A lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree. A teacher’s lineage reflects the information passed from teacher to student. As a result, different lineages will share a variety of different techniques, philosophies and understandings of the system of Reiki Ryoho, as well as have different focuses.
Although it is important when undertaking Reiki training that your teacher is able to provide you with an unbroken lineage tracing back to the founder, Mikao Usui, in reality one lineage is not better or more authentic than the next.
•One lineage is neither ‘better’ nor ‘worse’ than the other. Neither is ‘stronger’ nor ‘weaker.’ Neither is ‘more advanced’ nor ‘less advanced.’
• By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not noble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not superior. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not ignoble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not inferior.
• By deed a Reiki practitioner is noble. By deed a Reiki practitioner is superior. By deed a Reiki practitioner is ignoble. By deed a Reiki practitioner is inferior.
• Your Reiki lineage does not make a good practitioner or a Teacher. “Clothes do not make the man,” as the saying goes.
•Deeds are the criteria of a good Reiki practitioner and a good Teacher. Your mental, verbal, and physical deeds, (i.e., what you think, what you speak, and what you do), are of the greatest importance.
Usui Mikao Sensei (Founder Usui REIKI RYOHO)
Mikao Usui Sensei, the founder of Reiki Ryoho (healing art or method), attained spiritual enlightenment in 1922 while he was fasting and meditating on Mt. Kurama in Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. At the same time he attained this enlightenment, he realized that he also received a miraculous healing ability. Usui Sensei thought that this wonderful gift of healing ability should be shared with everyone and not just kept to himself and/or his family. As a result, he opened up «Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai» at Aoyama, Tokyo in April of 1922 and began teaching.
(In the Western countries, it’s been incorrectly said that Reiki healing method was rediscovered by Usui Sensei after researches in the Buddhist scriptures. Reiki Ryoho is a wholly Japanese method and is an inspired healing art of Usui Sensei, not the outcome of his researches, or discovery, or re-discovery.)
In 1925 Usui Sensei moved to Nakano, a suburb of Tokyo, so as to expand his healing activities. Due to his nation-wide fame, he was very often invited to teach his Reiki Ryoho in local districts or other areas of Japan.
On March 9th, 1926, while traveling at Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture Sensei Usui unexpectedly became ill and passed away on the road.
Usui Sensei’s gravesite and his memorial stone are located in Tokyo at Saihoji Temple of Jōdo-shū (浄土宗) or Pure Land sect of Japanese Buddhism.
(In the West, Usui Sensei is said to be a Christian minister holding his PhD at the University of Chicago and president of Christian based Doshisha University in Kyoto. There is no evidence to support this. He was a lay Buddhist from beginning to end.)
Hayashi Chujiro Sensei (15.09.1879-11.05.1940)
Chujiro Hayashi Sensei a captain of the then Imperial Navy of Japan, enrolled in the 30th class of the Naval Academy in December 1899, and graduated in December, 1902. He was initiated into Shinpiden (Teacher’s Degree) by Usui Sensei in 1925 after his retirement from the Navy and opened his Reiki clinic at Higashi-shinano-cho, Tokyo.
He was one of the directors of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. His wife, Mrs. Hayashi Chie, was also a member of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. In 1931 he left the Gakkai and set up “Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu Kai”.
He made 13 Shihans (Teachers), and two of them were women, namely his wife, Mrs. Hayashi Chie, and Mrs. Hawayo Takata. In 1937 Hayashi Sensei traveled to Hawaii with his daughter. He stayed for several months, hosted by Mrs. Takata (his student). Before he left Hawaii in February of 1938, he awarded Mrs. Takata a Shihan (teacher’s) certificate.
In 1940, May 11th, he passed away (by committing suicide. The reason remains a mystery.)
(Hayashi Sensei was not enrolled in the Naval Academy of Medicine. There are claims that Hayashi Sensei was a medical doctor, but this cannot be confirmed as there are no records to verify this fact.
In conclusive documentation is provided Hayashi Sensei to held a medical license, we will gladly share this information.)
