Reiki History

Reiki is a Japanese word representing Universal Life Energy, which is basically using and tapping into the energy that is around us all the time.  Reiki is a form of energetic healing that dates back thousands of years, and is documented in some of our world’s most historic and important documents and books, although is only described in these texts, not named.  The term “Reiki” is the name given to this energetic healing in the late 19th century.  This system was born out of the experience and dedication of Dr. Mikao Usui of Kyoto, Japan, a Japanese educator and faith healer.  Dr. Usui was not a “traditional” doctor, however he dedicated his life to healing other people’s bodies and minds, so “Dr.” is a most deserving title.

Over the course of thousands of years, and the persecution of many who practiced things such as faith healing and/or “mysterious enchantments”, energetic healing systems have been pretty much wiped out — until the 20th Century.  As far as the “Dark Ages” is concerned, for energetic healing, the dark ages spans a much longer time frame!  For thousands of years, the earth has existed in a very low vibrational level, thereby meaning that all things extra-sensory have been shunned and all but forgotten.  Dr. Usui responded to a challenge from a student who questioned the doctrine of faith healing in the texts referred to above.  He began a 7 year quest for the healing as described in texts such as the Bible and other historic doctrines and undertook an extensive study of the healing phenomena of history’s greatest spiritual healers.

Dr. Usui found some information he sought in Sanskrit, a formula in symbols of how Buddha did healing.  Unable to apply the formula and symbols, he underwent a vision quest on the holy mountain of Kor-yama where he fasted, meditated and followed the directions in the formula for twenty-one days.  The symbols appeared to him on the last day, enveloped in light, and he left the mountain knowing how to heal.  For the seven years that followed, he devoted himself to healing, and began teaching Reiki to others.  Before his transition in 1930, Dr. Usui gave the Master attunement to sixteen teachers, one of whom was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who also happened to be a commander in the Imperial Navy of Japan.  Dr. Hayashi became the Reiki Grand Master after Dr. Usui’s passing.

Dr. Hayashi went on to develop the Usui system of healing.  He opened a Reiki clinic in Tokyo and kept detailed records of the treatments given.  This information evolved into the standard had positions and the system of three degrees (and their attunement processes) as we know them today.  Prior to his death in 1941, Dr. Hayashi passed Reiki to Madame Hawayo Takata.

Madame Takata, a Japanese-American widow from Hawaii, came to Hayashi’s Reiki clinic with cancer.  “Voices” before her operation told her the operation was not necessary.  After asking her doctor if there was any other way to deal with her problem, he told her of the clinic.  Her illness was healed by a series of Reiki treatments and she asked to be taught Reiki.  It was explained that Reiki was Japanese and that it was intended to stay in Japan; it could not be taught to an outsider.  This did not stop Madame Takata.  She was persistent and eventually Dr. Hayaski initiated his wife and Hawayo Takata into First and Second Degree Reiki.

Hawayo brought Reiki to Hawaii around 1937 and Dr. Hayaski then came to help establish Reiki healing in Hawaii with her.  In 1938, knowing that Wold War II was coming and having concern that Reiki might be lost if it stayed solely in Japan, Hayaski recognized Takata as his successor and initiated her as a Reiki Grand Master.  She was the thirteenth and last Reiki Master Dr. Hayashi initiated.  After forty years of practicing Reiki healing, Madame Takata passed the Master’s knowledge on to her granddaughter, Phyllis Furumoto in 1979 before her death in 1980.  Phyllis is the only Reiki Grand Master and is still practicing today.  To see the history of my Reiki lineage, please see the Reiki Lineage Portion of this site!

There are several lineages recognized throughout the year stemming from these early Reiki attunements and teachings.  All are fully valid, they just follow a different path to get to you!  If you meet someone who say they practice a specific type of Reiki, trust that their form of healing is just as valid as anyone else’s.  Please also beware of those who will try to tell you otherwise.  Having an open heart, mind and channel is the most important thing to remember, and those who discriminate against others for following a path provided to them that is not their own are very short-sighted, and may be short-sighted about other things as well.  There are still those who believe that the Reiki “from Japan” (currently) is the only Reiki worth discussing!  Personally, I believe that the differences other Reiki Masters see in themselves is the old, low vibration and learned protection practiced for thousands of years.  This low vibration is slowly melting away, so if you are a Reiki Master and are reading this now, I fully welcome and respect you as a rightful member in the Reiki “community”!  I am always looking to meet others who practice and teach Reiki, so please go to the ‘Contact Me’ page and contact me!

Reiki is meant for and can be practiced by anyone, and I for one respect the dedication that the people who brought Reiki to our modern world and thank them from the bottom of my heart.  As the five Reiki principles state: 1) Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude, 2) Just for today, I will not worry, 3) Just for today, I will not anger, 4) Just for today, I will do my work honestly, 5) Just for today, I will show love and respect for every living thing.  Anyone who truly believes in and practices these (as all Reiki practioners should) is someone I want to have in MY life!


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