In the 1990s most people who practiced Reiki, practiced a Westernized version of Reiki. Although Reiki originated in Japan, it was believed at the time that Western-style Reiki was the only surviving Reiki and that there were no longer any practitioners in Japan.
Japanese people who were interested in Reiki visited North America to learn it, or had a Western teacher in Japan.
But there have always been Reiki practitioners in Japan. Including the members of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai – an organization formed by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. Chujiro Hayashi, a direct student of Mikao Usui, first taught Mrs. Chiyoko Yamaguchi at the age of 17. She practiced for 65 years in Japan until her death in 2003.
In due course, Mrs. Yamaguchi taught her own children but it was her son Tadao Yamaguchi who took up the mantle to have a open teaching practice.
In July 2000 they met Frank Arjava Petter for the first time when he went to their home to take a class. He was living in Japan at the time and had been teaching Western Reiki for about six years. He was also researching the origins of Reiki, which is how he found the Yamaguchi family.
It was through Arjava’s introduction that other well-known Reiki masters first went to visit Chiyoko Yamaguchi. All visitors that Tadao and his mother entertained believed that his mother’s presence was very valuable and they asked them to pass on the original form of Reiki. It was suggested they actively promote Reiki that was free from the influence of Western Reiki.
Tadao Yamaguchi was advised to hold Reiki seminars and issue certificates to students replicating the methods used by Chujiro Hayashi, just as his mother was taught. This was the start of the Jikiden Reiki seminar and classes.
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