‘ORIGINAL’ REIKI INFORMATION – THE SOURCES – Reikimagick


‘ORIGINAL’ REIKI INFORMATION – THE SOURCES
Copyright © 2002 James Deacon
[Reiki Revisionists or Reiki Mythmakers?]

Takata-Sensei brought the Reiki healing modality from Japan to the west (Hawaii) in the late1930’s (-she received her Master Level initiation from Hayashi-Sensei in 1938), and with the actual Reiki modality, came the story (- familiar, I believe to just about everyone who has ever attended a ‘Takata-lineage’ Reiki class -) of Usui Sensei and the origins of Reiki.

This ‘authorised version’ of Reiki history remained – to all intents and purposes – unchallenged, upto and beyond Takata-Sensei’s death in 1980 – in fact right up into the 1990’s, when ‘new’ information suggesting alternatives to the accepted history of Usui, Reiki, and its origins began to surface.

Amongst other things, there were rumours of a Reiki Society – the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (initially believed to have been set up by Usui-Sensei, then later said to have been set up by some of his students after his death). The Gakkai were said to be ‘keepers of the flame’ of Original Reiki (then it emerged that they apparently no longer teach some of the things Usui Sensei taught, and teach things he didn’t…).

There were other rumours of secret Usui Diaries kept in Japanese Temples; Tendai Buddhists claiming Tendai origins for Reiki, Shingon Buddhists claiming Shingon origins; Qi Gung practitioners claiming Taoist origins; Kotodama practice claiming Usui Sensei taught Kotodama; martial artists claiming Usui Sensei was a high level martial arts practitioner, etc, etc.

Not unexpectedly, this new (and to a certain extent, conflicting) information gripped the hearts, minds and imagination of a great many Reikifolk, and has given rise to a whole host of magazine articles, books, lectures – even the occasional video -as well as spawning a plethora of workshops / courses teaching numerous subtly different versions of ‘original Reiki techniques”

Gradually this ‘original’ and often dissonant Reiki material is being (-some might say, creatively) woven together in an attempt to reconstruct the ‘truth’ about Reiki – it’s origins, history, teachings and practices.

New material continues to emerge from existing sources, and new sources are still occasionally ‘stepping into the limelight’ to offer up their contributions, or to corroborate, dispute or refute recent revelations from other sources…

What follows is a list of some of the people responsible for the information which has already emerged – and still continues to emerge.

Mieko Mitsui (a journalist) had become a Master in Barbara Ray’s “Radiance Technique” Reiki while living in New York…

In 1985 she went back to Japan to try and see what she could discover about Reiki’s origins.

She started teaching Reiki there – and also translated Barbara Ray’s Reiki book “The Reiki Factor” into Japanese – and in the process could be said to have been responsible for single-handedly sparking a ‘Reiki Revival’ in Japan…

In addition to promoting Barbara Ray’s style of ‘western’ Reiki, Mieko reported that, contrary to the ‘Takata version’ of the History, Reiki had not died out in Japan…

She spoke of a privately printed book, “Usui Reiki Gakkai” (said to be an academic text written by a mathematician at Meiji University, Tokyo) which supposedly talks about Reiki and a man named Usui…

Mitsue also stated that ‘Japanese’ Reiki had (as is the case with Barbara Ray’s system) more than the standard three Levels or Degrees found in familiar ‘Takata-style’ Reiki…

She also claimed said that she tracked down the home of Usui-Sensei’s daughter’s family, but that they refused to speak to her about Mikao Usui. [Note: according to Rick Rivard, an inscription on the Usui family tombstone indicates that Usui Sensei’s daughter died, unmarried, aged 21]

Amongst many others, Meiki Mitsui taught Reiki to Toshitaka Mochizuki & Hiroshi Doi…

Toshitaka Mochizuki.
Published “Iyashi No Te” in 1995 – the first modern day Reiki book written by a Japanese master…

Trained originally in western style Reiki, apparently also received tuition from Masters in Japan whose training history is partly Japanese…

Mochizuki attributes some of his historical information to an obscure Japanese book entitled “The Secret of How to Take Care of Your Family Members” by Takichi Tsukida…

