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in Japan and "Jikiden Reiki"
Author: Amanda Jayne 2004
is interesting how what is considered "alternative
therapy" in one country is virtually mainstream
in another. Here in Japan health treatments such
as acupuncture, bone setting or Chinese herbal
medicines are widely accepted as a treatment choice
yet something like Reiki, born in Japan and popular
in the West, has been greeted with extreme caution,
polite smiles and sometimes just plain fear. Understandable
to a certain extent as the Japanese kanji used
for the word Reiki literally means something like
"spirit of the dead". I'd be more than
a little sceptical too, wouldn't you?
wasn't until I had been in Japan for a year
and had already forgotten what it was like
for a train not to arrive the exact second
it was scheduled that I remembered that
Reiki originated here. I had tried to find
a teacher I felt happy to learn with many
times before when I was travelling. Having
found an Indian guru who I didn't feel comfortable
with and a Nepalese man who assured me it
was necessary to "plant a seed"
in me before we start (I left quite quickly)
I had kind of given up on the idea.
Then, as luck - or life - would have it, I met
up with a Buddist lay-monk, who teaches Reiki,
in Starbucks. To avoid any confusion, I will just
explain here that we met in Starbucks, but he
doesn't teach Reiki over a café mocha.
I first learned Reiki through him and although
I was happy with the Reiki I had learned, I still
felt that something wasn't quite right for me.
few months later I discovered that there was an
old woman and her son living here in Kyoto who
had just started to hold Jikiden Reiki seminars.
Mrs Yamaguchi learned Reiki from Hayashi sensei,
Usui sensei's most widely known student, when
she was just 17 years old. She had been practicing
Reiki for over 60 years when I nervously entered
her small apartment in the middle of Kyoto. On
meeting her, my nerves dissolved immediately.
She was so warm and gentle and seemed to radiate
Reiki energy and love. Thankfully I managed to
suppress the urge to hug her before I'd even struggled
to say hello in Japanese (a long process with
far too many letters involved for my liking).
I knew instantaneously that this was the place
and these were the people with whom I was going
to learn and study Reiki healing. It just felt
Reiki is based on Chiyoko Yamaguchi's 60+ years
and her son, Tadao Yamaguchi's 40 years of practical
experience. The seminars are a replication of
those attended by Chiyoko Yamaguchi when Hayashi
sensei was teaching. I think the main difference
between Jikiden Reiki and Western Reiki is the
simplicity. The emphasis is on treatment and Jikiden
Reiki teaches only the 3 symbols Hayashi sensei
taught and emphasises the meanings behind the
symbols. Its simplicity is what makes it feel
so strong and pure for me.
have been learning with the Yamaguchi's for almost
2 years now and although sadly Mrs Yamaguchi passed
away in August last year, her son, Tadao Yamaguchi
continues to teach his mother's Reiki in the same
way. His humility, encouragement and ability to
answer any question about Reiki with an honest,
gentle wisdom continues to inspire me.
more and more people in Japan are starting to
realize that Reiki is not tantamount to witchcraft
and that it is a practical treatment that is effective
for those who want to use it in the home to keep
their children and family healthy, for those who
just want to stay healthy or for those who have
clearly pronounced health problems that they want
to work on. Mr Yamaguchi has published a book
here about his life and Reiki and his hopes for
a World in which Reiki is used side by side with
Western medicine in hospitals and as the principal
form of treatment at home, resulting in a significant
reduction in medical waste among other things.
He has also published a book in English with Frank
Petter entitled, 'The Hayashi Reiki Manual', which
details his family connections with Reiki and
his mother's first seminar with Hayashi sensei
in the 1930's.
essence of Reiki is Reiki, however and wherever
you learn it. I truly believe this. However, because
Jikiden Reiki feels so right for me in its pure
and honest simplicity and because meeting and
learning with Chiyoko and Tadao Yamaguchi has
had such a profound effect on all areas of my
life, I feel that I want to tell others about
it and give others the opportunity to learn from
and ask questions of Mr Yamaguchi. I am happy
to be able to say that Mr Yamaguchi will be holding
seminars and talks in England in September 2004.
If anyone is interested, please contact me, Amanda
Jayne, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
Sandy Catford at email@example.com. You may
also wish to look up the Jikiden Reiki website
I promise there will be no mention of planting