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The Halls of Reiki were created in July 1999
Created and designed by
Ed Bacon, Reiki Master/Teacher
Copyright 2000. All rights reserved.


The History and Origin of Reiki

The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. This technique was rediscovered in the late 1800's - early 1900's by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan.

The tradition of Reiki was an oral one, and was passed on by master to master and student to student by word of mouth. The story most likely has been dramatically embellished by each storyteller over the years to emphasize the wonder and beauty of the legend of Dr. Usui. The following story is the one that was told to me when I was first attuned to Reiki I some years ago. Back then most Reiki teachers were passing this story, or some variation of it on to their students. It was and still is a good story, however some of it is true, some of it is not. Over the years new information has surfaced about the origins of Reiki, Dr. Usui's background and education, hand positions, etc., and has served to correct some of the mistakes and misinformation of the Western traditions of Reiki. The following is the story of how Dr. Mikao Usui discovered Reiki as handed down by Hayawo Takata. Much of this story has been termed as fiction.

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In the year of 1822 in the city of Kyoto, Japan, Dr. Mikao Usui, ( a Christian Minister), was giving a sermon. After the service two seminary students asked him to explain how Jesus did the miracles of healing, and furthermore, whether or not he could perform those same miracles. Dr. Usui was not able to give the students an answer of yes. He felt that he understood the Bible intellectually, but he did not understand how Jesus healed.

This marked the beginning of Dr. Usui's lifelong quest to uncover the source of ancient healing techniques. He left Japan, came to America and studied at the University of Chicago. During his stay in the United States he earned a Doctorate degree in Theology. He searched the scriptures to try and uncover the secret of how Jesus and his disciples healed the sick and performed miracles, but he did not find the answers he sought during his time in the United States.

Upon his return to Japan, it occurred to Dr. Usui that the Buddha had performed the same type of miracles as Jesus. He too had healed the sick and had a great control of energy. He channeled the power of God and the Universe. Dr Usui began asking the different Buddhist sects if they could perform the miracles that Buddha performed. Could they heal the body? The Buddhists felt that healing of the Spirit and healing of the body was not always directly connected. They concentrated on the Spirit, and not the body. They left the healing of the body up to those in the healing arts.

Finally, Dr. Usui went to a Zen monastery. He asked the same question of the head monk. "Do the Zen know how to heal the body?" The monk explained that they were concentrating heavily on healing of the Spirit, and there just was not time to teach the physical healing of the body.

Dr Usui requested that he be admitted to the Zen monastery so that he could study the Buddhist scriptures, the sutras, in search of the key to healing. He was admitted, and so began his study.

Dr. Usui first studied the Japanese translations of the Buddhist scriptures but did not find the explanation he sought. Then he learned Chinese so that a wider range of Buddhist writings were available to him, but still without success.

He was guided, through his meditations, to learn Sanskrit so that he could read the original Buddhist writings and have access to those writings that had never been translated into another language. After mastering the language of the Sanskrit he began reading the teachings of the Tibetan Buddhistic Sect. From those writings Dr. Usui discovered what he felt to be the keys to healing. Dr Usui found the symbols, formulas, and description of how Buddha healed.

And so, at the end of his long search Dr. Usui had found what he sought......but not quite. Although he believed he had uncovered the knowledge, he still did not have the power to heal. He discussed this with his old friend the monk, and they meditated upon the path to take. They were told that Dr. Usui should go to a designated place upon the holy Mount Kuri Yama. There he was to fast for twenty-one days and meditate, to seek the power to heal. During this time he would receive enlightenment and Spiritual clarity.

Dr. Usui climbed Kuri Yama to a certain level and found a place that faced east. Since he had no calender, he gathered twenty-one small stones and placed them before him. Every morning he awakened before the sun rose and would throw away one of the twenty-one stones to keep count of the days.

Each day he meditated and fasted. On the twenty-first day, Dr. Usui awakened to a darkened morning. It was like a new moon day, when no light shone in the heavens before the breaking of the dawn. When he awakened he could not even see his hand in front of his face. He found his way to his meditation spot and picked up the last stone. Dr. Usui prayed before throwing the last stone off the side of the mountain. He asked God for confirmation of his findings and asked to be given the enlightenment of how to use it.

As he threw the stone off the side of the mountain, a light appeared far off in the east. It began getting brighter and coming closer to him. It frightened him and he wanted to run away. He thought to himself, "You have searched for years and years, and you have meditated and fasted for twenty-one days. You have asked for enlightenment and confirmation, and now you want to run away from it?" So Dr. Usui quieted his intellect and said "No, if that light is for me, I accept the enlightenment!"