Runs the Vortex school of Reiki, in Yokohama…

The “Traditional Japanese Reiki” system (created in 1995) is based on the Vortex system’s teachings which contains material from both Western and Japanese sources…

Hiroshi Doi
Author of ‘Iyashi no Gendai Reikiho’ or “Modern Reiki Method for Healing”. learnt Reiki from Mieko Mitsui. He also received Neo Reiki training from an Indian Reiki master in Tokyo…

Professes to be a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai – the Society believed to have been set up shortly after Usui-sensei’s death by some of his students… Apparently he studied with the former Gakkai chairperson, Mrs. Koyama…

Doi claims that the objective of Reiki was to attain a state known as: Anshin Ritsumei (or: Dai Anjin), a state in which ones mind is totally at peace – not bothered by anything – and in which one perceive one’s life’s purpose…
Hiroshi Doi also says that in the early eighties he studied a form of Téaté (healing) with a Mr.Hiroshi Ohta, but only later discovered that what he had learnt was actually Reiki…

He states that at the time he met Mieko Mitsui he was seeking to develop his own healing technique by uniting systems he had already learned. Amongst the systems Doi mentions are: Nishino Breathing, Shinmeikan Healing, SAS Shin-ki-ko, Genkyoku Kiko, Crystal Healing, Kihodo Healing, Hypnotic Kiko, Osteopathy, Energy Balancing, Astral Healing, SMC Silba Method, Natural Vibration technique, Seiki-ho, Doki-ho, Balance Therapy, & Multi-dimension Body Work…

Hiroshi Doi’s school of Reiki, called “Gendai Reiki” -Contemporary Reik Method – blends western Reiki with what he claims to be Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai practices, though one wonders to what degree “Gendai Reiki” has been influenced by the above-mentioned therapeutic systems…

Chris Marsh
Martial Artist and Tendai Buddhist. Chris states that, during a visit to Japan in June 200, to complete some martial arts training, he was introduced to several people all having had connections with Mikao Usui, including a 107 year old Tendai nun refered to as: ‘Suzuki San’, who was one of Usui Sensei’s original students…

He was apparently also shown a number of artifacts related to Usui…

On a further visit to Japan in June/July 2001 he claims to have been introduced to a further 11 very elderly students of Mikao Usui, including Buddhist monks and Nuns, Shinto followers and a farmer…

Chris says he was also shown many of Usui’s own papers including diaries, notes and precepts, all in his own handwriting. Apparently he was allowed to make handwritten copies of some of these documents and other copies were forwarded to him later…

Chris’s contacts apparently emphasise that Usui was Tendai until the end of his life, that the Reiki teachings were Buddhist in origin although they included some Shinto energy practices, and also that Usui Sensei did not really have a name for the system – the name used by Usui’s students is ‘Usui Teate’ – ‘Usui Hand Touch / Usui Hand Healing’ and also ‘Usui Do’ – ‘Usui Way’ – that the name Reiki is not used or known by Usui’s students…

Richard Blackwell (Lama Yeshe Drugpa Trinley Odzer)
According to Richard Blackwell – a Clinical Psychologist, who claims to be ordained as both a Tibetan Lama and Japanese Shingon Priest – he is in possession of a black lacquered box containing documents once belonging to Usui Sensei

(- documents which a German antiquarian apparently confirmed as authentic manuscripts from the 7th to the 19th Century), detailing the Reiki tradition and teachings…

One of these documents: the Tantra of the Lightning Flash, is said to present a comprehensive healing method derived from esoteric Buddhism as practiced in Tibet, and was supposedly brought to Japan by Kobo Daishi (Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism [Note: the idea that this ‘Tantra of the Lightning Flash’ had originated in Tibet is problematic, as Kukai had actually returned to Japan (from China) with the sacred texts on which Shingon was founded, several years before Guru Rinpoche (founder of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism) had even taken the Tantric teachings to Tibet. Further, the original catalogue of the texts brought to Japan by Kukai still exists (written in his own handwriting), and this ‘Tantra of the Lightning Flash’ is not one of them]…

Richard maintains that the box was purchased just after WWII by his father (who was then a Captain in the US Army) from some destitute monks who were raising funds to rebuild their fire-bombed temple…

