What is Gendai Reiki Ho?
I first learned about Mr. Doi through my friends Andy Bowling, Tom Rigler and Yukio Miura in 1998. The 4 of us were exchanging distant attunements at the time. Yukio was a student of Mr. Doi's and he had translated some of Mr. Doi's book for us. This got us talking about bringing him to the West. After exchanging distant attunements with Mr. Doi and his friend Mr. Tanaka, I offered to host a conference here in Vancouver. Thus in August of 1999, the first Usui Reiki Ryoho International workshop was held. Yukio and his friend Yuko Okamato handled translation (assisted by Prof. Akihito Ueki), I made all the arrangements and prepared the conference materials, and Tom, Andy and I played hosts to Mr. Doi and over 60 Reiki Masters from around the world. Several of my local students also assisted.
The following year Tom, Andy and I were asked by our Japanese friends to make presentations at URRI 2000 in Kyoto. During our stay, we also were invited by Mr. Doi to take his Shihan level training in his Gendai Reiki Ho system. This level is known as Gokuikaiden or "highest level". He modified the class to suit students who had Reiki master level from other teachers. This is the same class that I now teach to other Reiki Masters.
Mr. Doi's Known Reiki Training
Having studied with him on several occasions, including the 2 times I sponsored his workshops in Canada (URRI 1999 and URRI 2002), I feel I provide a student with a good perspective on the Gendai Reiki Ho approach. I also offer improved versions of the Gendai manual (with photos) and Video footage of attunements (including Mr. Doi demonstrating), plus similar info from other Doi workshops - all to assist the student to get a better and wider understudying of the Gendai Reiki Ho approach.
Note that Japanese teachers might place more emphasis on their Reiki energy lineage, than on their teaching or training lineage. I have observed this with Mr. Doi, Hyakuten Inamoto, Mrs. Yamaguchi and Takahashi-san, a former teacher in the Tokyo Vortex school. (Note that Takahashi is now the current URR Gakkai president).
energy lineage of this class is
Gendai Reiki is based mainly on the methods used in the original Reiki society (Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) - including some of the older techniques no longer taught. Also, Mr. Doi added in other concepts and methods from other forms of Japanese Reiki, Western Reiki and other healing disciplines he has learned. He liked to be specific about what is original Reiki, and what is not, so the student doesn't get confused. Much of the philosophical concepts in the material are not part of Western Reiki and may interest those who already have Reiki training.
Reiki Ho Shihans (teachers)
are required to teach
Gendai Reiki in 4 steps just like Mr. Doi, and they use the translations of
his original material they were given. The 4 steps are Shoden, Okuden, Shinpiden
and Gokuikaiden, the latter being the master or teacher level.
They should also be intending to use only his Gendai Reiki energy in the attunements in this class, just as Doi-sensei does.
As I mentioned, Mr. Doi had given his presentations at annual conferences that we called Usui Reiki Ryoho International. I organized 2 of these in Canada (Vancouver and Toronto) and participated in 2 others held in Kyoto and Madrid. I have studied his material since 1998 and received his teaching (Shihan) certificate in 2000 while in Japan.
While I include much of the first
of his class material in my own Threshold
classes, I teach his Gokuikaiden or Master (Shihan)
level class as a separate class. Mr. Doi asked that his senior
use only his material when certifying students as Gendai Reiki Shihan (or
any other level).
I teach Orignal Gendai Reiki Ho - it is the Gendai system as taught by Mr. Doi during the years he presented at the 5 URRI conferencesin Vancouver, Toronto, Kyoto, Madrid and Silkeborg. It is the way that I orignally learned it repeatedly during that time, and what I was certified in. Since that time, Mr. Doi has modified his system and thus it has changed somewhat. However, he has not provided a system for his foreign studnets to remain in touch and thus receive updated manuals. For my own students, I did offer a way to remain in touch and as current as I can be with my system.
As a bonus to the Gendai Reiki Ho Shihan class, I add extra teaching explaining the concepts Mr. Doi presented at the URRI conferences, as well as a segment on the special lecture he gave on Gendai Reiju Methods. These latter are his simple attunement (empowerment) techniques he used for student gatherings, that he taught at the URRI conferences as well.
