The First Annual Gathering of Reiki Jin Kei Do UK 11th & 12th June 2011

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.

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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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