Reiki is …

Chiyoko YamaguchiThe Japanese term “Reiki” consists of the two kanji Rei and Ki. The meaning of “Rei” can be summarized as: Mankind has the capacity to connect to the Divine in order to receive only good energy. “Ki” is the Japanese word for energy. Reiki is spiritual energy that vitalizes everything and has a healing effect on every level of your being. In a Reiki course you learn how to use this energy for yourself and for others.

In a Reiki session you relax, entrust yourself to the hands of the therapist and to the Reiki energy in a pleasant and reassuring atmosphere and find moments of peace and unity. However, the treatment actually works on the physical level as well: It stimulates the body’s defenses and its natural cleansing system. Decades of experience show that Reiki is a serious alternative healing method.

Tadao Yamaguchi“Jikiden Reiki” means „original, authentic Japanese line of Reiki teaching“. Chiyoko Yamaguchi (1921-2003), the mother of Head of the Institute Tadao Yamaguchi, was a direct student of Dr. Hayashi. She learned Reiki in 1938 and practiced it for 65 years. This Reiki line has no Western influences and shows Reiki in its original beauty, simplicity and efficiency.

Historical Background

Mikao UsuiThe Reiki system of holistic healing with spiritual life energy was founded by Mikao Usui (15th August 1865 – 9th March 1926). In 1922, Usui Sensei had an enlightenment experience on mount Kurama near Kyoto, in the course of which he received special healing powers. Before, he had intensively studied different spiritual schools. So he integrated his knowledge deriving from Shintoism, Buddhism and other religions into his teaching, which he continued to develop until his death in 1926. He attuned several thousand people to Reiki and trained 20 Shihans (teachers).

Chujiro HayashiOne of these teachers was naval surgeon Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who proved to be very important for the spreading of Reiki. Among his Reiki students was Hawayo Takata, a Hawaiian lady of Japanese descent. Without her, Reiki probably would not have come to the West. From 1938, Chiyoki Yamaguchi studied Reiki with Dr. Hayashi as well. She was the niece of Wasaburo Sugano, who, among others, organised seminars for Dr. Hayashi. For this reason, she was able to start her Reiki training at the young age of 17. She took part in the Shoden and Okuden courses of Dr. Hayashi, and later on her uncle Wasaburo Sugano, with Dr. Hayashi’s permission, taught her how to give Reiju (attunements). Chiyoko Sensei practiced Reiki her whole life, until her death on 19th August 2003. In 1999, together with her son Tadao Yamaguchi, she founded the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai (institute) in order to teach Reiki in the style of Dr. Hayashi’s courses.

Jikiden Reiki objectives

1. To publish illustrations of the effectiveness and document people’s experiences of Reiki.

2. To enable people to use Reiki as an effective complement to conventional medical care.

3. To introduce the effectiveness of Reiki to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, thereby initiating its use in conjunction with Western medicine in the conventional medical field.

4. To introduce the use of Reiki for medical care in the household. This should help to break dependence on everyday allopathic remedies and conventional drugs. The ultimate objective here is twofold. Firstly people will become healthier as their bodies start to remember how to heal themselves without chemical substances introduced from the outside. Secondly there will be a significant reduction in the amount of medical waste, a positive effect on the environment, which can be global in scale.


Mikao Usui – Dr. Chujiro Hayashi – Chiyoko Yamaguchi – Tadao Yamaguchi

Gokai – The Five Reiki Principles

A central point of the Reiki practice are the Gokai, the five Reiki principles. They were formulated by Usui Sensei in order to promote a healthy attitude of mind. He recommended to recite the Gokai every morning and evening with hands in the Gassho meditation position. In Jikiden Reiki, the Gokai are traditionally recited in Japanese, e. g. before the Reiju (attunements).

The Gokai and their translation:

Kyo Dakewa     Just for today  
  Ikaruna     Do not be angry 
  Shinpaisuna     Do not be worried 
  Kanshashite     Be gratefull 
  Gyo wo Hageme     Do your duties fully 
  Hitoni Shinsetsuni     Be kind to others 



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