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Hand Positions on a Reiki Session


This is an example of a REIKI session. You can see the hands positions on a patient laying down. The recommended time to stay in one position is minimum 4 minutes. It is also recommended to change always first one hand and then the other instead of changing both hands at the same time.
To finish the session there is some gentle movement called Bushu (REIKI through gentle massage).

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Hello! My name is Jordi Ibern, and I am a Reiki and meditation teacher with more than 20 years of experience. I am also a Yoga and Qigong lover and a Mindfulness practitioner.

My teachings are simple: Practice meditation and Reiki regularly to take care of your spirit, be gentle with your body and nourish your mind.

On Core Spirit since March 2021

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Private Reiki Master Level Course

Learn the Master level of Reiki (Shinpiden) through 15 private video conference classes (Zoom) of 2-hours with complete theoretical and practical content. Classes are totally personalized.

Total hours: 30

Every class includes, besides Reiki practice and theory, regular meditation practice.

- Reiki do (spiritual Reiki path)
- Reiju (master initiation)
- Symbol 4 of Reiki
- Meditation
- Shoden content
- Okuden content
- Spiritual Reiki roots: Buddhism, Shintoism and Taoism
- Reiki therapy
- Reiji ho (guidance of the spirit)
- Joshin kokyu ho (spirit cleansing breath)
- Review of all Reiki techniques and treatments
- Western Reiki (techniques and treatments)
- Japanese Reiki (techniques and treatments)
- How to organize a Reiki course
- Learn to perform Reijus (initiations)
- Questions and answers sessions
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- How to practice regularly
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Learn the second level of Reiki (Okuden) through 6 private video conference classes (Zoom) of 2-hours with complete theoretical and practical content. Classes are totally personalized.

Total hours: 12

Every class includes, besides Reiki practice and theory, regular meditation practice.

- Reiki symbols
- Reiju (initiation / attunement)
- Meditation
- Byosen (hand sensations during Reiki treatments)
- Seiheki Chiryo (treatment for bad habits)
- Enkaku Reiki (remote Reiki)
- Gedoku ho (Japanese detox technique)
- Heso Chiryo (Reiki navel treatment)
- Reiki mawashi (Reiki current)
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Learn the first level of Reiki (Shoden) through 6 private video conference classes (Zoom) of 2-hours with complete theoretical and practical content. Classes are totally personalized.

Total hours: 12

Every class includes, besides Reiki practice and theory, regular meditation practice.

- Theoretical contents: What is Reiki / What is meditation / History of Reiki / Spiritual roots of Reiki / How Reiki can help you / What is ki
- Reiju (initiation / attunement)
- Meditation
- Gokai (Reiki principles)
- Reiki self-treatment
- Kenyoku ho (‘dry bath’—Japanese Reiki technique)
- Hanshin koketsu ho (‘back treatment’—Japanese Reiki technique)
- Reiki treatment on a massage table
- Shuchu Reiki (Reiki group exercise)
- Reiki treatment on a chair
- First aid Reiki techniques: Gyoshi (looking), koki (blowing), bushu (massaging)
- Questions and answers session
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- How to practice regularly
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May 22, 2024, 07:00
Remote Reiki Session

In a remote Reiki session (enkaku Reiki) a Reiki practitioner will use a specific method putting Reiki energy into an absent receiver. Remote Reiki sessions have the same effectiveness, and cause the same relaxation, as face-to-face sessions.

The remote Reiki session that I offer has three different parts:

1. Ten minutes before the session I will send you a message to remind you to be ready and offer you some advice for the session.

2. You will lie down in a comfortable and quiet place. You can use relaxing music if you feel like it. For about 50 minutes I will do enkaku Reiki (remote Reiki) to you. During this part of the treatment you can experience different sensations: Relaxation, dreaminess, sadness, joy, happiness, fear, changes in body temperature, dreams, or small muscle spasms, although these are not very frequent. You will probably fall asleep.

3. I will wait a few minutes and then I will call you on Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime. I will share with you the sensations that I had during the session. In addition, we will talk about the best steps to take to solve or improve the situation, illness, or reason for which you have requested the session.

The Reiki session usually lasts one hour and fifteen minutes, although it can last a little longer.

Mindfulness meditation
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Learn and practice meditation through private video conference classes (Zoom) of an hour and a half, with theoretical and practical content. Classes are totally personalized.

During the classes you will learn sitting meditation, walking meditation and essential Mindfulness practices —Zen tradition—.We will also work on the core and spiritual components of meditation as well as on the practical elements: How to sit, how to breath, how often you should practice and what can you feel or experience during your practice.

If you have not practiced meditation before, I recommend a minimum of 5 classes to obtain the necessary knowledge to keep practicing independently.

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Who was Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiki?

