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Reiki Schools of Thought
Karuna Reiki Rainbow Reiki Tera Mai Reiki
Traditional Japanese Rei.. Saku Reiki Seichem or Sekhem Reiki..
Usui Shiki Ryoho Raku kei
Reiki can be considered as a simple healing technique, a spiritual path, a personal empowerment journey, or all three combined. The patient and the healer are the active part of the healing process. Hence, it can have many variations with the constant improvisations of the system introduced by Dr. Mikao Usui. Inevitably, there exist so many different schools of Reiki and so many varying philosophies and methodologies.

Reiki blends in well with massage, cranio-sacral work, counseling, nursing, and any other helping or health related profession. This is another reason for variations as different healing techniques are tried and incorporated within a strong holistic support system. The traditional school of Reiki is still relevant and popular, especially in Japan. From this traditional lineage only, various healers have developed their own system. Nobody`s Reiki is better than anyone else`s. It can be just a variation in using different symbols, attunements and techniques, which often produces a different kind of energy. Some schools follow the Usui version and then take on their own further development from there. While some have made substantial difference in the original version itself.

Non-traditional Reiki
Independent schools of Reiki developed partly in response to the belief that Reiki training should be more widely available and practiced in a flexible and complementary way with other practices. This was in reaction to the mainstream of Hawayo Takata`s style, who introduced Reiki to west.

Many practitioners believe that Reiki is humanity`s birthright. New paths were developed out of the Reiki core that fused it with other holistic therapies and spiritual beliefs. Also, new symbols and practices are often added or modified. Many of these symbols emerged through practitioners who said they felt guided to expand the system in various ways.

Developed by different masters, a great deal of generic New Age content is now often taught as a breakaway with traditional thinking. The philosphies are taught either as an adjunct to Reiki or even as an integral part of the system. This flexibility resulted in birth of numerous schools of thought, some being freely offered and some proprietary. This new form of Reiki was initially developed in opposition to the stricter Reiki practices that Hawayo Takata claimed were the authentic method.

Some of the independent schools of Reiki differ from mainstream Reiki by the inclusion of what they call "skhm" or "Seichim energy" and symbols into their teaching, which is said by its adherents to make the experience and practice of channelling Reiki an alltogether a different process.

Although the base or fundamental is virtually similar in all the schools, each healer can leave his/ her personal touch or integrate his/her own knowledge of holistic science during the practice. Many believe that the original system should not be tempered with. While many are using their flexibility in reiki to gain different aspects, which have not been covered by traditional system of Reiki. Development of the non-traditional schools is but fine example of the strong hold and worldwide interest created by Reiki as a healing therapy.

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