W H A T I S R E I K I ?
August 15, 1865 - March 9, 1926
Reiki's founder was Dr. Mikao Usui, also known as Usui Sensei in Japan. was born on August 15th 1865 in the village of 'Taniai-mura' in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture Kyoto.
Mikao Usui found that the healing techniques contained within his spiritual system worked well on various ailments.
Mikao Usui's skills as a healer and teacher have been very good and his fame spread very quickly throughout Japan. This was a time of great change in Japan, opening up to the West and changes both in government and religion. His teachings became popular among the older people who saw them as a return to old ideals and spiritual practices.
His school/clinic was formed not just for the spiritual teachings but it was also a way for people to obtain healing.
In 1923 on the 1st of September an earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohama, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was 50 miles from Tokyo. Over 140,000 deaths were reported. The majority were killed in the fires started by the earthquake. It was the greatest natural disaster in Japanese history. Mikao Usui and his students started to give healing in the area and the demand and need for Reiki was enormous and as a result of his work he became even more famous.
In 1925 Usui had become so busy that he had to open a new larger school outside Tokyo in Nakano. As he traveled widely his senior students would continue with his work when he was away from his school/clinic.
Dr Mikao Usui passed away on March 9th 1926 at the age of 62. He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. Later his students created and erected a large memorial stone next to his grave describing his life and work. Much of the new information about Usui Sensei comes from the translation of this memorial.
TRANSLATION OF THE NOTES ON DR. USUI’S MEMORIAL STONE
REIHO CHOSO USUI SENSEI KUDOKU NO HI
Memorial of the Benevolence of Usui Sensei,
founder of Reiho (Spiritual Method)
English Version, Copyright © 2003 James Deacon
Translation (especially for AETW.org) by Jiro Kozuki
“That which one attains within, as a result of disciplined study and training, is called Virtue, and that which can be offered to others by teaching, and methods of salvation is called Distinguished Service. Only the person of high merit and great virtue can be called a great founding teacher. Sages, philosophers, and brilliant men of old and the founders of new teachings and new religions were all like that. Usui Sensei can be counted among them. Usui Sensei developed the method that would improve mind and body by using the universal power. Having heard of his reputation, countless people from all over gathered and asked him to teach them the great way of the Spiritual Method, and to heal them.
His common name was Mikao and his other name was Gyoho (Kyoho). He was born in the village of Taniai in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture. His ancestor's name is Tsunetane Chiba. His father's name was Taneuji, and was commonly called Uzaemon. His mother's family name was Kawai.
Sensei was born in the first year of the Keio period, called Keio Gunnen (1865), on August 15th. He was a talented and hard working student; his ability was far superior to his fellows. When he had grown up, he travelled to Europe, America and China to study. He wanted to be successful in life, but couldn't achieve it. He worked hard but often he was unlucky and in need. However he didn't give up and he disciplined himself to study more and more.
One day he went to Kurama Yama to undergo rigorous spiritual discipline. On the beginning of the 21st day, suddenly he felt a large Reiki over his head. He attained an enlightenment and at that moment he comprehended the Spiritual Method. When he first used it on himself, it produced beneficial results immediately. After that, he tried it on his family. Since it was effective, he decided it was much better to share it with the public than to keep this knowledge solely for his own family. He opened a training centre in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo to teach and practice the Spiritual Method in April of the 11th year of the Taisho period (1922).
Many people came from far and wide and asked for the guidance and therapy, and even lined up outside of the building.
In September of the twelfth year of the Taisho period (1923), there was a devastating earthquake. Everywhere there were groans of pain from the injured. Usui Sensei felt pity for the people, and took the Spiritual Method into the devastated city and used its healing powers on the survivors, curing and saving innumerable people.
This is just a broad outline of his relief activities during such an emergency.
Later on, his training centre became too small. In February of the 14th year of Taisho (1925 A.D.) he moved to a new training centre in Nakano, outside Tokyo. Due to his increased fame he was often invited to many places. Sensei, accepting the invitations, went to Kure and then to Hiroshima and Saga, and reached Fukuyama. It was during his stay in Fukuyama that unexpectedly he became ill and died, aged 62. It was March 9 of the 15th year of Taisho (1926 A.D.)”
The word 'Reiki' means Universal Energy. This system of natural healing is based on allowing Reiki to flow via the hands to the receiving client, allowing its healing power to take effect.
Reiki has become increasingly popular as a complementary therapy in the West since 1970 when it was brought to America. It is now considered the number one self-help system in the world. New Zealand's Olympic dual medalist Hayden Roulston credits Reiki with his success. The holistic approach of Oriental medicine sees physical disease as arising from underlying imbalances in the body's energy system. The effect of Reiki is to gently expose the inner conflicts which are the source of disharmony. Reiki helps to restore balance and harmony in a subtle way.
How to acquire Reiki?
The only way to activate Reiki in your hands is through a process of attunement which is carried out by a qualified Reiki Master during a two day Reiki Seminar. Reiki may be used effectively by people of all ages and bakgrounds. Anyone can be attuned to Reiki for use on themselves and others.
You can master Reiki by attending a series of seminars. They vary by degree of advancement. Reiki First Degree seminar aligns you to Reiki for life. Reiki Second Degree seminar introduces the Reiki symbols or energy patterns. Reiki Third Degree Seminar provides many of the benefits of the Reiki Master level with advanced techniques. Finally, Reiki Master Training is available to selected Reiki Third Degree graduates who are striving to become Reiki Masters.
Is Reiki healing always a success?
Most people with some kind of physical injury will feel relief from pain and inflammation after two or three sessions in a week, followed by a few more weekly treatments. For chronic symptoms, a greater number of treatments will often be required and can do no harm. In each session the person takes only as much of the energy as he/she needs or is able to absorb. Reiki is complementary to any kind of medical treatment and could be applied to any condition.
Although ancient in origin, Reiki is ultra-modern, being a form of the holistic 'energy medicine' of the future.