Yamaguchi Chiyoko Sensei
Chiyoko Yamaguchi Sensei was initiated into Reiki Ryoho by Hayashi Sensei in 1938 at the age of 17. She did not become a Shihan but she was taught how to give Reiju by her uncle, another of Hayashi Sensei’s students. She did not open a public Reiki practice, practicing privately with family and friends. After numerous requests, she began teaching Reiki Ryoho to others in 1997. She has no set curriculum and did not provide written materials or certificates. She simply taught as she went along.
Inamoto Hyakuten Sensei (Founder of Komyo ReikiDo)
(Born in 19.08.1940)
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei, Japanese Buddhist monk of the Pure Land (Jodo-shu) school and international teacher, was a student of Yamaguchi Chiyoko.
After much research into the original teachings of Usui Sensei, Hyakuten Inamoto founded Komyo ReikiDo™ (formerly Komyo Reiki Kai) in 1998 and began holding classes. Komyo ReikiDo follows the teachings of Usui Sensei and focuses on healing not only the body, but most importantly, the mind (soul or spirit). Usui Sensei believed that with spiritual improvement, the body would naturally be better capable of healing itself. Hyakuten Sensei shares this belief.
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei has been an invaluable invaluable speaker and translator for many authors. He travels extensively teaching Reiki Ryoho worldwide, internationally known as an authority (expert) on traditional Japanese Reiki. He lives near Mt. Kurama in the ancient city of Kyoto and gratefully guides a great amount of Reiki practitioners from all the world to Reiki’s Birthplace.
Hyakuten Sensei is fluent in English, and is noted for his kind, gentle manner and joyous sense of humor.
Hyakuten Sensei currenty travels the globe teaching Komyo ReikiDo seminars to a wide range of international students, in addition to teaching classes and giving sessions at his clinic in Kyoto, Japan.
Takata Hawayo Sensei (24.12.1900-11.12.1980)
One of Hayashi Chujuro Sensei’s student was Mrs. Hawayo Takata.
Takata Sensei, a Japanese American was born in Hawaii. She was diagnosed with a serious gall bladder trouble. In 1935 Takata made a trip to Japan and was treated with Reiki by Hayashi Sensei. She recovered completely in four months. She then worked for Hayashi Sensei as a Reiki student for about one year before returning to Hawaii.
Hayashi Sensei visited Takata Sensei in Hawaii from October 1837 till February 1938 1938 and initiated her into Shinpiden ( Shihan or Teacher) level in 1938.
Takata Sensei set up her Reiki clinic in Hawaii and in her later life, she made 22 Reiki Teachers ( or Reiki Masters’ as they are known in the West).
Thanks to their devotion, Reiki Ryoho (Reiki hands-on healing Art) has become widespread in the West.
Note: While Takata Sensei in not part of Komyo Lineage, her contribution to Reiki Ryoho practice as whole deserves an honorable mention. In truth, it is because of Takata Sensei’s great dedication and continual hard work and effort that Reiki Ryoho is known to the world today.
We would like to express our hearty gratitude, appreciation —infinite thankfulness to Takata Sensei and her granddaughter -Grand Master Phyllis Lei Furumoto. Thank you so much for your dedication and everything you have done to spread Reiki Ryoho around the world!
22 Hawayo Takata’s Reiki Masters:
Phyllis Lei Furumoto
John Harvey Gray
Harry M. Kuboi
Barbara Lincoln McCullough
Mary Alexandra McFadyen
Virginia W. Samdahl
“Traditionally Reiju 靈授 (initiation) is given in person; face to face.
“Touch” (the laying-on of hands) plays a pivotal role in Reiju process; a series of things we do in order to achieve a particular result. Touch in the form of the laying-on of hands is to impart the healing energy and information to Reiki Ryoho students. There is an unbroken succession of Teachers and Shihans, linked by the sacred touch of Reiju ritual, right back to the founder, Usui Sensei.
Reiju with “touch” — a visual symbol of an unseen transmission of not just of the healing energy but also of the information. Touch is a means of communication, an expression of unity, a bonding of people. It is a key to giving and receiving information and to help us bond.