The history of Reiki begins with Usui Mikao Sensei

Usui Mikao (Usui Sensei) was born on 15 August 1865, the first year of the Keio period. He was born in Taniai, a village in the district of Yamagata, in the Gifu prefecture of Japan. He had three brothers. His family belonged to a privileged class; they were hatamoto samurai, and members of the Chiba clan , however, during his childhood the family experienced financial difficulties. Belonging to a family of means, Usui Sensei received an education with a focus on the arts and poetry

It is known that his parents followed the Tendai school of Buddhism, and, as a child, Usui Sensei studied in a Tendai monastery. Some versions of the story claim he was a Christian monk; however, they are not particularly credible considering this particular period of history. During the Meiji era, Shintoism was officially installed as the only official religion in Japan, and Usui Sensei is actually buried in the Saihō-Ji Temple in Tokyo

Usui Sensei was a lay monk in the Tendai tradition, and went by the name of Gyoho in his monastic practices. He married Sadako Suzuki and had two children, a boy, Fuji, and a girl, Toshiko.

Although some sources profess he was a medic, Usui Sensei never studied Medicine, nor was he a doctor. His memorial tombstone in Tokyo claims that he studied in China, the United States and Europe, yet these supposed journeys outside Japan have never been confirmed

Usui Sensei had many different professions throughout his life, working as a journalist, prison guard, social worker, volunteer in a Shintoist group and as private secretary for the politician, Shimpei Goto . As well as his professional path, Usui Sensei lived his life with a continual search for his own personal realisation. A great admirer of the work of the Emperor Meiji, he was particularly influenced by Shintoism. Usui Sensei was an extremely spiritual man.

In the years following his youth, he chose to explore his inner life in greater depth, and to fully surrender to his search for spiritual realisation. It is known that he spent at least three years in a Zen monastery before founding Usui Reiki Ryoho. In Zen monasteries, life is very humble, and discipline extremely strict. Meditation practice has particular importance, and life is very austere. The sole aim of Zen Buddhism is to achieve Anshin Ritsumei (a perfect state of peace and tranquillity). There is no other.

After several years without any sense of fulfilment, Usui Sensei decided to undertake a fasting and meditation retreat in Mount Kurama, a sacred site in the north of Kyoto. The sacred Mount Kuruma is home to Buddhist temples and Shinto sanctuaries, and is considered by one and all to be a place of great power and spiritual energy.

In March 1922, during a twenty-two day fast on Mount Kurama, Usui Sensei received the ‘Great Spiritual Energy ,’ and reached the state of Anshin Ritsumei. He returned to the city and decided to share his wisdom with the world,

‘This is a revelation of the universe

so I might share my experience with

as many people as possible. Placing

the hands is the starting point of this

practice, and through it, I will transmit

the purpose of life: Anshin Ritsumei.’

(Usui Sensei, 1922)

In April of the same year, Usui Sensei founded the Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in Tokyo, and became its very first president. The Reiki Society continues to this day, and has had seven presidents since Usui Sensei:

. Juzaburo Ushida (1865-1935)

. Kanichi Taketomi (1878-1960)

. Yoshiharu Watanabe (?-1960)

. Houichi Wanami (1883-1975)

. Kimiko Koyama (1906-1999)

. Masayoshi Kondo (1933-…)

. Ichita Takahashi (?-….)

Usui Sensei’s method was known as Usui Reiki Ryoho. However, with the passing of time, and with its expansion to the West, the majority of non-Japanese students and practitioners began to refer to the method as ‘Reiki.’

The teachings of Usui Sensei are distinguished from other healing methods, common during this period in Japan, by the Reiju (initiations), which spiritually reconnect all who receive the ‘Great Spiritual Energy.’ The aim of the Reiju is to achieve a state of plenitude

The fact that Reiki is regarded as a therapy rather than a spiritual method, is due to the influence of Doctor Hayashi Sensei and the modifications that Reiki sustained in the West over the years. The specific positioning of the hands found in Reiki therapies were added later; quite possibly to assist beginner students in practising more intuitively. Symbols one and two, as found in Usui Reiki Ryoho, were introduced to help sense the energy and develop the ability to transmit it, whilst cultivating compassion and overcoming bad habits.

On 1 September 1923, the great Kantō earthquake devastated Tokyo and its surroundings, leaving over 140,000 dead. It is believed that close to 600,000 homes were destroyed and countless numbers were injured. At the time, Japanese homes were constructed mainly from wood and bamboo, and this, combined with the strong winds that pounded Tokyo in the days following the earthquake, proved even more disastrous. The devastating fires provoked by the earthquake lasted for several weeks.

Usui Sensei and his disciples worked alongside the authorities; offering Reiki and treating as many victims as they were able. His devotion and dedication in the wake of the earthquake led to Usui Sensei becoming a well-known figure, not only in Tokyo, but throughout Japan. It is believed that he was awarded the Kun San To distinction by the Emperor; a special recognition conceded to all individuals who had performed an honourable service.

