Which Reiki to choose
Today there are various courses on offer that claim to teach Reiki.
Although many indeed do teach Reiki, the choice is rather confusing.
There are two main Reiki traditions:
Usui Shiki Ryoho
The traditional Western lineage, going back to Mikao Usui.
Brought to the West in 1936 by Mrs Hawayo Takata, it is the most popular and widely accepted tradition.
Usui Reiki Ryoko
A lineage that also goes back to Mikao Usui, but stayed in secrecy in Japan until the 1980s. Today it is becoming more and more popular, and also taught by many in the West.
Both systems are equally valid, and students of any Master teaching either of the above will be properly attuned to Reiki.
At the Reiki Academy London, a combination of both systems is taught, as Torsten is a Reiki Master of both lineages.
The certificates will state Usui Shiki Ryoho, but many techniques from the Japanese lineage are also taught.
In recent years, however, a few Reiki Masters have started their own traditions, either adding something to the traditional systems, or starting something entirely different.
Among them are Karuna Reiki, Usui Tibetan Reiki, and Angelic Reiki.
Torsten has studied Karuna Reiki, and was made a Master in 2010, so he is well aware of the differences.
Many of these traditions are very valuable healing systems, and are of great benefit for many users.
But they are not traditional Reiki.
Some of the new systems are only offered to Reiki Masters and claim they are a step up from the Usui tradition, or an evolution of the system.
At the Reiki Academy we aim to keep Reiki as authentic and pure as possible. We feel that the system in itself has such depth, that you advance through its regular use, not by adding something new and contemporary.
Reiki can only be passed on from person to person.
Every student of Reiki is attuned by a Reiki Master who can trace back their lineage all the way to Mikao Usui.
The Reiki Lineage