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Gendai Reiki is a type of Reiki that combines traditional methods with specific types of healing training methods that can be used for more recent types of practices. By focusing on spiritual concepts which were taken from ancient Japan, this method allows those interested to use Gendai as a healing method.
The originator of Gendai Reiki in Japan is Heroshi Doi. He was a part of the original system and its founding. The meaning of Gendai is modern and relates to the methods that he established with Reiki. Gendai Reiki, then, can be referred to as a modern style of healing.
There are several unique aspects to Gendai Reiki. Traditional methods are the basis and start for Gendai. Ancient methods and other healing disciplines are incorporated into the training. The method deciphers between these different healing methods by relating it to healing through spiritual means. By keeping this focus, it allowed for the methods in Gendai Reiki to be moved through with this goal.
There are four levels of Gendai Reiki that are taught in Japan with this method: Shoden, Okuden, Shinipiden, and Gokuikaiden. These levels are divided into levels 1 and 2 and master levels 1 and 2. The focus in each of these levels is not only to incorporate what is use in traditional Reiki, but also an incorporation of other spiritual practices that relates to this. At each of these levels, students will be offered attunements, as in the other levels. These are defined in Gendai as empowerment techniques. Unlike regular Reiki, these attunements focus on the spiritual as well as the physical healing aspects, making the attunements vary slightly from person to person.
As time moves on, several traditions have emerged which have changed with the genesis of Gendai Reiki. The founder of this Reiki continues to find improvements to the class and implements different spiritual levels while taking out older traditions in relation to this. Because of these changes, Gendai is constantly adding new techniques, allowing for continuous growth in healing methods and channeling universal energies.
If one is interested in Gendai Reiki, they can either research an area where it is offered, or they can find more details through the book “Modern Reiki Method for Healing.” This was written by the founder and allows for one to find out what the general concepts are in this style of Reiki. The philosophies presented in here allow for a clear focus of what is accepted and what is looked down upon in Gendai Reiki.
Gendai Reiki, while incorporating several techniques from traditional Reiki, challenges the concepts to move a step further and focus on spiritual methods of healing as well as methods using universal energies. By incorporating these two methods as well as using ancient types of practice, Gendai Reiki is able to help one in understanding several different concepts for healing.
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Current research into the system of Reiki is bringing to light a great deal of hidden knowledge about the system’s beginnings and original intentions. While researching our books, The Reiki Sourcebook, and the soon to be released The Japanese Art of Reiki, we discovered that this is not the sort of knowledge that has deliberately been buried away from prying eyes – rather it has been lying under the dust of an unexplored past. By brushing off some of that dust, this article reveals a code: one that is constantly in play for practitioners across the globe – often unrecognized and unacknowledged.
Do you practice Reiki to help others, to work on yourself, to send distant healing, or for other reasons? The motivations behind an individual’s practice are endless due to the system’s numerous and immeasurable benefits. At the heart of these many rewards, deep within the foundations of the system, exists a law that makes this all possible. It is the home of spiritual energy and its name is non-duality.
The word, non-duality, expresses the underlying Oneness of existence: that there is no ‘I’ – just the simplicity of being. It exemplifies the concept that we all come from the same source, are the same source and return to that same source.
As a practitioner, the more knowledge you obtain about what you do and experience, the deeper the connection to your practice becomes. This unshakeable groundwork accordingly sharpens your intent: resulting in an overall more effective practice.
By delving into the Japanese background of the four traditional Reiki symbols and mantras, it is possible to discover how this code is the system’s blueprint and what that signifies in practical terms. To respect the nature of the teachings (as a system employing levels) the mantras in this article are replaced by the pseudonyms CKR, SHK, HSZSN and DKM. The symbols are listed as Symbol 1, Symbol 2, Symbol 3 and Symbol 4 as is taught in Japan.
