Meeting Tadao Yamaguchi
by Valerie Lowe - April 2005
Recently I was fortunate enough to meet Tado Yamaguchi who was speaking in Canterbury where he was promoting his book: The Hayashi Reiki Manual.
Whilst two student Reiki-teachers gave Reiki to a volunteer from those present on the evening, Tadao gave us an account of his life and experience of Reiki.
Although Reiki was not widely used in Japan at the time of young Tadao growing-up, his family appeared to have used it throughout as a real alternative to conventional medicine.
His mother, Chiyoko, had gained an interest in Reiki during early childhood when Reiki was used to treat all her family's health problems. When old enough she trained with Hayashi-Sensei who was a medical doctor, who had in turn, been one of Mikao Usui's original Reiki students.
The young Tadao was apparently a weak child who did not remember a time when Reiki had not been used to treat his ills. Fortunately the Reiki appears to have worked well, for inspite of the fact that his home had no first aid box and no creams, lotions or disinfectant, and the children had no vaccinations, he has grown up into a heathy man who spends much time travelling, both at home and abroad, spreading the word on Reiki.
Only in the 1990's was Tadao Yamaguchi pleasantly surprised to discover that Reiki was widely used in the West and he was interested to see the differences between his original teachings in Japan and those taught abroad that have mainly come from Mrs Takata, who introduced Reiki to America after the 2nd World War. Mrs Takata had also trained with Dr Hayashi, but her method's were changed somewhat as they filtered through the western world.
Western therapies teach us never to 'diagnose' but Mr Yamaguchi's method uses a practice called Byosen - a method of scanning the body to detect 'dis-ease' in parts of the body. Since diagnosing is forbidden in many countries unless you are a medical practitioner, this method of detection was perhaps deleted by Mrs Takata when she began teaching in the west.
Byosen is an important part of Japanese Reiki and where an imbalance is found, the hands of the practitioner will be held in this area for as long as necessary to try and clear it.
Someone in the room asked if Reiki was safe for a mother giving birth and the answer was 'Yes' it is fine.
I was interested to know if Tadao Yamaguchi believed there were any contra-indications to treating someone - for example: a patient with a 'pace-maker' or someone suffering from 'epilepsy'. In answer to my question Mr Yamaguchi replied that Reiki is 'Universal Energy' and can do no harm - it can only do good.
After some further discussion the 'patient' on the couch was 'brought back' and asked how she felt. This lady told us that she had suffered with shoulder, knee and stomach problems and found that the Reiki healers went straight to these points, and although she had felt a little pain in some of the areas it soon disappeared and she now felt very well.
The evening finished and I was lucky enough to get Mr Yamaguchi to sign my copy of his Hayashi Reiki Training Manual, written in conjunction with Frank Arjava Petter from information passed on by Dr Chujiro Hayashi (one of the last students of Reiki founder Mikao Usui).
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