Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. Seers in the Orient studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for universal healing energies. Various healing systems, which crossed many different cultures, emerged from this single root system. Unfortunately, the original source itself was forgotten.

The ancient art of healing, which had got lost as the time advanced; was re-discovered in the mid-nineteenth century. The credit for the re-discovery goes to Dr. Mikao Usui who not only revived it but used it successfully.

Reiki – a new age Japanese hands on healing technique has its roots in Indian culture. A Japanese Buddhist monk, Dr. Mikao Usui came to India in search of this long forgotten Yogic technique and after attaining this wonderful gift through deep meditation. He wanted to give this power a new name so that he can spread this healing in his own country. Thus the new name Reiki came into existence.

The science of this wonderful divine healing is based on Kundalini Yoga – which is a very secret and sacred chapter of Yoga Sastra. This can only be learned through a well-acclaimed Guru. Actually the time of origin this science as well as the original master is unknown. Any how in the later part of this Kaliyug (fourth segment of the time wheel or Kalachakra) it is said that Lord Buddha attained this wonderful power during his enlightenment and he attuned his power to his disciples with the intention of spreading it among the common people who were suffering with the illusion such as pain, disease, death, poverty, enmity etc. so that they also awaken from their super and move towards the path of self realization and spirituality, cut off the web of “Karma” and escape from the chain of their life and death (reincarnation).

Thus, the art of healing spread through Buddhism for centuries and people observed it in their lives to make life beautiful and peaceful. After many years when Buddhism gradually faced extinction, this along with many other great knows ledges were lost. They only existed in scriptures.

It was Dr. Mikao Usui, at the age of 27 during a meditative spell had an urge to rediscover the wonderful art of healing. He came to India travel to Tibet referred all scriptures. To attain the power he started series of meditation at the end of which he reached the supreme bliss of entitlement and empowered with the divine wisdom.

During the middle of the Meiji era in Japan, which covers the mid-1800, Dr Usui had adopted Christianity wholeheartedly, becoming a minister and then finally Dean of a Christian Seminary. Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator (Dean or principal of a Christian seminary) in Kyoto, Japan, rediscovered the root system. At that time Japan was undergoing far-reaching changes in the field of technology. This was an exciting period in Japan’s history and many changes were occurring throughout society. He began an extensive twenty-one-year study of the healing phenomena of history's greatest spiritual leaders. He also studied ancient sutras (Buddhist teachings written in Sanskrit). He discovered ancient sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system which activate the universal life energy for healing. Dr. Usui was a life-long scholar with an endless search for knowledge of medicine, psychology, religion and spirituality.

Usui then underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use these sounds and symbols to heal. He called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death around 1893.

One day during a discussion with some of his pupils, Usui was asked if he believed literally in the Bible. Whether he knew about the healing methods adapted by Jesus Christ to the people and whether he would be able to carry them out. When he replied that he did, his pupils reminded him of the instant healings of Christ. They mentioned that Christ stated, “You will do as I have done, and even grater 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 pupils said “please teach us the methods”.

In traditional Japanese style, he was bound by his honor 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.

Dr. Mikao, as the head of the mission, decided to resign and go to a Christian country and study Christianity to find answer to pupils' queries.

He began his research and study at the University of Chicago in the theological seminary. He earned doctorate there. But to his disappointment he could not find a satisfactory explanation in Christian writings. The Chinese scripts also did not satisfy him. Then he came to north India to study holy scripts here. He knew Chinese and English and started learning Sanskrit. He continued also to study the Japanese Lotus Sutras, went to several Buddhist monasteries, a Zen monastery.

He learnt that the Buddha also knew and performed healing deeds. So he returned to Japan and discovered some formulae and symbols in old Buddhist 'sutras' which, he hoped, would throw some light on the mystery.

He visited many Buddhist monasteries and enquired if any records of the Buddha's teachings were available. But he was told that the emphasis there was on the healing of the spirit and no more on body. During his research he came upon a Zen monastery where he was encouraged to study 'sutras' in the Japanese language. Long time elapsed but no results were forthcoming. Then followed the study of Chinese and later of Tibetan 'sutras'. He found a document of the travels of St Isa-perhape Isa was Jesus-in Tibetan scrolls. After his study of Tibetan Lotus ‘sutras’, Usui felt that he had found the answer to the healing method employed by Christ. But he needed empowerment to use it.

In 1922, he went on a three-week retreat to the top of Mt. Kurama in Japan. (About the sacred mountain - Kurama Yama: Yama means `mountain` and Kurama means `horse saddle`. Mt. Kurama (570 Meters above sea level) is 12 kilometers due north of Kyoto Imperial Palace. The Kurama Temple, founded in 770 as `the guardian of the northern quarter of the capital city` (Heiankyo), is located halfway up the mountain. The original buildings have been repeatedly destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt. The Main Hall was last rebuilt in 1971. The temple formerly belonged to the Tendai sect of Buddhism, but since 1949, it has been included in the newly founded Kurama-Kokyo sect as its headquarters. At the time of Usui`s fast, Kurama Yama was also the location of a spiritualist group called `Rei Jyutsu Ka`, which he may have also attended.) He came to a specific spot facing east, and gathered up a pile of 21 stones which would be his calendar. After 20 days of fasting he arrived at the predawn of the 21st day. He prayed for the answer to come. Out of the sky he saw a flicker of light appear. It began to move very rapidly toward him. As it came closer it also got larger. Usui began to get frightened. He felt like getting up and running away. Finally he realised this must be some sort of sign. He had sought so long and hard all of those years – he just couldn’t give up. He girded himself for whatever might come and momentarily the light struck him in the center of his forehead. Usui though he had died. Millions of rainbow coloured bubbles appeared before his eyes. Soon they became white glowing bubbles each one containing a three dimensional Sanskrit character in gold. They would appear one by one, just slowly enough for him to register each character. Finally, when it felt complete, Usui was filled with gratitude.