The four symbols are clearly recognizable in Japan. Symbol 1 has connections to Tendai symbology and versions of Symbol 2 can be seen in temples across Japan. Symbol 3 and 4 are Japanese kanji[i] and when read in Japanese create the actual name of the coresponding mantra.
Breaking this code requires that a researcher first tap into understanding the Japanese philosophy of Heaven and Earth. Knowledge of these dualities, or polar opposites, is the primary structure required before appreciation of this law can grow. Dualities are the breeding ground for the ultimate experience of non-duality. Non-duality is not specifically a Japanese concept; it exists in all forms of life and its dual beginnings can often be found in references to yin and yang, negative and positive, or female and male. These examples are just the tip of an infinite iceberg of opposites.
A Japanese cosmological theory states that through the union of the dual forces of Earth energy and Heaven energy all things were born, including humankind.[ii] By this it is understood that people are a blend of both these forces, and to live purposefully these elements need to flow freely, becoming united. This can occur through working specifically with the first two traditional symbols and mantras taught in the system of Reiki.
Symbol 1 and the mantra CKR enable practitioners to connect to Earth energy. To do so one must direct the focus within, rather than outside of, the self. It is within that this energy is accessed. You are Earth energy – you just haven’t acknowledged its existence.
Underneath the growing layers of anger, sadness, fear, judgments and beliefs that humans gather – this knowledge lies hidden and neglected. These layers obscure one’s true nature that inherently comprises Earth energy. To re-establish a personal connection with the energy of the Earth is the purpose of Symbol 1 and CKR practice.
In the West, Symbol 1 and CKR are renowned for their grounding, protective, physical and powerful qualities – each of these is a basic Earth trait. By comprehending this and applying this facet of the code to the system of Reiki, one’s practice begins to take on a whole new potency of meaning.
Working with Symbol 2 and SHK involves exploring your mental and intuitive abilities. By taking this understanding one step further than the Western usage, the realm of Japanese philosophy and its connection to Heaven energy is exposed. Heaven is an expression that can trigger a thousand-fold beliefs, emotions and visions in as many religions and cultures worldwide. Viewed commonly throughout the globe as an abode for angelic beings, a floating paradise or a future resting place; Heaven maintains its culturally unique interpretation in Japan – one that includes an internal connection. As with Symbol 1 and CKR, practitioners can find their relationship to Heaven energy innately within themselves.
Energetic qualities are best understood through experience rather than words. To achieve a profound understanding of the connection between Earth energy or Heaven energy and yourself requires dedicated practice. This is accomplished by practicing solely with one symbol and mantra at a time, rather than a list of symbols and mantras simultaneously. Humans are too often in a rush to get to the end station of enlightenment forgetting that the process itself may possess the enlightening factor.
The grounding effect of the first symbol and mantra supports the ensuing work with the ethereal second symbol and mantra. Without this centered preparation the development of intuitive or psychic abilities can be hazardous. You may become unbalanced like an upside down triangle wobbling on its tip; reverse the pattern and stand with your base firmly rooted to the Earth, supporting your inner growth.
Now comes an intriguing part of the system of Reiki: the third symbol and mantra HSZSN. In the West this is commonly associated with distance. It is believed that by using these elements distance can be breached to send energy to someone or something else. From a Japanese perspective this concept goes deeper still, into the mechanics of the Japanese universal laws: Symbol 3 and HSZSN aid the realization of Oneness. This makes complete sense if you grasp that within Reiki – the energy of everything – distance cannot exist. Hiroshi Doi’s translation of HSZSN is ‘Right consciousness is the origin of everything’ – that ‘right consciousness’ is Oneness. Experiencing Oneness with everything, whether it is with another being, place or thing, is an alternative viewpoint of the machinations of ‘distant healing’.
