Andrew Bowling's REIKI HISTORY Archives

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From 1998 through 2006 Andy Bowling presented a web site detailed with Reiki History and facts.  When he discovered original teachings of Mikao Usui shared by Chris Marsh, he began to focus more in that direction.  In 2007 Andy decided to stop his Reiki History pages but gave me permission to host this archive at my web site. I hope you enjoy this original contribution to the Reiki world.

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December 2007

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 The Spiritual Teachings of Mikao Usui

An Explanation

The Reiki connection.

The most common perception of Mikao Usui is of a well known hands on healer. It is not generally understood that the true teachings of Mikao Usui were a spiritual practice, a form of Buddhist Dhamma, and in no way represent what is called 'Reiki'. Reiki itself came from these practices but was devised as a type of "paramedic" discipline for use by the Japanese Armed Forces. The spiritual teachings were a lifetimes work but the Reiki type healing was only taught in the last few months of Usui's life. (as mentioned elsewhere the healing was not given a name i.e. Reiki)

This must be fully understood by any potential student. The teachings are not an add on to Reiki and are not about healing others, they are individual and personal and have no direct connection with healing ability.

The Spiritual teachings.

They have been received by us so that we may show the truth of his teachings and represent something very different to what people have believed them to be. The concern of the surviving students is that the 'Spiritual Teachings' of Usui Sensei be preserved.

The teachings consist of a number of spiritual practices which can be undertaken regardless of any religious belief of the student.

They are 'Special Teachings' not secret, and need to be taught from person to person (teacher - student), they cannot be taught any other way. They need to be tailored to the individual, each ones experience being different. This means that the student does not receive further teachings until ready. They require specific guidance from experienced teachers. As the students progress they are taught the next step. The student may then continue, deepening his/her spirituality through further study. The learning does not stop here, as you will continue to grow, it demands a lifetime of dedication and learning.

Mikao Usui himself referred to his teachings as the:

'Method to Achieve Personal Perfection'

He taught that it is by mastering the mysteries of self that we learn to effect the mysteries of life.

'The most important teaching.'

The Foundation Stone of Usui's teachings are the Precepts.

Meditation on the Precepts is most important and completed before anything else is taught.

For today only: Do not anger - Do not worry

Be humble

Be honest in your work

Be compassionate to yourself and others

Also at an early stage of the teachings importance is put on 'Mindfulness' what it is and what it means.

How Long ?

It must be understood that these teachings were not given in a day or over a weekend. They were taught over a period of time, many years, according to the students ability and need.

No certificate or medals are awarded, it is a personal journey the rewards are yours alone.

There are no short cuts, and no fast track to becoming a teacher, it takes a lot of time and study, and considerable insight measured in years rather than weekends.

Today the initial teachings may firstly be presented in a workshop form, however this is really just an introduction for the enquiring student.

After the initial introduction the real work of study begins, at this time one would begin to work with an approved experienced teacher*, who would remain with you until such time as you were ready to move on to the higher teachings.

*Approved 'Full Teachers':-

Chris Marsh

Andrew Bowling

Amita Sehgal

All are UK based.

In addition there are a small number of 'Teaching Students' these are Senior students who can undertake some basic teaching and support of students, with the close supervision of a full teacher. They may teach only with the approval of the Full Teachers.

Only 'Full Teachers' can give empowerments to students,
or move a student on through the teachings.