Since Reiki was introduced to the West by Mrs Takata, and especially since the late 1980's after her death, new
Reiki styles have sprung up all over the place. Some of these are obvious variations on Mrs Takata's teachings, some
differ a great deal in their use and symbols, and others not only bear no real resemblance to Mrs Takata's Reiki they also
have no instructions for using them, and no real way to know what on earth they are supposed to be!
This confusion caused by the proliferation (and growing at a rate of knots) of new Reiki styles makes it difficult
for anyone, particularly new students, to understand and decide which Reiki they would like to practice.
Firstly - ALL Reiki in the west comes from Mrs Takata's teachings. Most 'new' Reiki styles require you
to be at level 3 in ordinary Reiki before you go on to learn them. There are one or two who don't ask for this, but
the vast majority of them do.
Most people start off by learning regular Western Reiki. This is complete in itself and comprises
of all the components you need to practice Reiki for life. If you are attuned using the Reiju method - you are
not attuned to particular symbols, but are instead connected to the entire spectrum of the energy that we know as Reiki.
Common sense tells you that there is no need for any further attunements to any other symbols, no matter what claims are made
Once you have been attuned to Reiki you can access ALL frequencies of that energy simply by practice and intent.
Some people feel more confident about using other Reiki styles if they have been attuned; this is perfectly fine, but not
When you have been fully attuned to Reiki you can re-attune yourself to any style of Reiki that you might like
to try. Again, it is not necessary to be attuned - you already are! But if it makes you feel more confident -
There are many claims made by the originators of many of the new styles, that they are higher, stronger, purer,
clearer, or any one of a number of qualities that are deemed desirable of a symbol or system. To date - no-one has ever
shown this to be true, or has ever produced data showing that they can guarantee enlightenment, or cure illness any better
with the 'new' Reiki than they could with their 'old' one.
This is not to say you shouldn't learn any new system if you want to. Just don't shell out lots of cash
on the promise of being a stronger healer! There are many sites who offer attunements to all kinds of Reikis new
and old, try the free teachings first, and if you really feel that you would like to go along to a hands on class, then at
least you won't be going in with unrealistic expectations.
Most of the new systems offer more symbols, some claiming that they have found all of the original Usui Symbols
(at a price!) Since we know that Dr Usui only used the symbols available to him for some of his slower students,
and that they symbols have no intrinsic power - why pay through the nose for them? You will find most of them on the
internet - try them first and see if you start producing instant cures!
None of the new Reikis (as far as I know) is a self empowerment system. Since they do not contain the principles
that Dr Usui made the central point of his Reiki, I suspect that they are useful for those people who practice Reiki professionally.
You have more systems to offer clients and more certificates to pin on your wall. This is always a bonus for a New Age
Therapist - helps clients to take you more seriously.
If you are interested in Reiki purely as a personal development system - then you need not concern yourself with
the Reiki Supermarket, regular Reiki with it's principles and self healing techniques and meditation contains ALL of
the energy, and is all you will ever need for yourself, friends, and family.