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It’s Raining Rei

December 24, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

In our recent Dutch Shinpiden Reiki Level III course a calligraphic work of the word Reiki hung on the wall. It stimulated a discussion concerning the first kanji, Rei; the possible meaning behind it and how it relates to hands-on healing and the attunement process.

Working with kanji is amazing – not only does Kanji supply a word for us to read but it often holds a related visual image within its specific brush strokes. Imagine if the English word tree actually looked liked a picture of a tree… well, with kanji it is possible to discover such beauty. Let us look into the first of Reiki’s two kanji to find hidden meaning within its visual depths.

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The Deeper Meaning of the Word Reiki

December 15, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

One literal translation of Reiki is spiritual energy or universal energy. We suggest that Reiki may have another meaning - one that does not stem from a literal translation but rather from one’s direct experience.

When we practice the various elements that comprise the system of Reiki we utilize spiritual energy (Reiki). Practitioners are surprised when they discover in their practice that different stages exist within this spiritual energy. A path is unearthed and those who conscientiously practice the elements of the system of Reiki gradually see where it is heading.

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Reiki Precepts - The Foundation of the System of Reiki

December 15, 2008 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

As you know, the Reiki Precepts are one of five elements of the system of Reiki.

A precept, however, is NOT an affirmation. There has been confusion about their use since great books like Louise Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’, which includes affirmation work, became popular.

Affirmation work has certain guidelines and usages that are unrelated to precepts (such as the use of the term ‘do not’). Perhaps these simple definitions below will help clarify their differences for you.

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