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My deepest sympathy for those who have been affected by COVID-19.

Please practice your daily self-Reiki treatment to keep yourself strong, healthy, and improve your spirituality. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives in all fields in the world. We need to endure and survive this situation patiently, and so must I. 

I received a question from multiple masters if a distant class and distant attunement can be offered online during this period. My answer is no, even in this time of emergency. As an exception, you can have review sessions online for the levels your trainees have already taken. Introduction Level can also be taught online because it is about the history of Reiki, and there is no attunement.

A face-to-face class means that a master and the trainee must be together in person. Mikao Usui Sensei had the strict rule for Shihan (a master) to teach Reiki through Shihan's personality and spirituality, sharing the same energy field resonating with Reiki. An online meeting is not considered to be face-to-face. Gendai Reiki has inherited Usui Sensei's tradition, and I hope you can understand and protect it.

We use the term "Gendai Reiki master," not "Gendai Reiki teacher," because we put a strong emphasis on teaching spirituality and growing together with trainees. A Gendai Reiki master must transmit correct Reiki energy to trainees and teach a deep spiritual aspect of Reiki that Usui Sensei originally taught.

It is also crucial for a master to correctly determine the best time to give the trainee attunements. If you can't meet with your trainee in person regardless of the reason, that is not the right time for you to offer a class or attunements.

Those who took distant classes are not recognized as Gendai Reiki masters or practitioners. The International Common Standard for Gendai Reiki Masters is available in Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese languages.

Please stay safe and healthy.


Dear Gendai Reiki masters,

How are you?  

How should a Gendai Reiki master cope with the current difficulties in face-to-face training?
The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency for the second time, and I had to cancel all my seminars. As many Gendai Reiki masters in the world suffer, I have also been tackling this issue.
I decided to seek advice from Usui Sensei by contacting him through my morning and evening meditations with the "How to Contact the Higher State" technique in Level III.
I have received the following suggestions, which I would like to share with you.

There are two important roles for a Gendai Reiki master.

The first is to enhance one's spirituality and to live a peaceful life.
In order to lead other people, we must first prepare ourselves.

The second is to correctly convey the essence of Reiki and how to utilize it.

Teaching Gendai Reiki correctly is not about giving a good explanation in a seminar but about communicating what you have gained through your own experiences and practice with your personality in the same energy field.
Passing a torch directly from the hand of the founder, Usui Sensei, to the next person's hand is the transmission, not giving a picture of the torch.

For a master, spreading Reiki is also an important role, but it requires timing. You can't hand out the torch in the middle of a storm. That would mean extinguishing the fire of tradition.

It may be difficult now, but the best time will come for sure.
Just as there is no night without dawn, the difficult times will not last forever.
Looking forward to that time, understand that this is the time to strengthen your own brilliance, and concentrate on increasing resonance between your inner Reiki and Reiki in the Universe.

I would like to take this suggestion as it is and follow the international rules and the guidance of Reiki.

Hiroshi Doi