In saying that Reiki is a hands-on healing technique rather than a religion, may give you a little bit of confusion. To some, Reiki is religion, maybe one of the seven religion. But in Japan, where Reiki was created, it really isn’t a religion at all – not like the way things are in this very moment in the United States – so how can a practice which is not really a religion be a religion? A quick answer is that religion is an acceptance of a certain dogma or set of beliefs usually made up by men for the purpose of brow-beating other humans into the same. The same applies to Reiki. It is a practice which allows you to take a different view to the ordinary, superficial perception of the world, the same way that water changes the qualities of rocks and other things.
Japanese people have a great respect for Reiki because here in Japan, Reiki is thought to have been created and maintained, almost mastered, by theaseda(s), the original Japanese word for ‘study’. By ‘ Roots of Reiki’, I assume that the idea of ‘ism’ or ‘ideology’ is very strong in the Japanese culture, so ‘ism’ is the word which will be used to refer to the common, everyday uses of the technique of healing. In this way, Reiki can be seen as something which is within the Japanese culture and which is different to other practices. It is not a religion, but a method of self-empowerment which is observed, practiced and learned by reciprocative and referrals in reversed order.
It is also important to mention that when we talk about ‘religious’ practices, we also need to remember that a religion is not always a particular practice. There are many Christians who call themselves ‘Christian’. A Buddhist who calls himself a ‘Buddhist’. What is different is that these two people both practice their religion, almost to the same degree, both believing in the principles of that religion, and both living their lives according to the teachings of their religion. They may even aggress each other, but they respect each others’ beliefs.
The story of the Buddha and Krishna is a good example of the ways of the Buddhist dharma. As all dharma, it is one which concerns itself with the common man, and concern itself with the common man in different ways. What is common for Buddhists is that they believe in something which is eternal, something which is the whole of existence, something which is the Nirvana itself. This is something which exists for all humans, hence why it is the main difference between Buddhist and Christian practice.
The story of Dharmas is an account of how the Buddhist dharma, or the principle of Buddhist practice, has been used to help people reach nirvana. It tells the story of a young child, who, without knowing why, was taken to be initiated by a lama, or master, into the Buddhist religion. What was seen and heard was not seen or heard in a way our minds can interpret. The child was unaware of its exact nature. This account is an account of what happened, but it does not explain the why of it all. It does give us enough information for us to work with in understanding our lives better.
In a particular way, both Christian and Buddhist practices have the aim of making the mind as a place as well as an organization where we can reflect on the eternal, and on the various ways the mind is capable of reflecting and helping us to see the world and ourselves. Buddhism gives us the further capacity to understand that the Nirvana itself can be described in infinitely many different ways, and that it is a form in itself. The Christian religion aims at making the Spirit of God indivisible from everyone and everything in Creation. But what is relevant here is that the Christian practice is used to capitalize on the commonality of these Nirvana-qualia as a particular experience and way of Knowing, which is pointing towards and based on the indivisibilities of existence, and not to mention, universal oneness in Reality.
It is on the understanding of the Nirvana and the Quali (the language used to meditate in Buddhist regions) that one starts to talk about getting rid of the delusion of separation and hatred, leading to all that opens up a path to Liberation. It is on the experience of indivisibilities themselves, and not on the words themselves, that one can finally open his mind to realize the Quali. Buddhist meditations use the discipline to empty the mind of all thoughts and ideas, eventually leading to the experience of the Quali. Christian meditation techniques use the mind to calm the thoughts, to still the mind and heart, and ultimately lead to the experience of the Quali.
Enlightenment is not a transcendence of the physical world.