What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese energy healing practice that provides improvement of body and mind. Reiki practice supports restoring balance in your system, helping to revitalize the natural healing process.
靈 REI = Universal Energy
氣 KI = Energy.
Reiki practitioners transfer cosmic energy effortlessly to the patient's body through their hands, helping the client strengthen body, mind, and spirit which promotes a natural ability to heal and balance energy. Balancing the body’s systems helps people feel better and heal better.
History of Reiki
Mikao Usui Sensei (1865~1926)
Mikao Usui is the founder of “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai”. In 1922, on his 20th birthday and after some days of fasting and meditation on Mt. Kurama in Tokyo, Japan, Mikao felt a surge of powerful energy in his head, rendering him unconscious for some time. Afterward, he discovered he had been given a remarkable ability to heal people. Because of this, Sensei Usui created “Shin-Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho” or “Usui Reiki Therapy for the Improvement of Body and Mind.”
Sensei Usui then shared this great gift, recognizing the importance of essential harmony with others and peace of life.
Chujiro Hayashi (1879~1940)
Dr. Hayashi was a naval commander and medical doctor. He completed all levels of Reiki from Usui sensei at age forty-seven in 1925.
Dr. Hayashi’s played the role for Reiki today. He taught Reiki to Hawayo Takata, who introduced Reiki to the world, and Chiyoko Yamaguchi, who kept practicing original Reiki from Dr. Hayashi every day for over sixty-five years.
Western Reiki and Traditional Japanese Jikeden Reiki
〜西洋レイキ and 直傳靈氣〜
Western Reiki and Jikiden Reiki originated from Mikao Usui-sensei, the founder of Reiki practice.
Western Reiki was introduced by Hawayo Takata (1900~1980) and was taught in Hawaii in English. Hawayo studied from Chujiro Hayashi (1880~1940) and achieved master's level from Cyujitro in 1936.
When she was teaching Reiki, Hawayo was challenged by translating Japanese terminology into English. Instead of staying with original Japanese techniques, she omitted certain ones and created new practices, in which she kept Usui’s original spirit alive but in a different form.
Tadao Yamaguchi (left)
Chiyoko Yamaguchi (right)
Jikiden Reiki was based on Chiyoko Yamaguchi (1921~2003), a student of Chujiro Hayashi. “Jikiden” means directly teaching. Chiyoko was taught reiki from Sensei Hayashi when she was seventeen years old and kept practicing original teachings until the end of her life, at 82. She had no idea Reiki was spreading worldwide until Frank Arjapa Petter (Reiki Dharma) contacted her in 1999. In the same year, 1999, Chiyoko’s son Tadao Yamaguchi (1952~) created the system of Jikiden Reiki.