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A New Reiki book

Masaki Nishina has written a fascinating book entitled:
Reiki and Japan: A Cultural View of Western and Japanese Reiki

I was honoured to be asked to edit this book and subsequently wrote the foreword. I highly recommend it to all who are interested in Reiki. I'm posting the foreword for you to read below...

by Amanda Jayne

I first learned Reiki in 2002 with Chiyoko Yamaguchi in her small Kyoto home. She was very welcoming and open to teaching me, a Westerner, the precious Reiki she had learned so long ago. As I attended more classes, I met other Westerners who had flown to Japan to learn from Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her son Tadao. I began to see just how differently Westerners were looking at Reiki and noticed how often Chiyoko Yamaguchi was surprised or confused by the questions they asked. “You think too much,” she would say to us with a smile. It’s true, I did. I probably still do. The cultures she and I came from are oceans apart in so many ways. I spent five years living in Japan and the longer I lived there, the less I understood the culture. I had imagined that after one or two years, I’d really have it down and ‘get’ the Japanese and their way of life. Little did I know! By the time I left in 2006, I had learned a great deal and begun to understand a little about the different ways Japanese and Westerners approach life, but it wasn’t until I came across Masaki Nishina’s work that I started to understand why it was so difficult to understand.

The truth is, the Japanese culture has been remarkably flexible in allowing aspects of other cultures to join it quite harmoniously, like tributaries flowing into a main stem river. It makes for a wonderful cacophony of old and new, East and West, that is delightful to visiting tourists and highly confusing to non-Japanese who live there and try to understand what’s really going on. What Masaki is so clear on, is how vitally important it is that the unique aspects of the ancient Japanese culture are not lost. Modern Japanese, he says, are losing connection with their ancient roots and what those roots have to teach us about life and living are essential to all our futures.

What does this have to do with Reiki? Everything. As Masaki explains in this book, understanding the original Japanese culture is the only way to truly understand what Reiki really is. He takes us on a journey to help us all comprehend not only the truth about the natural simplicity of Reiki energy, but also the fascinating historical, social and political climate into which Reiki therapy emerged.

Masaki’s research is valuable to anyone interested in Reiki. As I have worked with him, I have come to respect him greatly and admire his integrity when dealing with historical information. I have come to see he is not just interested in finding information to fit in with what he believes, he wants to provide facts and present what really happened to the best of his ability. Likewise, he does not take sides when looking at different types of Reiki. There are things he is critical of, but only in terms of finding the truth and helping people to see more of themselves. He sees the good in both Eastern and Western cultures.

I have found that reading and editing this book has brought me valuable insight into what happened to Reiki and why it changed so much as it travelled across the world. It has given me a new depth of appreciation of those who carried this incredible natural healing therapy through difficult times, doing all they could to make sure it was not lost. It has also brought me back to nature, to the roots of life itself, to Reiki.

I hope it does the same for you.
With love
Amanda Jayne

You can buy Masaki's book on Amazon in the UK, USA, Europe and Canada.



Reiki and Autism

Q&A with Connie Lambrecht from Canada about her experience with Reiki and Autism.

What was the situation?
"In 2012 I had the privilege of hosting a seminar with Amanda Jayne in my home. I was retaking the seminar, and on the last day Amanda told a story of how she had used Reiki to help a boy with Autism who had been having terrible nightmares every evening and not slept well for years. The story struck a cord with me as I have a friend whose son has Autism and was having major problems with violent behaviour. He had started attacking his mother. His parents were told the only treatment available was to put him on strong pharmaceuticals that would significantly alter his personality and have serious physical side affects. He was 9 years old at the time."

How often did you treat him?
"I had a strong sense that Jikiden Reiki would help Sylas and began to treat him every day because Amanda taught me that the more frequently you treat someone, the better the results. I used distant Reiki and sent for about 3 hours in total each day over a period of 3 months. I did it whenever I had the opportunity, sometimes sitting quietly but also when I was sitting for dinner or watching a movie. I sent for such a long time because his situation was so serious and time was of the essence."

What kind of Reiki did you send him?
"I did physical treatments in the first 2 weeks and then moved onto psychological (the sei heki treatments)."

