Surfacing recently, a Western Reiki article calling for unity in Reiki; a Western Reiki Master video with an ending prayer suggesting the same; and posts of Western Reiki specific articles and events on Jikiden Reiki sites.
Jikiden Reiki is separate by definition. It is Reiki teaching direct from Chijuro Hayashi sensei as he learned from Mikao Usui sensei. Usui sensei called his form of Reiki Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui healing method) for a reason. He wanted to differentiate it from all other Reiki healing methods that were being done at that time. He did not learn this from someone else. Nor study for years. He achieved a state of enlightenment and the healing was his gift.
Who are we to diminish his intention?
Jikiden Reiki is non-inclusive. It is original, authentic, and kept separate on purpose – to safeguard the purity of the teaching and practice.
The original concepts and techniques still hold their Japanese roots. It is a powerful practice, both physically and spiritually (not religious, but personal spiritual growth for the dedicated practitioner). It’s allure and attraction is this: Real information and hard facts, backed by original writings, photos, historical events, documents, and the gifts from Japanese culture.
Jikiden Reiki web sites on Facebook, Twitter, and personal .coms, need to support the continuation of this difference.
Jikiden Reiki is never homogenized. Reiki Share meetings are for Jikiden Reiki Practitioners and teachers only (except for public information meetings) as defined by the Jikiden Reiki Kenkyukai.
As a Western Reiki Master, and Jikiden Reiki Shihan, we have an obligation to take care of our students properly. Holding exclusive Reiki Shares for each group insures lines are clear and techniques and information sharing can be done openly. And posting Western Reiki activities and events separate from Jikiden Reiki will lessen the confusion created by erroneously melding of the two.
Be deliberate in your practice. Whichever one you do.