Following the Great Earthquake, hundreds of admirers from across Japan sought out Usui Sensei to share his teachings of Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Usui Sensei spent the last years of his life teaching the Reiki method throughout the country. At the age of sixty-two, he became ill and passed away on 9 March 1926. Usui Sensei’s remains were laid to rest at the Saihō-Ji Temple in Tokyo, where a huge memorial tombstone is engraved with his life story. In recent years, the tombstone has become a pilgrimage site for thousands of Reiki practitioners from all over the world.

According to his own annotations, Usui Sensei instructed close to seven hundred students. However, the tombstone inscription claims that he taught over two thousand disciples. Following the death of their teacher, many of Usui Sensei’s students created their own dojos and schools.

At the beginning of the 1940s, it was believed that there were over two hundred Reiki centres in Japan. Practically all of these schools disappeared during the Second World War.

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What is Reiki

Whenever an attempt is made to explain Reiki, a number of difficulties arise. Reiki is a Japanese method that is nourished by its oriental, spiritual roots. Sadly, these roots are not so well known in the West.

One translation that can be found for the word Reiki in dictionaries is, ‘sacred atmosphere,’ where Rei means sacred, and ki, atmosphere. However, I feel that defining Reiki, as a ‘sacred atmosphere,’ leads to greater confusion than clarity.

Reiki is a Japanese art that was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by Usui Mikao Sensei . Its purpose is the balance and spiritual well-being of the practitioner. Rooted in Buddhism, Shintoism and Taoism, it is largely based on the transmission of ki (vital energy) conducted through the hands and in meditation.

A simple and natural method, it enhances both our health and state of mind . A regular practice brings significant improvement on different levels: relaxation in the body, a more robust immune system, and a greater sense of inner well-being.

Moreover, Reiki seeks personal realisation and spiritual satisfaction, and is served by various medi-tation practices to do so.

Reiki is particularly well known as a therapy, since the practice stimulates the body’s natural healing response, and accelerates its ability to recover. Reiki is used by practitioners most successfully to strengthen the body following a serious illness, or throughout its duration, and also in the treatment of anxiety , depression and stress . Many people not initiated in Reiki commonly receive individual Reiki sessions to improve their health, or for relaxation purposes.

Reiki is of great help to those fighting oncological illnesses, patients with the HIV virus , and people suffering from chronic diseases . It received World Health Organisation (WHO) recognition in 2002, and was classified as an energetic therapy by the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), an organisation, which also affirms that Reiki is not harmful. Nonetheless, it is not advised as an alternative to conventional methods when treating serious illnesses. Reiki therapy should always be used as a complementary practice, alongside ongoing medical treatment.

However, besides being a therapy, Reiki is also an integrally spiritual practice; a combination of techniques that promote well-being, and gently encourage inner growth. A regular practice is beneficial in all the different stages of life, and supports our spiritual development. Affording a space of silence and mental clarity, it is the perfect companion for men and women in the 21st century. Although more widely known as Reiki, as a spiritual path, the full name is Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Usui → name of the founder

Reiki → spiritual energy

Ryoho → method

As a spiritual method, Usui Reiki Ryoho aims to achieve Anshin Ritsumei (a state of complete peace and tranquillity). Reiki Ryoho uses five practices to reach this greatly aspired-to purpose:

1. Gasshô meditation

2. Gokai (five philosophical principles)

3. Self-treatment

4. Reiju (initiation)

5. Techniques to transmit ki (energy)

The teachings of Usui Reiki Ryoho (Reiki) are currently divided into three courses, which are referred to as ‘levels’ of Reiki in Western schools. However, in Japan they are known as shoden, okuden and shinpiden. The last level can also be divided into two sub-levels; a total of four courses.

Shoden (level one), studies the foundations of Reiki, undertaking Reiju , and the spiritual principles of Reiki (Gokai). There is also meditation practice, self-treatment and the practice of treating others.

In okuden (level two), students examine the spiritual practice of Reiki and meditation in greater depth. Various techniques and symbols are studied to practise distance Reiki, to resolve outstanding issues from the past, and to work with bad habits. Likewise, the byôsen are presented, which aim to improve the Reiki therapy.

The shinpiden course (level three), is the last training transmitted from teacher to student. In this course, the teachers and students revisit all the practices previously studied. New techniques are also introduced to deepen the spiritual understanding of Reiki and meditation. Finally, students learn to incorporate Reiju; the means to teach Reiki to others.

Reiki courses are usually taught within a group, intensively over a weekend, or shared as regular classes. Training is both practical and theoretical, commonly accompanied by a handbook and a diploma of accreditation.

To begin practising Reiki, you only need to have completed the shoden course. To receive Reiki as a patient (therapy), it is not necessary to have participated in any course.

\* From the book ‘The Spiritual Path of Reiki’ that Jordi published on January 2021

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