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Foundations of Reiki Ryoho

A Manual of Shoden and Okuden

A comprehensive guide to the first and second degrees of Usui Reiki Ryoho as well as Reiki’s history and Western evolution

• Details hand positions, self-healing exercises, spiritual development meditations, and the Japanese Reiki techniques introduced in the first degree, shoden, and the second degree, okuden

• Provides a thorough introduction to the five levels of byosen, the energetic mechanism used to scan an individual’s energy field and locate areas of disharmony

• Examines the core teachings of Reiki founder Usui Mikao and offers a new comprehensive exploration of Reiki’s history and evolution

• Explores tools and techniques adapted by Western lineages, such as working with crystals and the chakras

Bridging Eastern and Western lineages to reclaim Reiki’s roots as both a healing art and a spiritual practice, Nicholas Pearson offers a new comprehensive exploration of Reiki’s history and evolution, the foundations of Usui Reiki Ryoho theory and practice, and the original techniques and modern tools of both the first degree, shoden, and second degree, okuden. He explores the etymology of key Reiki terminology and presents a complete discussion of the origins of the symbols used in the second degree, providing new historical, cultural, and spiritual context. He examines the core teachings of Reiki founder Usui Mikao, who taught that Reiki Ryoho enacted healing at the soul level, as well as insights from other important Reiki masters such as Hawayo Takata.

Explaining what Reiki is and how it heals, the author outlines the six core characteristics that all varieties of Reiki share, including initiations and the Five Precepts. He details effective hand positions, self-healing exercises, spiritual development meditations, and the Japanese Reiki techniques introduced in first degree and second degree practice. He also explores a number of other techniques that have been adapted by Western lineages, such as aura sweeping, chakra tune-ups, and charging and programming crystals with Reiki. He provides a thorough introduction to the five levels of byosen, the energetic mechanism used to scan an individual’s energy field and locate areas of disharmony, allowing you to increase your ability to sense centers of toxic imbalance as well as begin dislodging them, thereby increasing the effectiveness of Reiki treatment.

Offering Reiki tools to transform your life from the inside out, Pearson shows how Reiki Ryoho is a healing system that focuses on the inner and spiritual aspects of your being first, allowing you to polish the heart so it reflects the shining light of the soul.

Nicholas Pearson has been immersed in all aspects of the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. A certified teacher and practitioner of Usui Reiki Ryoho, he teaches crystal and Reiki classes throughout the United States. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

“In my unrelenting quest to bring Reiki into operating rooms, this book is a jewel in my heart and a tool I can use in my work. Reiki is described so fully, clearly, and with such spiritual truth that I am happy to present it to surgeons and doctors everywhere I go. Pearson’s book is a timely blessing.” --Raven Keyes, author of The Healing Power of Reiki and founder of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International, LLC

– Raven Keyes, author of The Healing Power of Reiki

“Quite possibly the most comprehensive guide to the tradition of Reiki, Nicholas Pearson’s Foundations of Reiki Ryoho provides readers with everything they need to know in order to understand the first two levels of the Japanese healing art. Included is a detailed history of Reiki’s origins as well as an impressive examination of the evolution of Reiki’s sacred symbols. Pearson at once gives the reader a traditional understanding of the healing practice but also encourages the reader to explore, documenting some of the permutations of the tradition since its inception. I will be recommending this book to my own Reiki students.”

– Storm Faerywolf, author of Awakening the BlueLotus and Becoming the BlueLotus

"Foundations of Reiki Ryoho is a serious, academic look at reiki as a spiritual and cultural practice but is not a scientific study. Despite a lot of description of what this energy is, much of it is analogous and someone looking for a scientific explanation of reiki energy will not be satisfied. This book is for those who are beyond that doubt and are interested in how this practice emerged, its cultural and historic context, and the evolution of the practice as different branches separated over international borders and then later met and merged. Recommended."

– Larissa Carlson Viana, FacingNorth.net

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