History Reiki





History Reiki The word Reiki is of Japanese derivation and the Chinese symbols used to depict the word denote Life Energy (Rei = Life, spirit or universal; Ki = energy). The name Reiki is not, however, indicative of its cultural origin.

According to the Reiki Master, 'Mrs. Takata, who introduced Reiki to America, Reiki started in Tibet thousands of years ago. This is obviously only traditional legend because the Tibetan culture really started about twelve hundred years ago. Discoveries recently of the Reiki symbols and techniques in ancient cultures in southern India would make it appear more likely that the awareness of Reiki started in India. Some Reiki Masters have even found evidence of it in ancient Egypt.

According to history reiki in those ancient traditions, in those times the practice of what we now call Reiki was apparently imparted only to the selected few and then only after lengthy preparation. This process took many years, and the initiate or beginner in Reiki only received full initiation upon meeting certain requirements and after due adherence to certain disciplines. Consequently, Reiki remained isolated to the outside world. We of the Western world were also probably far from ready for such information until now.



Reiki History the Japan story

In the modern era has also been distorted by many eager people ever willing to embelish and create a legend. The following is the story of Reiki. Much of its contents cheek out as fact but much appears to be more a case of establishing a legend.

The story begins in Japan at a time in the Meiji era of the mid 1800s in Kyoto. At that time in Kyoto, a Japanese gentleman called Dr.Mikao Usui

worked in a Christian boys' school. One day, through the simple questioning of a few of his students, Dr. Usui's life was to take a turn.

They asked him to tell them more of the quotations from the scriptures of people being able to promote healing by simple touching or laying on of hands and they asked him to demonstrate such abilities to them. Dr. Usui, who had been teaching- for many years, had no answer for them.

He perceived this inability to respond to their questions as a great "loss of face" and he felt honour bound to resign from his position at the school and devote the rest of his life, if need be, to finding an answer to their question. He firmly believed that the teachings of the scriptures were not mere allegories and that such abilities were possible and had been an acknowledged practice among earlier cultures.

The History Reiki Search for Reiki

As a Christian who had been educated primarily by American missionaries, Dr. Usui decided to begin his quest in America and chose to investigate comparative theology at the University of Chicago. His subsequent years of study and searching for answers were apparently fruitless and he resolved to return to Japan, where he intuitively felt he now needed to begin searching among the Buddhist Sutras (teachings) where healing by touch is also frequently referred to.

Once back in Japan, Dr. Usui travelled extensively. He questioned the inhabitants of temples and monasteries throughout the country, asking them if they had any knowledge of healing methods similar to those referred to in the Sutras.

Dr. Usui's search lead him to a Zen Abbot who invited him to take up residency at his monastery in Kyoto and encouraged him to pursue an in-depth search of the Sutras. Dr. Usui initially studied these writings in Japanese and then, with the believe that they may have lost something in the translation, learned Chinese and subsequently researched much of the Chinese Sutras. Finally, he took up the study of Sanskrit, the ancient language of India.

Energy Patterns


Legend has it in the History Reiki that after fourteen years of study, travel and undying tenacity, Dr. Usui discovered what he believed to be the answer to his search. He apparently found it in the Sanskrit of the Lotus Sutras in a formula of mystic symbols. Just as we, nowadays, through quantum physics have begun to understand our Universe as an infinite network of energy patterns, so Usui understood that once attuned to these symbols he would be able to tap into the energy he had searched for all those years. This energy could set up the conditions for acceleration of the healing, process in living organisms. The energy Dr. Usui had long been calling Reiki.

History Reiki Clarity on the mountain

To gain further clarity, Dr. Usui decided to undergo the ancient practice of a twenty-one day fast and meditation on Mt. Kuri Yama, the holy mountain just outside Kyoto. Legend gives many colourful descriptions of what happened during this period of twenty one days. He apparently experienced a heightened state of consciousness on the twenty-first day during which he received in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the process that activates Reiki in the hands.