The light became very bright and streamed across the heavens and hit him directly in his third eye! For a moment he thought he had died and ascended into heaven, because he had never before been in such a euphoric state. He saw many, many bubbles in all the colors of the rainbow. Then came the powerful bright white light, followed by golden Sanskrit letters..................the secret formula of the Universal Life Force and how to contact it! They came to him one by one, commanding him to memorize and preserve them. Finally the bubbles, the light and the Sanskrit letters had come and gone. Dr. Usui felt rested, and full of life and energy.

Dr. Usui jumped to his feet. He wanted to hurry back and tell the monk of his exciting news! In his rush he stubbed his toe on a rock. He reached down to comfort the pain and to stop the bleeding. He found that the pain and the bleeding quit very rapidly! He realized that something was different about the energy in his hands........................they had become very hot! After healing his toe, Dr. Usui continued his pilgrimage down the mountain.

Soon he began to feel hungry, so he stopped at a home that served travelers and ordered cold rice and cold tea. In a few moments a Japanese girl with a bandage wrapped around her jaw brought Dr. Usui his meal. She told Dr. Usui that her tooth had been aching for days. Encouraged by his own phenomenal pain relief Dr. Usui asked, "May I give you a healing?" She accepted his offer gladly. He put his hands around her jaw and within a short period of time the pain and swelling started going down. She was very happy and went to tell her father!

Dr. Usui ate his meal and then went to pay the Papa-san. He reached into his pocket to get some coins, but the Papa-san said, "Thank you, sir monk, but I cannot accept the money. You have rendered unto my daughter a service for which I do not have the money to pay. Please accept the food in exchange for the healing services that you have rendered." And Dr. Usui accepted the food in exchange for his services as a healing channel.

Upon returning to Kyoto, he went to tell his friend the monk what had happened. He asked for advice on what he should do, now that he had received the keys and the energy of healing. He wanted to learn more about it's use and how to develop it. Dr. Usui was directed by the monk to meditate on this.

From his meditation, Dr. Usui was guided to go to the beggar kingdom in Tokyo. This kingdom was controlled by a beggar king. So Dr. Usui went to see the beggar king and asked if he might live there to heal the sick and the afflicted. The beggar king admitted him, but did not believe Dr. Usui would succeed in healing the beggars.

For the next seven years Dr. Usui worked on healing the sick in beggar kingdom. He worked from daylight to dark, healing the young and old alike, and saw many beautiful results take place! He began to understand how Reiki flowed through him into the healee, and how the body became well.

One afternoon Dr. Usui took a walk to the edge of the beggar kingdom. He saw a young beggar who looked familiar. Dr. Usui asked if the beggar knew him, and the beggar said, "Of course, Dr. Usui! I know you! Do you not remember me? I am one of the first beggars that you healed!"

Dr. Usui said, "I healed you and you are still a beggar?" The beggar looked back at him and said, "Oh, Dr. Usui, yes! And I did just what you told me! I went out to the temple to receive a new name. I went into society and began dealing with my Karma, doing just what you told me to do. I even got a job and soon married! But, it was too much responsibility. So, I decided that I would rather be a beggar. That way I wouldn't even have to be responsible for myself."

Dr, Usui was greatly upset, and thought "What a terrible thing I have done! Perhaps the churches were right,...........................the physical is not enough..............the Spiritual has to also be healed! Never again will Reiki be given away! Always there will have to be an exchange of energy!" He decided to immediately leave the beggar kingdom.

As he walked back to the monastery, Dr. Usui was greeted in Spirit, by the teachers who had greeted him on Kuri Yama. At this time he was given the Five Spiritual Principals of Reiki by the Teachers. These five principals created significant changes in the subsequent healings of Dr. Usui. He realized that he had been giving healing away without requiring the healee to take any responsibility whatsoever! Also, there had not been an exchange of energy for the services rendered. The new teaching provided Spiritual concepts to be integrated with the physical aspect of the Reiki energy.

