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What is Reiki or Rei-ki. This is a system of manual therapy which is a passive, stationary, hands-on treatment, not requiring movement or pressure for its principal effects of relieving stress and pain and stimulating the body’s own healing processes, by enhancing the flow of life force energy through direct touch.

Rei-ki is the ancient art of hands-on healing. It induces inner calm, enhances well being and enthusiasm for life, as well as renewing one’s sense of purpose. It is a simple manual art with a philosophical understanding of the human function; it is not a religion. This is the simplest art of life energy renewal and there are no exercises, special breathing nor words required. Regular classes and daily practice are not necessary.

Transmitted through the hands, the additional flow of rei-ki energy is perceived in a variety of ways: heat, chill, tingling, pulsing or vibrations are some of the ways people may experience it.

You can practise rei-ki at work, home or play simply by placing your hand(s) over the vital organs of your body for an ‘instant recharge’ without conscious effort. It integrates into one’s life very easily and is great to have in your everyday “toolbox”.

Rei-ki is a valuable first aid tool which helps relieve pain, reduce swelling, staunch the flow of blood and can be applied effectively in emergency situations to aid others as well as yourself.

History of Rei-ki,

A century ago, Dr Mikao Usui, a distinguished Japanese scholar, researched many ancient sources in search of a method of healing through the hands that had been practised in olden times. Eventually, after learning and studying many languages, he discovered a formula in obscure Sanskrit writings. Following a 21 day meditation on Mt Kuryama near Kyoto, Japan, he received a remarkable confirmation of the healing properties of the energy renewal system he called ‘rei-ki’. After fulfilling a seven year healing mission in a beggars’ camp, he set about teaching rei-ki and trained as his successor Dr Chujiro Hayashi of Tokyo, a retired naval officer who died in 1941.

Dr Hayashi appointed Mrs Hawayo Takata of Hawaii to ensure the survival of the technique during and after World War II. In the decade before her death in 1980, Mrs Takata started teaching in mainland USA and trained the Rev. Beth Gray as the first western rei-ki master in 1973.

Beth Gray introduced rei-ki to Australia in 1983 and trained approximately 20,000 students in her 20 year teaching career. Beth Gray passed away in May 2008 at the age of 90. The original traditions of rei-ki have been faithfully preserved within the Usui Rei-ki Network internationally in direct lineage by Beth Gray’s understudy,
Barbara McGregor and her colleagues, Keven Duff and Sue Lake-Harris.

How do you master the art of rei-ki?

There are two stages or levels in the practice of rei-ki, according to the original Usui tradition, taught by the Rei-ki Training Academy on behalf of the Usui Rei-ki Network (International). The first qualification Rei-ki 1 is being taught at Marjorie Milner College on October 23rd – 25th.


Access to the first level, Rei-ki I, can be acquired in a single three day (20 hour) weekend seminar – an investment which brings a lifetime of benefits as no further classes are necessary. The technique can be integrated into daily life at the touch of your hands. During your Rei-ki I seminar, you will receive four ‘energy transfers’ via the crown of your head, through to your hands by direct contact with your teacher.


If you choose to progress to the optional advanced level, Rei-ki II, you are also given a way to increase the potency of the energy flow and to project the energy over long distances to serve others who are not within reach. There is also enhancement of your extra-sensory perception or telepathic potential. Rei-ki II is a three day (or evening) 18 hour seminar involving two further, more complex energy transfers.

What we cover in our Reiki I seminars…

  • What Reiki is (and what it isn’t). Drawing the distinctions between Reiki and other forms of energy work. We teach the systems and procedures as founded by Mikao Usui. Reiki is an energy modality, but not all energy modalities are Reiki.
  • Procedures for treating yourself, offered in context to ensure understanding of the holistic approach to healing that Reiki offers.
  • Procedures for treating others, again offered in context.
  • Practise sessions, on yourself and others, to gain experience and confidence.
  • 4 energy transfers (also known as attunements), at different stages of the seminar – you will go home on the first night already accessing the energy and will have learnt enough to trial a partial self-treatment session.
  • The application of Reiki in relation to body systems (whole body health), and how Reiki can affect your emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
  • First aid and emergency applications – sudden bleeding, burns, wounds, infection etc.
  • Reiki for chronic and acute conditions – arthritis, ME/CFS, back pain, migraine etc.
  • Using Reiki with plants and animals.
  • The link between mind/body/emotions and physical health from a Reiki perspective.
  • Reiki history – how it came to the west and its Japanese roots.
  • Individual question and answer/feedback sessions with the teacher.

When: October 23rd– 25th 2015

Where: Marjorie Milner College (401 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills, 3127)

Contact: Alianna on reiki-vic@reiki.com.au or 0411153887


Sue Lake-Harris (Dip. Teach., B. Ed.), is a teacher of Reiki who delivers Reiki I and II with the Usui Reiki Network. Sue completed a 5 year traditional teacher training apprenticeship with Barbara McGregor, has been a professional treatment practitioner since 1998, and has been teaching in her own right since 2008. Sue is a keynote speaker at the Australian Reiki Connection’s international conference in October and is passionate about Reiki’s capacity to help with healing on all levels. If you want Reiki without western add-ons, and a full and complete class without short-cuts, then this 20+ hour traditional training delivery is for you.

We encourage all hairdressing Apprentices, Beauty Trainees and any students interested in this course to give Alianna a ring. Marjorie Milner College specialises in Hairdressing, Floristry and Beauty Therapy Training.

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