According to Richard, Usui Sensei – although born into a Tendai family – became a devout Shingon Buddhist after a Cholera-induced near-death experience during which he experienced visions of Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairochana) – the central Buddha of the Shingon Faith…

Dave King & Melissa Riggall
Melissa Rigall maintains that she has met several of Dr. Hayahsi’s students while in Japan, and both she and Dave claim to have met about a dozen of Usui Sensei’s surviving students, including one who was more than 112 years old and a Buddhist nun aged 105 who was apparently trained to the second highest level by Usui Sensei…

According to Dave, he and Melissa were taught Reiki by Yuji Onuki (who apparently trained with Toshihiro Eguchi – a friend and student of Usui) in 1971 in Morocco…

Dave says he spent time with Mr. Tatsumi, (said to be one of Hayashi’s master level students), in rural Japan and achieved Usui-do shichidan (level 7) in 1995… He apparently learnt Tatsumi’s attunement process and was allowed to trace copies of the four Reiki symbols in Hayashi’s handwriting. Tatsumi died in October 1996 and is said to have left his complete set of master level notes for Dave and Melissa to review…

Mrs. Chiyoko Yamaguchi
Mrs. Yamaguchi teaches Jikkiden Reiki, using the methods apparently taught to her by Hayashi-sensei in 1938…

Mrs. Yamaguchi said she used have a number of notes (apparently copied from Hayashi’s – it was customary for students to copy their Teachers notes), which were later lost in a fire in Manchuria…

Hyakuten Inamoto
Monk of the Pure Land Buddhist sect, learnt Reiki from Mrs.Yamaguchi…
Teaches what he calls Komyo Reiki…

Like many others, he does not understood why Usui Sensei, if he was -as many claim – a Tendai Buddhist until his death, has a grave stone in a Pure Land Buddhist cemetery…

‘Mariko-Obaasan’
Mariko-Obaasan, a Buddhist nun (age 105), apparently has no knowledge of UsuiSensei’s experience on Kurama Yama, although she and her friend met him on Mt. Hiei (Headquarters of the Tendai sect) in 1920 and spent almost every day working with him, up to the time of his death in 1926…

Apparently she says that Usui Sensei was not pro-Meiji; also that he was true to Tendai all his life, and made an offering every day to Amida Nyorai…

According to Mariko-Obaasan, initially there were no levels or grades – students simply worked through a series of exercises until Usui-Sensei felt they were ready to proceed – then in 1923 Usui-Sensei introduced a grading system used by (Jigoro?) Kano. Thus the levels in the original Usui-Do system became: rokyu, gokyu, yankyu, sankyu, nikkyu (CKR symbol taught at this level), ikkyu (SHK symbol ), shodan (HSZSN symbol), nidan (DKM symbol), sandan, yondan, godan, rokudan, shichidan (nanadan)…

Mariko-Obaasan reached the 2nd highest level of Rokudan (in Japan, women were traditionally not allowed to attain the highest levels in a given art)…

Seemingly, Usui-Sensei’s system was one focussing on spiritual growth and Mariko-Obaasan apparently has no knowledge of it having a healing component (i.e. in the sense of being a therapeutic modality for the treatment of others)…

* [ – the “in” of Tenon-In is a title for a nun who takes holy orders after the death of her husband (he had been killed in WW-I)]

George (Tan Lin) Mullen
Like Dave King and Melissa Riggall, George claims to have been trained by Yuji Onuki in 1971…

He says that Yuji Onuki showed them two systems. One, called Usui-Do, was a system of self development – apparently the same as is currently being taught by Dave King…

The second, was a ‘religion’ which Onuki claimed had been developed by Toshihiro Eguchi (a friend and student of Usui Sensei), based on some aspects of Usui Sensei’s work. According to George, it involves summoning a consciousness/deity/kami beyond the self that can guide the practitioner to form a connection with the recipient of the healing…

George further maintains that he (George) studied for some time at a remote Taoist retreat in Heilongjiang province, China, where there is extensive library of ancient Sino-Japanese texts…

He says that in several books there is a clear description of the origins and use of all four Usui symbols, and also the basic philosophy of Usui’s early teachings …

George also says that he has personally seen several (Tendai?) temple records, mentioning Mikao Usui, in the Kansai area of Japan…

** All Energy-Therapies Web – www.aetw.org

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