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History of Reiki

The traditional story of Reiki, told by Hawayo Takata,  begins in the 1800s,  when Reiki was rediscovered and revived  by a Christian monk by the name of Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki however, was an ancient method even earlier. Dr. Usui was the Principal of the Doshisha University, a  Christian seminary in Kyoto, Japan. One day he was asked by his students to demonstrate and explain the healing method used by Jesus,  he was unable to do so. This began a 10 year quest to find answer and learn the skill. He was told by the Christian authorities in Japan that this healing method was neither  talked about or even known. Dr. Usui was determined to find the answer searched the information through Buddhism but was told  by Buddhists monks that the ancient spiritual healing methods had been lost.

Dr. Usui's quest then led him to the U.S., but not receiving any further information from Christians regarding hands-on-healing, he decided to attend the University of Chicago School of Divinity where he received a Doctorate in Theology. Being able to read Japanese, Chinese, English and Sanskrit, Dr. Usui relentlessly searched Chinese scripts for an answer and eventually traveled to North India, where he was able to study the holy writings.

As told by Hawayo Takata. Dr. Usui began studying the  Sanskrit. He studied very  hard to master Sanskit  and in doing so  found a formula. He was however unable to interpret the formula since it had been written 2500 years, so he continued his quest. He traveled to the Holy Mountain of Koriyama, Japan where he fasted and meditated in solitude for 21 days, with the hope of gaining contact with a level of consciousness as described in the Sanskrit formulas. Upon his arrival at the mountain, he placed 21 small stones in front of him to count each day, throwing away one stone at the end of each day.

During his time on the mountain Dr. Usui read the Sutras and sang. On the final morning of his quest,  he saw a shining projectile of light moving toward him at great speed. It became larger and larger and finally struck his third eye. He saw millions of little rainbow colored bubbles of blue, red, pink and all the colors of the rainbow. A great white light appeared, as he saw each of the  symbols in front of him glowing in shining gold. As he saw the symbols, he received information about each of them. This was the birth of the Usui System of Reiki and the first attunement of the rediscovery of an ancient healing method.

Before making his transition Dr. Mikao Usui trained and attuned several Reiki Masters including: Dr. Chujiro Hayashi who was an officer in Japan’s Naval Reserve,  Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto. Dr. Hayashi established at least 8 Reiki Centers in Japan.

There are many forms of REIKI, however, the 2 principal ones are: "The Usui System of Natural Healing" and "The Radiance Technique."