As he had been in a trace like state, he was surprised when he awakened and it was broad daylight. As the story goes, during a meditation on the 21st day, he had a vision of an ancient healing system, and was attuned to be a healer himself. On the way down from the mountain he injured himself and was amazed that he could heal his own injuries with amazing speed. In his excitement to share his experience with the Abbot, Usui began to run down the mountain. He was amazed at how strong and rejuvenated he felt, considering the long fast he had just completed. This was the first “miracle” of the morning. Suddenly, in his haste, he tripped and stubbed his toe. As he instinctively reached down to grab it, he was amazed that in a few short minutes, the bleeding had stopped and it had completely healed – the second miracle of the morning. He soon discovered that he could heal others as well. He continued down the mountain and came to a roadside stand and proceeded to order a full breakfast. As anyone knows, who is acquainted with fasting procedures, it is quite dangerous to break a long fast with a large meal. The proprietor could see by Usui’s monk’s garb, and unkempt beard, that he had been fasting and meditating and encouraged him to instead have some special broth. Usui declined and ordered the full breakfast. The third miracle of the morning occurred when he ate it without indigestion.

As it turned out, the old man’s granddaughter who served Usui, was in dire pain. She had a severe toothache and her jaw had been swollen for days. Her grandfather was too poor to take her to a dentist in Kyoto, so when Usui offered to try and help, she gladly accepted. After he put his hands on the sides of her face, the fourth miracle occurred, as the pain and swelling begin to disappear.

Dr Usui then continued on his way back to the monastery. He found the abbot in great pain with a bout of arthritis. While Usui shared his experiences with the monk he laid his hands on the arthritic areas and very quickly, the pain disappeared. The old abbot was truly amazed. Usui sought his advice as to what he should do with this new found ability. He was again encouraged to meditate and finally, after some discussion, he decided to go a Beggar City in the slums and work in the Beggars Quarter of Kyoto to treat beggars and help them lead a better life. He spent 7 years in the slums, treating many illnesses. One day, he noticed that the same old faces kept returning. When he asked why they had not begun a new life he was told that there was too much responsibility and that it was better to go on begging. He prayed to GOD, then some AKASHVANI happened and he got the answers, He said my healing is temporary, it is not lasting forever so that me what to do to last long and forever.

Then GOD said, “who are you to solve anyone’s problem or who are you to change them, I have made them beggars because of there Karmas and why are you interfering in my work, Then Dr Usui requested GOD to give them one chance and give it to everybody so that they can solve there problems and get rid of there Negative Energies / Negative Karmas. GOD granted his wish but said there are TWO LAWS of Energy exchange which a healer must do:

1) “Reiki” should be requested by the HEALER

2) “Reiki” should be exchanged by some positive energy by the HEALER. i.e. may in form of daan, money, seva or gift

Then the Reiki treatment is considered complete.

He left the beggars Quarter and began to teach throughout Japan. It was also then that the purpose of the symbols he had experienced in his vision became clear. He would use them to attune people so that they could take responsibility for their own well-being.

Dr Usui left the slums and while returning to the monastery as he walked along he was greeted in Spirit by the teachers who had greeted him on Kori-yama. They bestowed upon him understanding of two very important elements: healing of the Spirit and the responsibility of the healer in the healing process. Dr Usui had realized that he had done the reverse of the Buddhists by concentrating on healing the body and not the Spirit. He was at this time given the Spiritual Principles of Reiki by the Teachers in Spirit.

Just for Today do not worry, Accept

Just for today, do not anger.

Honor your parents, teachers and elders

Earn your living honestly

Show gratitude to all living things.

He immediately began a clinic in Tokyo, treated many clients, and trained others to be Reiki practitioners. Reiki proved to be a valuable healing art after the devastating earthquake in Kanto in 1923.

Dr Usui worked hard to spread the word and share this wonderful healing system and was given an award by the Japanese government for meritorious service to others.

Usui began to train other teachers and shortly before his death, Usui charged on 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.

In 1935, Hawaya Takata, a young Japanese-American woman from Hawaii appeared in Hayashi’s clinic. She was very 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, 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. It was there that she began to receive treatments and was finally healed.

In 1935, Hawaya Takata, a young Japanese-American woman from Hawaii appeared in Hayashi’s clinic. She was very 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, 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. It was there that she began to receive treatments and was finally healed.

The tradition was passed through several grandmasters of Reiki such as Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, Hawayo Takata.

There are many forms of Reiki being practiced now. The two principal ones are: "the Usui System of Natural Healing" and "the Radiance Technique."

The Usui System of Natural Healing balances and strengthens the body's energy, promoting its ability to heal itself.

Reiki is useful in treating serious illnesses as well as others. Examples are: sports injuries, cuts, burns, internal diseases, emotional disorders, and stress-related illnesses.

Reiki was introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Since then its use has spread dramatically worldwide.

Years later, Takata was finally instructed in both First and Second Degree Reiki and began her Reiki practise in the US. In the 1970’s, Mrs. Takata began to train other Masters and at her death in December of 1980, 21 Reiki Masters had been trained.

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