Magick of Reiki: Focused Energy for Healing, Ritual, and Spiritual Development

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 276 pages
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What is Reiki? How has this Japanese healing tradition evolved over the years? How are modern magick practitioners using Reiki energy in their spells and rituals?

Christopher Penczak answers these questions and more in his groundbreaking examination of Reiki from a magickal perspective. The history, mythos, variations, and three degrees of Reiki are discussed in depth. Penczak also suggests way to integrate Reiki and magickal practice, such as using Reiki energy for psychic development and with candle magick, crystals, herbs, charms, and talismans.

2005 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Winner for Best Alternative Health Book!

 

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This is the book I recommend to ALL witches who are interested in Reiki. It has all the level 1 to 3 information. It has information on how reiki can be incorporated into ritual and spell work. And ... Read full review

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Excellent, a must read for anyone who is trully devoted to Reiki. The points noted in this text will open your mind, heart and spirit to the numerous aspect availbale to Reiki and its practice. This book will open doors to anyone who see Reiki as a mode to enlightment. The book is a constnat source of reference in my understanding of Reiki.
This is a wonderful text for anyone's personnal library.
Motts
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Contents

Magick and Reiki
7
Reiki One
23
The Seven Chakras
27
Extended Chakras
31
Hand Positions for SelfTreatment 375
37
Hand Positions for Treatment of Others 4658
46
foue
67
Power Symbol
71
Lon Say
149
Yod
150
Chakra Symbols
151
Amsui Symbols
153
Abundance
154
Ho KaOili ill
155
AntiCancer Symbol
156
Heal the Healers
157

MentalEmotional Symbol
72
Distance Symbol
74
Reiki Master
81
Traditional Master Symbol
84
Tibetan Master Symbol
85
Tibetan Master Symbol Reversed
86
Alternate Tibetan Master Symbol
87
Serpent of Fire
88
Grounding Symbol
89
Antahkarana
91
Microcosmic Orbit
95
Microcosmic Orbit Extended
96
New Traditions of Reiki
113
Zonar
125
Harth
126
Halu
127
Mara
128
Rama
129
Gnosa
130
lava
131
Kriya
132
Shanti
133
Om
134
Mer Ka Fa Ka Lish Ma
135
Motor Zanon
136
Hosanna Clearing and Hosanna Healing
137
Johre
138
Om Benza Satto Hung
139
Palm Master Symbol
140
Dai Zon
141
Drawing Dai Zon Heart Solar Plexus Throat Belly Brow Root Crown Earth Star Soul Star
142
ChoKu Ret
143
Angel Wings
144
Male Female
145
High Low God Selves
146
Eeeeftchay
147
Len So My
148
TwelvePointed Star
158
Flower of Life
159
Reiki Spirit Guides
177
Crystal Reiki
201
Crystal Grid Step 1
207
Crystal Grid Steps 2 and 3
208
Crystal Grid Step 4
209
Essence Bowl Mother Essence Stock Bottle and Dosage Bottle
215
wls
218
Additional Reiki Symbols
235
Al Luma
236
Anesthesia
237
AntiBacterial
238
AntiBurn
239
AntiPoison
240
At Mata
241
Cellular Healing
242
Dagu
243
Dai Koko Mi
244
Dazu
245
Dragonfly
246
Energy Gatherer
247
Harmony
248
Kir Mall
249
Kundalini Balance
250
Live Li
251
Luma
252
Perfect Love and Trust
253
Ra Ta Rio
254
Um Mai
255
Walking on Air
256
Why Ti
257
Zen Lu Ma
258
Reiki Herbal
259
Bibliography
276
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Magick and Reiki
This is not a traditional Reiki book. Although you''ll find much of the basic information about what Reiki is as a healing art, including history, hand positions, and the like, you won''t find a conservative view of the art of Reiki. Magick of Reiki is an exploration of the many systems of healing now called Reiki, viewed as a magickal tradition. Most people in the traditional Reiki community would not consider Reiki a form of magick. Most practitioners of true magick would not consider Reiki a relation to their craft. I have used both in my practice, and find them incredibly healing, valuable, and spiritual. To me, they are facets of the same force, simply using a different mechanism, and the mechanisms themselves are not that different when closely examined. As I explore both communities, there is far more crossover between the two than most believe, but no one is talking about the similarities between Reiki and magick. So now we begin a dialogue that many may find controversial. Now we bring together two worlds that have always overlapped.

Through this work, we''ll explore many aspects of Reiki, and give applications of its use for the traditional Reiki practitioner as well as those involved in the magickal arts. If both topics are new to you, this book will give you a simple, firm understanding of both arts and how they relate to each other. Magick of Reiki is not a Reiki teaching manual for the average Reiki class, but it could be used as a manual by those teachers discussing these complementary topics along with the traditional Reiki material, or by those with a strong interest or background in metaphysics and magick. Ultimately, this book is a starting point for further discussion and experimentation.

What Is Reiki?
When I first learned Reiki, it was described to me as "universal life force" or "universal energy." That seemed pretty vague at the time, but the concept behind those lofty words is the fundamental energy that creates and sustains the universe. The ki in "Rei-ki" refers to the energy component. Different cultures recognize life energy and call it by different names. Ki is used in Japan. Chi is another name for basic life energy, also used in the East. The discipline of tai chi is learning how to work with this force. Hindu traditions call it prana. Hawaiian shamans call it mana. Rauch is the Hebrew term for this force. Numen, odic force, and orgone are all variant names. The different cultures have different definitions, interpretations, and cultural associations for it, but basically they are all talking about the same life energy.

