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Interview with Reiki Master Jotaro Kashihara (Part 2)

Posted in Personal Experiences, and Reiki Blog

44Q. What really happens in an attunement?

Reiju (Japanese term for the attunement), is a reminder of a person’s true nature.  We are born connected to Reiki.  That connection does not go away, but we lose track of it through lack of using it.  Our lifestyles and even things like diet cause us to forget the connection is there.  Reiju reminds us of that connection.  Once reminded we can then utilize Reiki for healing and spiritual growth.

Q. As a Reiki Master, what was the most challenging question posed to you by your student, and how did you answer it?

I had a Western Reiki 2 student who asked me, “How do I get my family to accept my doing Reiki?”  I told her that it is important not to fight with them about it, because the argument can make matters worse.  I also suggested that she try to get them to try a treatment just once and that if they feel nothing from it, then she should never offer again.  She told me that she would do it.

A few days later she contacted me to report the success in getting her mother to try a treatment.  Her mother was shocked when she was able to feel the energy moving from my student’s hands.  Her mother became a true believer. Her father refused a treatment.  I recommended that she still not force the issue and that she might find a chance to give him Reiki some day in the future.

A year later I got news from her again.  She told me that her father fell off a horse while riding and broke several bones in his torso.  He was in a body cast that made it difficult to move much.  A few days after the accident, she went to help her dad read his morning newspaper.  She would stand behind his chair and turn the pages for him when he was ready.  As he read, she placed her hands on his shoulders and gave him Reiki.  After a time, her father asked her what she was doing.  She took her hands off and answered that she was helping him with Reiki.  He said simply “oh” and returned to reading his paper.  When she did not return to what she was doing, her father said, “Please keep doing it.  It feels nice”.  She put her hands back on his shoulders and continued the treatment.  Her dad is now a believer as well.  Both parents accept her practice and often ask for treatments.

Q. Can you share with us your most unforgettable experience concerning Reiki?

I was privileged to share Reiki with the mother of a friend when she passed away.  She was fighting cancer for about 3 years.  I offered her Reiki when she was first diagnosed and did so at least three times a week.

Towards the end of her life she was hospitalized.  The cancer had taken a huge toll on her and she was unable to care for herself.  The doctors were giving her medications to make her more comfortable and one day, she started to refuse them.  She told her son that she wanted to have a clear head when her time came.  She was a very strong lady!

One day I got a call from my friend.  His mother had requested to see me and was asking if I could give her a Reiki treatment.  I said that I would be there as soon as possible.  I called into work and told them that I was unable to make it that day.  An hour later I was at the hospital.

She and I talked for a while and she then asked me for the treatment.  As I started she asked if it would be OK for us to continue talking while I gave her Reiki.  I said that it would be fine and that we can talk about anything she wanted to.  She thanked me and then told me that she is happy to have met me and that she felt that I am a good friend to her son.  She then told me that she wished that we could have started what she called our “Reiki Relationship” sooner.  She mentioned that our time together is probably one of the main things that kept her going as she was fighting her cancer.  She told me that without the Reiki I gave her, she did not think that she could have had as long of a time with her children.  She wanted me to know how grateful she was.

I told her that it was always my pleasure to share Reiki with her and that to be honest; I got a lot out of giving her treatments.  I explained that working with her had been a wonderful educational experience and I had learned a lot from her.  I thanked her for her kind words.

She then asked if we could be quiet for a bit.  I said sure and continued to share Reiki with her.  After a time, she said thank you to me again and asked me to go get her some water.  Her water pitcher was empty so her son and I went to the nurse station in the hall to ask for more.  He told me that when he arrived that morning, his mother had told him that “today is the day” and that she wanted to see a few people before she left.  We returned to her room and talked some with her.  Awhile later I said my goodbyes and told my friend to call me if he needed anything.  He called me about two hours later.  She passed away about thirty minutes after I had left.

This experience is very special to me for many reasons.  It taught me a lot about how to feel the problem with my hands while I give Reiki.  It also was the first time I ever had someone share with me what the treatments I shared meant to them as they dealt with their illness.

Q. What do you hope to see change for Reiki in the next five to ten years?

Like many in the Reiki community, I would like to see a wider acceptance of Reiki in society.  We are getting close to this, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Q. Is there anything we have not asked that you would like to share with us?

Two things actually.

I would like to recommend that practitioners of any level keep the beginner’s mind.  When we are working with Reiki there is much to learn.  We learn through our interaction with Reiki.  If we close our minds to learning more by thinking we know it all, then we do the practice a great dis-service.

To teachers, I would ask that we strive to teach our students as well as possible.  It is them that will be taking the practice of Reiki into the future.  Our main goal should be to provide them with everything they need to understand and grow in the practice.  Being a teacher does not stop after the class is finished.  It is up to us to ensure quality in what we pass on.

Jotaro Kashihara’s website:


Jotaro Kashihara is the founder of the Classical Reiki Institute. Located in Coralville Iowa, the Classical Reiki Institute offers Reiki treatment sessions and Reiki training courses in traditional Japanese Reiki.
 (319) 333-5610