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Which Reiki Lineage Is the Authentic One?

Article by Gustavo Cristian Fritz

Reiki: Which one is the original?

When we first got in contact with Reiki, for sure we asked ourselves this question since when we started to inquire about the possibility of taking Reiki courses we found many alternatives and most of them using phrases like: “the original Reiki”, “Traditional Reiki”,”the real Reiki” and so on.

In this article, I intend to present MY vision about this based on almost 30 years of experiencing different healing therapies and being Reiki the one I mostly use in extensive treatments. I’m clarifying that it is MY vision, not an absolute truth but a personal opinion.

The purpose of writing these lines is to bring calm to those who are being initiated in this wonderful way that is Reiki, and which if they will allow it, it will change their lives. There is a Before and After Reiki and isn’t me who’s saying it but most of the people I know or I’ve read about who are going down this pathway.

In my country, Argentina, Reiki Usui has been widespread and evolved since the 80’s, but its widespread also gave opportunity for other Reiki lineages or currents to make their appearance very soon; in some cases, it was the desire of new tools of some Masters and, in others, desires to differentiate themselves from the rest or “expand the offer” of Reiki courses and sessions.

Which Reiki Lineage Is the Authentic One

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If we search in books or online, they mention about 400 varieties or types of Reiki. So … Which one is original? Which is the best?

Paraphrasing a great Master, Mahatma Gandhi, when they asked him which religion was the best, he responded calmly … the one which is practiced.

Although Reiki is a technique and not a religion, the best Reiki is the one which is practiced. The original nobody knows since it’s the channeling of Universal Life Force, which as its name indicates, it’s UNIVERSAL and even used by other techniques.

So, what should we worry about when taking a Reiki course or session? I consider that there are some basic concepts that make the Reiki practitioner and Reiki Master and that can be summarized in:

  • The most important thing is that Reiki is a technique of self-healing, so the person who receives it should want the self-healing to occur; it’s not necessary to believe that Reiki works but to have an honest desire to heal with all the changes that it implies in one’s life. If we continue on doing the same things, we’ll get the same results.
  • The Reiki lineage isn’t more important than the one who transmits it. It should be done by someone who respects the principles, who will do it with commitment and dedication, has been initiated by a Master and has respected the steps for activating him/herself as a channel. For example, in Reiki Usui, the practitioner has to do at least 21-day self-treatment.
  • When taking courses, it’s important to observe if the person who teaches us has given and taken Reiki sessions. Even though it sounds unbelievable, there are many “masters” who never gave a Reiki session, nor took sessions for themselves. In my personal opinion, you cannot teach what you do not know!
  • Not a single Reiki practitioner, however advanced it might be, will say that he/she’s the one who “heals”; the transformations take place thanks to the energy that flows through him/her.
  • Most importantly, take time for meeting with your therapist or Master, and listen to your heart; if you feel that person as being the right one for you at this time, go ahead!

Reiki is a technique of channeling the Universal energy in the way that YOU conceive it. It’s not limited by beliefs or religions, it’s Love in the broadest sense of the word. Reiki is UNITY with the Source and with everything that surrounds us.

Reiki does not divide, unite! Otherwise, that’s not Reiki!

Because you are my other I, would say the Mayas. Greeting to you and wishing all the best! Because the best for you is the best for me!

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Gustavo Cristian Fritz
Gustavo Cristian Fritz

Gustavo Cristian Fritz is a Reiki Master and holistic therapist in Baradero, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is dedicated to the dissemination of Reiki and Shiatsu among other therapies. After 10 years of applying these techniques, Gustavo is leaving the practice of chemical engineering to fully engage in these activities and provide outreach sessions in all places where he is called. Gustavo can be contacted through his email, vivemejor@ymail.com, his website http://vivemejorbaradero.com/ or Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Vivemejor.terapias.para.el.alma

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  • sreekanth.k.g December 30, 2017, 10:28 am


  • manyanstarr May 9, 2018, 6:33 am

    I have a different approach to how is the System of Reiki. I don’t believe that it is Spiritual but that it works and is created in the Physical and can be used at a distant.

    Within our invisible Psychic/ Mental/ Emotional body we all have energy centres (Chakras). There are 11 major Chakras and at least 200, their vibrations starting from the bottom are slow and at the top the vibrations are fast.
    I work with selected Chakras. The Crown, The Kings Crown, The Heart, The Throat, the Third Eye and the palms of the Hands.
    Except for the Crown, The Kings Crown and the palms of the Hands, all others have a Front and a Back.
    To access these Energy Centres an Attunement is used to place an Affirmation.
    An Attunement is finding a place, Affirmation is the creation of a sentence written comprising of either Words or Symbols, the words are written in lower case and that allows the work to be with self, however if the sentence is written in UPPER CASE it is external. The sentence construction has rules that apply.
    No spaces, gaps or punctuation, if these rules are ignored then it is only the last word has any effect. Affirmations are applied using the Attunement for placement into the Crown/ Lower Kings Crown/ Heart (front and back) & the third Eye (Front & back) and both hands, for level 1. This action is performed 4 times and then retained. The retention is another Affirmation that is applied during the 4th session.

    A test for the retention can be performed at any time after the Attunement has been completed simply by placing hands over the Crown and if the Attunement has been successful then warmth/ or Heat or just not being able to enter the Crown. However if there appears that the Crown is open then the retention does not exist.

    Remember that the Attunement, is hands placed over the selected Chakra and the Affirmation is then a sentence physically written and not by intention into the selected Chakra.

    People may have many different feelings and impressions during the process both with the practitioner and the client but the process is physical into the psychic/ Mental/ Emotional not Spiritual. Some claim that an Attunement can be done at a distant; well they are just pulling your leg.
    The process cannot be done by self to self, somebody has to it.

    In my opinion everybody should have level 1.

    Let me know if you work with Reiki. Leonard Thomas manyan.starr@hotmail.com.au.

    Key words;
    Spiritual, Physical, Reiki, Attunement, Affirmation, Testing, Chakras, lower case,
    UPPER CASE, self.

  • ishamreiki May 11, 2018, 7:35 am

    Very very true
    What goes with you & delivers the best results to you & your clients both is the best … keep growing … be ppen trusting your intuition .

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