To fully comprehend the purpose and meaning of Symbol 3 and HSZSN it is also necessary to have worked with the previous 2 symbols and mantras of Heaven and Earth energy. Without undergoing the process of first becoming Earth and subsequently Heaven energy it is impossible to give birth to the concept of Oneness within. Just as in conception it is imperative that the egg and the sperm join to create the miracle of a complete human. With Earth energy alone and no understanding of Heaven energy, or the other way around – Oneness cannot be given birth to. This is the central cosmology to the system of Reiki. Practicing successively with each of the symbols and mantras draws one along the path to Oneness and non-duality.
So where does that leave the fourth and final symbol and the mantra DKM? DKM, a frequently used Japanese word, when translated literally means ‘Great Bright Light’. It appears commonly in Japanese religious texts and even in Japanese martial arts practices.
Becoming this light is truly Knowing the concept of non-duality. In it everything is experienced as One: there is no good or bad, dark or light, ugly or beautiful, positive or negative, no God or Buddha – just existence. Once you acknowledge this Oneness in every thought, feeling and movement of your being – the true nature of existence is uncovered.
This system that you practice is multi-layered. As you progress through each layer new truths come to meet you, joining you on your journey. Know that the profundity of these arcane teachings is here to be discovered – their sole purpose being to support your life’s spiritual progress.
Uniting Heaven and Earth together, you travel the inner path to Oneness. The unique system of Reiki is offering you the opportunity to return to your true nature, that of the Great Bright Light. The code is broken.
Reiki is a simple yet mysterious healing technique from Japan, founded about 100 years ago by a Bhuddhist called Usui Mikao, who also invented this name that sounds strange to modern Japanese ears. Some people in Japan even get a little frightened when they hear the word, because “Rei” can also mean something like “ghost”. Reiki instead doesn’t care so much about the meaning of the words and spreads itself all over the planet, where it has become quite popular within the scene of western spiritual healers and seekers.
Reiki started its triumph in Hawaii in the late 1940s, when a Hawaiian Lady called Hawayo Takata began treating people with Reiki, she had learned from Churijo Hayashi. As in Hawaii Pearl Harbor was located, it’s not that surprising, that Mrs. Takata made up her own version of the origin of Reiki, to sort of veil the Buddhist and Shinto roots of the system, as they may have triggered a whole lot of negative emotions in American people at this particular time. From this long passed time there are still some legends passed on and around the world by not so well informed Reiki practitioners, e.g. the myth Usui Sensei had been a Christian Monk, studied in Chicago and many other biographical details invented by Mrs. Takata.
In the beginning of the 1980s Reiki came to Europe. At first only the Takata myths were known and taught, until a German Reiki Teacher moved to Japan and started teaching Reiki there. To his big surprise he found Reiki to be alive in Japan, which contradicted another Takata myth: She had claimed to be the one and only living Reiki teacher in the world, even calling herself a “Grand-Master” (a title Usui Sensei himself neither used nor ever gave to anyone!). From these days on, more and more informations about the origins of Reiki and its founder Usui Sensei came to light. The doors of the Usui Gakkai – the Organization founded in Tokyo to preserve Usui Sensei’s work – stayed closed to westerners until today. But Japanese Reiki Teachers like e.g. Doi Hiroshi – the founder of Gendai Reiki – or Inamoto Hyakuten – who founded Hayashi based Komyo Reiki Kai made many details known also to western Reiki practitioners and teachers, so there is a much broader picture of what Reiki is and how it can serve us in the 21st century.
There are five basic rules, the Japanes Meji Emperor had invented. Usui Sensei adored this man very much (some might know him in his young years from the movie “Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise) and so he applied these five principles to his Reiki path. Let’s have a look, how they can serve our personal development in the western realm even today about 100 years after Reiki had been founded and took its way from traditional sittings with the master himself to advanced online courses available e.g. in the Reikifriendship, the Online Reikischool founded in 2004:
1.Just for today – don’t be angry! It’s not easy to understand the first step, being brought up with a western mind. Simply and habitually expressing our anger will burn us internally, which can threaten our lives. So kind compassion is not some luxury for sunny Sundays, but basic life-saving insight. So the first reason for learning Reiki online is to be reminded daily that letting anger take over simply destroys our lives. Reiki has some smart suggestions how to get over it again and again.
