I teach two very traditional, simple styles of Reiki. Usui Shiki Ryoho, a western style Reiki with lineage through Hawayo Takata, the special woman credited with bringing Reiki out of Japan resulting in it spreading throughout the world; and Jikiden Reiki® a non-western style, as taught to Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her family by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi with no modifications.
Both are wonderful and effective healing practices. Below are descriptions of the two styles as well as the individual classes to help you decide which is right for you. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
USUI SHIKI RYOHO
This is a beautiful, simple healing practice that was first brought out of Japan by Mrs. Hawayo Takata. It is a traditional Usui Reiki I class following the style of Mrs. Takata. She simplified the practice for the western culture, developing a treatment protocol, making it easy to understand and practice. Therefore it is sometimes referred to as Western style Reiki. Your lineage for this practice will be - Mikao Usui - Chujiro Hayashi - Hawayo Takata - John Gray - Libby Barnett - Nikki Ward - You.
A simple hand-placement protocol is taught to ensure providing an overall well balanced treatment for the individual. The practice is simple, easy and effective. The symbols and absent treatment protocol taught in the Reiki II class also follow the tradition of Mrs. Takata's teachings.
There is no prerequisite for this class nor do you need to be familiar with any other energy practices. It is appropriate for anyone. You will leave this class fully empowered to practice Reiki on yourself, others & animals. The class includes: 4 Reiki I Attunements (sometimes called Initiation); a brief history of Reiki; an explanation of your lineage, the Reiki Precepts, applications of Reiki, treatment protocols for self and others; ample hands-on practice, a notebook, a pin & your Reiki certificate.
The prerequisite for this class is First Degree Usui Shiki Ryoho. Reiki I practitioners from other teachers interested in this class, please contact me. You will leave this class with a deeper understanding and experience of Reiki, confident in the use of the Reiki symbols for this level and the ability to perform absent Reiki treatments (also known as distant sessions). The class includes: A Reiki II Attunement (intitation); 3 powerful, sacred healing symbols; explanation and uses of each, protocol for absent treatments; hands-on practice with use of the symbols and absent treatments, a notebook, a pin & your Reiki II certificate.
The prerequisite for Reiki Master class is First & Second Degree Usui Shiki Ryoho and a minimum of six months of consistent practice since the Second Degree class. Reiki II practitioners from other teachers interested in this class may contact me.
You will leave this class with a deeper connection to the spiritual practice of Reiki, plus exercises & techniques to raise your vibration - excellent for your personal practice as well as working with others. A special ceremonial beginning of your commitment and intention to your practice of Being Reiki at this level. Through consistency & dedicated practice, over time, one becomes a master. This class formally initiates the Level II practitioner to that journey.
Class includes: Your Reiki Master Attunement (initiation) raising your ability to access and move greater amounts of Universal Life Force Energy in a shorter amount of time; The sacred Master symbol with explanation and uses; Tools and techniques to raise your vibration and more deeply embody the practice at this Master level; a Reiki Master Meditation and more.
Jikiden Reiki is not a new style of Reiki. It is the original Reiki presented with credibility and clarity. It gets its name because Jikiden means "direct teaching" or "directly handed down." In Japan, anything that is "jikiden" is automatically understood to be in it's original form/method or taught as "my teacher taught me."
As mentioned above, this practice comes through Mrs. Chiyoko Yamaguchi and is taught as she and her entire family learned it from Hayashi Sensei without any modifications.
It stays true to it's roots going back to the discovery of Reiki itself. The history of Reiki is explored in detail during the classes, which are called seminars. Through Jikiden Reiki you will experience Reiki in its original beauty and simplicity. Jikiden Reiki is for anyone with the desire to learn about Reiki and/or deepen and more fully understand their current Reiki practice.
Jikiden Reiki is:
a Japanese Reiki without Western ties or New Age influences;
much more than just a relaxing therapy, it has a history of success with chronic and acute illnesses;
safe & effective and for many years has been proven to be so;
a very simple, non-religious therapeutic treatment that works whether you believe in Reiki or not;
based on & taught with ideas and methods not previously taught in the west;
Accredited and Regulated by the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute) in Kyoto, Japan.
There is no prerequisite for this 2-day Reiki I seminar in which you will receive 3 Reiju (similar to attunements), a manual that is standardized by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan, a detailed history of Reiki and it's founder, Mikao Usui, as well as the history of Jikiden Reiki and the Yamaguchi family. You will learn the Reiki precepts in Japanese, the meaning of the kanji that make up the word Reiki, the objectives and focus of Jikiden Reiki, the first Shirushi (symbol) as well as the many uses of Reiki.
Several different techniques are also taught including: the concept of Byosen, exercises to feel the energy flow and to increase your energy sensitivity, Hatsurei-Ho (a Reiki method used at home) and Ketsueki Kokan (to release toxins). There is also hands-on practice time.
You will receive an official Jikiden Reiki Seminar Attendance Record card to be used for all your future Jikiden Reiki seminars; a certificate in English on the last day of class and later, a beautiful Japanese certificate which is issued by the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan.
Your lineage for this course will be:
Mikao Usui -- Dr. Churjiro Hayashi -- Chiyoko Yamaguchi -- Frank Arjava Petter -- Nikki Ward -- You.
How is Jikiden Reiki different than Usui Shiki ryoho Reiki?
This style is for anyone interested to know more about Reiki, whether you've had no Reiki training at all, whether you're a Reiki Master in any other lineage, or anywhere in between.
If you are looking to take your practice further, learn more about the sensations you are feeling in your hands, more about the cultural aspects in which Reiki was "born," and more --- then Jikiden may be for you.
I also think it is a wonderful training if you are considering opening a professional Reiki practice. No, it isn't necessary for your own business, but I felt it gave me much more information, techniques & experience that I was looking for.
This does not mean that the Usui Shiki Ryoho style is incomplete in any way. It is not.
In Usui, you are given instruction and a treatment blue print, called a treatment protocol, for how to give effective treatment to yourself or loved ones, but Jikiden expanded my practice in a way I wanted.
I've also had students take both styles. And as I did, were pleased they took both and feel they got something important out of what each training has to offer.
But choose your style based on what you feel naturally drawn to, is what I always recommend. Your gut won't steer you wrong.
I hope you'll join me for one style or the other one day -- or both!