Reiki-Research and Shingon Reiki

History of Shingon Reiki

Maybe it will surprise you, but it was originally never my intention to establish my own Reiki style. However, because I have been doing research about Reiki since 1993, and found out a lot of which goes beyond the common teachings of Reiki; in 2005 I started to think the following: if I would give a name to the manner of how I practice Reiki for myself, I would call it Shingon Reiki.  I have this exact year right in my head, because back then I created a Google email address for myself with Shingon Reiki.

The end of 2013 my students then asked me, requested thru a given situation, to teach Shingon Reiki up to the master degrees. I followed this request and then in March 2014,  for the first time, gave the 1st degree seminar in Shingon Reiki. Meanwhile, about one dozen pupils have concluded their two year master level education in Shingon Reiki and are actively teaching in many places in Europe.

So it can be said that this style, with no intention to create a style, has first matured 20 years on the basis of Reiki research before I started with the official teaching of the content.

Style means two things for me:

  1. the manner how I teach. This is my personal teaching style
  2. the content that I teach. This is my personal teaching style

The Reiki research and the history of the Shingon Reiki starts on the one side in 1993, when I myself was attuned by Sigrid Fuhrmann in Bremen in the 1st degree Usui Shiki Ryôhô and she, because of my enthusiasm for Japan encouraged me to do research on Reiki and to learn calligraphy.

With the Reiki research my special interest lies since that time always on Mikao Usui, his work and the sources from which he himself has scooped.It lasted some years before I could recognize the connections between Usui-Reiki, the Japanese culture and the spiritual traditions of Japan, like for example Buddhism and Shintoism.This process is still not complete to this day, as always new revelations emerge from ancient sources.

It’s not important to continually emphasize that it is dealing with the Shingon Reiki style, developed by me.  For strictly speaking, it is the findings from my research of Reiki and Mikao Usui.  And that’s why Shingon Reiki is also always Usui Reiki.  In this respect is traditional Usui Reiki in the foreground.

At first I thought that Usui Reiki was mostly based on Buddhism.  But with time, other sources from Japanese shamanism (Shintô and Shugendô) and in the context of Chinese Taoism came to light.  Usui Reiki has to be much more complex than I assumed for many years.

Sources of Reiki research by Mark Hosak

  1. Usuis Life
  2. Usuis Doctrine and concepts of the inscription on the memorial stone by his grave
  3. Usuis Script Usui Reiki Ryôhô Hikkei
  4. the traditions of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
  5. Usuis Reiki-Techniques and spiritual exercises
  6. the Reiki-Symbols

Therefore, the contents in the big book of the Reiki symbols include only a minimal fraction of the total research on Reiki and Usui. And much in the book has nothing to do with Reiki, the Reiki symbols or Usui and his sources. The latest findings about Reiki, the history and the symbols I have succinctly written in my latest book on Shingon Reiki: Reiki in therapeutic practice, published in 2016 by Haug Verlag.

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