Traditional History of Reiki
Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki in the late 1800's. Dr. Usui travelled to the
United States and entered the Chicago School of Divinity, where he earned his
Doctorate in Theology. However, he did not find the answer to his question, How
may you heal the body? He returned to Japan and entered a Zen monastery. There
he studied ancient Buddhist, Sanskrit, and Tibetan texts for many years.
Dr. Usui felt like he had failed and expressed his feeling to one of the monks.
The Zen never say this is the end "everything is a beginning." Do not give up
your quest, because everything known to man can be known again. Finally in the
original Sanskrit he found the formula for healing the body in the ancient
texts, but he did not have the ability or understanding to use it. So he decided
to Fast and Meditate.
He travelled to the holy mountain of Kuriyama. He climbed the mountain chose the
spot for his meditation then gathered 21 stones and piled them before him. Each
day he threw one stone down the mountain. On the final morning just before dawn.
Dr. Usui saw a beam of white light coming toward him. His first reaction was to
run. However he decided to stay still. The light entered his third eye and he
lost consciousness. He reported that he saw millions of rainbow bubbles and
little known Sanskrit symbols glowing in gold. As he saw each of the symbols he
was given the names and uses for each as well as information on how to activate
the healing energy. Dr. Usui came down the mountain and experienced what is know
as the miracles.
1. Coming down from the mountain he stubbed his toe on a rock and fell to the
ground. His toe was bleeding. He instinctively grabbed his toe after a few
minutes, the bleeding stopped and the pain disappeared.
2. Dr. Usui had fasted for 21 days and then ate a very large breakfast without
any adverse effects.
3. The innkeeper's granddaughter had a bad toothache for several days. Dr. Usui
laid his hands on her face and she immediately felt better.
Dr. Usui began to practice Reiki in the slums of Kyoto, where he healed the
beggars at no cost asking only that they start a new life. He worked for seven
years in an asylum treating many illnesses. However he found the same people
returning who although healed of their physical ailments still chose to live by
begging. Dr Usui was deeply shaken. He realized that he had forgotten something
very important in his healing work: To teach gratitude. Following this he
thought out the Reiki principles:
Ethical Principles of Reiki
Just for today do not worry
Just for today do not anger
Honour your parents, teachers, and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to everything
Before his death, Dr Usui passed the teaching of Reiki to his closest associate
Dr. Chijiro Hayashi. Dr. Hayashi opened a clinic in Tokyo where he practiced
Reiki. (that is the story as it was passed on to me). Here Ms.Takata came for
healing Hawayo Takata was Hawaiian of Japanese decent. She was in Japan facing
surgery for gallbladder disease appendicitis and a tumour. On the operating
table she heard a voice telling her " The surgery is not necessary"", She got up
off the table and asked the surgeon if there was another way for her to heal. He
directed her to Dr. Hayashi's clinic. She was completely healed in four months.
She decided she would like to be trained in Reiki so she stayed in Japan and
became a student of Dr. Hayashi. Dr Hayashi knew a great war was coming and
decided to pass the complete teaching to two women. His wife and Hawayo Takata.
Reiki is universal healing energy:
Ki = Life force, Chi, breath
Reiki = Universal life energy
When you are attuned to Reiki you are opened to the universal life energy. Reiki
attunements are much like tuning in a TV station. The TV waves are there you
just need to tune them in. The same is true with Reiki. Reiki does not only
treat where your hands are placed but will travel to where it is needed in the
body. Intuition is important when using Reiki. Move your hands to where you are
guided even if that is not where the pain is.