ABOUT OUR STYLE OF PRACTICE
Chiyoko Yamaguchi - Her story
Chiyoko sensei was born in Kyoto Japan on December 18, 1921. When she was in the second grade, she went to live in a suburb of Osaka Japan with her uncle, Wasaburo Sugano (it was Mr. Sugano who introduced Reiki to the family). Originally, it was Mr. Sugano's intention to formally adopt Chiyoko, but that was never to happen. At age ten, Chiyoko, along with her brother moved to Ishikawa prefecture to live with another family of relatives, the Usuios. It was here that Chiyoko first heard of Reiki.
As mentioned, Reiki was introduced to the family by Mr. Sugano. He was the executive director of an Osaka based paper company. His initial interest in Reiki was due to the death of his two children. His first child died shortly after birth and the second at the age of fifteen from tuberculosis (which was incurable in those days). Sugano heard about Reiki in 1928 and the sad loss of his children led him to learn Reiki from Chujiro Hayashi in Osaka. So impressed by what he learned from Hayashi sensei, Mr. Sugano invited people from his home town in Daishoji to learn Reiki from Hayashi in Osaka.
Later, a branch of the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai was established in Daishoji and Mr. Sugano and his wife Chiyo would come there to teach Reiki. These seminars were so popular that Mr. Sugano asked Hayashi sensei to come and teach seminars there, Hayashi agreed and began to teach in Daishoji twice a year. The first seminar with Hayashi sensei was held there in 1935.
Chiyoko learns Reiki from Hayashi sensei
In 1938, at the age of seventeen Chiyoko was finally allowed to learn Reiki for herself. She was told that Reiki would be a good 'bridal gift' to bring into her new family after marriage and she was allowed to attend the seminar. Chiyoko was a very enthusiastic student and practiced Reiki whenever she could. She also would often help with the activities of the Diashoji branch Reiki Institute. She had almost daily opportunities to work with Reiki. In 1939, Chiyoko sensei became a Shihankaku under Hayashi sensei and a Shihan in early 1940. Hayashi sensei's wife Chie Hayashi, granted Chiyoko with the title of DaiShihan in 1942.
Married life and the chaos of the war
In February of 1942 Chiyoko married and a year later she joined her husband in Manchuria. They started a family and Chiyoko would regularly give Reiki to her unborn baby. She did this with all of her children and all were born very healthy. Chiyoko and her husband had a total of four childern, all boys. As the children grew, she had the opportunity to use Reiki whenever they became sick or suffered injuries. In her house, Reiki had an everyday presence. She also gave Reiki treatments to her nearby neighbors.
During World War II, Manchuria was a place of great trouble. Medical resources were hard to come by and Chiyoko used Reiki frequently to help the people around her. Her husband was called to military service in 1945 and Chiyoko lost contact with him. Life was very unstable due to the war and Chiyoko quickly gathered what little she could and boarded a ship to return to Japan.
In 1948 Chiyoko was reunited with her husband who was held as a prisoner of war in Siberia. He was greatly ill and suffered terrible injuries from the war. Every day she would treat her husband's injuries and he recovered. In 1950 Chiyoko and her family moved back to Kyoto where she would continue to use Reiki on an almost daily basis.
Chiyoko Yamaguchi - a student of Hayashi discovered
A chance meeting between Chiyoko's son Tadao and a Western Reiki practitioner in 1995 exposed Chiyoko and her Reiki to the World. Tadao was attending a conference when he met a man who had 'Reiki Teacher' written on his business card. This stood out to Tadao because the word 'Reiki' was written in katakana (an alphabet used for foreign words in Japanese). Tadao thought this odd and asked the man about it. The man told him that while Reiki started in Japan, it had died out, and the only way to learn it was to learn the Reiki as it was taught in the West. Tadao told the man that his mother had learned Reiki long ago from Hayashi. Upon hearing this, the man became very excited and said that he was going to mention it to his teacher, a well known Western Reiki teacher in Japan. When this teacher's student told him about Chiyoko, he immediately contacted Chiyoko for an interview. Chiyoko sensei shared her Reiki story with this man, who a year later recounted it in a book he published. This book opened a floodgate of attention as Reiki researchers from around the World reached out to Chiyoko to learn whatever they could from a student of Hayashi sensei.