When using sei heki, what issue did you focus on?
"When first doing sei heki the issue I used was 'attacking your mother'. Over a few weeks, he gradually stopped attacking her but began to attack his father instead. I realised that I needed to be more general in what I was saying and changed the issue to 'attacking people'. After discussing this with his mother and learning that with the Autism he had been speaking less and less I wondered whether perhaps not speaking was connected to his increase in aggression. I started to send for two issues, alternating between 'attacking others' and 'not using your words'. "

What happened?
"The first change they noticed was that Sylas began to say he was sorry whenever he was violent. Then, gradually he stopped attacking anyone at all. Instead, if he felt over-stimulated he would go to his room of his own accord to calm down. Once this became consistent, I felt it was time to stop sending Reiki and see how he did."

Did the effect last long?
"He is 14 now, and is a very gentle, sweet boy with lots of personality!! He has gone on to become high functioning, very loving and is continuing to learn life skills. The violent behaviour did not return, and he is one of the loveliest people I know. To know him is to love him. He has brought so much love into his family system and we are all so grateful for the amazing healing powers of Jikiden Reiki."

C. Lambrecht, Canada.

Reiki can help people with Autism. It is not there to 'cure' Autism, but can help with challenging situations and behaviours like this, as well as with generally calming and soothing people.

The frequency of treatments is important, the more Reiki you can give, the better the results will be. This is why we often recommend that parents or family members learn Reiki themselves. This way they can give regular or daily treatments.

There is something important to note here... In Jikiden Reiki we teach not to give psychological/sei heki to children unless the circumstances are extreme or the child is in danger. It is usually left up to them whether they want to receive sei heki later in life, when they can make their own decisions. Physical treatment is fine of course anytime. However, in this situation, you can see that this young boy was going to be put on strong, potentially damaging medication if his situation did not change. This is why the practitioner made the decision - with his mother - to send sei heki to help him.

If you are interested in learning Reiki to help someone with Autism, please contact me here.


A question of Reiju (attunements)

This is a translation of Masaki Nishina, a Jikiden Reiki Dai Shihan in Japan, talking about Reiju in relation to a question he was asked. The question was about our 'energy pipe' and why it is closed, why it doesn't stay closed forever and how it is that someone giving an attunement can open the energy pipe up.
Thanks to Mari Okazaki for the translation.

Masaki Nishina says....
"First of all, the wording “open the energy pipe” is a misleading description and creates a big misunderstanding in Western Reiki teaching. I would like everyone to be clear that we are NOT opening up the energy pipe, nor the energy network! Everyone is born with an energy network and the pipe is already open! We are not creating something new where nothing exists by doing an attunement. We are born with our energy network open... let’s call it an energy pipe. 

Everyone should be able to do Reiki from birth, though, as our life goes on, we create strain on our hearts and bodies, and the pipe starts to be polluted or narrowed. It’s just like our blood vessels. Thus, if you don’t do anything to maintain it, there will be some difference between maintained and non-maintained energy pipes. 
The attunement is a ritual to let Reiki flow through and clean the energy pipe. Just like pouring a large amount of water through a drainpipe to clean it. By doing so, Reiki starts to flow better. Reiki flows through our physical body and brings this cleansing effect directly, but also, any anger and worries will be diminished by Reiki which helps to maintain the quality of our soul. This also helps to clean the energy pipe, indirectly. 
This pipe will not close up completely, although, it can get polluted and narrowed if your heart is in a negative condition, storing anger and worries, physically unhealthy, etc. If you can use Reiki on a daily basis, the pipe will stay open wider. Thus I would highly suggest you to use Reiki everyday to maintain the quality of your pipe! If you can use Reiki everyday, less or more, the energy pipe will maintain itself each time.

It would be a big influence if one would be given a brand new energy pipe through attunement after living with absolutely no energy pipe. It would be as shocking as being given an extra finger, or making a hole in a middle of your palm, something that would never happen. If that were the case, perhaps complications like side effects or losing your balance would occur.
However, attunements do not work like that. It is not unusual to hear the comment right after an attunement, “I don’t really feel any difference.” Because there is already an energy pipe, and the attunement worked to improve the existing function better, comments like “I didn’t feel anything after attunements” simply confirm the fact that an attunement doesn’t provide something brand-new to our body."