This life force is found everywhere and in all things, including people, animals, and plants. It sustains us. The energy is universal, denoted by the rei in "Rei-ki," not personal. The universal part of the Reiki definition signifies not only that this basic energy is found in everything, universally, but also that as a system of healing, we are drawing upon this energy from the universe, which is limitless and ever abundant, rather than drawing upon our own personal "ki" or that of another person, animal, plant, or object.

Reiki the System versus Reiki the Energy
"But I already do Reiki. I didn''t take any classes. I don''t need to learn it from anyone." I hear this statement or something similar from many people, and it causes great debate among many in the Reiki community. The essence of the controversy comes down to a misunderstanding of terms and words. In my magickal training, I learned how important it is to say what you mean, because of the inherent power of words. Unfortunately, for most of us, English can be an imprecise language and is particularly limited when explaining mystical and Eastern concepts. Because our language often lacks the subtlety needed, we must explain things clearly.

When people say the word Reiki, some are referring to the energy of the universal life force, which is ever abundant and available to everyone. We already have some of it flowing through us every day. If we didn''t, we wouldn''t be alive. We take it in with the air we breathe and the food we eat, and subtly exchange it with the environment around us, including the Earth, Sun, Moon, stars, plants, and animals. There are many mystical ways to access this energy, which some people do intuitively, with little training. Many healing and magickal arts call upon this energy of the universe. Prayer, meditation, ritual, visualization, affirmations, and intent are all methods to connect to it, and they all come with their own techniques, strengths, and drawbacks. I''m sure that many people are already using this universal life force in their own way, even if they have never even heard the word Reiki.

Other people use the word Reiki to refer to a formal system of healing, originally called the Usui System of Natural Healing by its modern founder, Dr. Mikao Usui. This system has a fairly modern history, and practitioners of it have a lineage where they can trace their teachers back to Usui. The system uses specific symbols, hand positions, philosophies, and techniques, and is said to have a great many personal benefits and "safeguards" built into it. Although there are many variations and additions to it, Reiki as a system is a tradition. Without learning the tradition from a qualified teacher, you do not receive the same benefits and safeguards.

People will talk about Reiki as ancient, and the energy itself is ancient. Many people throughout history, known and unknown, have tapped into it. It is a part of life. But as a specific tradition as we know it now, Reiki is fairly modern. Perhaps its modern form is a revival of an ancient system of knowledge, as suggested by many teachers, but we have no definitive proof of this.

When people "already do Reiki" but have not studied the system nor been initiated into the tradition, they are using the energy, but are doing it in a different way than a Reiki practitioner. Sometimes that can be wonderful, and other times less so. Often there is a greater need for intense concentration, and without the safeguards, there is more of a chance that they will use too much or too little energy, or even start taking on the symptoms and illnesses of their clients, particularly if they are strictly intuitive and haven''t learned a tradition of healing. Many lack the training and awareness to regulate the energy, while others do it quite beautifully on their own. It is different with each healer. But when one is a part of the tradition of Reiki, one has the ability to regulate the energy and be protected from the client''s illnesses and issues.

Medical Reiki and Mystical Reiki
Medical Reiki and mystical Reiki are emerging as the two strongest schools of thought in the healing community today. Some practitioners and teachers are focusing on the medical legitimacy of Reiki in the scientific community. They participate in research projects and lobby for Reiki to be brought into the hospital and doctor''s office. They teach it to healthcare practitioners, nurses, and doctors. They lobby insurance companies to cover the costs of Reiki sessions. They see it as a complementary practice to traditional and alternative medicine and seek legitimacy in the way acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Aryuveda, yoga, and some aspects of herbalism have been accepted by modern medicine. I agree that Reiki is a wonderful complement to modern medicine. It works. If it didn''t, I wouldn''t be using it. But some people feel the need to take out all this "mumbo jumbo" in the Reiki community and divorce it from talk about spirituality, enlightenment, spirit guides, angels, and magick. I disagree with this approach.

I can completely understand the desire to remove less mainstream ideas from Reiki when presenting it to the medical community, but Reiki as a system of healing from Japan was born out of concepts of Buddhism, a spiritual path. Although a lot of non-Buddhist philosophies have been grafted to it, the concepts behind it are essentially spiritual healing, not medical healing. For many, Reiki is not a religion, it is their spiritual path. It is the path of exploration. Reiki is a path of the mystic. And I hope in the search for legitimacy in the "straight" world that it never loses its mystical roots. Magick of Reiki is an effort, in light of the scientific studies now available on Reiki, to show that the foundation of many mystical traditions can be found in Reiki.

What Is Magick?
Magick is a word that evokes many reactions. For some, it evokes a sense of childhood mystery, from timeless stories and fairy tales. It conjures a belief in the endless possibilities of an innocent wish. Most think of it as make-believe or fantasy, or associate it with sleight-of-hand stage illusions. Practitioners of the spiritual art of magick use a k at the end to differentiate it from stage magic. I''ve even seen some spell it as magik or majik. But to many, the very thought of magick as a reality is a fearful prospect, drawing images of evil witches and wizards casting curses and creating harm with the wave of a hand. The remnants of magick have become our jumbled superstitions. The very concept of magick has been misunderstood for centuries by the modern culture, but it is making a resurgence in the world as we look to the ancient wisdom of the past. All ancient cultures had some form of magick as a part of their society and spiritual path.

Ultimately, magick is the power of intention. Through the use of intention, we create a change in our reality. Some magick affects our inner reality, and goes unseen by most. Other acts of magick affect the outer reality, and make things happen, although these events are most often chalked up to coincidence. You do magick to get a new job, and suddenly you get a call back for an interview and the job turns out to be perfect

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