2.Just for today – don’t worry! This is another big one. As we all know from many self-development programs, worries are very contra-productive. Failure can be the immediate result, if we don’t stop this negative trip right away. It’s such a big help for us in these stressful times to remember again and again, that worries can kill our integrity and thus the basis of our health and wealth!
3.Just for today – be grateful! In the movie the Secret the say: If you can say thank you to something you’re attracted to, it’s almost yours!” So gratitude is one of the huge attractor factors for wealth, health, happiness and success. The third reason to learn Reiki online is to daily be reminded to be grateful. It’s so helpful, and you Won’t want to miss this one another day!
4.Just for today – work hard on yourself! This one is a little more challenging to get, but not less important than the first three principles: If we don’t take 100% responsibility, we won’t achieve what we came here for. If we forget who is the most important person in our life, we can’t master this principle: Ourselves! Working on others will only show poor results compared to what is possible if we take the full responsibility and live from that.
5.Just for today – be kind to everyone! This last principle of course also starts with me! If I’m not kind, friendly and compassionate with myself in the first place, my friendliness to others will be a mere gesture without life and power. Online we have the daily opportunity to practice kindness to ourselves and all other Reiki students.
As we can see very clearly here, learning Reiki in an Online school can be far more supporting and challenging, than learning in an ordinary weekend class, with regular meetings following only once a month. The Reiki principles as presented by Usui Sensei are so precious for our daily success and well-being, that having the support of being reminded to them daily can be very useful for making the progress desired in one’s life, may it concern business, health, relating or other areas of the human realm.
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Conferencia sobre Reiki Tradicional Japonés. Primera de seis partes. A cargo de Alvaro Würth, Shihan de la Gendai Reiki Healing Association de Japón.
Viewpoints about the system of Reiki and its past are numerous. On our new website we have many pieces about the history of Reiki and its teachers as well as modern teachers and their teachings. But let’s look at a potted version of what has happened to the system since its beginnings in the early 1900s.
In 1865 Mikao Usui was born to a samurai family descended from the Chiba clan. He studies martial arts and reaches a high level called Menkyo Kaiden within the art around 1890. Mikao Usui marries Sadako Suzuki and they have a boy, Fuji and a girl, Toshiko. He becomes a lay Tendai priest.
Suzuki san, Mikao Usui’s cousin, studied with Mikao Usui formally from 1915 until 1920 (and communicated with him informally until his death). She states that the first teaching to his students (12 of whom are claimed to still be alive) were the precepts. He also gave meditations and mantras for his students to practise. She said that during this period he became well known as a healer even though his initial teachings were based on strengthening one’s spirituality rather than direct healing. Mikao Usui used a reiju that was in fact a ‘spiritual blessing’ for his students. This was the forerunner to what is known as an attunement today. The Reiju was not created to attune/empower or transform someone, it was merely intended as a spiritual blessing. What was taught at this time appears to have been based strongly on traditional Japanese cultural and religious mores without it actually becoming a religion.
A group of nuns, two of whom were called Tenon in and Yuri in, worked with Mikao Usui from 1920 until he died. In 1922 Mikao Usui climbed Mt Kurama and practiced an austerity training culminating in a deeper or different understanding of his spiritual practices. The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai is created by Mikao Usui one month later in Tokyo and is set up to cater to naval officers and other lay people. The symbols are introduced to the system to help those who had difficulty sensing the energy within them and in 1925 Mikao Usui moves to Nakano outside of Tokyo. A number of healing centers are set up. Chujiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer and surgeon, studies with Mikao Usui in 1925. It is guessed that he may have written the first hand position manual for Mikao Usui. Some of Mikao Usui’s students become well known such as Toshihiro Eguchi and Kaiji Tomita. In 1926 Mikao Usui died of a stroke.
