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