In this rare interview with Tadao Yamaguchi
The head of Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan, speaks about growing up with Reiki as a child, his family’s involvement in the practice, their extensive treatment experience using Reiki to benefit everyday ailments as well as very serious conditions, and about his vision for the future of Jikiden Reiki.
Find out why Reiki went underground in Japan and became some kind of secret healing art, what kind of conditions respond well to Reiki, how to use Reiki to support serious health problems, who is suitable for practising Reiki, how to give the most effective treatments and more.
An extract of Gisela Stewart’s recorded conversation with Tadao Yamaguchi has also been published in the November/December issue of Kindred Spirit.
Contact me if you would like me to send you a copy by mail order.
- Stress: If you’re stressed, anxious or tired all the time, Reiki gives you simple, accessible tools to improve your energy levels and your state of mind. People report unexpected encounters with happiness after Jikiden Reiki sessions! *
- Low immune system: If you’re run down and find yourself catching every bug that is going, being ill more often and longer than most people around you, Reiki gives you a simple and effective method to build up your immune system again.
- Chronic Conditions: If you struggle with a chronic illness (often difficult to treat with modern medicine), daily self-reiki treatment can improve your quality of life and, over time, your chances of recovery.
- Cancer: If you or your nearest suffer from cancer, Reiki has been proven to alleviate anxiety, and experience shows that it can be tremendously helpful in lessening the side-effects of conventional cancer therapies.
- End-of-life care: Reiki can be a wonderful way of accompanying the dying, bringing pain relief, emotional acceptance and comfort to everyone involved.
- Natural Health: If you want to rely on pharmaceutical drugs only in emergencies, and generally prefer a more natural path to health and recovery, then Jikiden Reiki is ideal as it works with your body’s natural healing mechanisms.
- Physical Rehabilitation: Physical healing processes tend to happen a little faster and with better outcomes if supported with Reiki treatment. This includes broken bones, which have sometimes mended in record speed with frequent Reiki support. In my experience, stroke patients can also benefit tremendously.
- Wound healing: For all manner of small injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains and even burns, the Jikiden Reiki First Aid method for minor ailments can be used, which tends to ensure fast, clean healing results. Learning this method is invaluable if you have small children!
- Your child’s immune system: Jikiden Reiki is for you if you want to help your children build strong natural immunity, so that they are in the best position to easily shake off any illnesses that may come their way.
- Household use: This makes Jikiden Reiki the natural port of call in the household, bringing speedier recovery from everyday illnesses such as colds and viruses, plus it is instantly available in cases of small injuries.* The founder of the practice, Mikao Usui, referred to Reiki as his secret method to invite health and happiness, not without reason I think.
Disclaimer: The positive outcomes of Jikiden Reiki treatment listed here are entirely based on direct experience, and are not yet underpinned by science. You should always consult your medical practitioner when seriously ill, and may consider using Jikiden Reiki as a powerful complement to appropriate medical care.
Jikiden Reiki treatment involves no risk, as no substances are ingested, and with the treatment using light touch on the fully clothed body, there is no need to fear injury from physical manipulation.
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Since Jikiden first came into my life 7 years ago, I think it is fair to say that I have benefited from and been changed by the practice on a daily basis, as have many others through me. This photo was taken in 2006 in Frank Arjava Petter’s house in Duesseldorf, when I attended my first ever Jikiden Reiki training event with Tadao Yamaguchi. (Since then I have attended many). I am posting it here, because the sheer delight I felt on discovering Jikiden Reiki is palpably visible. Delight at the quality of the training and deep insight into the roots, nature and essence of Reiki practice in a way that was tangible and practical, and very much applicable, and to be applied to, everyday life. Beaming with energy after five days of learning with Yamaguchi sensei and Arjava sensei, feeling like a ball of blueish-whitish light. (I’m the girl grinning from side to side sitting to the right of Tadao sensei).
My first Jikiden Reiki training with Tadao Yamaguchi in Duesseldorf
Memories are flooding back as I see images of this year’s training with Yamaguchi sensei in Frankfurt popping up on facebook, with participants contacting me who have this incredible experience for the first time.
Recently I had a nice surprise when colleagues on LinkedIn unexpectedly congratulated me on on 7 years of dedication to Jikiden Reiki. This struck me like a bolt from the blue, as time has just flown by since my first training in June 2006. There are definitely no signs of a 7 year itch as far as I’m concerned: I am as passionate about jikiden as ever.
