Gendai Reiki provides a unique bridge between traditional Reiki, as it was originally taught in Japan by Mikao Usui, and Western Reiki, as it had been taught by Hawayo Takata. This new system was recently developed by Hiroshi Doi, who has been trained in his native Japan in both Reiki disciplines. Doi has created Gendai Reiki by culling elements from both of them. What results is a historically documented, spiritually based, and highly accessible form of Reiki.
Trained as a Reiki Master in the Western-based form, Doi also enjoys the special position of being a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, which was Usui’s original society, founded for the purpose of gathering with his students and teaching them Reiki. Doi found a number of differences between the Traditional and Westernized forms of Reiki, but also many points where they shared common ground. He began to incorporate elements from both teachings into his own work, and after much study and experimentation, he synthesized them into what is now called Gendai Reiki: Modern Reiki Method for Healing.
Aside from the revised historical data, and the different methods of attunement and treatment, central to the idea of Gendai Reiki is the importance of a personal spiritual practice and developing intuition. He describes meditation as, “the state of harmonization with your super consciousness and making contact with the universal life force.” For Doi, this philosophy is the core of the study and practice of Reiki.
GENDAI REIKI CLASSES
We are very excited to offer our students the opportunity to study all levels of Gendai Reiki, in addition to our other Reiki classes!
However, simply because there is so much to learn about Reiki, we recommend taking a class in another Reiki system before going on to Gendai Reiki. In addition, because of the depth and philosophical content of Doi’s curriculum and its strong meditative foundation, we feel that it is best to first learn the basics of Reiki and to integrate its energy. Then you would be truly ready to advance to the study of Gendai.
Therefore, a student who has taken Reiki I in any Reiki system would be eligible to take the first level of Gendai. Taking Reiki II in any system would qualify a student to go on to the next level of Gendai, and so on. There are four levels in Doi’s Modern Reiki Method for Healing. According to Doi, they are, as follows:
Sho-den (the entrance)
You will deepen your understanding of how Reiki energy works, and will learn new information on giving a treatment. To attain greater balance on the physical and mental levels, you will learn meditation practices and cleansing techniques
Oku-den (the deep inside)
You will learn Gendai Reiki symbols which can allow you to work through past karma, help you to create a positive future, and enhance your ability to use Reiki for long-distance healing. To attain greater balance on the emotional level, you will learn meditation practices and cleansing techniques.
Shinpi-den (the mystery)
You will learn a new symbol that will increase your spiritual connection to Reiki. To be guided on a higher vibratory level, you will learn meditation practices and cleansing techniques.
Gokuikai-den (the teachings)
This is the Master Level of Gendai Reiki in which you will learn how to teach the meditations and practices of this system, and to give the corresponding attunement for each level.
The quotation and the material given here are from Hiroshi Doi, Modern Reiki Method for Healing, published in 2000.