A farewell to ICRT – The International Center for Reiki Training
On February 8, 2018, we at Edens-Path.com ended our membership with ICRT (The International Center for Reiki Training). With that, my name (David Clark) will no longer appear on their membership roster, their logo no longer appears on this site, and we will cease using their manuals and other teaching materials. We will still be providing all of our NCBTMB approved CE classes, and all required and relevant content requirements for these classes will remain in place.
I wish to mention that ICRT and in particular William Lee Rand has been very helpful in providing books and other training materials and support to us right up to the present time. His humility and availability have both been greatly appreciated.
So why leave? The Reiki classes we are now teaching are centered on traditional Usui Reiki. By “traditional”, we mean that the methods that Mikao Usui taught are presented in a western context, but the intent consistent with the classes, and the methodology he would have presented when he taught them. Usui taught his classes more than 100 years ago, in Japanese. With the cultural and language differences between that time and place and our present classes, our challenge is retaining the intention and flavor of his classes in our classes today. As such, our efforts at Edens-path represent a reset to an earlier understanding of Usui’s work and that of his students.
Many teachers have had their hands in changing the direction of the Reiki that Mikao Usui first taught. Even Usui himself adjusted his classes to reflect changes in his understanding of that work. Among other things, Mrs Takata added a symbol still in use today, and Arthur Robertson, a student of Iris Ishikuro (one of Mrs. Takata-Sensei’s 22 ‘Masters’) made many of the changes and additions that are presented by many current and recent teachers of Reiki, including Mr. Rand of ICRT.
In making this point, I must be very clear: the distancing from ICRT approved Reiki classes that I speak of above is just that. The many new flavors of “Reiki” are still helpful, and may bring positive energy, help, comfort and healing to those who practice them. We just don’t teach those methods.
Leaving the support of ICRT is no small task. As you might imagine, finding appropriate, legal to use manuals and other support material became an immediate priority. Also, it was necessary to create useful and appropriate handouts for our classes.
One obvious question that could arise is that absent ICRT, what will your Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice consist of? The answer to that question is that they will incorporate those used by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Bodywork and Massage (NCBTMB). The NCBTMB has kindly permitted us to make use of and incorporate their Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice documents, so long as they are quoted verbatim, and fully credited.
Fortunately, more is known about Usui and his classes than when I started teaching in 2005, and we have found an appropriate supplier of books, certificates, and other related material that we will use for my classes here at Edens-path.com.
We look forward to carrying on Mikao Usui’s work, and to traveling in the directions that will take us.
David Clark, Reiki Master