by Niki Klein, Reiki Master/Teacher (Shihan)
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.
Komyo ReikiDo, the system Hyakuten Inamoto created, presents Reiki as it was understood and commonly practiced in the 1920’s and 1930’s in Japan. This system places emphasis on spiritual unfoldment through the practice of Reiki Ryoho, aiming for ‘Satori’ or enlightenment.
As the practice of Reiki Ryoho was introduced to the west from Japan, many branches or schools developed, some with very complicated techniques that have little to do with the original practice
Reiki Ryoho is actually a very simple technique. So simple that many have a difficult time understanding that something so simple can be so effective. As a result, over time, additional techniques and modalities have been added on to the practice. While we understand that we are interacting with the energy of the universe, which cannot be defined or confined, and respect the fact that these added practices may be effective, it is important to remember that these are additional techniques, and were not a part of the original practice.
Reiki Ryoho is as easy as quieting your mind, getting yourself out of the way, finding the space between your thoughts, and allowing the Reiki energy to flow of its own accord, without the intention or direction of the practitioner.
With daily practice of self-Reiki, meditating on and living the Reiki precepts (Gokai), as a Reiki student you are actually following a path to enlightenment. As you heal, you become a stronger, clearer, more pure instrument for the Reiki energy. In addition, creativity and intuition increases while the ability to pass this gift of healing on to yourself and others becomes a beautiful outgrowth of your inner spiritual practice. This is the essence of Komyo ReikiDo.
Q: How is Komyo ReikiDo different than Western Reiki?
In Chuden (Second Degree), we discuss this.
A Western mindset is analytical; there is a separation of a whole into parts. For instance, the mind and body are separate, and modern Western medicine is based on this concept.
For now, let me say that Komyo ReikiDo is a ‘Keep-It-Simple’ Reiki system and practice. The practice motto is: ‘Place your hands, Surrender, and Smile.’ This means that the Reiki practitioner does not do any healing, but rather is a facilitator of the recipients own innate healing ability.
A practitioner is to simply place their hands, surrender to the Reiki energy, and smile, knowing that Reiki is self-directed in accordance with the needs of the recipient, not by direction or intention of the practitioner.
Q: Why take Komyo ReikiDo, if I already know Reiki?
I have been researching Reiki for a few decades and know that there is a lot of mythology being taught.
The more I have studied, the more I realize that even I have been sharing information that we now know is not necessarily accurate.
In the almost 2 decades I have been teaching Reiki, I have amended my manuals and content a number of times. With the knowledge I have gained recently, I will be re-writing everything.
Having studied in person with Sensei Inamoto beginning 2012 and again 2017, 2019 approximately 4-5 days each, and reviewing monthly on zoom from Japan, throughout 2020, I have been delighted to have so many of my questions about Reiki and its origins personally answered.
My feelings are about going to source and Komyo is very much based on source information.
The purpose of Komyo ReikiDo:
- To improve the mind and body, and maintain optimal health by means of Reiki Ryoho practice. As Sensei always says: “Mind first, then Body” He means: we heal the mind of the person first, then comes the physical.
- To live a healthy and peaceful daily life. The more peace and balance we cultivate in our lives through Reiki Ryoho practice, the more we directly experience what Mikao Usui (the originator of Usui Reiki Ryoho) called, “the secret method to invite happiness, and the miraculous medicine to cure all diseases.”
- To strive on, through Reiki Ryoho practice, to cultivate and uplift humanity and spirituality so as to attain the ultimate objective of Reiki Ryoho practice: Satori(enlightenment), and Anshin Ritsumei(inner peace).
Komyo = Great light or enlightenment
Reiki = Energy of the Universe
Do = Way or Path
Komyo ReikDo is a doorway to spiritual awakening, and a path of Satori, or enlightenment.
Q: Does Komyo include self Reiki?
Yes, of course, and we should always practice self-Reiki; it works beautifully with meditation. With Komyo, we also learn a lovely self-meditation/self-Reiki.
Q: Is Distance Healing a part of Komyo?
Q: How many levels does Komyo have?
4 – Shoden, Chuden, Okuden & Shinpiden
Q: Are there symbols with Komyo ReikiDo?
If one has previously studied Reiki, the symbols will be simple although there are variations to what are known as Mrs Takata’s/Western symbols.
If you have not, the symbols are still simple. Lots of time is given in class for learning the symbols.
Q: Who teaches Komyo in Ontario and/or Canada?
As far as I know, I am the only Shihan (teacher) in this area. In Ontario, I know of a couple in Toronto and one in Barrie.
I have been privileged to study twice with the Founder of Komyo ReikiDo, Hyakuten Inamoto a Japanese lay Buddhist Monk. Inamoto Sensei’s lineage is direct from Hayashi Sensei through Mrs. Yamaguchi.
I am a Registered Teacher through the Komyo ReikiDo Association as well as with the Canadian Reiki Association and an Affiliate with the International Centre for Reiki Training.