Reiki history

Origin of Reiki

Mikao USUI, a Japanese born in a samurais’ family in the XIXth century, has developed the Reiki energy technique.

When he was very young, he used to practise Kiko (Chi-Kung) whose exercises allow to feel the circulation of energy and to open the meridians.

Sensitive to the use of energies, he healed people with this energy before he noticed that some difficult cases sucked out his own energy. He thus decided to stop the care and continued to study the martial arts. These allowed him to perfect his knowledge on the use of energy (Ki).

Besides the Shintoist and Buddhist teachings, he nurtured his spirituality and his internal development with Shugendo, the spiritual practice of ascetics living in mountains.

During a 3-week Buddhist meditation on the Kurama mountain, well-known for its energetic qualities, Mikao Usui lived a spiritual awakening (“satori” in Japanese). He came down the mountain, conscious that the energy which passed in his hands was different from the one he had used; this energy, which he defined as a “universal energy of life that has its own consciousness“, could not be manipulated and had highly beneficial effects for everything.

Thus he created an organization to initiate people for therapeutic purpose. Some of these people passed Reiki Masters to pursue his teaching. Among these, Mister Chujiro Hayashi, officer in the Imperial Navy, introduced Madam Hawayo Takata who “exported” Reiki in Hawaii.