The following article was published on the Reiki Jin Kei Do UK website in March 2012.
Originally conceived in 2006 at about the time of the publication of my book ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do: The Way of Compassion & Wisdom’, it wasn’t until the 9th March this year – the 92nd anniversary of the death of Mikao Usui (the founder of the Reiki system) that Reiki Jin Kei Do UK was finally born.
In the summer of 2010, after a period of four years in abeyance, the idea of a dedicated UK-based national Reiki Jin Kei Do organisation began to resurface. Within the online forum, ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do International’ there was, amongst the members from the UK, a growing call to network and organise. But an idea is only as good as the action taken to realise it and the motivation for action at that time was a bit thin on the ground. With the almost certain prospect that, despite the enthusiasm for it, the idea would fall once more into a state of somnambulistic idealism, in the autumn of that year, I picked a date and tentative plans were put in place to meet the following summer.
That first meeting was scheduled to be held in my home-town of Rugby in rural Warwickshire in the middle of June 2011. I never had an expectation or even a hope that more than a handful of people from across the country would attend, in fact, I secretly hoped that this would be the case. At the start, the first Gathering was planned to be a networking and organising opportunity with the intention, if the attendees were in agreement, of building the core team of the proposed national organisation. Any more than a handful in such a group would be a hindrance rather than a help but as it turned out, there were just twelve people at the Rugby Gathering and these went on to form the Development Group and Governing Body of the newly founded ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’.
Once the decision had been taken to organise as a national body, the new Development Group were faced with the task of figuring out how to go about the process of building something like a national organisation. Relevant experience was, understandably, a bit thin on the ground. But the first tentative steps were taken, lurching this way and that, working on tasks as the realisation of their need sprung into consciousness. Mission Statement, Constitution, Aims & Objectives, Code of Ethics – drafted, refined and passed by vote within the Development Group, a logo was designed, paperwork, website, members forum, fee structures, roles and responsibilities allocated. What started out as an idea filled with enthusiasm became, as the months went by, a seemingly never-ending list of jobs to be done.
By early 2012 however, it was clear that we were about ready for a public launch. Reiki Jin Kei Do UK certainly lacked some of the gloss of some of the other more established Reiki organisations, but it represented, for the first time anywhere in the world, a unique orientation to the practice of Reiki on a national level. There would be time to add the polish and lustre of the bigger organisations later as it evolved.
Barely a month since Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’s launch and our first few members are signed up. Already plans are being put into place for our 2nd annual Gathering (a term coined in the heat of indecision prior to our 1st Gathering over what to call our annual get-togethers). A newsletter is being worked upon and our members are, slowly but most certainly surely getting involved in the new RJKD UK Members Forum. The organisation is growing and evolving.
It’s been a hard but fascinating journey over the last 9 months to get to this point. I guess that no one was ever under the illusion that it would be easy but it was most certainly worth it.
What Reiki Jin Kei Do UK represents is not only a collective reference point for the lineage of Reiki Jin Kei Do in the UK and worldwide, but the natural culmination of an orientation to the practice of Reiki that has until recently been significantly marginalised. It is an orientation to Reiki that we in Reiki Jin Kei Do UK believe is very much in keeping with the philosophic aims and perspectives of the systems founder: Mikao Usui. For that reason, we do believe that Reiki Jin Kei Do UK has an important role to play in helping to redefine and promote a much more solid and grounded approach to the practice of Reiki, certainly in the UK but perhaps also elsewhere.
If you are trained within Reiki Jin Kei Do, regardless of where you live in the world, then you are very much welcome to join us and to help build the world’s newest and possibly most important Reiki organisation.
You can find the Reiki Jin Kei Do UK website here: http://www.reikijinkeido.co.uk
26th March 2012 in Alexandria