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Reiki Terminology

Members of Shibumi agree to support a better understanding of the system of Reiki for all, not only through their practice and teachings, but through the terminology that they utilize.

Below you will find the definitions of some of this terminology.

Reiki - Spiritual energy
The system of Reiki - A system developed by the founder, Mikao Usui, in Japan in the early 1900s that utilizes Reiki to heal the self and become whole. 


Shibumi Terms

Shibumi Member - Anyone who agrees to the criteria provided by Shibumi for this level of membership.
Shibumi Registered Practitioner (Shibumi RP) - Anyone who completes the requirements and agrees to the criteria provided by Shibumi for this level of membership.
Shibumi Registered Practitioner and Teacher (Shibumi RP&T) - Anyone who completes the requirements and agrees to the criteria provided by Shibumi for this level of membership.


Additional Terms

Enkaku Chiryô Hô - A traditional Japanese practice to connect with others to support their healing process.
Client - A Reiki practitioner performs a Reiki treatment on a client. The term patient is not used as it implies that the Reiki practitioner is the holder of quasi-medical knowledge.
Five Elements of the System of Reiki – There are five elements to the system of Reiki that Mikao Usui, the founder, brought together to create a complete system. They are precepts, hands-on healing, techniques, symbols and mantras, and the receiving of reiju.
Five Precepts – One of the five elements of the system of Reiki. The precepts are the cornerstone of the teachings and are: For today only do not anger, do not worry, be humble, be honest in your work, be compassionate to yourself and others.
Gasshô – The placing of two palms together in front of the chest. In Japan this act represents unity, gratitude and respect.
Hands-on Healing - One of the five elements of the system of Reiki.
Hara – Belly or abdomen. Energetic center that is placed approximately 3 inches (8 cms) below the navel.
Hatsurei Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique that generates and strengthens spiritual energy.
Jôshin Kokyu Hô - A part of hatsurei hô, this traditional Japanese Reiki technique strengthens the energy in the hara and is grounding.
Kenyoku Hô - A traditional Japanese Reiki technique also known as dry brushing often performed before and after a treatment.
Ki – Energy.
Mantras - Along with their accompanying symbols, mantras are one of the five elements of the system of Reiki. Traditionally there are four mantras in the system of Reiki. They are tools that support Reiki practitioners in tapping into specific energies.
Mikao Usui – (1865-1926) Founder of the system of Reiki. Shibumi members do not use the terminology “Dr Usui” as Mikao Usui was not a doctor and to use this term is not in line with the philosophy of Shibumi. By stating that which is untruthful other elements of the system of Reiki may be brought into disrepute. The term “Dr” is falsely indicating that the system of Reiki originated from a medical background which is not the case. Members wishing to use a term of respect are suggested to use the Japanese word “Sensei”.
Reiji Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique that supports the practitioner in being guided by spirit.
Reiju - Spiritual blessing (known as attunement in modern Reiki systems). One of the five elements of the system of Reiki. It is a ritual that the teacher performs to energetically support the student.
Reiki , the Energy – Spiritual Energy. Reiki is the name of the energy utilized in the system of Reiki.
Reiki, the System of – Created by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900s as a self-development practice which in modern times has also evolved into a hands-on healing therapy. The complete system includes five elements which are precepts, hands-on healing, techniques, symbols and mantras, and the receiving of reiju.
Reiki Practitioner - Anyone who has studied a Reiki course.
Reiki Teacher - Anyone who has completed Shinpiden (Level III). The term Reiki Master is not utilized by Shibumi members due to the understanding that one does not master Reiki (spiritual energy). More info…
Seishin Toitsu - A part of hatsurei hô, this traditional Japanese Reiki technique that supports the movement of energy through the arms from the hara.
Seiza – Correct sitting. A traditional Japanese style of sitting back on the ankles with the legs folded underneath and the back erect.
Symbols – Along with their accompanying mantras, symbols are one of the five elements of the system of Reiki. Traditionally there are four symbols in the system of Reiki. They are tools that support Reiki practitioners in tapping into specific energies.
Tanden Chiryo Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique practiced to detoxify and purify.
Techniques – Techniques are one of the five elements of the system of Reiki and are practiced by Reiki practitioners to move deeper into their relationship with the system.
Three Diamonds – The foundation understanding of energy that is utilized in Japanese arts and Ways, including the system of Reiki.

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    • “Something that is always important to remember is; how you approach your meditation determines what you get out of it.”

