Members of Shibumi agree to support a better understanding of the system of Reiki for all, not only through their practice and teachings, but through the terminology that they utilize.

Below you will find the definitions of some of this terminology.

Reiki – Spiritual energy

The system of Reiki – A system developed by the founder, Mikao Usui, in Japan in the early 1900s that utilizes Reiki to heal the self and become whole.

Shibumi Terms

Shibumi Member – Anyone who agrees to the criteria provided by Shibumi for this level of membership.

Shibumi Registered Practitioner (Shibumi RP) – Anyone who completes the requirements and agrees to the criteria provided by Shibumi for this level of membership.

Shibumi Registered Practitioner and Teacher (Shibumi RP&T) – Anyone who completes the requirements and agrees to the criteria provided by Shibumi for this level of membership.

Additional Terms

Enkaku Chiryô Hô – A traditional Japanese practice to connect with others to support their healing process.

Client – A Reiki practitioner performs a Reiki treatment on a client. The term patient is not used as it implies that the Reiki practitioner is the holder of quasi-medical knowledge.

Five Elements of the System of Reiki – There are five elements to the system of Reiki that Mikao Usui, the founder, brought together to create a complete system. They are precepts, hands-on healing, techniques, symbols and mantras, and the receiving of reiju.

Five Precepts – One of the five elements of the system of Reiki. The precepts are the cornerstone of the teachings and are: For today only do not anger, do not worry, be humble, be honest in your work, be compassionate to yourself and others.

Gasshô – The placing of two palms together in front of the chest. In Japan this act represents unity, gratitude and respect.

Hands-on Healing – One of the five elements of the system of Reiki.

Hara – Belly or abdomen. Energetic center that is placed approximately 3 inches (8 cms) below the navel.

Hatsurei Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique that generates and strengthens spiritual energy.

Jôshin Kokyu Hô – A part of hatsurei hô, this traditional Japanese Reiki technique strengthens the energy in the hara and is grounding.

Kenyoku Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique also known as dry brushing often performed before and after a treatment.

Ki – Energy.

Mantras – Along with their accompanying symbols, mantras are one of the five elements of the system of Reiki. Traditionally there are four mantras in the system of Reiki. They are tools that support Reiki practitioners in tapping into specific energies.

Mikao Usui – (1865-1926) Founder of the system of Reiki. Shibumi members do not use the terminology “Dr Usui” as Mikao Usui was not a doctor and to use this term is not in line with the philosophy of Shibumi. By stating that which is untruthful other elements of the system of Reiki may be brought into disrepute. The term “Dr” is falsely indicating that the system of Reiki originated from a medical background which is not the case. Members wishing to use a term of respect are suggested to use the Japanese word “Sensei”.

Reiji Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique that supports the practitioner in being guided by spirit.

Reiju – Spiritual blessing (known as attunement in modern Reiki systems). One of the five elements of the system of Reiki. It is a ritual that the teacher performs to energetically support the student.

Reiki , the Energy – Spiritual Energy. Reiki is the name of the energy utilized in the system of Reiki.

Reiki, the System of – Created by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900s as a self-development practice which in modern times has also evolved into a hands-on healing therapy. The complete system includes five elements which are precepts, hands-on healing, techniques, symbols and mantras, and the receiving of reiju.

Reiki Practitioner – Anyone who has studied a Reiki course.

Reiki Teacher – Anyone who has completed Shinpiden (Level III). The term Reiki Master is not utilized by Shibumi members due to the understanding that one does not master Reiki (spiritual energy).

Seishin Toitsu – A part of hatsurei hô, this traditional Japanese Reiki technique that supports the movement of energy through the arms from the hara.

Seiza – Correct sitting. A traditional Japanese style of sitting back on the ankles with the legs folded underneath and the back erect.

Symbols – Along with their accompanying mantras, symbols are one of the five elements of the system of Reiki. Traditionally there are four symbols in the system of Reiki. They are tools that support Reiki practitioners in tapping into specific energies.

Tanden Chiryo Hô – A traditional Japanese Reiki technique practiced to detoxify and purify.

Techniques – Techniques are one of the five elements of the system of Reiki and are practiced by Reiki practitioners to move deeper into their relationship with the system.

Three Diamonds – The foundation understanding of energy that is utilized in Japanese arts and Ways, including the system of Reiki.