A Brief History of Reiki
Dr Mikao Usui in the mid 1800's was the dean of a
small Christian University in Kyto, Japan.
During discussions one day his students asked if believed
literally in the Bible. When he replied that he did,
the students mentioned that in the Bible Jesus Christ
healed and also walked on water; Jesus Christ also stated
that "you will do what I have done, and even greater
things". If this is so, said the students, why aren't
there many healers in the world today performing the
same acts? "Please teach us these methods"!
Usui was stunned, unable to answer these questions,
he immediately resigned his position and began the long
search for answers. In Chicago he completed a doctoral
thesis on the scriptures whilst trying to uncover the
secret of how Jesus and his disciples healed the sick,
but did not find the answer here.
The Buddhist tradition also held that Buddha had the
power to heal, on returning to Japan, Usui visited the
Buddhist monasteries and searched for the records of
Buddha's healings of the body. Eventually an old abbot
in a Zen monastery showed interest and encouraged him
to study the Sutras in Japanese, Chinese and eventually
Sanskrit and he found after ten years what he had been
looking for. In some Tibetan scrolls in the Himalayas,
Dr Usui found the formula - a description of how Christ
and Buddha healed.
However, even this was not enough, although he had
the knowledge, he did not have the power to heal. Usui
took himself to a sacred mountain. Mount Kuri Yama and
commenced a meditation and fast for 21 days. On the
pre-dawn of the 21st day, out of the sky a flicker of
light moved quickly towards him and struck him in the
centre of his forehead producing coloured bubbles and
Sanskrit characters in gold, each appearing separately
and slowly enough for him to register the symbols in
his conscious mind.
Usui was filled with gratitude, and was no longer
stiff, aching and tired. He walked down the mountain
and accidentally stubbed his toe causing it to bleed.
He instinctively held his toe and was awed and amazed
to find it completely healed in a short time.
Down the mountain he ordered a large breakfast at
a roadside stand and felt no ill affects. The proprietor's
daughter had a painful swollen cheek due to toothache.
Usui placed his hands on her face and healed the pain,
and reduced the swelling quickly.
Back in the monastery, the old abbot was ill with
painful arthritis. Usui laid his hands on the old monk
and the pain disappeared.
Usui then worked for seven years in a beggar camp healing
the sick with remarkable results. However, after a few
years the beggars began to return. They found it much
easier to be beggars than to take on normal family responsibilities.
He had failed to teach them responsibility and gratitude.
Giving Reiki away was not the answer; the importance
of an exchange of energy became clear to him. Healing
the spirit is every bit as important as healing the
body. He left the beggar's quarters and began to attune
other people to take responsibility for their own well-being.
He trained other teachers and just before he died,
he chose a successor, Dr Chujiro Hayashi to be responsible
for carrying on the Reiki traditions. Dr Hayashi founded
the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo where people came for
treatment and to learn Reiki.
In 1935 Mrs Hawayo Takata a young Japanese-American
woman from Hawaii appeared at Hayashi's clinic, being
very ill, she received treatments and was finally healed.
Takata learned Reiki herself and began practising Reiki
in the USA. In 1938 Takata was initiated by Hayashi
as Reiki master. Dr Hayashi died in 1941, just before
the war with America. Takata fortunately escaped the
incarceration of Japanese-Americans that occurred during
World War Two, and Reiki was safeguarded. Takata was
the new Grand master.
In the 1970's Mrs Takata trained 21 new masters, giving
rise to different lineage's of masters to the present
time. Today Reiki is represented by the American International
Reiki Association and the Reiki Alliance.
The Reiki Alliance was founded by Phyllis Furumoto,
the grand-daughter of Takata with a group of 21 masters
and Phyllis Furumoto as Grand master.
In addition there are many non-aligned independent
The methods of teaching and emphasis on different
uses of Reiki vary between Alliance, Independent and
Radiance schools, and from Reiki master to Reiki master.
The differences are only superficial because there is
only one Reiki.
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