A brief history of reiki
Mikao Usui lived in Japan during the last three decades of the 1800s and into the turn of the century. He was motivated by questions from his students who asked if he believed in the stories of Jesus. He was deeply touched by their questions, so after some thought, he left his position in the school and began a search that would take him to many countries of the world.
In searching for the answer to “How did Jesus heal?” he found that many of the great religious and spiritual teachers had healed by laying on of hands. As this included the Buddha, he returned to Japan to begin the inner search by studying the Buddhist teachings.
After more years of studying and 21 days of meditation with fasting, he was gifted with an experience of Reiki, during which there was a moment when he was willing to surrender his life. Following this experience he discovered that he was able to heal himself and others thanks to this energy he called Reiki.
The next years found him exploring the appropriate way to use this connection to Reiki and a way to pass this experience onto others.
One of Mikao’s students was a retired Japanese naval officer called Chujiro Hayashi. After some time, Chujiro established a clinic where people could come to receive Reiki treatments.
HawayoTakata was due to have an operation, but during the days preceding the operation she heard a voice saying, “This operation is not necessary.”
So she asked the surgeon: “Is there another way?”. This question led her to visiting Chujiro’s clinic, the Hayashi Clinic and Hawayo received her first Reiki treatment.
After many weeks of treatment, Hawayo was recovering her health and decided to learn Reiki herself. After offering everything she had, including her time, Chujiro Hayashi accepted her as a student. Hawayo spent almost a year in Japan, working in the clinic every day.
Around the year 1934, Hawayo returned to Hawaii where she immediately began her own Reiki practice. This practice continued until her death in December, 1980.
In 1979, a lady called Phyllis Furumoto and her grandmother began working with Reiki.
Phyllis had a short time in which to become committed to the practice and to gain strength in her own relationship with the practice. Phyllis’s work continued after the death of Hawayo Takata.
Phyllis has nourished the global Reiki Community and the practice of Reiki has spread around the world (as Mikao Usui wished) and become a household word (as Hawayo Takata wished).
Phyllis’s travels and teachings of the nature of Reiki has allowed students from all cultures to better understand and integrate the practice, as it flows through the spiritual lineage into the hands of all students.
Mikao Usui taught the Usui style of reiki healing to others, who in turn taught others, creating an easily identifiable reiki lineage for clients and reiki practitioners and masters.
I practice the Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki System of Healing, originating from Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century.