What is Reiki Jin Kei Do?

The following article was written for the official Reiki Jin Kei Do lineage website in 2010 but was never used, so I am presenting it here. 

Reiki Jin Kei Do is not just another hands-on-healing system – it is a way of life that incorporates a method of perfecting oneself through the development of compassion and wisdom. RJKD of course, in common with all other traditions of Reiki contains within its cannon a particular approach to the healing of others and oneself through the application of energy therapy techniques.

This approach however, is very much framed within the philosophy of RJKD. The primary aim of all practice within RJKD is to fully develop one’s compassion and wisdom and thus to achieve as complete an alignment with Universal Consciousness as we are able. In achieving this state, we are then much more able to bring healing – in whatever form this may be – to as many as possible in the light of a real and profound understanding of the true nature of suffering.

When we correctly develop our wisdom minds through the application of Reiki and meditation, compassion arises as a spontaneous outpouring. It is this outpouring of compassion that we strive to achieve in our practice. Compassion gives rise then to greater wisdom and a symbiotic relationship develops between the two strands of the traditions philosophy.

Of primary importance within RJKD however, is the goal of becoming the best that we can be. It is very much concerned with an inward focus to the practice for our own benefit. In some ways, this can be seen as a selfish aim but unless we can develop ourselves so that we realize our own innate state of perfection, then we can never truly give all that we are able to give to alleviate the suffering of others. Our efforts will be marred by our own state of imperfection. As we progress our efforts in helping other beings progress also. These efforts become imbued with real and immense power and an ability to affect a major impact on the world around us.

Reiki Jin Kei Do is the name given to the lineage – or vessel – that contains the methods and philosophy that are designed to help the practitioner help themselves. It is also a unique approach to the work of Reiki therapeutics based on these same methods and philosophy. In the end, Reiki Jin Kei Do is simply a way of life.

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About Steve Gooch

Steve Gooch was born in March 1962 in Rugby, Warwickshire in England and grew up there with his two brothers and sister. He moved to Corsham in Wiltshire and attended Bath Academy of Art, where he studied sculpture and printmaking, before going on to work on projects for the artists Joe Tilson and Nick Pope. He also helped with the publication of a limited edition folio of Paul Eluard’s poetry. Steve moved to London to study for a postgraduate teaching certificate and then worked as a teacher of art in the UK. He gained his MA in Education with the Open University and also studied the discipline of Reiki with his Reiki teachers in Newcastle upon Tyne. His daughter Marianne was born in 1994. For a period of time, Steve devoted himself to teaching Reiki in his hometown of Rugby, before moving to Egypt, where he resumed his career as an art teacher, becoming the Head of Art in a prestigious British International School in Cairo. He continued to teach Reiki, introducing the discipline for the first time to Egypt. He also wrote extensively on the subject for various Egyptian English-language magazines. Returning to the UK, Steve’s son Sam was born in 2004. Not wanting to go back into the teaching profession, Steve took a job as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant and wrote his first book ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do: The Way of Compassion & Wisdom’. It was the world’s first book on that particular tradition of Reiki and is still considered to be the standard reference work on the subject. Steve them moved to Sudan, where he was again Head of Art at the prestigious Unity High School, and built an online living history for the school, called 'The Unity High School Archive'. It was in the process of building this archive that Steve uncovered a major scandal involving senior members of the Anglican Church, local dignitaries, and members of the faith communities. As a consequence, he got to know the head of the Secret Police in Khartoum quite well and then promptly left the country. Steve moved back to Egypt and took up a post as Head of Art in a school in Alexandria. Very much involved in the Reiki community in the UK, however, he founded the national organisation ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’ and became the editor of ‘Focus: The Journal of Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’, and then set up the global ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do International’. He also set up the global video-arts project '12seconds for Peace'. The concept grabbed the attention of a number of big names in the peace movement, including Nobel Peace Prize nominees, and threatened to go viral. Circumstances (revolutions and social unrest) put it on the back-burner. Likewise, a major peace initiative called the 'Global Concert for Peace', scheduled for the summer of 2013, which would have been the world's biggest musical event, also went on the back-burner. Steve moved to Saudi Arabia for a little over a year in 2014, before returning to Egypt to take up a senior management position in another British International School in Cairo. Finally, after a year of professional purgatory in which he realised that there is no such thing as a good British International School in Egypt, he decided ‘enough is enough’ and quit the teaching profession for good to focus on his writing, art and Reiki classes. He is currently living in Cairo and writing ‘The Temple of the Djinn’, which is loosely based on the events that he uncovered during his time in Sudan. He is also teaching Reiki and working freelance for a variety of Egyptian magazines. He misses the UK and is looking forward to spending more time in his home country with his children. He'd also like to find time to paint and make sculpture.
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