Foundations of Reiki Ryoho

Foundations of Reiki Ryoho : A Manual of Shoden and Okuden

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A comprehensive guide to the first and second degrees of Usui Reiki Ryoho as well as Reiki's history and Western evolution

Bridging Eastern and Western lineages to reclaim Reiki's roots as both a healing art and a spiritual practice, Nicholas Pearson offers a new comprehensive exploration of Reiki's history and evolution, the foundations of Usui Reiki Ryoho theory and practice, and the original techniques and modern tools of both the first degree, shoden, and second degree, okuden. He explores the etymology of key Reiki terminology and presents a complete discussion of the origins of the symbols used in the second degree, providing new historical, cultural, and spiritual context. He examines the core teachings of Reiki founder Usui Mikao, who taught that Reiki Ryoho enacted healing at the soul level, as well as insights from other important Reiki masters such as Hawayo Takata.

Explaining what Reiki is and how it heals, the author outlines the six core characteristics that all varieties of Reiki share, including initiations and the Five Precepts. He details effective hand positions, self-healing exercises, spiritual development meditations, and the Japanese Reiki techniques introduced in first degree and second degree practice. He also explores a number of other techniques that have been adapted by Western lineages, such as aura sweeping, chakra tune-ups, and charging and programming crystals with Reiki. He provides a thorough introduction to the five levels of byosen, the energetic mechanism used to scan an individual's energy field and locate areas of disharmony, allowing you to increase your ability to sense centers of toxic imbalance as well as begin dislodging them, thereby increasing the effectiveness of Reiki treatment.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23mm | 560g
  • Healing Arts Press
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 70 b&w illustrations
  • 1620556731
  • 9781620556733
  • 395,038

Table of contents


Notes about Orthography and Terminology

Shoden: The First Degree

1 Defining Reiki Reiki Reflections: Your Own Definition

2 Learning Reiki

3 Reiki History

4 The Reiki Precepts
Personalized Precepts
Meditations on the Precepts
Gokai Sansho

5 How Reiki Heals

6 Connecting to Reiki
Energy Exercise 1: Expanding the Energy
Energy Exercise 2: Directing the Flow of Reiki Energy
Energy Exercise 3: The Energy Ball
Reiki Chalice Meditation

7 Understanding
Byosen Byosen Graphing

8 Japanese Reiki Techniques
Gassho Meiso
Kenyoku Ho
Reiki Shower
Reiji Ho
Byosen Reikan Ho
Koki Ho
Gyoshi Ho
Heso Chiryo
Tanden Chiryo or Gedoku Ho

9 Practicing Reiki

10 Hand Positions for Self-Treatment

11 Hand Positions for Treating Others

12 Additional Reiki Techniques
Aura Sweeping
Chakra Tune-Up with Reiki
Treating the Three Tanden
Meridian Tune-Ups with the Fingers
Reiki Manifestation
Charging Crystals with Reiki
Opening and Closing Spiral
Expanding Your Light

Okuden: The Second Degree

13 Introducing the Second Degree

14 The Reiki Symbols

15 The First Symbol: Choku Rei
Strengthening Your Lightbody
Creating Sacred Space
Sealing the Treatment

16 The Second Symbol: Sei Heki
Empowering Affirmations
Treating Psychogenic Conditions
Deprogramming Technique

17 The Third Symbol: Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
Distance Healing
Healing with a Surrogate
Sending Reiki to the Past or Future

18 More Japanese Reiki Techniques
Gyoshi Ho and Koki Ho Revisited
Jaki Kiri Joka Ho
Hatsurei Ho
Nentatsu Ho
Sei Heki Chiryo Ho
Enkaku Chiryo Ho
Enkaku Byosen Reikan Ho
Shashin Chiryo Ho

19 Additional Okuden Tools and Techniques
Programming Crystals and Gemstones with the Symbols
The Reiki Box
Your Reiki Bank Account
Better Sleep with the Reiki Symbols
Symbol Meditation


Subtle Anatomy

Pronunciation Guide

Glossary of Japanese Terms

Glossary of Names



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Review quote

"In my unrelenting quest to bring Reiki into operating rooms, this book is a jewel in my heart and a tool I can use in my work. Reiki is described so fully, clearly, and with such spiritual truth that I am happy to present it to surgeons and doctors everywhere I go. Pearson's book is a timely blessing." --Raven Keyes, author of The Healing Power of Reiki and founder of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International, LLC * Raven Keyes, author of The Healing Power of Reiki * "Quite possibly the most comprehensive guide to the tradition of Reiki, Nicholas Pearson's Foundations of Reiki Ryoho provides readers with everything they need to know in order to understand the first two levels of the Japanese healing art. Included is a detailed history of Reiki's origins as well as an impressive examination of the evolution of Reiki's sacred symbols. Pearson at once gives the reader a traditional understanding of the healing practice but also encourages the reader to explore, documenting some of the permutations of the tradition since its inception. I will be recommending this book to my own Reiki students." * Storm Faerywolf, author of Awakening the BlueLotus and Becoming the BlueLotus * "Foundations of Reiki Ryoho is a serious, academic look at reiki as a spiritual and cultural practice but is not a scientific study. Despite a lot of description of what this energy is, much of it is analogous and someone looking for a scientific explanation of reiki energy will not be satisfied. This book is for those who are beyond that doubt and are interested in how this practice emerged, its cultural and historic context, and the evolution of the practice as different branches separated over international borders and then later met and merged. Recommended." * Larissa Carlson Viana, *
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About Nicholas Pearson

Nicholas Pearson has been a practitioner of Usui Reiki Ryoho since 2006, has received initiations into several lineages, and is also a practitioner of Jikiden Reiki. A certified teacher of Usui Reiki Ryoho, he offers Reiki and crystal healing classes throughout the United States. The author of The Seven Archetypal Stones and Crystals for Karmic Healing, he lives in Orlando, Florida.
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