The History of Jikiden Reiki - Lineage from Mikao Usui
Reiki is an energy healing practice which originated in Japan. Practitioners use the life-force energy or “ki” all around us and are able to pass it on to re-awaken the natural healing process in others by focusing the energy on the areas that it is most needed.
Are you looking for ways to improve your quality of life, reduce stress and anxiety, remove toxicity from the body and guiding it towards wholeness?
Our bodies are designed and fully equipped to heal themselves. However, sometimes we need a little assistance to remember how.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a simple form of energy healing from Japan known as "Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho", which translates as "Usui treatment for the improvement of body and mind".
Jikiden ReikiŽ is the "direct teaching" of Reiki presented with credibility and clarity from authentic Japanese lineage.
This lineage goes from Dr. Hayashi to Mrs. Chiyoko Yamaguchi, Tadao’s (current President of Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai) mother, who learned Reiki in 1938. Because this lineage has not gone through Mrs. Takata, it lacks the Westernization of Reiki.
The founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, discovered Reiki whilst fasting on Mt Kurama in Kyoto, Japan.
He established the first Reiki organisation – The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai – which still exists today but sadly does not promote the teaching and circulation of Reiki or provide treatments. Its existence is not so 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.
Hawayo Takata was a Japanese-American living in Hawaii when doctors there declared that she was terminally ill and did not have long to live. She came to Japan for an operation but once here, met Chujiro Hayashi and received treatments from him instead. Within a year, she was cured of her illness and went on to learn Reiki, return to Hawaii and establish a healing clinic there. This was the beginnings of Western Reiki.
As Western Reiki spread throughout the World, it was thought that the original style of Reiki had died out in Japan and so any Japanese who wanted to know more about Reiki had to go to America to study it!
However, Reiki didn’t ever die out in Japan."
Current Jikiden Reiki teacher Tadao Yamaguchi
Current Jikiden Reiki teacher Tadao Yamaguchi was brought up by his mother, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, she first learned Reiki over 65 years ago when she was just 17 years old and practised it until she passed away in August 2003. All her sons, including Tadao all received Reiki before they were even born and learned how to give Reiki as children.
As Tadao Yamaguchi and his brother grew up, they always experienced Reiki to cure them when they caught colds, had headaches or an injury of some kind. Through these experiences, Tadao was able to appreciate the effectiveness of Reiki from an early age.
Looking through old photographs and documents and talking to his mother, he learned that the person who taught her Reiki was Chujiro Hayashi himself and she began to tell Tadao all about her experiences in those days.
Later, while attending a lecture, Tadao Yamaguchi happened to meet a Western Reiki teacher who started to tell him about the current status of Western Reiki. Tadao was surprised and pleased to hear that there are so many practitioners all over the World now and that Reiki is an accepted therapy in many societies.
The Western Reiki teacher was equally surprised and pleased when Tadao told him that he had learned Reiki from his mother and that she had learned from Chujiro Hayashi!"
The beginnings of Jikiden Reiki - Jikiden Reiki, meaning 'directly taught' or directly passed on'.
The beginnings of Jikiden Reiki - Chujiro Hayashi in the 1930s (one of the first teachers created by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki).
"After that, several Reiki masters came to visit Tadao Yamaguchi’s mother.
They told them about the Reiki schools in Japan and encouraged them to start teaching the Reiki that Tadaos’ mother and family had learned which had not been influenced by Western Reiki.
They did this, and decided to call it Jikiden Reiki, meaning 'directly taught' or directly passed on'. Early on they taught some individuals that sadly claimed to have mastered Jikiden Reiki without having received attunements.
They realised that for Jikiden Reiki to continue without contamination they needed an official route and more organised process and so they decided to hold official seminars, replicating the style and content of the seminars held by Chujiro Hayashi in the 1930’s.
Jikiden Reiki is their attempt to re-introduce the original style of Reiki to people, in its simple authentic form.”
Carole Dawson - My Jikiden Reiki Shihan Teacher
Carole Dawson Jikiden Reiki Shihan Teacher
Carole became interested in Reiki in 1995 when a colleague gave her a short treatment with very powerful results. Carole asked her to teach her this wonderful art which is open for anyone to learn.
Using Reiki on friends, family and my pets first, Carole soon realised the immense benefits that it could give.
After 10 years providing Reiki to clients Carole became a Western Reiki teacher and taught many others to give Reiki to themselves, family, pets and clients.
Eventually Carole discovered Jikiden Reiki, which is practiced and taught in the authentic Japanese way as it was originally taught by Chujiro Hayashi in the 1930s (one of the first teachers created by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki).
Carole says her connection to Reiki was deepend by this and she soon realised that this would be the style of Reiki she would now practice and teach.
All of Caroles Jikiden Reiki training has been with Tadao Yamaguchi, the co-founder of Jikiden Reiki.
My Jikiden teachers
How Reiki can help
Imagine a stream - when you look at the surface, the water looks clear, yet when you stir the water, mud from the bottom rises to the surface. If you remove the surface mud, the stream becomes clear again, yet some mud will have sunk again and, some may still be stuck hard on the bottom. When you stir up the water again, more mud rises to the surface. If you repeat this process many times, eventually, you will have a completely clear stream.
Giving Reiki is like stirring up someone’s water – the toxins rise to the surface and many are cleared, yet some will settle again or were embedded more deeply in the body and have not yet surfaced. Each treatment a person receives brings more toxins to the surface to be cleared – until there are very few toxins left. So feeling tired or 'off' after a treatment is nothing to worry about, it is simply that the core of the sickness, pain or issue is being brought to the surface so that it can be dealt with effectively by the body’s natural cleansing system.
However, many people feel better immediately. If you have a treatment and feel great afterwards – it doesn’t mean you missed something! Reiki will work with your body in whichever way is most advantageous to you at the time. Trust that the intelligence of your incredible body and this incredible energy are working together for your greatest benefit.
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