So what am I getting from my keen involvement with Jikiden Reiki? Let me warn you: the list is bound to be long. On a personal level: I am definitely not the same person I was before I discovered Jikiden Reiki. A couple of weeks ago a friend stopped me in the street to tell me about a conversation she had had with one of her children: Her primary school aged daughter had asked her if I ever got angry. Because the girl had only ever seen me with a smile on my face, she believed that I would probably even smile when telling my kids off. Although not quite true, this lovely story made me smile even more. I am no saint and I can definitely (although rarely these days) blow my top, but it is true that I feel (and therefore probably radiate) a quiet undercurrent of happiness most of the time. Like anyone else, my life has its complications and is by no means always easy. But I do feel quietly happy a lot, and I credit Jikiden Reiki for that. I love my work helping people return to physical and mental health with Jikiden Reiki treatments in my clinics in the Scottish Borders and in Edinburgh, and I love passing on these simple yet invaluable skills to others in my Jikiden Reiki courses and I love the effects the practice has on my life and on the lives of those around me.
What other changes have I noticed about myself? Some of the qualities I have acquired through daily Reiki practice include patience, groundedness and more of an ability to see situations from multiple perspectives simultaneously; meaning I can better see and feel perspectives other than my own. When confronted with challenging situations, I don’t tend to panic and can usually think on my feet. Having been at the receiving end of two nasty scams last year and again this year, I don’t tend to waste much time or energy on negative states of mind such as getting angry or upset (although worry can be a little harder for me not to engage in), instead finding the people and tools that can support me in effectively dealing with the situation.
Although I was lucky to receive a very good education and being naturally quite articulate, I don’t come from a privileged background, and have never been particularly confident (that is, unless I teach Jikiden Reiki). Being wired on the sensitive side and shy by temperament, I have been reluctant to reveal too much of myself. I remember with a chuckle how, when I first learned Reiki in 2003, I would keep this fact closely guarded private information only to be shared with the trusted few. This is funny, because several years later (and thanks to a process of constant, and sometimes painful, personal growth) I seem to have no choice but to fly by my true colours and to step out into the public domain bearing witness to what I know to be true. Wanting to share my my passion for Jikiden Reiki and its potential to help people live healthier happier lives, simply by tapping into their own, innate, healing ability. Recently my efforts to bring Jikiden Reiki into environments that at first contact may not always be open to energy healing (such as conventional medicine) again triggered my fear buttons, but having done so successfully, the experience is helping me to slowly, steadily and incrementally close the confidence gap.
I am aware that I’m making it sound as if I had life all sussed, which is definitely not true. (However, for me, this makes a nice change from usually being hyper conscious of my shortcomings and failings). Just ask my friends and family and the people close to me for a long list of my flaws. All I am saying is that I have changed for the better since I became involved with Reiki practice, and I see positive changes in others, too. In my experience, the tools offered in Jikiden Reiki practice, such as the Gokai, giving and receiving physical Reiki treatments, reiju, Sei Heki treatment and hatsurei ho, as well as enabling us to practice Reiki for improved physical health, offer great opportunities for ongoing personal growth, too.
Not without reason, it seems to me, has Mikao Usui named his method ‘Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho’ (Usui Reiki treatment method for the improvement of body and mind) and described the practice as his ‘secret method to invite health and happiness.’ What could be more holistic than finding your authenticity, your stable, unfazed core and your rootedness in compassion: all side-effects of dedicated Reiki practice.
To be continued…
If you would like some sense of the physical healing benefits of Reiki practice, here are a few links you might like to follow:
Rehabilitation from Spinal Injury
Jikiden Reiki and Autism
Jikiden Reiki for Chronic Illness
Jikiden Reiki training with Tadao Yamaguchi in Edinburgh September 2013
If you would like to benefit from the amazing opportunity to learn Jikiden Reiki directly from Tadao Yamaguchi, please contact me through this website.
Feedback from last year’s training with Yamaguchi Sensei
Why I’m so grateful to have Jikiden Reiki in my life
A guest post by Elaine Rainey
AFTER COMING TO THE END of a lengthy busy period at work, I’ve been dedicating some time to long and luxurious Reiki self-treatment. For me, it’s a rare treat to set aside exclusive time for such things and it feels wonderful. As I place my hands on my body, I can feel the tension easing in my shoulders, the heat building up in my body and something gently softening in my chest. I’m feeling so grateful to have Reiki in my life, making me feel so good.
