Jikiden Reiki History
What is Reiki
1. Reiki Ryoho is the art of hands on healing which originated in Japan by a man named Mikao Usui（臼井甕男1865-1926) in 1922. Reiki is an energy used as a natural therapy. It is carried out by placing hands on the body, while the recipient is fully dressed, usually laying on a treatment couch, which allows the energy that flows through all of life to flow in greater abundance to the receiver. This energy assists the natural healing ability of the person receiving it. Reiki works, not only for physical, but psychological health and unwanted habitual patterns. Over the past few decades, it has become very popular in the World, especially in Western countries such as Europe and the USA. It has become recognized as one of the most effective and important holistic health treatments.
3. Due to the dramatic change of ideologies in postwar Japan, people gradually lost interest and belief in these Eastern healing arts.
However, in the last thirty years, Reiki was reintroduced to Japan after its journey through the West and has started to be acknowledged there again. However, mainstream Reiki taught in Japan is now “Western Reiki”- i.e. Reiki that was reintroduced from the West. It has Western influence in the way it is practiced and many of these Reiki teachings are missing some important essentials of the original Reiki system, or have been changed. For a long time people tried to find the original teachings free from Western influence.
2. In Japan – the home of Reiki, the situation was different.
Recently, Reiki in Japan has slowly been growing in popularity, but the majority of Japanese people still don’t know about this wonderful non-religious healing practice. Before WWII, Reiki had became very popular in Japan and was practiced widely. From 1945 though, partly because of the connection to the Japanese Navy, but also because of new medical laws, the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, (the organisation which Usui sensei established) stopped openly practicing their activities. Even so, people continued quietly to use Reiki from their homes.
4. In the late 1990s, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, a Japanese lady who learned Reiki from Usui sensei’s disciple, Chujiro Hayashi in 1938 came to light. She was initiated to Reiki at the age of 17 and practiced throughout her life until she passed away in 2003. Once people found out about her and that she held such great information about Reiki, many people in the community requested her to teach what she had learned from Hayashi. She was reluctant at first, but started to teach group workshops after seeing the changes in what was being taught and practiced, so that students would have access to the original teachings. In 1999 with her son Tadao Yamaguchi, they started an institute with the name Jikiden Reiki – ”Jikiden” meaning “directly passed down” (as in, the teachings of Chujiro Hayashi and Usui before him). The school has continued to grow thanks to the efforts of Tadao Yamaguchi and the Shihans (teachers) he’s taught. Jikiden Reiki seminars teach the original, simple, yet powerful Japanese Reiki method and have become very popular at home and abroad. The Jikiden Reiki UK Association has been set up to assist the growing number of students in the UK.