This kanji is composed of the Japanese characters Usui Shiki Ryoho. Usui Shiki Ryoho is translated into English as “Usui System of Natural Healing”. This English phrase was used for the first 15 years after Hawayo Takata’s death as the designation of this practice. Usui Shiki Ryoho is used now as a way of identifying the practice of Reiki that recognizes and honors the Spiritual Lineage of Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Phyllis Lei Furumoto and Johannes Reindl.
Usui Shiki Ryoho has been passed down through this lineage. The Spiritual Lineage assists in recognizing the development of the system through the influences of the changing world, their vision, and the guidance of Reiki.
The system taught by masters of Usui Shiki Ryoho emphasizes the value of self-treatment as the core of the practice, encourages the treatment of family and friends, acknowledges this as a lifelong practice through which the depth of the gifts of healing and growth are manifested. The beginning class (First Degree) gives the student everything needed to grow and develop through the mysterious connection to Reiki using this system.