“Reiki is New Age and so I’ve been told to stay away from it.” Week II

“Reiki is New Age and so I’ve been told to stay away from it.”  Week II

This is the second article in my series of Questions and Concerns regarding the art of Reiki.

  “Reiki is New Age and so I’ve been told to stay away from it.” 8/25/2017

Let’s look at the formal definition of “New Age”.    “ New Age is a term applied to a range of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices that developed in Western nations during the 1970s.” defined by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age.  The art of Reiki, in my opinion, is not “New Age”.  The “New Age” term, I feel, has been used generically on all practices that people do not understand or are fearful of.  In society, anything labeled “New Age”, is Bad, or Evil, or something to stay away from.  The art of Reiki, the healing art using  hands, was re-discovered in Japan in around the late 1800’s to early 1900’s by Dr. Mikao Usui (Usui Sensei).  Dr. Mikao Usui developed an Usui Reiki practice where he treated many people for physical, emotional, and spiritual issues.  Dr. Mikao Usui also taught the art of Reiki, developing Master teachers.  (Master used here means one who has learned all aspects of Reiki and is able to teach others the Reiki art.)  The art of Reiki was soon forgotten in Japan due to World war 2, but was saved, brought to and developed in the early 1900’s in the Western world by Mrs. Hawayo Takata.  In the Western world, the art of Reiki was altered a little bit.  Mrs. Takata felt the need to leave behind or omit some of the techniques that she felt were too cumbersome or were not productive to use.   After developing and running her own Reiki practice, Mrs. Takata taught and developed many Reiki Master/teachers in the early 1970’s.  As each Reiki Master/teacher was formed, each one added their own personality in to their practice of Reiki.  During World war 2, Reiki had been forgotten in Japan due to Japanese military intervention.  The art of Reiki was only to be used on military ships for healing the injured military personnel.  After the war was over, Japan was reintroduced to the art of  Reiki from some of the Western Reiki Masters.

As of today, Reiki is taught and practiced all over the world.  Because all people have their own uniqueness and are from different cultures, we are seeing many variations of Reiki being used today.

Reiki is not a religious practice.  Although just because Reiki energy is not a religious practice doesn’t mean the Reiki practitioner is not religious in their life.  Reiki is not faith healing.  Reiki is bringing in a healing, high vibrational energy through the hands, that is directed by your higher self-your Divine self.

In my opinion, no matter what variation of Reiki a person practices, the Reiki energy is beneficial.  I myself practice a combination of modern Usui Reiki and old Usui Japanese Reiki.  I like the ease of using modern Reiki, but I also enjoy using some of the older techniques alongside of my modern Reiki.

I believe the art of Reiki was used in ancient times, just used in a different style.  I find many people not understanding the art of Reiki due to it is not in a physical form, like medicines, herbs, and food. I also feel most people are not aware of their own energy systems.  If one does not understand and are not aware of their energy system, one will not understand the basic principles of Reiki.  If a person does not understand, they tend to go in to fear about it.  My suggestion to you is to experience a Reiki session for yourself, even if it is a mini session.  Trust your own instincts.  Trust yourself!  Ask yourself later, how did that make me feel?  Trust your emotions and what you feel.  And notice, I said trust YOUR emotions and not others’ opinions.  I do not believe the art of Reiki is a “New Age”, because it is not new!

Written by Cynthia Bergsbaken, Reiki Master of Reiki in the Prariie LLC

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“Light on the Origins of Reiki” by Tadao Yamaguchi

Reiki I course taught by Rev. Desiree Quintana, Reiki Master/teacher.




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Cynthia Bergsbaken, RM, IARP, is a Usui Reiki practitioner at the Master level. She received this certification in 2016. She is now professionally providing Reiki sessions to clients. She is the sole owner of Reiki in the Prairie LLC. She enjoys nature and art.