Shihan Lynn Montana Freemãn
Reiki, Japanese for “Universal Life Force,” is a form of energy healing based upon a science of calligraphies or geometric patterns, which are found in the Sanskrit Sutras. It was developed in the 1800’s by a Japanese theologian, Dr. Mikao Usui. He found calligraphies in the Sutras that are inherent in the forms of Tai-Chi and Kung Fu. The symbols he discovered, however, are different from those that have been studied by traditional martial artists. These symbols were heretofore unknown to exist in the katas. The discovery of their existence in the forms is ultimately significant to both students of Reiki and traditional martial arts.
As he did not understand that the drawings he was seeing were actually pictorial representations of movements of the physical body, Dr. Usui created a process whereby he could attune an individual to these symbols through a ritualistic process of implanting the calligraphies in an initiate’s energy field using the symbols in specific sequential order. He called this process Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki – the Usui System of Natural Healing with Universal Life Force.
Karuna Reiki (“Reiki of Compassion”), developed in 1995 by William Lee Rand as an outgrowth of traditional Reiki, does incorporate some of the martial arts symbols in their practice. However, the symbols are not drawn in their purest form and some are combined, as they are in the practice of form. While valid and empowering in their own right, these symbols have been broken down completely and individualized in the practice of and attunement to Shihando Reiki to acquire true clarity of the energies created by the symbols.