With so many different Reiki styles both for practicing and for experiencing, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. That’s why learning more about the various branches before you settle on one can be so helpful. Jikiden Reiki is one of the purest forms dating back to the 1930s and with roots in the original Reiki taught by Mikado Usui.
The Meaning of the Word Jikiden
Many people have heard of Reiki – the energy healing practice that originated in Japan – but they may be unfamiliar with the various types or styles. The word “Jikiden” means directly handed down without translation. What this means is that Jikiden is one of the purest forms of Reiki. It has not be adapted or changed by any teacher or practitioner. Those that practice Jikiden Reiki are passing down a technique that is similar – if not identical – to the form of Reiki originally created by Usui.
The History of Jikiden Reiki
All forms of Reiki have the same roots or beginning. When you take a course in Reiki, you are essentially learning a variation of the method first created in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikado Usui. During a retreat, Usui had a spiritual revelation, which enabled him to tune into and manipulate the energy within another person. He called this technique Reiki, and went on to teach this healing method to hundreds of people, eventually founding the practice that we know today as Reiki.
In addition to practicing and teaching his craft, Usui also taught several people who went on to become masters in Reiki, meaning that they could both practice and teach the art to others. Some of the original teachers diluted or changed the method of Reiki with Usui’s blessing to found some of the different branches that are still taught and practiced today.
One of the original masters, a man named Dr. Chujiro Hayashi founded the branch known as Jikiden Reiki in the 1930s. By founding Jikiden Reiki, Hayashi wished to pass down what he learned from Usui without changing or diluting the practice any. Therefore, Jikiden Reiki is the closest form to Reiki to the original being practiced today outside of segregated societies.
Why Choose Jikiden Reiki
All forms of Reiki can be said to be equally effective at what they do. Most of the differences in Reiki styles tend to lay in how the energy is used or guided; Japanese methods use an intuitive process, while Western methods use a systematic approach.
Many of the other differences in Reiki styles come from personal preferences. Usui Reiki Shiki Ryōhō, for example, is a method of Usui Reiki that has been simplified two or three times. This was done first to make it easier to teach, and then to make it easier to understand for Westerners who wished to practice the technique. So while the method is essentially unchanged, the style and delivery of Reiki is very different than what was first introduced by Usui, and what is still practiced today in Jikiden.
Other methods of Reiki, such as Tibetan Reiki make use of the basic Usui Reiki technique, but add in different healing methods as well, such as Kundalini awakening or the Violet Breathe. This makes some forms of Reiki more appealing to people that want a multi-sensory experience, but can be confusing for people who are hoping to experience Reiki as it was first performed.
Jikiden Reiki has not been diluted, changed, or added to since it was first developed in the 1930s. This makes the method as close to the original as possible. And while many people would argue that this is unnecessary as long as the basic method of energy healing remains unchanged, there are large groups of people that this appeals to. These people may enjoy the sense of history and unbroken connection that accompanies this method of Reiki. Some people may also benefit from learning how Reiki was originally taught – intuitively – as a way to help them get in touch with the healing energy, rather than simply relying on a system.
Jikiden Reiki is extremely steeped in tradition. Learning this method of Reiki is ideal for scholars of Japanese culture and history, and for people that appreciate these things.
Finally, Jikiden Reiki is one of the most proven types of Reiki being practiced. Because it is so close to the original, there are no additions or changes that could affect how well it works. For someone that wants to receive Reiki treatment, but is unsure of what type to look into, Jikiden makes the most sense because it is both the most pure and the style with the longest unbroken connection going back to Usui.
Finding a Jikiden Reiki Practitioner
If you wish to try Jikiden Reiki for yourself, you can start by approaching practitioners near you and asking if this is the style they are certified in. If you are unable to find someone through word of mouth or local inquiries, you can also contact the Jikiden Reiki Association (Jikiden.org). Most practitioners of Jikiden Reiki register with the association, which means that they can help you find someone that is local to you.
Remember that just like other forms of Reiki, Jikiden practitioners go through several levels of training. Someone who has taken a course in level one may be qualified, but a person who has taken a course in level two will be more so. Masters, or teachers, are the most qualified and experienced.
Becoming a Jikiden Reiki Practitioner
If you want to become a Jikiden Reiki practitioner, you have several methods of doing so open to you. You can contact the Jikiden Reiki Association to find a seminar or teacher near you. You can also speak to your practitioner; they may be able to refer you to their teacher, or they may have become masters themselves and therefore able to teach you without referring you somewhere else.
Many Jikiden Reiki teachers stress that it’s important for you to feel comfortable and connected to your teacher. If possible, take the time to meet with them, or speak with them before you commit to learning with them. If you feel drawn to the teacher, you may be more motivated to learn with them, which will increase your ability over time.
Make an Informed Choice
Whether you are looking for a Reiki practice to experience for yourself, or you are hoping to become a Reiki practitioner yourself, always do your homework about the type or style of Reiki you are working with. Not all Reiki’s are created equally; while Jikiden is one of the purest forms, others may have several changes or adaptations that make them ineffective for what you may be hoping to experience or learn. Remember that you can always sign up for a Reiki course to familiarize yourself with the practice and technique before you commit to anything else. Learn about the various forms of Reiki to help you make better, more informed decisions for yourself, and for those that you may treat in the future. All forms of Reiki are derived from Usui’s revelation, and most are very effective forms of healing, but not every one will be right for you. By learning more about the various styles of Reiki available, you will get a chance to make the best match with your personal energy, experience, and style. Look into Jikiden Reiki as a method for practicing or as a method to experience to see how Reiki was originally meant to be.