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The History Of Reiki


The ancient, original, Japanese Usui Shiki Ryoho method of Reiki healing, was discovered and developed by a Japanese Buddhist Priest, Dr Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. It became a sacred healing system in the East, taught through sacred ceremony attunements, based on knowledge and teachings from Christian scriptures and Buddhist teachings, including Japanese and Sanskrit Sutras (sacred texts).


During his years of study, Usui spent a considerable amount of time at a Buddhist monastery where he became friends with the head abbot. On the abbots advise, Usui embarked on a 21 day meditation and fast on the holy mountain near Kyoto. On the last day of his fast, he had a deep meditation experience. He saw a shining light in the sky which moved quickly towards him. The light struck the middle of his forehead ( the third eye) and he found himself to be in a higher state of consciousness. In this higher state Usui saw many small bubbles of rainbow-coloured light in front of him. Finally a great white light appeared to him, in which, as if on a film screen, he recognized the familiar symbols from the Sanskrit sutras, glowing in the gold. Simultaneously, the application of the symbols and mantras became clear to him and he felt charged with a powerful healing force.


At the end of this incredible healing and enlightening experience, Usui began his decent from the holly mountain.

In his haste, he stubbed his toe quite badly, causing it not only to throb but to bleed as well. When he held his hands around his foot, the bleeding immediately stopped and the pain vanished.

This was his first experience of such extraordinary and rapid healing. 


He passed his knowledge and teachings to 17 people before his death, one of significance being Dr Chujiro Hayashi, whom opened a clinic in Tokyo. Dr Hayashi trained others, one being Hawayo Takata, from Hawaii in 1937. She initially received intense healing for a Tumour and was so impressed by her own recovery that she studied the sacred training too to heal others. Subsequently, Mrs Takata bought it to the West and opened the first Reiki Clinic in the Western world; and so the knowledge was passed on.


It is still an ancient and sacred healing practice, but is fast becoming increasingly popular, mainly due to its beautiful simplicity and gentle, yet powerful healing ability. Reiki is currently being used much more widely alongside conventional healthcare as a complementary therapy; as its value and true potential is finally being recognised by the Western world.


What does Reiki Mean?


The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ (pronounced ray-kee) is formed from two parts. ‘Rei’ meaning ‘wisdom and knowledge of all the Universe’ and ’ Ki’, meaning life force energy.




The Reiki Principles.