The origins of Reiki can be traced back to the Japanese Theologist Dr Mikao Usui, who rediscovered the long forgotten art of
Tibetan healing back in the late 19th century.
Dr Mikao Usui
Dr Mikao Usui was a Christian Minister in
He was searching for the skill of healing. However, he could not find any answers so travelled to the U.S.A where he studied Theology.
During this time he found no real answers to his questions.
Eventually he returned to
He settled in a Zen Buddhist Monastery in
He decided to undergo three weeks of fasting and meditation. Early on the morning of the 21st day, he saw a beam of light. He got up to run, but the light struck his eyebrow centre and knocked him down, unconscious.
He saw bubbles in every colour of the rainbow. Finally, came the Reiki symbols in white and gold. As each symbol came he was given instructions on how to use them.
Dr Usui then became a pilgrim spreading the word of Reiki. By his death in 1930 he had initiated 18 Reiki Masters, one of them being Chujiro Hayahi, whom he named his successor.
Dr Hayashi was a navel officer, and received the Reiki Master initiation from Dr Usui about 1925 at the age of 47. Dr Hayashi added the standard hand positions, the three degrees and their attunement process.
He opened the first Reiki clinic in
Mrs Hawayo Takata first brought Reiki to her homeland of
Mrs. Takata's 22 Masters were:
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