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Komyo ReikiDo (pronounced Koh-m-yoh Ray-key Do) was developed by Japanese Buddhist Monk, Japanese Usui Reiki Master and renown international teacher, Hyakuten Inamoto. Komyo ReikiDo is a keep-it-simple Reiki system & practice, based on the Japanese aesthetic of Less is More. The practice motto is: Place your hands, Surrender & Smile. Simple to learn & profound in the effect on mind, body & inner being. Hyakuten is a gentle souls who teaches the Japanese style on a beautiful yet profound way. This style comprises of 4 Levels, with the 3rd and 4th being the Master and Teacher’s Levels.
In 2017 Carol attended a Komyo ReikiDo Workshop with Japanese Reiki Master Hyakuten Inamoto and was trained in all 4 levels of Komyo ReikiDo to become a Master and Teacher. She is now certified to teach this style of Reiki too. Although this style of Reiki still uses the same Lif-Force Energy as Usui Reiki, there is a more Japanese flavour to the workshops. Carol will be teaching Komyo ReikiDo Workshops in 2021 to Reiki Level 2 and Master students.
In Japanese, DO (道) (pronounced: dough, written with the same character as Chinese tao/dao), means ‘a way, or a path’, especially in the context with a spiritual training or practice.
Metaphorically DO (道) is a stream of life experience. DO (道) generally denotes, in the broadest sense, the totality of a movement as endeavour, tradition, practice and ethos.
DO (道) can indicate: moral principles, dogma, set of practices, rules for conducting oneself, proper way/conduct, philosophy, doctrine…
means ‘a way, or a path’, especially in context with a spiritual training or practice.
Dō (道) signifies a “way of life”, an experiential term in the sense that practice (the way of life) is the norm to verify the validity of the discipline cultivated through a given art form — kata (型 or 形) referring to a detailed choreographed pattern of movements made to be practiced alone, and also within groups and in unison when training. Most importantly, it gives attention to the mind and how one should develop oneself. Only with a clear mind and conscience can the practitioner understand the knowledge which he/she receives through practice, one should be “inwardly humble and outwardly gentle.” Only by behaving humbly can one be open to life’s (art’s) multiple lessons.
When Japanese arts spread outside of Japan, the real meaning, the essential nature (spiritual aspect) was lost. Martial arts became more like a sport (or a physical fight), but actually, for example, in a modern budō there are no external enemies, only the internal one: my ego that must be fought.
The same situation is with the original Japanese healing art — Reiki Ryoho 靈氣療法. When it was introduced to the West from Japan, many western masters (branches or schools) developed very complicated explanations/techniques that have little to do with the original teaching/practice. In reality Reiki Ryoho is a very simple technique, so simple that many people find it difficult to understand that something so easy can be so effective or that ‘Less is More’. As a result, additional techniques and modalities have been incorporated into the practice. However, all you need is to quiet your mind, get your false self out of the way, find space between your thoughts, and Surrender to the Universe — allow the Reiki energy to flow of its own accord, without a particular intention or direction of the practitioner.
It is not that one degree is more powerful or more advanced than another. They have specific purposes. The first and the second levels, Shoden and Chuden, focus on the healing (therapeutic) aspect of Reiki Ryoho. The third and the forth levels, Okuden and Shinpiden, focus more on the spiritual aspect of Reiki Ryoho. One should wait until they have a feeling inside. The time is then right to go one step further to the next level, and gradually, and finally to the teaching level.
The teaching is not solely an oral (intellectual) delivery of the material (data transfer). Neither it is another source of gaining money (a business). To become a teacher, one should first deepen enough into the essence of Komyo ReikiDo teaching and practice, then meet special criteria, strive to be a good model teacher example, obtain certain qualities, nurture universal principles, become aware of the responsibility and commit oneself to the following:
Therefore, foremost one begins with self, does self-healing Reiki sessions (to balance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health), implements Reiki Principles in daily life and only then one progresses to one’s family, friends, community, further to one’s species and even further yet to all humanity and all beings.
Komyo Reiki system was developed in 1998 by Sensei Hyakuten Inamoto, a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Jōdo-shū (浄土宗) or Pure Land School (sect) and an international Reiki teacher from ancient city Kyoto, Japan, in order to clarify misunderstood, misinterpreted information and to support the authenticity of Japanese Art Reiki Ryoho.
Komyo ReikiDo originates from and aligns with the traditional teachings of Mikao Usui Sensei (the founder of Reiki Ryoho) and focuses most importantly on Dō (道) — on the spiritual aspect (practice) of Reiki Ryoho, on Mind and Body improvement (Shinshin Kaizen). Komyo Reiki system underlines that Reiki Ryoho is more than a hands-on healing art. KRD practice is first and foremost a spiritual path for personal / collective enrichment and enlightenment, where enhanced hands-on healing ability is an outgrowth of inner work.
Komyo ReikiDo puts great emphasis on Do 道 — the realization of life as an endless PATH of spiritual training and development where our whole life is the PLACE for spiritual cultivation, the PLACE of PATH or the PLACE where spiritual PATHS are practiced. This place of our spiritual training is our Dojo 道場. It means that we realize that usual things we do regularly in our daily life, whatever that happens to us, everything is meant for our spiritual discipline and is, of course, of our own making. That is through our daily practice, self-discipline, mindfulness we cultivate and uplift our spirituality in order to attain the ultimate objective of Reiki Ryoho — absolute inner peace or Satori (individual understanding of one’s true nature).
By living according to the Reiki Principles, meditating, doing self-healing, as Reiki practitioners, we do follow a path to enlightenment. There is the interconnection: as one heals, one becomes a stronger, purer channel for the Reiki energy and the purer one is, the more extensive the healing becomes and the more blessings are bestowed (or to be found). Creativity and intuition increase as well this gift of healing on to oneself and others becomes a beautiful outgrowth of our/this inner spiritual practice, moreover, we could be more effective on a global level and become an embodiment (manifestation) of the world of oneness, harmony, compassion, loving kindness, genuine happiness and unconditional love for the sake of all living beings and our Mother Earth Planet.