The following article was first published on the Reiki Jin Kei Do UK website in June 2011
Talked about for a number of years, on the weekend of 11th and 12th June, in the heart of rural Warwickshire, a new national Reiki organisation; Reiki Jin Kei Do UK was born. RJKD-UK was set up to support and promote the teachings and practices of Reiki Jin Kei Do across the UK and to foster links with up-coming sister organisations around the globe that will be similarly dedicated to what is a minority expression of the worldwide Reiki experience.
RJKD-UK was born inside the social network Reiki Jin Kei Do International – a loose collective of masters and practitioners within the lineage and from around the world that have been coming together on the web since 2009 to share ideas and support each other in their common practice.
Although originally discussed in 2005/6, it was to be another four years before the calls for those within the Reiki Jin Kei Do lineage in the UK to meet would become loud enough to warrant the decision to finally take action. The decision taken, however, a location and date were quickly set and attendees started to sign up.
In the end, the first gathering was attended by only a handful of people, but it was enough for a unanimous decision to be made to press forward with setting up a dedicated national organisation based around the needs of those within the Reiki Jin Kei Do lineage in the UK. The most pressing of which was to fulfil the desire to meet, network, share and engage in practice together. Of course, there are other Reiki organisations in the UK that would fulfill much the same criteria, but RJKD has always felt itself to be somewhat apart from the rest of the Reiki community, dwarfed as it is in terms of numbers and with a sense of marginalisation in some aspects of its core practice elements. Meeting with others who are committed to the practice of Jin Kei Do was the primary consideration in setting up the organisation which will eventually allow Jin Kei Do in the UK to establish itself much more firmly as a discreet practice within the larger UK Reiki community.
What was clearly apparent at this first meeting was the sense of joy at coming together and having the opportunity to finally meet others engaged in the same practice from other parts of the country. Friendships were made that immediately transferred, post-gathering, into connections on the Reiki Jin Kei Do International network, ideas were exchanged, treatments were shared and importantly for the new organisation, volunteers stepped forward to pick up the various tasks that needed to be accomplished to get the fledgling organisation on its feet and hopefully leading the way for other Reiki Jin Kei Do organisations around the world.
By the end of the weekend, there was a sense of euphoria that something momentous had just happened. That each had contributed to something much greater than the whole and that a seed had been planted. Each went their own way, determined to meet up the following year when the second Reiki Jin Kei Do-UK gathering would take place somewhere in the north of England.
In a little corner of Reiki Jin Kei Do International, the founder members are now currently networking and exchanging ideas and working together with enthusiasm as plans are put into place and executed. A provisional constitution is now almost written along with the group’s Mission Statement and a development plan to help Reiki JKD-UK grow over the next few months. Further key positions are being filled from amongst the founder members and the first major task of putting together a website and gathering members to the new organisation is underway. It hopefully won’t be long before the organisation can go public.