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A Brief History of Usui Reiki Beyond its Japanese Origins

An Usui System of Natural Healing or Reiki is a spiritual practice and healing art that anyone can learn and practice. It is a gentle hands-on and distant healing discipline that simply, but powerfully, balances body, mind, heart and spirit using your own natural healing energy. It is not a religion, but honors and coexists peacefully with all religions and belief systems. Both Jikiden Reiki 's and other Usui Reiki's tradition is primarily oral and is passed from teacher to student based on their personal relationship as a Reiki student and a Reiki teacher. A thumbnail sketch of Reiki's history follows:

Reiki originated in Japan in the 1920's. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, created a system of healing he called Reiki. He spent the rest of his life until his death in 1926 practicing and teaching this method of natural healing which involves both the physical laying on of hands as well as distant treatment. Usui authored the principles of Reiki or Gokai which he is believed to have derived from the Waka poetry of the Japanese Meiji Emporer.

One of Usui's students, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a medical doctor and retired Japanese naval officer, continued Usui's work after his death opening a Reiki clinic and school in Tokyo. One of Dr. Hayashi's students, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, a Hawaiian of Japanese descent, consulted with Dr. Hayashi in Japan about life-threatening medical problems in 1935. After being cured of these medical problems through Reiki, Mrs. Takata studied Reiki under Dr. Hayashi. In 1938 Mrs. Takata was very honored to be designated one of Dr. Hayashi's small group of Reiki Shihans or Reiki Teachers. Mrs. Takata taught Reiki in Hawaii, the mainland of the United States, in Puerto Rico and in Canada. During the last two years of her life, Mrs. Takata initiated 22 Reiki Shihans who she called Reiki Masters. Mrs. Takata took on herself the title of Grand Master or Reiki.

After Takata-sensei's death in 1980, Mrs. Takata's granddaughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto was designated by 21 of Mrs. Takata's Reiki Masters as Mrs. Takata's successor and as a Grand Master. One of Mrs. Takata's Reiki Masters, Barbara Webber Ray, went her own way, and developed her version of Reiki which she called the Radiance Teachnique. Phyllis Furumoto is currently recognized by the Reiki Alliance, which was the Reiki organization formed in 1981 by the above mentioned 21 of Mrs. Takata's Reiki Masters, as the present Grand Master and Lineage Bearer of the Reiki Alliance which practices the Usui Shiki Ryoho method of Usui Reiki. Paul Mitchell, another of Mrs. Takata's Reiki Masters, was later designated by Phyllis Furumoto as the Head of the Discipline of the Reiki Alliance. The Reiki Alliance is a worlwide organization of Reiki Masters tracing their Reiki lineage to Hawayo Takato and practicing USUI SHIKI RYOHO REIKI SEMINARS. The Reiki Alliance stated mission is to promote the Usui Shiki Ryoho method of Usui Reiki and support its Reiki Master members. Phyllis Lei Furumoto has taught and has encouraged the teaching Reiki worldwide.
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Jikiden Reiki History

In 1938 two years after Hawayo Takata completed her Usui Reiki studies withDr.  Chujiro Hayashi, a Japanese student of Dr. Hayashi, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, first learned Usui Reiki at the age of 17. Her uncle Wasaburo Sugano had brought Dr. Hayashi to teach Usui Reiki to himself and his entire extended family which included Chiyoko in Ishikawa, Japan. Chiyoko studied Shoden and Okuden, the student levels of Reiki directly from Dr. Hayashi.  Chiyoko was later attuned as an Usui Reiki teacher.

Chiyoko Yamaguchi spent her remaining 65 years of life treating others using the Reiki she was taught by Dr. Hayashi. All of her three sons received Reiki Reiju. Her youngest son Tadao Yamaguchi began treating people with Usui Reiki in 1965 at a very young age. In the late 1990s, Tadao Yamaguchi and his mother founded the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai or Jikiden Reiki Institute and through it started teaching a form of Usui Reiki. They called this form of Jikiden Usui Reiki meaning which means directly handed-down without alteration. This Reiki is based on the Usuii Reiki Mrs. Yamaguchi learned from Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and her uncle Wasaburo Sugano and that her son Tadao learned from her. Chiyoko Yamaguchi died in 2003. Tadao Yamaguchi currently teaches the Jikiden Reiki in Japan and worldwide and is committed to preserving and spreading the Jikiden form of Usui Reiki through the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyu Kai or Jikiden Reiki Institute which is located in Kyoto, Japan. All Jikiden Reiki Shoden and Okuden students as well as all Jikiden Reiki Shihan and Shihan Kaku (Apprentice Teachers) are registered centrally with the Jikiden Reiki Institute.
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Emerald City Reiki Center e-mcity.org is an Usui Reiki Center offering Jikiden Shoden (1st degree) on two consecutive Sundays each month and Okuden (2nd degree) on one of the following Sundays each month.Call us at 206.725.5495or email us at info@e-mcity.org. for more information. See our about us page.

Upcoming Shoden classes on June 10 and 17, July 1 and 8 2018, July 29 and August 5 2018, August 19 and 26 2018, September 3 and 4 2018 (Labor Day weekend).The cost for Shoden is $350.00 USD.

Upcoming Okuden classes on June 24, July 22, August 12 and September 10 2018. The cost for Okuden is $400.00.  

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