Upon returning to his 'normal' state of consciousness,he recognised a very different energy within his hands. It was the energy, he intuitively knew he had been looking for, what he all these years had called Reiki.

In history Reiki There are many tales

History Reiki

There are many tales of incidents that happened on Dr. Usui's journey from the mountain back to the monastery. They tell of how Dr. Usui was given many opportunities to use the Reiki energy on both himself and others. For example, he stubbed and badly gashed a toe which healed rapidly when he touched it with his hands.

He was also able to help the abbot with his severe arthritis. In view of the indisputable evidence of the benefits of Reiki that both Dr. Usui and the Abbot had witnessed, it was decided that Dr. Usui should work among the poor and afflicted of Kyoto's 'Beggar Kingdom' and, in so doing, gain a better understanding of what he had discovered.

history of Reiki, Legend has it that after seven years,

Legend has it that after seven years, Dr. Usui began again. This time it was to spread the use of Reiki and to activate it in others that they, might also become practitioners. He spent many years travelling Japan, giving Reiki treatments and initiating Reiki practitioners.

Eventually, in 1920, he met Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a 47 year old reserve naval officer and medical doctor who became one of his most dedicated students. Upon Dr. Usui's death, Dr. Hayashi carried on this tradition of teaching and treating others from his clinic in Tokyo. The first Reiki clinic had been founded

Hawayo Takata In 1933, a young woman, named Hawayo Takata, who lived in Hawaii, decided to follow tradition and return the ashes of a family member to her family home in Japan.

Mrs. Takata was a young woman in extremely poor health, suffering from various disorders including a tumour of the colon. While she was in Japan she sought medical treatment and was advised to undergo surgery,. When Mrs. Takata implored her surgeon for an alternative, he told her that his sister worked in a clinic using a therapy called Reiki. The surgeon told Mrs. Takata that if she had time she could try that as an alternative, but that the process could be lengthy.

Mrs. Takata took his advice and started receiving Reiki treatments. She was apparently attuned to Reiki (i.e. had it activated in her own hands) after the first three weeks of treatment. Within five months, she found herself healed and decided that she wanted to become a full-time Reiki practitioner. Eventually, Dr. Hayashi trained Mrs. Takata to the level of Master/ teacher and designated her as his eventual successor. Hawayo agreed that she would take over the Tokyo clinic upon his death.


Reiki comes to the West

In history Reiki 1937 Mrs. Takata completed her training with Dr. Hayashi and returned to her home in Kauri, Hawaii. Dr. Hayashi visited her for several months and assisted in establishing Reiki in Hawaii by giving joint lectures and classes. Shortly before World War II broke out, Hawayo returned to Japan and was present at Dr. Hayashi's transition In 1940. According to Dr. Hayashi's wishes, she agreed to take over the clinic in Tokyo, but first she had to return to Hawaii to collect her personal effects.

World War 1 1 would interrupt those plans. Being Japanese American. Mrs. Takata had to wait until well after the war was over before she could travel back to Tokyo. Upon her return to Tokyo, she found the clinic to be the only building left standing, in an area totally devastated by the scourges of the war Mrs. Hayashi had turned the clinic into a refugee home for homeless young wornon and the two women decided it was in the best interest of furthering the spread of Reiki for Hawayo to return to Hawaii and continue practising there. Hawayo Takata returned to Honolulu where she lived and ran a Reiki centre for the next thirty years. During this time, she travelled to the outlying islands and on occasion to the American mainland where she taught and lectured on Reiki. in history reiki Mrs. Takata eventually realised that she needed to train others in the knowledge of attunement and initiation she had learned from Dr. Hayashi. From the 1970s until her death in 1980. she trained twenty-two other Reiki Masters. These Masters have subsequently been responsible for the initiation of other Masters and the spreading of Reiki to the far corners of the world.

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