Reiki Jin Kei Do is the name given to a lineage of Reiki. Reiki Jin Kei Do differs from other lineages of Reiki by a strong emphasis placed on spiritual growth through meditation and in energy cultivation by various Qigong exercises. These are seen as essential to bring the practitioner closer in tune to the Universal Energy Field.
Derivation of the Name
The name Reiki is a composite of two Japanese kanji] Rei (meaning spiritual or universal) and Ki (meaning energy). Reiki means Spiritual Energy and is commonly referred to as Universal Life Force Energy. Jin Kei Do are additional Japanese kanji: Jin (compassion), Kei (wisdom) and Do (path or way).
Reiki Jin Kei Do literally translates as Spiritual Energy by Way of Compassion and Wisdom. The name was coined by Ranga Premaratna to emphasize Reiki as a path of spiritual development through healing both oneself and others.
Aspects of Reiki Jin Kei Do
The ultimate goal of Reiki Jin Kei Do is to move to an enlightened state of mind. This is accomplished by the practice of Reiki with compassion and wisdom in a balanced manner and integrating all three major aspects of the teachings into one's life.
Healing with Compassion
There is a strong focus on self-treatment in Reiki Jin Kei Do. This is approached with an attitude of compassion for oneself. Additionally, one focuses on the upper four chakras and the palm chakras and a growing awareness of the flow of energy through them. As one works with the flow of Reiki, the feelings of compassion magnify as the heart chakra opens and expands, allowing an even greater flow. The development of compassion for oneself can now be projected to others through the flow of Reiki.
Meditation and the subsequent development of wisdom is the second important aspect of Reiki Jin Kei Do. At the beginning, students are taught the basics of meditation. This meditation is to help the student develop awareness to the flow of Reiki. As they progress through the stages, they are taught more advanced techniques of meditation to increase their sensitivity to the flow and to develop an awareness of the energy fluctuations in the body. This leads to the development of insight and wisdom and, ultimately, of the connection of the body's energy field to the Universal Energy Field. With this understanding of the connectivity of all things to the Universal Energy Field comes an ability to feel universal compassion and true wisdom
The most difficult aspect of Reiki Jin Kei Do is the integration of the compassion that working with Reiki brings and the wisdom that meditation develops and applying it to all aspects of one's life. When compassion and wisdom are highly developed and incorporated, one is well on the path to enlightenment.
History of Reiki Jin Kei Do
The history of Reiki Jin Kei Do begins with Seiji Takamori, who was born in 1907 and at the age of 19, became a Zen monk under the tutelage of Takeuchi Sensei. Takeuchi Sensei had received his instruction in Reiki from Chujiro Hayashi, who had received it from Mikao Usui. Seiji recognized that there were similarities between the training that he had been given in Reiki and certain Buddhist teachings. At the age of 27, Seiji, left Japan to search out the origins of what had been passed to him. For over 20 years, Seiji traveled and studied in Northern India, Nepal and Tibet. He eventually found a small order of monks whose system of healing and spiritual development paralleled Seiji's own practice of Reiki. Seiji studied with these monks for over seven years learning a method of healing called Buddho whose teachings went beyond, and were more complete than, Reiki.
Upon attaining mastery of the Buddho system, Seiji travel the world teaching healing and meditation practices. In 1990, he met Ranga Premaratna and passed on to him the teachings of the Buddho system and the Reiki system before passing on in 1992. Ranga decided to teach them separately and named them Buddho-EnerSense and Reiki Jin Kei Do. While Reiki Jin Kei Do is a complete system unto itself, it has been fundamentally enriched by the broader teachings of Buddho-EnerSense.
Ranga Premaratna (Lineage Head)
The Guiding Principals
Mikao Usui wrote the original Japanese Reiki Principals. Many translations now appear, but the best known today are those that were presented by Hawayo Takata:
Just for today, do not anger.
Just for today, do not worry.
Honor your parent, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude in everything.
The Guiding Principals of Reiki Jin Kei Do are similar to the original Usui Principals, but expand on them to include a method to incorporate them into the practitioner's daily life.
Be mindful each moment of the day:
To observe the arising of greed, anger and delusion, looking deeper for their true cause.
To appreciate the gift of life and be compassionate to all beings.
To find the right livelihood and be honest in your work.
To see within the ever changing nature of your mind and body.
To merge with the universal nature of the mind as Reiki flows within you.
By following these ideals daily, your mind and body will transform and healing will follow.
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