I am so blessed to have spent time in Japan with the global Reiki Community and the Grandmaster of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Phyllis Lei Furumoto. It was amazing, powerful, and life changing. I was in Japan for two and a half weeks. I spent time in Tokyo, a week in Kyoto with the global Reiki community and then Osaka.
I visited temples, shrines, ate amazing food, made friends with Reiki people from around the world, and had a dream of a lifetime come true. I visited Mount Kurama, located near Kyoto and is where Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki. The mountain is powerful, serine, and vast. Our group spent two days there. The first day we walked alone silently. Each of us had our own special experiences. Mine was one of walking up hill feeling pain in my legs. Many days of walking and not enough water had caught up to me. As I walked and felt aching in my legs I thought of Dr. Usui and how he studied and meditated for 20 years in search of Reiki and how determined, focused, and disciplined he was. The pain in my legs slowly dissipated as I walked slowly one foot in front of the other. I thought this was how Dr. Usui Reiki journey was, one foot in front of the other. I stopped from time to time to look over the vast valley and clear blue skies. I thought about how Dr. Usui committed himself to helping others and how grateful I was.
I thought about the series of events that lead Reiki to me and my own personal transformation of being very consumed by my own personal suffering and how through Reiki and meditation I had come to a place where I had the opportunity to be of service to others and how awesome it is to watch students and clients grown and change. I thought about my teacher Brian Brunius, his teacher John Harvey Grey, John’s teacher Mrs. Hawayo Takata, Mrs. Takata's teacher Chujiro Hayashi, and his teacher, the founder of Reiki, Dr. Mikao Usui. Each one of them has that same fortitude as Dr. Mikao Usui. I was consumed with gratitude. Tears ran down my face as I reached the top of the Mountain to see a beautiful temple. The words thank you, thank you, thank you slipped through my lips in a loud whisper. I am so grateful to the lineage of teachers before me who lead me to Mount Kurama.