In my upgraded version of the manuals I include photos of the attunement steps, and I give the student a video showing myself demonstrating all reiju and attunements, as well as live footage of Mr. Doi teaching this as well. This helps the distant student to get a sense of what the original live class with Mr. Doi was like, and allows for on-going review and reference.
Typically in the original Gendai
Ho Shihan class the student is offered only the final "Integrated
In my class, I also add in the attunements to each of the first 3
of training as well, giving the student a more complete experience of
Several times as Mr. Doi's material continued to be improved on, and as I became aware of them, I kept my own students up to date on this at my internet Gendai class pages. I have even shared access to these pages with one of Mr. Doi's key students in Japan so that she could report the content and procedures I follow to Mr. Doi if necessary, including the steps I took for my distant classes.
Note that enrollment in my Gendai
Reiki Ho Shihan class , just like with Mr. Doi's class, is limited to those who have already
received certification in a Reiki Master class.
This is the version of the class that Mr. Doi taught outside of Japan, and to foreign Reiki Masters in Japan. (see the Note below.) The Gendai Reiki Ho class is available only in a live format with me. (see below for the distant class format - Gendai-Ki Reiki)
In the past I have been asked to
this and other Reiki classes outside of Vancouver in other parts of
as well as in Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, the USA and in Japan.
This is a Japanese Reiki Master level upgrade class containing many aspects of original Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho. By upgrade, I mean that the class assumes you already are a practicing Reiki Master and have the ongoing support of a previous teacher in the areas of class content, teaching Reiki classes, giving attunements, and the ethics and practices of a Reiki Master. The way this class was presented by Doi-sensei outside of Japan assumed all this and he offers no ongoing support after class. Inside Japan, a new master would be expected to repeat the class and assist Doi-sensei in his other classes and meetings.
While he visits other areas of Japan frequently to teach, if you are his own foreign student it is up to you to try to contact him on your own. Since he may only come to your area (or vice versa) just once, it would be your only chance to understand his teachings.
his Gendai Reiki Shihan upgrade class (what he teaches to masters
of Japan) does not include the 2-day workshop on his techniques that he
used to give with the URRI conferences. To compensate, I made
my own students had access to this kind of additional detail, as well
as to videos of Doi teaching.
If one of my students chooses to study this program at home and not in a live class, then the transmission of the Gendai Reiki energy will be achieved via distant attunements, arranged at a suitable time with me, and performed as if you and I are in the same room, at the same time. Please see my explanation on Distant Attunements if you are interested. In 1998, well before my Gendai training, I exchanged distant attunements with Mr. Doi and his friend Tanaka-san, so they were able to experience this with me, and vice-versa.
However, since distant attunements are currently not taught as a normal part of Gendai Reiki Ho, in order to differentiate this slight change I simply call my distant Gendai Reiki Ho classes by the name of Gendai-Ki Reiki.. While the material, attunements and exercises are the same as my Gendai Reiki Ho, the student will usually be certified as a Gendai-Ki Reiki Shihan.
The exception will be those who already are a Gendai Reiki student and have received an in-person Gendai Reiki attunement. Also, those who receive an in-person Gendai Reiki attunement from me or one of my Gendai Reiki Ho graduates after the distant class, will be re-issued their certificate as Gendai Reiki Ho.
Aside from the distant attunement, the rest of the class is the same and may actually involve more detail and interaction than the live class. I have found that distant students tend to spend more time with the material (this may not possible in a live class) and they ask more questions and share much more feedback. In this way, the distant class tends to be superior to the live class, even when compared to the original classes I took. Often students find the distant attunements to be more intense as well.
A Gendai-Ki Shihan will be allowed to teach this material in a live class, but until he or she receives an in-person Gendai Reiki master attunement, it is best that they NOT use the term Gendai Reiki Ho for their live or distant training, in order to avoid confusion. Note that many of my Gendai Reiki Ho Shihan are often willing to give the final in-person attunement to my Gendai-Ki Reiki Shihan for a small exchange if you live in their area or can travel to them. Or, you can meet with me in person at a later date and receive this from me. In either case, I will re-certify you as Gendai Reiki Ho at no extra charge.
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