Many of these
Reiki principals are basic moral codes which most of us live by without
knowing Reiki, once again proving that Reiki is in all of us.
From the Reiki point of view, integrating such principles in our lives
means becoming, as much as we can, clear channels of Universal Life
Energy/God Source Energy which everyone can receive.
The traditional story
traditional story relates that Dr Mikao Usui was teaching in a
Christian university called Doshisha University in Kyoto back in the
late 1800s, the university was founded in 1875. His students asked him if he believed in the healing
miracles in the Bible. He replied that he did, the students then asked
him to perform healing to help them believe. Dr Mikao Usui was not a
healer. He asked church leaders, who didn't know how to heal either.
He set out to learn about healing on his own. The story tells that he
travelled through Japan, China, to the University of Chicago Divinity
School and back to Japan.
had failed to find the secret of healing so Dr Usui climbed Mount
Kurama for 21 days to fast and meditate. As he was about to leave on
the 21st day, he saw a great light approaching him from the distance.
He was very afraid, but he stayed where he was and the light struck
him in the forehead, where the 3rd Eye/Brow Chakra is situated.
Usui was knocked unconscious but when he came to he saw millions of
small glowing bubbles and the Reiki symbols were shown to him. The
meaning and use of each symbol was clear to him. God had channelled
the healing wisdom and knowledge to him.
Reiki is an energy that is
Energy: God the Creator.
his way down the mountain, Dr Usui healed his own injured toe as well
as a sick little girl. Then he ate his first full meal in 21 days. He
began to heal beggars in Kyoto and found that they later returned with
the same illnesses. Dr Usui believed that many people held onto their
illnesses because this ensured they were cared for by others, among
other reasons. He also found that because they did not pay for their
treatment they did not take it seriously and returned to Dr Usui many
times for the same problem. This led Dr Usui to understand that
treatment must include not only the physical, but the emotional and
spiritual aspects. Dr Usui then passed his healing system to his
chosen successor Dr Chujiro Hayashi.
Hayashi attuned Mrs Takata to Reiki Level III –
Reiki Master/Teacher, who then attuned her grand daughter Mrs Phyllis
Furumoto. Mrs Hawayo Takata never referred to herself as 'Grand
Master' although her students did so and this was perpetuated into a
belief among Reiki Alliance members around 1982-83.
He liked to
read and his knowledge of medicine, psychology, fortune telling and
theology of religions around the world, including the Kyoten (Buddhist
Bible) was immense. There was a large University library in Kyoto, and
Japanese sources believe that he would have done most of his research
there, where sacred texts from all over the world would have been held.
traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, numerology, astrology,
psychic and clairvoyant development.
took Zen Buddhist training in 1922 for about 3 years. Many different
spiritualist/healing groups were in existence at the time, Usui attended 'Rei
Jyutsu Kai'. Today this organisation consists of psychics, clairvoyants
and the most spiritual monks and nuns in Japan.
a successful businessman around 1914 he went to meditate at Mount Kurama,
undergoing a 21 day regime of meditation and fasting. The fast is called
'The Lotus Repentance', which comes from Tendai Buddhism.
meditation on Mt Kurama the Reiki energy entered his Crown Chakra and he
found that he could heal without draining his own energy.
spent 7 years in Kyoto and opened a Kyoto school in Tokyo. He trained
about 2,000 students to practitioner level (Level II Okuden) and about 16
to Master/Teacher Level III (called Shinpi Den in Japanese).
founded a Reiki Society called Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. It has had 6
presidents since his death on 9th March 1926.