When I look back through my diary at what I have achieved over this past few months, I’ve surprised myself at how I have managed to navigate this with my mind and body remaining in such a good place. It reminds me of author and film producer Jeff Brown’s words:
“There is a time to adventure heartily into new possibilities, but there is also a need for quiet integration time on the self-creation journey. We can have all the peak experiences we want but the real work happens between the peaks, while laying down and integrating on the valley floor. Growers are inch worms. Lasting transformation is an incremental process, one soul-step at a time. This may frustrate us, but it’s the only way to craft an awareness that is authentic and sustainable.”
Jeff’s words made me realise that this is exactly what I have been doing over this past few months, slowly but surely keeping Reiki integrated into my life, whenever and wherever I could, in the spaces between the busyness. And it has paid off with a level of productivity that I didn’t think would be possible a few months ago, when I looked out towards the daunting list of tasks that lay ahead of me.
The purpose of this story is not to advocate Reiki as another ‘tool’ to help us become more efficient, productive versions of ourselves. It is simply to express gratitude to a simple yet powerful practice that, if committed to over time, can transform our lives.
Jikiden Reiki training has been one of the best investments that I have ever made for my health and wellbeing. I am so grateful for the many ways that my Reiki practice has changed my life. For me, however, the most wonderful change has been to the level of contentment I now feel. This is not a kind of contentment that succumbs to the ebb and flow of life’s experiences. This kind of contentment has resilience, it’s authentic and unwavering. It’s the kind that has slowly crept up on me while I’ve been faithfully placing my hands on my body, night after night, in dedicated, regular practice.”
Elaine Rainey works as an ecologist and Jikiden Reiki practitioner and junior teacher based in Scotland, UK. Jikiden Reiki is a traditional style of Japanese Reiki, making a strong effort to keep the practice as close to its original form as possible. Elaine works with fellow Reiki practitioners and teachers to promote the benefits of Reiki, to support others through their healing journey and to encourage people to learn this wonderful healing art for themselves.
In September 2013, you will be able to learn authentic Reiki with Yamaguchi Sensei , the head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, right here in Scotland. Until 2000, this level of in-depth understanding of Reiki practice had been locked inside Japan, with the first Westerners training in Kyoto in 2000, and it was only from the early 2000s that Tadao Yamaguchi started travelling to many Western countries to spread Reiki in its original Japanese form.
Jikiden Reiki Training with Tadao Yamaguchi in Scotland
Edinburgh 6th September – 9th September 2013
If interested in this incredible training opportunity contact Gisela Stewart.
A guest post by Ruth Hinks
Ruth Hinks at the Jikiden Reiki training with Tadao Yamaguchi in Edinburgh
“As far back as I can remember, I have always sought balance and harmony in my life and nurtured a strong desire to, ‘make things better’ for my nearest and dearest. Whether calming babies or returning to flight, birds stunned against the window pane, being able to help others has been motivating and rewarding for me.
However, in recent years, I had a growing feeling that there was more – more depth and breadth – to whatever it was I could do. A feeling that I was on ‘the cusp of discovery’, but had no idea what it was. Sometimes it really felt as if I could help someone with a headache or a neckache, but other times I wondered if it were my imagination or just wishful thinking?
I’d heard about Reiki: been given insights and even a book recommendation by complete strangers as well as reading books that I’d come across quite by chance on my own. With this information, I realised that what I was trying to do was to connect with Universal Energy to help others get better, but I questioned whether I was on the right track, as any healing outcomes lacked consistency or confidence on my part. I needed guidance.
A serendipitous visit to The Eastgate Theatre in Peebles put Gisela Stewart’s flyer about Jikiden Reiki in my path. Interest and curiosity piqued, I found on Gisela’s website that Jikiden means, ‘directly transmitted or passed down from one’s teacher’. So, in the case of Jikiden Reiki, there is a direct lineage from the founder, Mikao Usui. The Jikiden Reiki being taught today is as close as can be, in clarity and simplicity, to the Reiki taught by Usui Sensei, Hayashi Sensei and Chiyoko Yamaguchi. This I found very appealing. And then, the exciting news that Tadao Yamaguchi, whom I’d read about in my research, was coming to Edinburgh to teach Shoden and Okuden. If ever there were a case of, ‘The Master appears when the student is ready’, this felt like it! I contacted Gisela straight away to secure my place to study with Mr Yamaguchi.
