recovering our own natural healing ability, then gradually enhance the energy flow and level of coherence within us, eventually developing higher and higher levels of clarity, integration, balance, and harmony, and awakening in ourselves the perfections of our true nature: unconditional joy, peace, wisdom, compassion...

Reiki Ryoho is thus both an energy healing art and a path to self-realization. As an energy healing art, it brings relief of pain, disease, and discomfort by increasing circulation of ki/chi/bioenergy to an area of concern or throughout the whole body; it emphasizes the importance of correct living in the here and now and the relationship between the physical body on the one hand and mental attitudes, emotional states, karma, and trauma on the other.

As a path to self-realization, the practice of Reiki Ryoho aims at the state known in Japanese as Anshin Ritsumei, “inner peace which comes from knowing the purpose of our lives and doing joyfully that which we must do”. Thus, in the highest state of integration and harmony, we fully resonate with the rhythm and flow of Universal Being, become living expressions of Universal Will and act simply, naturally, spontaneously, and appropriately, with wisdom and compassion.