On my path to become a Jikiden-Reiki practitioner

I just finished first and second part of "Jikiden- Reiki" training. "Reiki" is a form of alternative medicine and an energy healing through hands which began in Japan. 
How wonderful to be able to act as a facilitator gathering the unseen life force energy from the universe and utilizing it to heal or strengthen our body and mind. 

Received Shoden (level I) certificate from Gower Yuko sensei, Oakland CA.

Received Okuden Certificate (Level II) from Watanabe Kinya sensei, San Jose, CA.

"Reiki" began in Japan in 1922, and has spread all over the world. 
There are two major Reiki schools today.

One we call "Western Reiki" which Ms. Hawayo Takata brought Japanese Reiki (霊氣) back to Hawaii and it spread to many western countries with some modification and alterations. 
 and is differentiated from the original Japanese Reiki 
Jikiden Reiki 直傳霊氣 or
 Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai 心身改善臼井靈氣療法学会.

And the other, Which I am practicing is called Jikiden Reiki 直傳霊氣.
 "Jikiden-Reiki"is the Usui Reiki lineage directly from Japan keeping the teachings of Mr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki.

直傳 'jikiden' literally means 'to pass on directly'
霊氣 'reiki' is known as a healing technique to gather energy that surround us in the universe.

Ms. Chiyoko Yamaguchi (1921-2003). founded Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute) with her son Mr. Tadao Yamaguchi, current president in 1999 and it has been taught in Japan as well as abroad today. 

Jikiden Reiki is the only Reiki that has purely descended from Japan.

The energy force, 「氣」'old character form' (「気」'modern character form') 
is known as "ki" in Japanese, as "chi" or "qi" in Chinese, and as "prana" in Indian.

In Jikiden-Reiki, we prefer to use the old character form as 「氣」

It is because In the middle of 「氣 」,「米 」the character (reads 'kome' ) is seen and it literally means 'rice' but when you look at the structure, each of the lines points to all direction where as in the modern character 「気」 inside you will see 「〆」 which stops and ends.

In Reiki therapy, the energy force is  collected and send back to all directions. This is the reason why the old character form is used.

Choosing the right characters are very important as, Japanese believe that words have energy as well which is call 言霊 'kotodama".

"We as the vessels, receive and deliver the gift from the universe to heal and support our well being"

Reiki is not the cure for illnesses.
But with our hands, with our hands-on healing we can ease the emotional or physical discomfort for a balanced life.

Together with my Zen cooking 
it is my mission to serve others for our well-being and for a better world.

There are the Five Reiki Principles in Usui Ryoho.

The Five Reiki Principles are the expression of Mr. Mikao Usui’s thoughts into Kotodama (the spirit of language).

Kyo dake wa/Just for today

Ikaruna/ Do not be angry

Sinpai suna/ Do not worry

Kansha shite/ Be grateful

Gyo-o hageme/ Do your duties fully

Hitoni Shinsetsuni/ Be kind to others

Reiki originated in Japan with Mr. Mikao Usui in 1922 as Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho. It was well known as one of the alternative medicines and practiced by over one million people in Japan.

Ms. Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American from Hawaii became a student of Mr. Hayashi Chujiro, who was a student of Mr. Mikao Usui, started Reiki Healing in Hawaii. Then, Reiki spread in the U. S. and Europe. The number of Reiki practitioners in the West grew to about 5~6 million.

In the 1980s, it was reintroduced into Japan from the West and called Western Reiki. Many people studied it in Japan.

In Japan, after the end of the war in 1945, Japanese folk remedies were strictly prohibited, as was Reiki.

However, it became clear that there were always Reiki successors in Japan.

Reiki is one of several nonsensical methods commonly referred to as "energy healing." These methods are based on the idea that the body is surrounded or permeated by an energy field that is not measurable by ordinary scientific instrumentation. Reiki practitioners claim to facilitate healing by strengthening or "balancing" it [1].

aying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through 

The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.