Komyo ReikiDo Lineage
Reiki lineage (energy lineage) is a very important part of the system of Reiki. Komyo ReikiDo has a very short, direct lineage and while lineage is important, it is not everything.
A lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree. A teachers lineage reflects the information passed from teacher to student. As a result, different lineages will share a variety of different techniques, philosophies and understandings of the system of Reiki Ryoho, as well as have different focuses.
Although it is important that your Reiki teacher is able to provide you with an unbroken lineage tracing back to the founder, Mikao Usui, in reality one lineage is not better or more authentic than the next.
One lineage is neither ‘better’ nor ‘worse’ than the other. Neither is ‘stronger’ nor ‘weaker.’ Neither is ‘more advanced’ nor ‘less advanced.’
By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not noble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not superior. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not ignoble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not inferior.
By deed a Reiki practitioner is noble. By deed a Reiki practitioner is superior. By deed a Reiki practitioner is ignoble. By deed a Reiki practitioner is inferior.
Your Reiki lineage does not make a good practitioner or a Teacher. “Clothes do not make the man,” as the saying goes.
Deeds are the criteria of a good Reiki practitioner and a good Teacher. Your mental, verbal, and physical deeds, (i.e., what you think, what you speak, and what you do), are of the greatest importance.
Mikao Usui (1865-1926)
Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki Ryoho (healing art), attained spiritual enlightenment in 1922 while he was fasting and meditating on Mt, Kurama in Kyoto, the ancient capital city and spiritual center of Japan. At the same time he attained this enlightenment, he realized that he also received a miraculously enhanced healing ability. Usui Sensei thought that this wonderful gift should be shared with everyone and not just kept to himself and/or his family. As a result, he created a system called Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui spiritual energy healing method), opened up a dojo (training hall) in Aoyama, Tokyo, formed the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui spiritual energy healing method academic association), and began teaching classes and providing sessions.
There have been many accounts that have incorrectly stated that Reiki healing method was rediscovered by Usui Sensei after research into Buddhist scriptures, or that it is of ancient Tibetan or Egyptian origin. Reiki is a wholly Japanese method designed to help the student/practitioner interact with the energy of the universe, and is an inspired healing art of Usui Sensei, not the outcome of research or discovery.
Chujiro Hayashi (1879-1940)
Chujiro Hayashi was a captain in the Imperial Navy of Japan. He was trained in Reiki practice by Usui Sensei and became Shihan (teacher) in 1925 after his retirement from the Navy. He opened his Reiki clinic at Higashi-shinano-cho, Tokyo. He was one of the directors of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. In 1931 he left the Gakkai and set up Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu Kai (Hayashi spiritual energy research association). He trained 13 Shihans (teachers), including his wife, Chie Hayashi, and an American woman named Hawayo Takata. His wife was also a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.
In 1937 Hayashi Sensei traveled to Hawaii with his daughter. He stayed for several months, hosted by Mrs. Takata. Before he left Hawaii in February of 1938, he awarded Mrs. Takata a Shihan (teachers) certificate. He died on May 11, 1940.
Note: There are claims that Hayashi Sensei was a medical doctor, but this cannot be confirmed as there are no records to verify this fact. Addiitionally, Hayashi Sensei was enrolled in the Imperial Naval Academy, not the Naval Academy of Medicine. However, if conclusive documentation is provided proving Hayashi Sensei to have held a medical license, we will gladly share this information.
Chiyoko Yamaguchi (1921-2003)
Among Hayashi's students was a young woman named Chiyoko Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi Sensei did not learn anything about Usui Sensei or the history of Reiki and did not become a Shihan, but was taught how to give Reiju (attunements) by her uncle, another of Hayashi Sensei's students.
She did not open a public Reiki practice, but instead practiced privately with her family and friends. Due to the requests of five people, she began teaching Reiki to others in 1996. She had no set curriculum, and did not provide any written materials or certificates. She made no clear distinction between levels, and no specific class was taught to designate her students as such. She simply taught as she went along.
One of Yamaguchi Sensei's five students, was a Buddhist monk named, Hyakuten Inamoto.
Hyakuten Inamoto (1940 - )
Hyakuten Inamoto is a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Jodo-Shu or Pure Land sect from Kyoto, Japan who has studied Reiki with Chiyoko Yamaguchi, a student of Chujiro Hayashi Hyakuten is fluent in English, and is noted for his kind, gentle manner and joyous sense of humor.
Internationally known as an authority on Reiki, Hyakuten Sensei has been an invaluable consultant and translator to many authors including 'Reiki: Transmissions of Light, Volume 1 - The History and System of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho' by Robert Fueston, 'Reiki – A Comprehensive Guide' by Pamela Miles, 'Reiki's Birthplace' by Jessica A. Miller, and 'The Reiki Sourcebook' by Bronwen and Frans Stiene,
After much research into the original teachings of Usui Sensei, Hyakuten Sensei developed Komyo Reiki Kai in 1998 (later changing the name in 2016 to Komyo ReikiDo) and began holding classes. Komyo ReikiDo follows the teachings of Usui Sensei and focuses on healing not only the body, but most importantly, the soul or spirit. Usui Sensei believed that with spiritual improvement, the body would naturally be better capable of healing itself. Hyakuten Sensei shares this belief.
Hyakuten currently travels the globe teaching Komyo ReikiDo seminars to a wide range of international students, in addition to teaching classes and giving sessions at his clinic in Kyoto, Japan.
Hawayo Takata (1900-1980)
Hawayo Takata, an American of Japanese descent born in Hawaii, was diagnosed with a series of illnesses that required risky surgery. She traveled to Japan to receive the surgery, but was instead treated with Reiki by Hayashi Sensei when she learned about the practice. She recovered completely in four months. She then worked at Hayashi Sensei's clinic for over a year and was trained as a Reiki student before returning to Hawaii and setting up her own Reiki clinic and practice.
Hayashi Sensei visited Takata Sensei in Hawaii in 1938 and initiated her into Shinpiden (Shihan or Teacher) level. In her later life, Takata Sensei intiated 22 Reiki teachers Thanks to their devotion, Reiki Ryoho has become widespread in the West.
NOTE: While Takata Sensei is not part of the Komyo Lineage, her contribution to Reiki as a whole deserves an honorable mention. In truth, it is because of Takata Senseis great devotion to Reiki and continual hard work and effort that Reiki is known to the world today. Thank YOU, Takata Sensei!!
Komyo ReikiDo Lineage