OK, so here we go.
Mokichi Okada formed the Church of World Messianity in 1935 after being expelled from Oomoto. A significant part of that practice was Johrei, a powerful completely free healing method.
Around 1996 or so, I used to receive Johrei at 3068 San Marino St Los Angeles, CA 90006 (which is Koreatown). Paulo Santos ran the center. He was 3rd in command. Larry Ammar was vice president and Ray Toba was president.
I came back to the same center about 2 years later and noticed that Paulo was gone. I learned that a dispute arose between the president and the vice-president. The president wanted to drop a good portion of the rituals of the original religion to speed the acceptance by mainstream America. The vice-president disagreed. A vote was held and the president won. So they got to keep the building on San Marino.
When I learned of this, I left that center and started attending the Izunome center in Los Angeles on Venice Blvd. It was good to re-connect with Paulo, who was now vice-president. Larry Ammar was president of this organization.
Now, Aug 23 2014 I am in New York and attend the Izunome center here. Larry Ammar has retired as president and Marco Negrao is president. And lo and behold, there is yet another group offering Johrei that I have never heard of before today – Shumei. And another! The Mokichi Okada Association. So that brings the grand total of organizations offering Johrei to 4 – Izunome, Johrei Fellowship, Shumei (they spell it jyorei) and Mokichi Okada Association.
Oh, and let’s dont forget Sukyo Mahikari. It works wonders. I know a woman who suffered vicious abuse from her husband and had several broken bones that should have left her unable to use her arms but through service to this organization she completely healed her arms. Countless other medical miracles have occurred. Sukyo Mahikari is an offshoot of Mokichi Okada’s religion as you can see and of course we understand that perhaps Mokichi Okada’s religion is an offshoot of Oomoto from the same Wikipedia page. Oh and I didnt realize there was more than one Mahikari organization. Wow. There are at least 3.
Oh and we cant forget Tenrikyo – they have a healing method based on removing dusts, but it is not prominently listed on their website.
update for the 2022….
So, there is only organization that is connected to ‘the original johrei’ via bloodlines. just before 2020, that was izunome. Now, izunome is called church of the messiah. and the doctrine has dropped all of the teachings about spiritual clouds and teaches eternal life in the current physical body. i dont believe johrei is practiced anymore either… in fact there is a 30 minute video at the church of the messiah website called ‘beyond johrei’ that gives the details. higor melchior (?) is president. i think felipe and santos are connected as well.
oh, and what prompted this update? the head of izunome back in 2019 and before was marco negrao. He, romilson candido and gil de souza left izunome to form the miroku association. they have 14 centers, which is quite impressive.
They all do miracle healings. There’s been a lot of political upheaval but only God is perfect. We have imperfect people and imperfect organizations offering perfectly powerful perfectly free healing.
Izunome Locations and Hours
Broward Izunome (formerly Boca).
837 SE 8th Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL
Mon 9am to 1pm. 7pm to 8pm
Tue 9am to 1pm.
Wed 9am-12 6pm to 8pm
Thu 9am to 1pm. no one at night