Chiyoko Yamaguchi and Jikiden Reiki


Chiyoko Yamaguchi learned Reiki from a man named Chujiro Hayashi in 1938 when she was just 17 years old. From that time, she treated herself and those around her on a daily basis.


Passionate about Reiki and its incredible effects Chiyoko Yamaguchi wanted to became a teacher of Reiki and with Chujiro Hayashi’s permission, her uncle Sugano, an established member of the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai (institute), went on to teach her more.


Because her whole family had learned Reiki, it was a very natural thing for Chiyoko Yamaguchi to choose to bring up her sons without using medicine of any kind. Whenever her sons were sick, she would take the time to stay with them and give them Reiki until they were better. Her youngest son, Tadao, had a very weak disposition as a boy, yet the Reiki that she gave him on a consistent basis allowed him to grow into a healthy adult and developed a passion for Reiki within him too.

How Jikiden Reiki started 

Chiyoko Yamaguchi knew nothing of the fact that Reiki was known outside Japan until the 1990s when many Reiki teachers from the West began visiting her. Delighted that Reiki was being used worldwide, she realised that some of the things she learned in 1938 had been changed or omitted, Chiyoko and her son, Tadao, decided to start teaching Reiki courses replicating the seminars she and her family took in the 1930s, calling it Jikiden Reiki. They simply wanted to show people exactly what she had learned that had proved so invaluable all her life. 


Making a difference in life and death
I met Chiyoko Yamaguchi in 2001 and as soon as I met her I knew I wanted to learn Reiki with her. My overwhelming feeling was one of being in the presence of an incredible person, glowing with life, love and what felt like infinite kindness. Yet what struck me and impressed me most was that she was an ordinary person, who looked and behaved like everyone’s favourite grandmother. I felt very honoured to be learning with her and her son and lucky to be able to gain from their wealth of experience.


Chiyoko Yamaguchi died in 2003 and though I felt very sad at her passing, I also felt happy to know that her life was one in which she had personally made a difference to so many people and in her simple, unassuming way, she had started something that would go on to help and empower thousands more, each on their own journey.