Mark Hosak and his Reiki story
Mark Hosak, born on 25 April 1972, was already interested in spirituality and East Asia in his childhood, and since the age of 13 had regular contact with Japanese in the fields of calligraphy and martial arts. He had the opportunity to learn Japanese in school since the 10th grade.
During his civilian service in 1993 he had his first contact with Reiki when he gave an 88-year-old woman flowers and these still blossomed after three months. Upon the question, why this could be, she held her hand over the flowers and said that I should get to know her son who could explain everything to me. Her son, is a former astrophysicist with NASA told me about a Japanese remedial method called Reiki which he right from the beginning, brought forward and explained with scientific documents. There Mark Hosak knew: „ Even if only five percent of that was true, it is worthwhile to learn this!“ So he soon took part in a 1st level Usui Reiki course. Initially somewhat skeptical, he tried reiki out on himself three times a day and several times a week on others. It showed extremely good results. Out of a desire to help others, he started praying at the begining of treatments, began to visualize and to breathe in a certain way. Because, he noted that this increased the perception and power of his hands and the Reiki recipients got better faster. Now because his Reiki teacher explained to him, that these variations were not traditional, he decided to use it secretly due to the enormous effect for himself and others. This resulted in the publication of his book ‚Seven secret techniques of Reiki‘ in 2007. Today, these technics are a part of the 1st level Shingon Reiki.
His first Reiki teacher encouraged him to study calligraphy and on account of his Japanese knowledge gave him some questions and tasks to accomplish, so that his research about that began with the investigation of Reiki.
At the University of Heidelberg Mark Hosak studied East Asian Art History and Japanese Studies. He specialized in Buddhist art, architecture and rituals. To accomplish the explorations in Japan, he received two Japan scholarships, one from the German government through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) after that a second one thru the Rotary Club International and for nearly three years was a research student at the University of Kyoto in Japan.
In Japan, he discovered the origin of the mental healing symbol in a Buddhist temple and henceforth directed his research in this field. His Japanese Professor recommended him to the consecration to a monk for the appropriate training by participating in rituals in temples and on a 1200-year-old Buddhist pilgrimage called ‚The 88 temples of Shikoku‘. During the pilgrimage, he had a spiritual experience which then led his life, where he is now: at dusk he lost his way in the forest, not knowing where he can stay over night, and after climbing a high stone stairway in the forest, he found a sculpture of the monk Kūkai, the founder of this pilgrimage. It is said that Kûkai accompanies, protects and leads everybody on the pilgrim’s journey. Then Mark Hosak had the idea through this sculpture and by means of a Reiki of distant contact to speak with the monk Kûkai and to ask him for advice. At this moment he had a luminous appearance of the monk Kûkai. Opon the question: „ What is the way? Where should I go? “ came the answer: „ Go the way of your heart! “ However, this is not that what he wanted to hear, because he wished a road description for the night. On the other question: „ What is the way of my heart“ Kûkai answered: „ You will find this out if you further continue the pilgrimage with me“. Then the appearance disappeared and he stood in the darkness in front of the sculpture … During the rest of the pilgrim’s journey it became clear to him that the way of his heart is Reiki and the exploration of its origins.
Back in Germany, he wrote his master’s thesis about the Siddham Hrih as the origin of the Mental Healing symbol. Followed by more than ten years work on his doctoral dissertation on the topic: ‚The Siddham in Japanese art in rituals of healing. Then in 2015 at the University of Heidelberg he received his Ph.d. with the note magna cum laude.
Mark Hosak completed Master training in several styles of Reiki. Thus, he noted that some styles have more and some a lot less to do with traditional Usui Reiki. In 2005 he thought, that if he could give a name to manner of how he conveys his way of Reiki teaching and research, that he would call it Shingon Reiki. It was never his intention to establish a new style. Therefore he withheld this idea for many years, until in 2014 his pupils convinced him to teach Shingon Reiki up to master levels. Only the Reiki lineages, in terms of content, energetically and professionally going back on Usui belong to Shingon Reiki. These are the lineages of Takata Reiki, Reidô Reiki and Gendai Reiki.
Now a days, he is still translating Japanese texts about Reiki, researching deeper into the sources of Reiki and directs his Shingon Institute, where he teaches Reiki, Meditation, Magic, Shamanism and Spiritual martial arts. Even if these subjects seem like a broad field, they are all a part of the Reiki healing method, as it was recently discovered with the new translations of ancient texts.
It is the concern of Mark Hosak to teach Reiki in a simple and understandable way and help to spread this happiness welcoming method into the world. For this is the message of the inscription on the memorial stone of Mikao Usui at his grave by the Saihoji temple in Japan.