What is the Difference Between Usui Reiki and Kundalini Reiki?
I always felt I was born with the natural ability to do hands on healing and distance healings, although I did not hear about Reiki until I was 20. I started my Reiki training a year later, and when I was 26 I was attuned as a Reiki Master Teacher. I continued to research the tradition of Reiki and found the Reiki we are usually taught, and practice, in the West is not the traditional form of Reiki. The traditional path resonated more with me. Later, I also got trained and attuned as a Kundalini Reiki Master Teacher. My style of Reiki is a combination of all my training and my own intuition.
So, what is the difference between Usui Reiki and Kundalini Reiki?
There are different types of energy: external and internal. External energies come from Heaven (spiritual) and Earth (grounding). In Usui Reiki we tap into these energies becoming a channel, then direct the energy into a person’s body at specific points, starting at the crown of the head and making our way down to the feet. In Kundalini Reiki, we work with the internal energies. Everyone has their own internal energy system, aura, chakras, and nadis. Sometimes the energy gets stuck or blocked leaving the energy mis-distributed. Kundalini Reiki works to unblock the energy and help it flow properly, clearing the aura and balancing the chakras. This leaves the person’s body free to heal itself. There is no set hand positions or order as to how this is done. The healer uses their intuition.
Western Usui Reiki uses symbols to help guide the energy. In Kundalini Reiki no symbols are used because you learn to feel the different energies. Traditionally there were no symbols in Usui Reiki and when they were invented they were only meant to be used until a person could feel the difference between the different energies. I rarely use any other symbol besides the Cho Ku Rei.
To me, the main difference is whether or not you’re working with the internal or external energies.