Is “distant (online) Reiju “possible?
Theoretically it seems possible, for there exists a distant healing in Reiki Ryoho systems. And yet we need to understand that sending Reiki energy from a distance to someone and passing (imparting) Reiki energy and the information on to another is a different story, and that the distant Reiju does lack an important and pivotal factor, that is, “TOUCH.” The pivotal factor of a good old tradition: “in person Reiju” and “touch” must be maintained.”
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei’s statement from July, 2020.
Komyo ReikiDo© All rights reserved.
Komyo ReikiDo dis-allows on-line Reiki classes with distant Reiju & will not recognise certificates issued by these classes.
Komyo ReikiDo follows, preserves and keeps IN PERSON Reiju tradition alive with the highest respect to the Founder of the Japanese Healing Art, Usui Mikao Sensei.
Online Reiju is not allowed by Inamoto Sensei and is not recognized in the Komyo ReikiDo standards of teaching and practice.
Komyo ReikiDo Ukraine
During Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) sessions, some practitioners can be more sensitive than others, some may even feel byosen before a treatment starts. Some have psychic abilities and are able to hear, see or sense things that most people do not. If we experience all that, naturally we are tempted to think that we are doing the healing. We start to analyse what we feel, hear and see. We try to work out where the energy should go and what would be the best way to cure a disease or malfunction of the recipient – all because we sincerely want to help.
Often the question arises: What should we do when we became so sensitive, when we see and hear things, or feel pain in our body or strong hibiki in our hands?
Inamoto Sensei says: “It is all very personal, some people are more gifted than others, more sensitive or skilful. Not everyone has to have such gifts or abilities. It can be very helpful to sense imbalances or health disorders in recipients, but basically, we don’t need anything like that. We are here just to place our hands.”
Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei reminds us that: “Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho is not about doing or thinking. It is about SURRENDER 100% to the Universe. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we DO NOTHING and THINK NOTHING in the way of healing. Reiki knows where to go and how to heal for the highest good of the person. We need to be the purer (cleaner) Reiki channel (conduit) possible. Less ego, more room for love — the healing energy of the Universe.”
Inamoto Sensei’s advice to us is: “Do not get attached to your sensations. Your ego and self-clinging are an obstruction in the channel for Reiki healing energy to travel through. Keep your practice simple: Place your hands, surrender and smile. Reiki Ryoho is the art of surrendering.”
Author: Victoria Romanova
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan
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Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, people all over the world have been struggling with all kinds of health issues and mental, emotional and spiritual disorders. Naturally, as Reiki Ryoho (Japanese Healing Art) practitioners, we want to do all we can to serve and support others. We may now be offering distant Reiki healing more often, individually or as part of a group.
Questions often arise around permission and distant healing. Are we allowed to do distant healing without permission? Should we inform recipients? Is it appropriate to send Reiki to someone without asking them? Could it cause bad karma?
Actually, the answer might be quite simple. Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei always says: “Reiki is the energy of the Universe. It is Reiki that does the fine job of healing. Reiki always works for the highest good of recipient”.
Inamoto Sensei reminds us that we do nothing in the way of healing. As Reiki Ryoho practitioners, we put our ego aside and just surrender to Reiki.
When asked about his own practice, approach, Inamoto Sensei usually answers: “I do distant Reiki healing with permission and without permission. Sometimes we cannot get it, especially when the person is in a coma or emergency room or just simply uncontactable”.
His advice to us is: “Follow your heart — your kokoro. If you feel more comfortable with permission, please ask for permission. But if it’s not possible to get a permission, remember that Reiki always works for the highest good with permission or without permission. Trust Reiki”.
Author: Victoria Romanova
光明靈氣道 Komyo ReikiDo© Ukraine
To learn more about the Japanese Healing Art of Reiki Ryoho or sign up for seminars with Inamoto Sensei, please contact us directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
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Sincerely and Gassho,
Certified Komyo ReikiDo Teacher / Shihan — Victoria Romanova
The Founder of Komyo ReikiDo® Ukraine, official representative of Inamoto Sensei.
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