It has been already 5 years, since I have started to teach Jikiden Reiki, my vocation.
I am Japanese, and my first language is Japanese, but most of my Reiki classes
are in English. Because I live in a small town far away from Vancouver, and population
of Japanese itself is small.
But this weekend class was in Japanese! It has been two years since I taught
Jikiden Reiki class in Japanese last time!
In the 5 years, this class was only the 4th time for me to offer in Japanese.
I did not realize how much I was excited, nervous and joyful, to be able to share my vocation in my own language until I started the past weekend !
Reiki started from Japan, I am from Japan, my first language is Japanese, and
all the participants are Japanese, so I thought the class would be easier than
the ones in English. However, I was more nervous than the English class!
Probably, I am already used to teach the Reiki class in English.
I noticed that I could not come up with a suitable Japanese word.
"What do I say this word in Japanese?"
In addition, I am used to type on the computer and the computer picks
the characters for me, so I realized that I am forgetting to write Japanese!
I couldn't write the ordinary characters like "治療" on the whiteboard...
Also, I wasn't reading well, especially, the old style Japanese.
Reiki was born in Japan.
Before the WW2, there were over 1 million Reiki practitioners and many of them
had a signboard like "REIKI HOUSE" upfront for their own livelihood.
Just like a massage therapist have the sign board out.
However, after Japan lost the WW2, the alternative therapies received strict regulations and they disappeared very quickly, include Reiki treatments.
While Reiki was disappearing in Japan, it has been kept spreading to the West. Many
Reiki practitioners and teachers have been active in North America, Europe and many other countries.
Despite the fact that Reiki started in Japan, many Japanese people do not know reiki,
and do not take it seriously, or less people accept it. I am not sure why. Maybe they misunderstand reiki and the modern weird religious group.
That is why I was filled with JOY this time for the fact there were 5 Japanese
ladies came to learn Jikiden Reiki !!!
Anothe JOY is, the food! Masako always caters lunch and desserts for our Reiki class!
My Reiki class in Chilliwack can not be completed without her food.
We had a request for a Vegan food from one of the participant.
Here is the Masako's creation.
Sushi ball with smoke salmon and pea.
It was like a new years special menu !
Originally, Japanese diet was fish-vegetarian. Eating the meat and
drinking milk were introduced to Japan from the western culture. Especially drinking
milk was introduced by the American soldiers after WW2. They taught us to drink milk, so then Japanese people will be taller, like American. That is why there are many Japanese people whocan not digest milk, because genetically, Japanese body are not used to
In the conversation over the weekend, I learned that Macrobiotics diet are originally
from Japan. It started from Japan as "Genmai Saishoku(brown rice vegetarian)" and
went out to the Western culture, and named as Macrobiotics.
I learned a new thing again!
Excitement, as usual.
Reiki is such a simple and easy to learn technique. Complete beginner can start doing reiki
right after the first class.
There was a lady who had a belly ache during the first day, and her pain was
starting to unbearable towards the end of the class.
When it was the time to do a group practice at the end of the class,
"...Can I be the receiver of the practice? My belly ache is becoming unbearable..."
Well, well, she is in a right place!
"Even though this is a practice time, it should make you feel better after good 25minutes
treatment from those two ladies."
But, those two ladies just learned reiki and they have another day to learn.
All of them are a bit doubtful, "Really, would it work even we are the beginners...?"
"How are you doing? It has been 25minutes now."
"Ummm, really? I just don't understand. I feel no pain now. My pain was almost
unbearable just 25 minutes ago, but I don't feel any pain. How did that work?
How did you do that? "
The two new practitioners were as surprised as her.
"Oh really! It really worked!" I, who taught them how, was as surprised as them.
This is the moment of my excitement !!!
Reiki is such a simple, and everyone can do it, also effective treatment technique.
I just want many people to know about it, and use it, then the world will be
such a gentle place, I think.
No matter how old the child is, if a mother or someone can lie down with them and
place her hand on a child's belly, head, back when a child gets sick or injured. .
How wonderful for them to feel the warmth of their mother's hand and fall asleep.
How much better than taking Tylenol and lie down by themselves...
It does not have to be mother's hands. It's the human's touch.
Human's touch touches heart.