A Brief History of Reiki

The information known about the history of Reiki is changing constantly at present, as more and more new information comes to light from Japan. There seems to be a Western version of events and a Japanese version. However, before we all get caught up in the right and wrong versions of its history, we must remember that this energy is all about healing and love and that to stay true to the energy, we must just remain open minded. I’ve read books, searched the internet, listened to other Reiki Masters and have summarized below, the history that resonates with me as being the most authentic.

Dr Mikao Usui 1865 – 1926

Mikao Usui was conceived on the eighteenth August 1865 in Japan and was the originator of the Usui System of Reiki or Usui Shiki Ryoho. He is additionally regularly alluded to as Usui Sensei, (Sensei meaning one who educates).
He originated from a genuinely well off Buddhist family, who urged him to consider, both scholastically and truly. While completing his investigations at a conventional Japanese Tendai Buddhist Monastery, Usui additionally aced Samurai swordsmanship and Kiko, the Japanese type of Chi Kung. Usui was keen on various kinds of medication, vitality development and religions, perusing generally regarding all matters. Usui was hoping to figure out how to recuperate himself as well as other people, utilizing his hands, that didn’t exhaust his own vitality levels and he dedicated numerous years scanning for a framework. His receptive methodology towards other conviction frameworks and religions is the reason Reiki is available to everybody. It has no strict connections.
As a component of his hunt, Usui ventured out to China and the West to examine their meds and orders. He embraced a large number of various kinds of work, in the long run driving him back to Buddhism. Usui turned into a Tendai Buddhist priest and lived in a religious community close to Mount Kurama, where he proceeded with his investigations.

It was while he was inhabiting the religious community, that Usui chose to go to Isyu Guo, a multi day instructional class, to look for edification. This included living in a cavern on Mount Kurama and fasting, pondering and petitioning God for the days. It is said that passed uneventfully. In any case, on the morning of the 21st day, Usui encountered an enchanted occasion ‘seeing’ old Sanskrit images, which he recognized would assist him with building up the mending framework he was searching for. After this occasion, Usui set up a center in Kyoto, where he started to mend and educate individuals.
The accomplishment of this facility, permitted Usui to travel all over Japan, taking his Reiki with him. Just as showing others how to recuperate themselves, he likewise offered mending meetings at a generally modest cost or in any event, for nothing, which implied anybody could get recuperating.
Usui’s primary lessons were centered around how to recuperate yourself, as a matter of first importance, which proceeds with today in the First Degree of (Reiki One). His conviction being that to have the option to mend others, you first need to have recuperated yourself. It would be ideal if you see Overview of Usui’s Teachings By the hour of his demise on the ninth March 1926, Usui had prepared around 16 Reiki Masters, one of whom was Dr Chujiro Hayashi. This would ensure that Usui’s recuperating framework would live on.

Dr Chujiro Hayashi 1878 – 1940

Dr Hayashi had been a naval officer in Japan but once introduced to Reiki, set up a healing clinic in Tokyo. He became a Reiki Master when he was 47 years old and it would seem that he began to make alterations to the original teachings, with the blessing of Usui. Dr Hayashi developed further the Usui healing system, introducing additional hand positions to cover more of the body and altering the attunement process. He compiled his new teachings into the Hayashi Healing Guide.
By the time of his death, Dr Hayashi had trained about 14 students to become Reiki Masters. One of these people was Mrs Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American woman, who originally went to Dr Hayashi for Reiki healing. Mrs Takata was the reason that Reiki became known in the West.

Mrs Hawayo Takata 1900 – 1980

Mrs Takata was born on 24th December 1900 in Hawaii, to Japanese parents. During her life in Hawaii, events occurred that resulted in Mrs Takata becoming ill. However, at this point, she needed to travel to Japan on a family matter and decided that whilst there, she would visit a Japanese hospital for treatment.
In 1935, Mrs Takata arrived in Tokyo and was told that her condition was very serious and that an operation would be needed to heal her. However, before the operation, Mrs Takata heard a voice inside her head telling her repeatedly that the operation wasn’t necessary and that there was another way. She decided against the operation and asked the doctors if there was any other way to treat her condition. The doctor told her about Dr Hayashi’s Reiki Clinic in Tokyo and so Mrs Takata arranged to go there for treatment, although she had not heard of Reiki before.
During these treatments, which were carried out daily, Mrs Takata was amazed at the warmth that flowed out of the practitioner’s hands and found the experience very relaxing. Within months, the healing sessions cured Mrs Takata of all her ailments. It was at this point that she approached Dr Hayashi and asked him to teach her Reiki and over the next year, he taught her the First and Second Degrees of Reiki (Reiki One and Reiki Two).
Mrs Takata now returned to Hawaii and practised Reiki regularly over the next two years. In 1938, Dr Hayashi visited her in Hawaii and attuned her to Reiki Master. Not long after, he asked Mrs Takata to visit him in Japan, where he chose her to be the person to continue spreading the word of Reiki.

He imparted all his knowledge from Mikao Usui and elected her his successor before he died. Due to World War II, it is said that Mrs Takata altered the teachings of Reiki to be more acceptable to the West. Japan was at war with the West and all things Japanese were then seen as hostile. This is how Reiki has survived in the West to this day. However, more and more Reiki Masters are returning to the original Usui teachings.
By the time of Mrs Takata’s death on 11th December 1980, she had attuned 22 Reiki Masters. These Reiki Masters have continued to teach and the Reiki Lineage grows longer every day. Reiki is the fastest growing complementary therapy being taught in the world today and this fact speaks volumes about this fantastic healing energy system.