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Use this glossary of term and phrases to gain insight into key concepts and practices in Jikiden Reiki

  • Byosen Sensing: The ability to prioritise which areas in the body specifically need Reiki treatment by paying attention to the sensations practitioners feel in their hands. We focus treatment on areas with blockages usually caused by accumulations of toxins. Observing how the indicators for treatment change over time, we can estimate number and frequency of sessions needed for optimal results.


  • Gokai: Gokai means five principles and refers to the five Reiki precepts Reiki practitioners strive to live by. Just for today: Do not anger, do not worry, be grateful, do your duties, be kind to others. Follow this link to hear my colleague Mari Okazaki say the Gokai in Japanese.


  • Hatsurei Ho: Using abdominal breathing, this technique allows Reiki practitioners to consciously bring Reiki into their body and cultivate the most important energy centre, the hara. Benefits include increased awareness of Reiki energy and sensitivity, as well as improved groundedness. Regular practice calms the mind and helps the practitioner stay centred even in challenging circumstances.


  • Jikiden Reiki: ‘jikiden’ means ‘directly taught’ without any changes or alterations. Jikiden Reiki is a lineage taught by the Yamaguchis who learned Reiki from Dr Hayashi in 1930s Japan, who himself was a student of the founder of the Reiki healing method.


  • Kanji: Chinese pictograms that have been adopted for Japanese writing


  • Reiju: Method created by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki practice, to awaken our usually dormant innate healing ability. The English translation would be attunement or initiation, but we prefer to use the Japanese term because of the connoted meaning inherent in the kanji (which we explain in the seminars).


  • Reiju Kai: Usually monthly meetings where students can revise some content of the Jikiden Reiki seminars and receive reiju (attunement)


  • Reiki Ryoho: Reiki treatment method.


  • Sensei: Teacher. A reverential term that students choose to bestow on their teacher out of respect. No Japanese teacher would ever call themselves sensei, this is up to others to decide.


  • Sei Heki Chiryo: A psychological treatment method used in Jikiden Reiki and designed to let go of unhelpful mental/emotional patterns without ‘having to go into the story’.


  • Shin Shin Kayzen Usui Reiki Ryoho: Usui Reiki treatment method for the improvement of body and mind. Mikao Usui also described his healing art as ‘the secret method to invite health and happiness’.

Mikao Usui, founder of Japanese Reiki

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, student of Mikao Usui and responsible for the dissemination of Reiki outside of Japan

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