      Bronwen and Frans Stiene
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    • “Therefore, it is not on the outside but on the inside that one should be concentrating to delve to unlimited depths.”

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    • “When earth and heaven energies are balanced in the body a healthy life is attained - through this balance oneness can be experienced.”

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    • “Words can not explain that which can only be realized through practice.”

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    • “Reiju is a reminder of one’s unlimited potential and this is why it is often experienced as unique.”

      Bronwen and Frans Stiene
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    • “These precepts appear to be practical reminders on how to get the most out of life by affirming correct attitudes but their secret is that they can affect humans in other, deeper ways.”

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    • “In Shinto, heaven, earth and humanity are different manifestations of one life energy.”

      Motohisa Yamakage
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    • “We must therefore keep our mind firmly at the center of our body (tanden) that is the center of our true self, to avoid it falling into a state of imbalance.”

      Motohisa Yamakage
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    • “You should neither boast of yourself by talking about your own experience nor discuss whose experience is inferior or superior.”

      Motohisa Yamakage
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    • “In this sense, every manifestation in the cosmos is a manifestation of ’me’. All this should not be understood only at the rational level. It must be experienced intuitively as we access our inner kami.”

      Motohisa Yamakage
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    • “However, it must also be said that in Japan, as in other advanced industrial societies, a climate of spiritual ignorance has arisen. This leads, among other things, to a casual, ‘mix and match’ approach of spiritual practice.”

      Motohisa Yamakage
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    • “So you begin this study by training the ch’i by means of technique. After your beginning studies, you still discipline your ch’i, but move away from technique.”

      William Scott Wilson
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    • “Thus the person whose art is not yet mature may meet with famous monks of great wisdom, yet he will still not have an awakening.”

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    • “Mind and ch’i are fundamentally of one essence. If you were to speak of separating them, they would be like fire and firewood.”

      William Scott Wilson
      The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts

    • “A teacher can only transmit a technique or enlighten you to principle, but receiving the truth of the matter is something within yourself.”

      William Scott Wilson
      The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts

    • “When the mind resides in technique, ch’i is hindered and is not in harmony.”

      William Scott Wilson
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    • “When there is nothing in your mind, your ch’i is in harmony and tranquil. When your ch’i is in harmony and tranquil, it will be active and flowing, but it has no fixed form; and without using strength, it will be naturally strong.”

      William Scott Wilson
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    • “The truth is something beyond our ability to describe, beyond our thinking. Truth can also mean ‘the wonderful source’, wonderful beyond description. This is the source of all being.”

      Shunryu Suzuki
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    • “Each being is itself pure source, and pure source is nothing but each being. They are not two things.”

      Shunryu Suzuki
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    • “When you practice zazen without seeking for enlightenment or seeking for anything, then there is true enlightenment.”

      Shunryu Suzuki
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    • “If you take pride in your attainment or become discouraged because of your idealist effort, your practice will confine you by a thick wall.”

      Shunryu Suzuki
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    • “If you continue this simple practice every day, you will obtain some wonderful power. Before you attain it, it is something wonderful, but after you attain it, it is nothing special.”

      Shunryu Suzuki
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    • “Human beings are not special. There are no special things.”

      Genshin Fujinami Ajari

    • “Lead a life in which you think of what you can do for others, not what others can do for you.”

      Mitsunaga Kakudo

    • “Everyday must be seen as practice. Practice is not about maintaining one’s current life-style but about advancing one step at a time.”

      Mitsunaga Kakudo

    • “Practice is not simply the acquisition of knowledge, but turning that knowledge into wisdom through experience.”

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    • “Even a blade of grass can be your teacher.”

      Sakai Yusai

    • “Only through sincerity, through being open to accepting things as they are in each situation, can one truly live each day as if it was one’s whole life.”

      Sakai Yusai

    • “Traditions that survive and retain their relevance are to be trusted, unlike trendy fads.”

      Hagami Shocho

    • “What is most important is the individual’s spiritual growth, and that the individual realizes for her/himself the path to happiness.”

      Shinjo

    • “Taking what is bad onto oneself and passing on what is good to others, and forgetting oneself and benefiting others - that is the height of compassion.”

      Saicho

    • “‘Three thousand realms in one mind’. This is the idea that the action of one’s mind in a single instant contains ‘three thousand realms’, or the entire universe, and therefore if our mind acts it can affect the entire cosmos.”

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