WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is an art of hand healing originated in Japan by Mikao Usui（臼井甕男1865-1926）in 1922. The original term for this is心身改善臼井氣療法Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho or “Usui Reiki Therapy for Improving Body and Mind” Reiki is an energy healing or natural therapy carried out by placing hands on the body. By doing so, a therapist receives Reiki energy from the Universe and transmits the energy onto the receiver. This miraculous energy awakens natural healing ability of a person who receives it. Reiki also work not only for physical but also for psychological health. For the past decades, it has very popular in the World, especially in the Western countries as Europe and the US. It has become recognized as one important effective alternative medicine in some countries.
Current situation of Reiki in Japan
Unlike in Europe or the Us, Japan-the homeland of Reiki has completely different situation. Recently, Reiki has slowly been known among people but absolute majority of Japanese people still don’t know about this wonderful non-religious energy healing originated in Japan.
Prewar time in Japan, Reiki became very popular and was practiced by over one million people. After the World War 2, because of the connection to the Japanese Navy, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, (the organization that Usui sensei established) had to stop their outstanding activities even though people kept practicing Reiki quietly at home.
With the dramatic change of the ideologies in postwar Japan, the people gradually had lost interest and belief in this kind of healing arts.
Recently, with the popularity in the West , Reiki has started to be acknowledged slowly here in Japan too. However, mainstream of Reiki taught in Japan is “Western Reiki”- Reiki which was reintroduced from the West. It has Western influence in the practice of Reiki. In many Reiki teachings of Western lineage in Japan, some important essence of original Reiki seems to have disappeared. People had been trying to find original teachings which have no Western influence.
In the late 1990s, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, a Japanese lady who learned Reiki from Usui sensei’s direct disciple- Chujiro Hayashi in 1938 came to light. She was initiated to Reiki at age of 17.
After that, she practiced Reiki throughout her life until she passed away in 2003. Her being was so precious that a lot of people in Reiki community requested her to teach what she had learned from Hayashi. She started teaching with her son Tadao Yamaguchi in 1999 with the name Jikiden Reiki(直傳靈氣) *”Jikiden” means “directly teaching (of Chujiro Hayashi). Now, the activity has been continued by Tadao Yamaguchi. Jikiden Reiki seminars teach original simple yet powerful Japanese Reiki and have been very popular at home and abroad today.
For more information about Jikiden Reiki visit the Jikiden Reiki Institute-Kyoto Japan website click here
(The above information is from www.jikiden.org)
Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness, not just to assist in healing. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment that may facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use in complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings. Reiki practitioners understand that an illness is an expression of some part of the body/mind that does not know how to be well. Reiki works first on a mental and emotional level, as it works to achieve long-term improvement by helping people address, heal and release issues that lead to the problem. Depending upon the severity and duration of the problem a physical change may or may not occur. Sometimes all that can be achieved is helping a client to accept and live with a major illness – improving someone’s quality of life and comfort.
Many times a client will learn to treat themselves after having Reiki treatments by taking a Reiki I course. This can be very beneficial and can sometimes provide the number of treatments that are recommended for a serious condition when cost would prohibit it otherwise.
It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy. A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate healing on all levels- physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness and not just for an illness.