The History Of Reiki

There are many theories about the history of Reiki, but the only documentary evidence we have is from the writings and teachings of its founder - Dr Mikao Usui. Much knowledge has sadly been withheld to date from the Western World by his pupils in Japan.

Coming from a Samurai family he practiced and taught martial arts and was a hands on healer long before he discovered Reiki. Dr Usui was known as a man of virtue, a truly enlightened man. He was very wise, warm, gentle and compassionate. Strong but humble and always smiling – with a great desire to bring healing, love and light not just individuals but also to societies and the Earth as a whole.

Reiki was discovered by Dr Usui when he spent a 21 day period of fasting on Mount Kurama in the 1900’s, where he received the Reiki symbols in a vision. It is said by some that Dr Usui merely re-discovered Reiki, that Reiki was a lost ancient art. However, in his writings, Dr Usui states: "The Usui Reiki Therapy is something no-one before has discovered, and bears comparison with no other treatment in the world."

Dr Usui practiced Reiki from his clinic in Tokyo, and held workshops and classes to spread Reiki knowledge. His fame spread throughout Japan, and he was invited to many parts of the country to give healing. He taught more than 2000 students and 16 masters. He spent his final years caring for people through healing and teaching, and a pupil (Mrs Takata) of one of his Masters (Dr Hayashi) eventually brought Reiki to the Western World.

Reiki is also a path to enlightenment and happiness as well as a healing system and today is practiced by many millions of people around the world.

These are his Reiki Precepts to help develop a pure and sound mind:

Just for today do not anger

Do not worry and be filled with gratitude

Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people

Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer

Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth

Usui Reiki treatment for the improvement of body and mind

The Founder - Usui-Mikao

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