Next, I saw a portable treatment/ therapy table for sale in the small ads at my local supermarket. Another gentle shove along the path!
The four day training course with Tadao Yamaguchi in Japanese, with translation by the delightful Dai Shihan (Teacher) Rika Tanaka, was a wonderful experience. Hungry for this new knowledge that I’d been searching for, I soaked up everything like a dry sponge. The others on the course, many of whom were repeating or had come to Jikiden via Western Reiki, were very warm and open people – their energy was palpable. It was wonderful to be in the same room with so many like-minded people and I felt instantly at ease.
It struck me how accessible and ‘everyday’ Tadao Yamaguchi made Jikiden Reiki feel. With stories of how his Mother, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, gave healing to all members of the family when he was a small boy, he illustrated how Reiki was essentially the natural First Aid. There is very little ‘theatre’ to Jikiden Reiki – just immediate, effective help flowing in response to compassionate intention.
Leaving the training sessions each day, I felt on a natural high: truly alive with a raised vibration. Centred, grounded and with improved balance, I felt better equipped to cope with anything and everything. It really gave me confidence when Tadao Sensei said that it didn’t matter how long someone had been giving Jikiden Reiki, the healing energy flowing from a newly qualified practitioner is the same as from one with many years experience. What does increase with regular practice and experience is one’s ability to sense the levels of ‘Byosen’, the build up of toxins which are the likely cause of dis-ease in the body.
Since training with Tadao Yamaguchi in August/ September 2012, I’ve felt privileged and able to help all members of my family, including our Border Collie who comes to me daily. I’ve also been able to help close friends who’ve been open to, ‘give it a go’ and have been delighted with the positive feedback.
Distance healing, learned at Okuden level, has proved very helpful also: from treating a headche in the U.S., to easing a tender coccyx incurred snowboarding in the French Alps! I’ve been able to help calm agitation in palliative care and help to bring a sense of peace to a relative at distance as he experienced the passing of his Mother. It’s amazing to be able to feel that you can help someone even though you can’t be with them in person.
Closer to home, my Husband has been the recipient of Jikiden Reiki healing on a regular daily basis. Just 3 months after I’d studied with Tadao Sensei, he slipped on the ice, falling badly and rupturing his patella tendon. Surgery was required to repair the knee and he was in a full plaster cast, then a high-tech brace for almost 3 months. During this time it has been wonderful to be able to help reduce the inflammation and ease the pain for him and for me, to feel, beyond doubt, that I really am assisting the healing process.
At the time of writing this, he is just recovering from a second operation to remove the wires from his knee. He is now able to walk without any means of knee support. With physiotherapy and continuing Jikiden Reiki treatments he hopes soon to dispense with the crutches.
In my experience there are no down sides: Jikiden Reiki benefits both the practitioner and the recipient of the healing energy. My own health and sense of well-being have improved and I feel more calm and less easily stressed. The more people who learn Jikiden Reiki, as is Tadao Yamaguchi’s Life Mission, the better for everyone in their community.
Tadao Yamaguchi is coming over from Japan to Edinburgh to teach Jikiden Reiki in September. For more information about this unique opportunity to learn Reiki directly from Mr Yamaguchi and to benefit from his close connection to the original teachings and his extensive experience, please contact Gisela through the contact form of this website. For training in London, contact Rika Tanaka.
Further reading: Thoughts on learning Jikiden Reiki from Tadao Yamaguchi
As someone who has been riding since childhood, Mags Fenner has been no stranger to falling off horses, then getting back on her feet, and into the saddle. Reiki practice on the other hand she wouldn’t have had much time for, thinking it to be a bit wacky and the domain of hippies. A chance encounter with Jikiden Reiki teacher and practitioner Gisela Stewart at a networking meeting gave Mags reason to think again. As her pain levels (from having fractured her spine a few weeks before) noticeably improved with just 10 minutes of casual treatment, she was ready to find out more about Jikiden Reiki. But let Mags tell her own story:
“In February of 2012 I fell off my horse. Having ridden most of my life, I’ve had falls before; the reality of hitting the ground, at speed, from 5ft up was nothing new to me. As a kid I was taught to always try to roll and land on my side. Unfortunately, on this particular morning my landing was not up to scratch and I realised as soon as I hit the ground that I had seriously hurt myself. An ambulance journey and trip to A&E confirmed that I had shattered a vertebrae at T12 (this is the last of the Thoracic vertebrae, it’s in the middle back). It was a stable fracture, meaning that the spinal cord had not been compromised and that there would be no lasting paralysis. But it was an incredibly painful and debilitating injury nonetheless.