As Chiyoko met with teachers from all around the World, she began to notice how much the Reiki that they practiced was different from what she did. She found that many of these teachers did not engage in giving Reiki treatments and that many things they talked about were completely unknown to her. She realized that as Reiki spread around the World, it changed a lot.
Many of the people who visited with Chiyoko encouraged her to share what she learned from Hayashi. At first she resisted this idea. Her son Tadao one day heard someone at an environmental conference he was attending mention Reiki. This person said that he had taken a Reiki seminar and felt that it 'was no big deal'. This saddened Tadao and he reported the conversation to his mother. These factors made Chiyoko decide that she would begin to teach what she knew.
The beginnings of Jikiden Reiki
When she first decided to start teaching, Chiyoko was encouraged to 'name' her style of Reiki. At first she resisted this idea and wanted to just call it Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho, but she was told that that was much too long of a name. She settled on the name Jikiden Reiki to reflect that her style came directly from Hayashi and was unchanged.
Chiyoko knew that she wanted to make sure that she was doing everything correctly. After all, it had been many years since she learned Reiki from Hayashi sensei and she felt it important to confirm what she was going to be teaching. She reached out to family members who had also studied with Hayashi and asked them questions. With their help, she and Tadao were able to reconstruct the seminars as they were taught by Hayashi. Chiyoko sensei, along with her son Tadao, began teaching Jikiden Reiki seminars in 1999. They established the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute) that same year as an organization to spread the teachings of Jikiden Reiki.
A fateful meeting - Frank Arjava Petter
In 1999, well known Reiki teacher, researcher and author Frank Arjava Petter heard about Chiyoko Yamaguchi and reached out to her. When he called and spoke with Tadao Yamaguchi he asked about learning from Chiyoko. Tadao asked him if he spoke Japanese, to which Arjava responded 'yes'. Tadao then welcomed him to attend a seminar. Arjava attended his first seminar with Chiyoko in 2000, learning the shoden and okuden levels of Jikiden Reiki. He learned the Shihankaku level with Chiyoko in 2002, and the Shihan level with Tadao in 2004. Arjava wrote about Jikiden Reiki and Chiyoko sensei which introduced both to the outside world in a major way. It was Frank Arjava Petter who along with Tadao Yamaguchi taught the first Jikiden Reiki seminar outside of Japan in 2004. Arjava received the rank of DaiShihan in 2007.
The legacy of Chiyoko Yamaguchi
Chiyoko sensei passed away on August 19th, 2003 at the age of 82. She practiced Reiki almost daily for sixty-five years. After her death, her son Tadao continued to share what he had learned from his mother. He took the position of Daihyo (Representative) of the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai. In 2009, Tadao sensei appointed Frank Arjava Petter to the position of Daihyo Daiko (Vice-Representative) of the Institute. Today, both Tadao sensei and Arjava sensei travel the World to teach seminars and pass on the teachings of Jikiden Reiki.
© JIKIDEN REIKI KENKYUKAI
Our style of practice is called 'Jikiden Reiki'. Although it may seem like it at first look, this is not a new style of Reiki that someone decided to invent. Jikiden Reiki is the original Shinshin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho 心身改善臼井靈氣療法 as practiced by the founder of Reiki and his prominent student, Chujiro Hayashi.
This style of practice is called 'Jikiden Reiki' for two reasons. Firstly, it is the style of Reiki that is transmitted through the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai, an educational institute established to share these teachings in a clear and standardized manner, in an effort to preserve the original Reiki of Hayashi sensei. Secondly, when Chiyoko Yamaguchi was first encouraged to teach Reiki as she learned it from Hayashi sensei, she decided to use the name 'Jikiden Reiki' in order to convey the fact that this is Reiki, unchanged and consistently practiced in the same manner as it was taught by Hayashi sensei in the 1930s.
In Japanese, the word 'Jikiden' translates to mean 'direct teachings'. For practitioners of Jikiden Reiki, the meaning is a bit deeper. Jikiden Reiki teachers continue to pass down the teachings as they were passed to us from Chiyoko sensei. We do not add to, or take away from what we originally learned. This ensures that Jikiden Reiki will maintain the methodologies, approaches and attitudes that have been practiced since Reiki was first founded by Mikao Usui.
To understand a bit more about where our style of practice comes from, it is important to learn some of the history of Chiyoko Yamaguchi and how she came to learn Reiki in the first place.
The Lineage Of Jikiden Reiki