'Japanese' Reiki - 'Original' Usui Reiki?
2005 James Deacon
We here a lot
now about 'original Japanese Reiki' or 'traditional Japanese Reiki',
but - of the different styles of 'Japanese Reiki' now being taught
- which, if any, actually stem directly from 'original'
Usui Reiki, rather than from the later, more formally-structured,
'Hayashi-style Reiki' - as brought to the West by Takata-Sensei?
Well, Jikiden Reiki
is a Hayashi-lineage Reiki
Hyakuten Inamoto's Komyo Reiki
is derived from Jikiden...
Doi first learnt Hayashi (Takata)-lineage
Reiki (from a student of Barbara Ray), and his Gendai
Reiki Ho is said to be
a combination of this and 'Gakkai' Reiki
as for the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
themselves (and, lets face it, many people doubt that the Gakkai
still exists at all) - aside from Reiju, the use of a few modified
qi-gung techniques, the chanting of Poems written by the Meiji
Emperor, and no longer using the symbols - is there really
that much difference between what Doi-san tells us their version
of Reiki entails and Hayashi-lineage Reiki - as
by Takata-sensei (as opposed to what many seem to think
(now, please forgive me - but I have my skeptics hat on today),
as to the two other main streams of 'Japanese Reiki' (even though
they are at pains to point out that Usui-sensei's system was not
in fact called 'Reiki'):
is said to constitute:
"an authentic RECONSTRUCTION" of the "meditative,
Spiritual system" of Mikao Usui - rather than being a therapeutic
It claims to be based on teachings received by Dave King and others,
from someone who can only be described as a septuagenarian Japanese
'hippie', on a beach in Morocco in 1971 - combined with further
teachings from a student of Hayashi-sensei whom
Dave 'happened' to meet on a journey in rural Japan; and yet more
info from a very ancient Buddhist nun (born in 1897) who had conveniently
worked with Usui-Sensei from 1920 until his death...
promoted by Chris Marsh and Andy Bowling -
is described by Andy as being "the Spiritual Path undertaken
by Usui Sensei which resulted in the birth of Reiki."
tell us that the Usui Teate teachings are about 'Personal Mastery'
and 'healing of the self' - as opposed to healing others - which
is a little confusing as the term 'teate' specifically refers
to a hand/palm based treatment modality with a focus on healing
and Andy's source for these Spiritual Teachings is - so we are
told - yet another ancient Buddhist nun - who, it is claimed,
was also a student of Usui Sensei's...
[To date I have not been able to track down one single person
who has ever actually met Dave's - or Chris and Andy's Buddhist
Nuns. (I nearly said 'Imaginary Friends') ]
beyond all the hype that would have us believe that because something
is 'Japanese' Reiki, it must be 'original' Reiki, there does not
really seem to be any verifiable evidence that any of the 'Japanese'
Reikis stem directly from 'original' Usui Reiki.
for that matter - just what was 'original' Usui Reiki?
we really know?
we cite any actual manuscripts, books or other documents, etc
- actually written by Usui Sensei himself - detailing his teachings
and practices [hands-on healing or otherwise]?
are none that I'm aware of.
there have been several claims that such documents exist,
hidden away from the unworthy...
example: Chris Marsh (Usui Teate), I believe, says he was shown
some of Usui-sensei's diaries and other documents - but that (conveniently,
some might say) he wasn't allowed to xerox them, photo them, etc,
of course, there was Richard 'Lama Yeshe' Blackwell [of Medicine
Dharma Reiki/Universal Healing Reiki/Men Chhos Rei-ki infamy],
who claimed to actually personally be in possession of Usui-sensei's
But unlike other hand-healers of the time, such as Toshihiro
Eguchi and Kaiji Tomita (both
said to have been students or at least friends of Usui-sensei)
- who published books on their practices, there is no sign of
anything in open print by Usui-sensei
Usui Ryoho Shishin (The
Treatment Guidlines) was at first said to be Usui-sensei's own
work, but is now apparently said to have actually been penned
by Hayashi-sensei on Usui-sensei's behalf [and afterall,
it is little more than a wordlist anyway]
of the information about Usui-sensei and his practices,
recorded by others, how much of this can be said to be
only things I'm aware of that may be "genuine and accurate"
* The 'Interview with Sensei' section
(claimed to be Usui-sensei's own words) from the Usui Reiki Hikkei
(a booklet apparently put together in the 1970's as a modern-day
handout for Gakkai members)
* A section of the other, modern, Gakkai handout - the
Reiki Ryoho No Shiori which claims to present instruction
from Usui-sensei himself (Though I have not personally seen either
a translation or original copy of this latter document yet)
* The Usui Memorial which
stands next to sensei's grave in Tokyo - but is this a subjective
view of things from the Gakkai perspective? [and 'in best 'conspiracy
theory' mode - is it really, as I recently heard suggested - a
fake, erected in the mid 1980's !! ]
Unfortunately, when it comes to the 'facts' about just what constitutes
'original' Usui Reiki, about what Usui-sensei really did
or said or believed - well, too much of it seems to be 'all smoke