Chujiro Hayashi practiced under the auspices of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai until 1933 when he opened his own centre. The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai continued to practise in quiet and still exists today. Some modern researchers have said that Chujiro Hayashi never had time to finish Shinpiden (teacher level) and he and the other naval officers merely emulated the reiju used by Mikao Usui.
It is believed that Chujiro Hayashi began the first actual commercial centre where people would come for healing and practitioners would work on them. Chujiro Hayashi wrote that he had taught 13 Reiki Masters by 1938. From 1936-1938 Hawayo Takata, an American born Japanese woman studied with him and became one of these Reiki Masters. Other students of his were Chiyoko Yamaguchi (whountil recently taught in Kyoto with her son Tadao), his wife – Chie and Tatsumi. We understand that there are other practitioners trained by him alive in Japan today. Chujiro Hayashi’s teachings were from the latter period of Mikao Usui’s life and may have been adapted by him to suit a more technical and clinical approach to the system rather than a spiritual one.
Hawayo Takata took the system of Reiki back to Hawaii, US and set up the first non-Japanese Reiki clinic. It seems that what she taught technically was in line with her teacher’s teachings. She did not teach the chakra system and neither did Chujiro Hayashi. Instead, her diary relates that she knew of and taught about the hara method. Her historical knowledge of the system on the other hand varied according to the time and occasion it was told in.
Chujiro Hayashi died in 1940 and his wife continued teaching in his place.
By the mid -1970s Hawayo Takata realized that she needed students to pass on what she had taught. She trained, in total, 22 students to teach the system of Reiki, as she knew it. Hawayo Takata died in 1980. During this period there were still people practising in Japan who were taught by Mikao Usui and his students. These students/teachers appear to have had no inclination to contact the strands of the system that were being practiced in the West.
After Hawayo Takata died her students began to set up their own practices and create Reiki groups and associations. Debate began over what was the true system of Reiki. A group called The Reiki Alliance standardized the Western system and taught what they called Usui Shiki Ryoho. Hawayo Takata’s granddaughter was their head and the term ‘Grandmaster’ was created to reflect her position. This term had not been used in the system of Reiki in either Japan or the West previously.
Barbara Weber Ray, another Reiki Master of Hawayo Takata, began her system calling it The Radiance Technique and claimed to have the only true teachings. These teachings appear to be influenced by her New Age beliefs.
Other students, including Iris Ishikuro and her student Arthur Robertson, drew more New Age concepts into the system of Reiki during the 80s. It was at this point that mythological Tibetan teachings entered the scene. People began to channel information from spirits and guides and the system of Reiki took on a new life quite different from its Japanese origins.
The Westernized version returned to Japan in the 1980s and these modern, western teachings became very popular there – just as they had in the West. It was not until the 1990s that research began to provide the fascinating facts that early teachings of Mikao Usui and his students were still being practiced in Japan. The new millennium has brought with it a gradual opening up by the Japanese. Amongst some of these older teachings that have come to the light are:
The traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai has a member, Hiroshi Doi, who has taught Westerners branches such as Usui Reiki Ryoho and his own Gendai Reiki Ho.
Chiyoko Yamaguchi, a student of Chujiro Hayashi, teaches today, as does her student Hyakuten Inamoto.
Chris Marsh is slowly passing on Suzuki san’s knowledge of the early teachings to the West as well.
All in all it is an exciting time to be involved with these teachings and to know that as practitioners we can continue to learn and upgrade our knowledge and personal experience.
 Suzuki san, born in 1895 and a cousin of Mikao Usui’s wife. Suzuki san is still alive today according to her student Chris Marsh.
 Mariko Suzuki
 Dave King claims to have had contact with Tenon in and supplies this information.
 Memorial Stone of Mikao Usui in the Saihoji Temple, Tokyo.
 Memorial Stone of Mikao Usui.
 Frank Arjava Petter’s research
Técnica de Reiki Tradicional Japonés guiada por maestros miembros de la Gendai Reiki Healing Association de Japón.