"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest"
             - Thomas More


Takata's Dream

Hawayo Takata, the Reiki Master who brought the art of Reiki from Japan to the West, had a dream that Reiki would one day become a household word.  And indeed today most people have heard of Reiki, thanks to the many Reiki Masters who have taught people all over the world.  Having Reiki as a part of your everyday life can be of great benefit to body, mind and spirit.

When Takata was alive, the way Reiki was taught did not vary much.  Nowadays there are many different ways of learning Reiki.  The way that I teach is in the tradition called Usui Shiki Ryoho, which is the way Takata taught.  I teach this sytem of Reiki partly because the more I have practised it the more I have gained from it.  One of the things I value most about this system is its simplicity.

Usui Shiki Ryoho has a clearly defined form and when Reiki is taught and practised according to this form the student or practitioner will find that it gives them Four Aspects, known as: Healing Practice, Personal Growth, Spiritual Discipline and Mystic Order.

Healing Practice - Many people are initially drawn to learn Reiki  because they are interested in being able to heal  - whether it is themselves or someone else.  Often it is to help a family member or close friend.  Frequently people simply have a desire to be a more helpful person and see the healing as one way to do this.  Reiki is ideal because it is so simple to use, yet can have profound effects on the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  It restores balance and harmony.

Personal Growth - Sometimes people are drawn to learn Reiki because they are on a personal journey of discovery, seeking to know themselves and the world better.  Reiki is a wonderful tool on this journey, not only because it gives you the ability to treat yourself and those around you, but because it will often show you the way towards other things that will help you to grow and develop as a person.

Spiritual Discipline - People who learn Reiki often have a feeling that something important is missing in their lives.  They are seeking some form of everyday spirituality.  Reiki is not a religion and people of many different faiths have learned Reiki and found that if anything it enhanced their faith.  Learning Reiki gives you a practice that can be used daily to reconnect you with the world around you - visible and invisible.

"A soothing, spiritual awakening that encourages you to alter your perspectives about life and what we believe it is.  I had a brilliant weekend and feel that it has already changed my life.  I am definitely going to make Reiki a big part of my life."
Cathryn, Birmingham

Mystic Order - In these days when many people have moved away from their original homes, there is often a longing for the support of community.  When you learn Reiki you will find that you are a part of a community of people who share the special experiences Reiki brings.  Somehow the practise of Reiki re-kindles the human bonds of community, even when we don't know each other very well.  The friendship that is established very quickly in classes and Reiki Shares is often commented on.

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel privilidged to have learned Reiki under the gentle guidance and support of Kate Jones.  I enjoyed meeting other members of the group and sharing the learning experience with them.  I feel that we embarked on a journey together; not only gaining a new skill but achieving a greater understanding of some of our thoughts and emotions along the way.  I intend to practice Reiki on a daily basis and look forward to sharing Reiki treatments with my family and friends."
Sue, Birmingham 

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