I spent 6 days immobilised on a spinal bed. Meals were placed on a towel on my chest and I fed myself with a spoon. I was rolled onto my side twice a day (and the same throughout the night) so I could be washed down and checked for sores. I had painful injections each day to prevent blood clots and I was heavily medicated for the intense pain. It was very scary and very claustrophobic. After six days I was put in a brace and helped to sit up. I managed 10 minutes before the pain and dizziness forced me into bed again. However, there was no stopping me and the next day I managed to shuffle a few steps around the ward and 3 days later I was discharged and home.
I was so happy to be back home and out of the hospital, but it wasn’t long before home itself began to feel like a prison. I had to wear the brace 24/7 and would do so for the best part of 3 months. I had no strength; lifting even a plate of food was impossible. I had to be dressed and washed; I was physically incapable of doing these things for myself. I couldn’t walk far – literally I was counting steps; 20 one day, 50 the next. I couldn’t drive, obviously. Suddenly the ward at the hospital seemed like the most social of spaces and I missed it. I was beginning to feel very low and this wasn’t helped by the fact that my son was due to deploy to Afghanistan. The doctors added anti-depressants to the list of painkillers and other meds.
Some weeks later I was asked to attend a 4N Business Networking launch. I had begun to offer freelance PR and Marketing services just before the accident and I thought this could be a great way to re-launch myself and also to break the monotony and get out and meet people. So although it was only a matter of 8 weeks or so since my accident I dosed myself up with painkillers and took myself off to “network”. And how fortunate that I did; for a chance meeting there introduced me to Gisela Stewart and Jikiden Reiki. From that first meeting until now I have been amazed (and thankful) for the opportunity Gisela has given me to experience Jikiden Reiki.
I am a traditionalist when it comes to medicine and although I had a vague idea about Reiki, it was not something that I had ever experienced before – or, to be honest, something that I particularly wanted to experience. Reiki to me meant vaguely hippy people with a faint whiff of 1960’s incense. Not so for Jikiden Reiki!
Jikiden Reiki practitioners know about the body and how their Reiki practices can best help the body to heal. I undertook a course of Reiki treatments to run alongside the physiotherapy and hydrotherapy provided by the hospital. The hour long treatments themselves are soothing and relaxing. The longer term benefits of each Reiki treatment meant my body felt easier, more supple and less ‘weighty’, my back pain would diminish and then disappear. Not only that; my stress related headache would be gone, I would feel less swamped by my problems. And the insomnia which was becoming a habit would not occur on Reiki days. In fact, after three treatments I felt so much better that I ditched the anti-depressants (and I haven’t taken any since – some 8 months later).
For me Gisela’s Jikiden Reiki treatments came along at just the right time. I believe that they dovetailed with my hydro and physiotherapy sessions to give me the ideal rehabilitation treatment. In a perfect world, I would love to see Jikiden Reiki being included as an option for anyone involved in rehab, the benefits to me were clear and as tangible as those I received from physio.
A final word, I was lucky to have fantastic nursing in the hospital and really supportive friends and family who made sure I was never alone at visiting time and sat with me even when I was at my lowest ebb. They encouraged me to think positive which is a huge part of any recovery. Some months into my rehab, I was distraught when told my one doctor that ‘at your age’ – I was 46, maybe I would have to settle for 80% recovery and not ever be able to bend to do my own laces up, or put on my socks; to accept that I just wouldn’t be able to function as I had before the accident. I am happy to report that this doctor was wrong. Thanks to hydro and physiotherapies, Jikiden Reiki and my own hard work, I can do my own laces up and I do function at the same level as my pre-accident self (with some very minor adjustments). And happily, I recently got back on a horse! “