to tradition, Reiki has its origins in Tibet. The method was
apparently lost through the years but was preserved in the
sacred written Sanskrit sutras.
was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui toward the end of the 19th
century. Dr Usui formulated the modern Reiki method known
as "Usui Shiki Ryoho" (The Usui System of Natural
the mid-1800’s, Dr. Mikao Usui was the Dean of a small
Christian University in Kyoto.
day, during a discussion with some of his students, Usui was
asked if he believed literally in the Bible. When he replied
that he did, his students reminded him of the instant healings
of Christ. The students mentioned that in the Bible, Christ
states, "You will do as I have done, and even greater
things. If this is so," they stated, "Why aren’t
there many healers in the world today performing the same
acts as Christ? In addition, he tells the apostles to heal
the sick and raise the dead. If this is true," the students
said, "please teach us the methods." Usui was stunned.
traditional Japanese style, he was bound by his honour as
Dean, to be able to answer their questions. On that day Usui
resigned his position, and determined to find the answers
to this great mystery.
a very long search that took him to America, Japanese monasteries
and possibly even Tibet, and after searching through American,
Japanese, Chinese and Sanskrit texts, Dr. Usui thought he
had finally found the intellectual answers to the healings
of Christ. What he needed then was the empowerment.
found the methods of empowerment after he did a 21 day fast
on Mount Kurama in Japan.
was amazed to discover that this new force could stop bleeding
and relieve pain as he continued to apply it. After some meditation,
he decided to work in the Beggars Quarters in Kyoto where
he hoped to heal the beggars so that they could receive new
names at the temple, and thus be reintegrated into society.
the results were remarkable and many received complete healings,
Usui began to notice that many of the people he had helped
were just returning to the Beggars’ Quarters.
finally dawned on him that he had failed to teach them responsibility,
and most of all, gratitude. He then realized that the healing
of the Spirit was every bit as important as the healing of
the body. He saw that by having given Reiki away he had further
impressed the beggar pattern in them. The importance of an
exchange of energy became clear to him. People needed to give
back for what they received or life would be devoid of value.
left the Beggars Quarter and began to teach throughout Japan.
Shortly before his death, around the turn of the century,
Usui charged one of his most devoted teachers, Dr. Chujiro
Hayashi, a retired naval officer, with the responsibility
of carrying on the traditions of Reiki. Dr. Hayashi founded
the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo.
1935, Hawaya Takata, a young Japanese-American woman from
Hawaii appeared in Hayashi’s clinic. She was ill with
a variety of organic disorders, and also lacking energy due
to depression over the death of her husband a few years earlier.
Having been on the verge of surgery while visiting her parents
who had returned to Japan, she heard the voice of her deceased
husband urging her emphatically to avoid the operation. After
conferring to the doctor her reservations about the upcoming
surgery, he recommended that she try the Reiki clinic, and
it was there that she began to receive treatments, and was
was understandably impressed with Reiki and decided to learn
it herself. Reiki had become a man’s domain, and that
meant hands-off to women. Takata was a typical determined
"Gaijin" (alien) woman and did not give up easily.
Her persistence ultimately paid off, and she was finally instructed
in both First and Second Degree techniques. Later Takata returned
to the U.S. and began her practice. In 1938, Dr. Hayashi and
his daughter came to visit her. Soon after, Takata was initiated
as a Master and the Hayashis returned to Japan.
gutsy little lady pursued the teaching of Reiki in post-war
America during the McCarthy era, a very closed-minded period
of America’s history.
the 1970’s Mrs. Takata began to train other Masters,
and at her death in December of 1980, 21 had been trained.
Today there are over 300 Reiki Masters teaching around the
above text was summarized from the book by HORAN, Paula-"Empowerment
through Reiki", Lotus Light, Shangri-La»»