History of Reiki
The founder of Reiki was a Dr Mikao Usui who was born in
Japan in the mid-nineteenth century. As he was growing up,
he heard stories about the Buddha. He also noted that the
Buddha was said to be able to heal physical illness and that
many of the Buddha's disciples acquired healing abilities by
following his teachings.
looked at the people around him and saw that there were many
who were unable to lead happy productive lives because they
were sick so often or had physical disabilities. Feeling
compassion for them, he wondered if it would be possible to
acquire the ability to heal physical illness in the same way
Buddha had done. After pondering the question for some time,
he came to the conclusion that if this kind of healing was
possible in the past, then it must still be relevant now.
With this thought in mind, he set out on a quest, determined
to learn the secret of healing so that he could help others.
talking to Buddhist teachers and priests, asking if they
knew how to heal the sick. Apparently, the ability to heal
the body was either held as a secret Buddhist technique by a
few spiritual groups or had been lost through disuse.
Consequently Dr Usui was unable to find anyone that could
heal the sick so he carried on travelling throughout Japan,
studying at Buddhist temples and asking questions about
healing. During his travels, he became friends with the
abbot of a Zen monastery and was invited to stay and study.
The abbot also had an interest in physical healing and
encouraged Usui in his quest. Wanting to read the sacred
books in their original language, Dr Usui learned Chinese
and eventually Sanskrit. It was in the Indian sutras, that
he discovered a formula for contacting a higher power that
could bestow healing. He talked to the Abbot about this. It
was then decided that all he could do now was to follow the
practices in the formula. So he travelled to the holy
mountain of Kori-yama where he fasted, meditated, and
followed the directions of the formula for 21 days.
On the mountain, he set out 21 stones in
front of him and each day he threw away a stone. On the 21st
day, after tossing away the last stone and still not having
received the healing power, he stood up. It was night at the
darkest point, just before dawn. As he looked out toward the
horizon wondering what to do next, he saw a point of light
coming toward him. As he looked at the light, he realized
that the light had consciousness and that it was
communicating with him. He realized the light, had the
healing power he was looking for and if he was to receive
what the light had to offer, he must allow the light to
strike him. However, he was told that the light was so
powerful that if it did strike him, it might kill him. He
decided the ability to heal the sick would be of such great
value that it would be worth risking death to receive it.
The beam struck him in the forehead, knocking him
unconscious. Rising out of his physical body, he was shown
beautiful bubbles of light filled with colours. In the
bubbles were symbols as he contemplated each symbol, he
received an attunement for that symbol and knowledge on its
use. In this way, he was initiated into the use of the reiki
Reiki involves the transfer of energy
from practitioner to client to enhance the body's natural
ability to heal itself.
It is a holistic, natural, hands on energy healing system
that touches the recipient on all levels: body, mind and
spirit. The client remains fully clothed during the
treatment. The actual treatment consists of hand placing
techniques on specific parts of the body and will leave the
client feeling calm and peaceful.
Reiki is a form of healing and is becoming increasingly
What makes reiki unique is that it incorporates elements of
many other alternative healing practices such as crystals
and chakra balancing.
Recipients may attain more internal clarity and often find
the courage to make changes needed to improve their life.