KC Miller is heading to Japan again in April 2012 to take part in Jikiden Reiki Training! This mission is to explore and learn ‘Original Reiki’ known as Jikiden Reiki. The training will be held in the sacred city of Kyoto, taught by the son of the late Chiyoko Yamaguchi, one of the last students of Reiki Master Sensei Hayashi.
Jikiden means ‘directly taught’ or ‘orginially taught’. With Jikiden Reiki the focus is strongly on healing and spiritual development, not the teaching of formal hand positions, rather how to prepare your heart and mind to use the ‘orginial’ symbols, which are slightly different to the symbols as taught by Madame Takata.
Per Tadao Yamaguchi, son of Chiyoko Yamaguchi, Jikiden Reiki is pure, simple and effective, coming from over 65 years of experience. The broadening of spiritual awareness is also an important concept. He says that “the beauty of Jikiden Reiki is that it can appeal to everyone. Its emphasis is on treatment, and so those people who do not feel they want to get into “spirituality” can easily accept and use Jikiden Reiki. Those who are spiritually aware and looking for more will also be delighted with the effect Jikiden Reiki has on their lives.”
Many people are unaware that Reiki is an energy healing practice that originated in Japan. Reiki practitioners and masters use the life-force energy, “ki,” all around, and are able to pass it on to re-awaken the natural healing process in others by focusing the energy on the most needed areas.
Mikao Usui is the founder of Reiki. He discovered Reiki while fasting on Mount Kurama in Kyoto, Japan. He then established the first Reiki organization, The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, which still exists today. However, it does not promote the teaching and circulation of Reiki or provide treatments, as its existence is not well known. Usui only created 20 masters in his lifetime. Some belonged to the Gakkai, some branched out and created their own brand of healing, but Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, with Usui’s blessing, continued to teach Reiki in Japan in its authentic form.
The Beginnings of Western Reiki
Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American living in Hawaii was declared by doctors that she was terminally ill and did not have long to live. She suffered from severe abdominal pain due to a tumor, gallstones, and appendicitis. Off she went to Japan for an operation; however, once here, she met Chujiro Hayashi, and received treatments from him in replace of an operation. Within one year, she was cured of her illness and symptoms, and went on to learn Reiki! She returned to Hawaii and established a healing clinic there. This was the beginnings of Western Reiki! As Western Reiki spread throughout the world, it has been thought that the original form of Reiki had died out in Japan. Therefore, any Japanese who wanted to know more about Reiki had to go to America to study it! However, the original method of Reiki never died in Japan; Jikiden Reiki is making its big come-back, taught in an honorable way.
Origins of Jikiden Reiki
After several Reiki masters went to visit Tadao and his mother, they told them about the Reiki Schools in Japan and encouraged them to start teaching the Reiki his mother and family had learned, which has not been influenced by Western Reiki. It was so; they did this and decided to call it “Jikiden Reiki,” meaning ‘directly taught’ or directly passed on.’ Although they did teach some individuals, sadly, some people claimed to have mastered Jikiden Reiki without having received attunements. So, they decided to hold official seminars replicating the style and content of the seminars held by Chujiro Hayashi in the 1930’s. Hayashi became the founder of a Reiki Healing Clinic in Tokyo.
The heart of this story – Jikiden Reiki is Chiyoko and Tadao Yamaguchi’s attempt to re-introduce the original style of Reiki to people, in its simple authentic form.