Dr. Usui got a torch and lit it, and went walking in Kyoto. He was stopped and asked why he was carrying a lit torch in the middle of the day with the sun shining so brightly? He replied that he was searching for people with a heart full of love and with enlightened hearts, but who are sad and sorrowful and do not know the true light. He invited the people to come and hear about Reiki. In this way he started teaching Reiki throughout Japan, and gathered a following of sixteen teachers. It was during these travels that Dr. Usui met Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a Naval Commander in the Naval Reserve. Dr. Hayashi came from a well educated and well to do family. He met Dr. Usui in the marketplace holding a lit torch announcing his lecture at a nearby temple. Dr. Hayashi was very impressed with the sincerity and conviction of Dr. Usui. When asked by Usui to accompany him in his travels, Dr. Hayashi agreed. And they traveled around teaching and healing. Dr. Usui made his transition about 1893, after asking Dr. Chujiro Hayashi to see that the Reiki teachings were preserved.

Dr. Hayashi continued in Dr. Usui's tradition, traveling, teaching, and dedicating his life to Reiki. He opened a clinic in Tokyo near the Imperial Palace. It consisted of eight beds in a large room, two practitioners per patient. One would treat the head and the other would be on the right treating the stomach area, then both would treat the patients back. The practitioners all worked here doing healings. They would also go to the homes of sick people for house calls.
To become a Reiki Practitioner in that time one had to be accepted by the masters in the Reiki organization, and second had to promise to use Reiki daily and volunteer some hours to practice Reiki regularly in the clinic. He trained two Japanese women. One of these teachers stayed in Japan; the other, Mrs. Hawayo Takata of Hawaii, was made a Reiki Master in 1938, prior to Dr. Hayashi's death. Dr. Hayashi passed on Tuesday, May 10, 1940. This was just prior to World War II and it was clear that Japan would enter the war. Being a Reserve Officer, Dr. Hayashi knew he would be recalled to duty and therefore become responsible for killing many people. This he did not want to do, and so determined to end his life. In addition he wished to, and did, pass leadership over to Reiki to Mrs. Takata.Mrs. Takata was instrumental in spreading the teachings of Reiki to the United States and Canada.

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A More Accurate History of Reiki and Mikao Usui

Mikao Gyoho, is the founder of the system of natural healing referred to as Reiki. He took the last name of Usui when he received the Gift of Reiki.
He was born on August 15th, 1865, in the village of Yago, which is in the Yamgata district of the Gifu prefecture in southern Japan. Mikao took the last name of "Usui " when he became a teacher, a sensei, of his natural healing system. Other genealogical information known about the origins of this man is currently limited to what is written on his memorial stone, located at the Saihoji Temple in the Toyotama district of Tokyo. The inscription upon the stone is written in Old Japanese and was translated into Modern Japanese by Masano Kobayashi, and then into English by Frank Arjava Petter , author of "Reiki Fire " and Sapporo Petter. The information is as follows: "His ancestor's name is Tsunetane Chiba. His father's name was Uzaemon. His mother's family name was Kawaai. " Also on the stone was this information: "Dr. Usui had a wife named Sadakko; her maiden name was Suzuki. They had a son and a daughter. The son, Fuji Usui took over the family business after Dr. Usui's passing. " It is not known what the family business was. It is known that his son did not take over the Reiki organization that Dr. Mikao Usui started. Mikao Usui passed away on March 9th, 1926, of a fatal stroke at the age of 61.
The story of Reiki that has come out of Japan in recent years begins with Dr. Usui's failed business. We do not know what that business was, only that it failed. While this failure left him in great debt, it also left him with a great desire for something more than just material gain.
On Dr. Usui's memorial stone is carved the following statement: "One day he went to Mount Kurama on a 21-day retreat to fast and meditate. At the end of this period he suddenly felt the great Reiki energy at the top of his head, which led to the Reiki healing system. " This would give credibility to this part of Takata's history.
According to his memorial stone: "He opened a clinic in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo in April of 1921. He not only gave treatments to countless patients, some of whom had come from far and wide, but he also hosted workshops to spread his knowledge. " There is no mention of healing the beggars and then opening up a "for-pay" clinic or school.
What is mentioned on the memorial stone and what might be the roots of Takata's history claiming that Dr. Usui first gave Reiki away to the beggars, are these statements: "In September of 1923, the devastating Kanto earthquake struck Tokyo. Thousands were killed, injured, or became sick in its aftermath. Dr. Usui grieved for his people, but he also took Reiki to the devastated city and used its healing powers on the surviving victims. "
His fame as a healer having spread, Dr. Usui's clinic overflowed with people wanting treatments and training. He opened another clinic in Tokyo in February of 1924. Invitations to other areas to teach and treat poured in. Dr. Usui traveled and taught throughout Japan. During his stay in Fukuyama, he suffered a fatal stroke. This was March 9th, 1926. His memorial stone states that he taught Reiki to over 2000 people and yet he taught for only five years!

 












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