In my studies of Reiki, I’ve discovered that there are opposite views on the use of chakras in teaching and healing. For people like myself who learned about chakras long before learning Reiki, I don’t see a problem with combining this particular knowledge. But, from what I’ve read, in traditional Japanese Reiki training, they focus on the Hara line and the three diamonds as being separate from chakras.
However, the Japanese culture has a history of taking new ideas and layering it with other systems. Usui himself studied a variety of paths, incorporating the teaching that he found to be good and true, which led to his discovery of Reiki. While I intend to learn as much as possible about the core japanese method and understanding of how energy works, I really do think that the chakra system can complement reiki without diluting it one bit. So I designed the Reiki Chakra Kanji clothing and gifts for us Western trained reiki practitioners.
With time, I think that we all can come together in the understanding that whatever system helps you to become a better practitioner is worthwhile and should be honored, whether Mikao Usui ever knew of it or not.