History of Reiki

Reiki has a profound and interesting history that Marsha shares more fully in Reiki Level 1 and Reiki Level 2 trainings. Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. It became a lost healing art until rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900’s. He began an extensive study of the healing phenomena and studied ancient sutras. He found the answers to some of his questions in the Indian Tibetan sutras, but not the knowledge about how to access this Energy. Following a 21 day meditation on Mt. Kurama-yama, the Holy Mountain, in Japan, Dr. Usui reportedly received the vital information about symbols which allow one to activate and to use this universal life energy for healing.

Dr. Usui called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan. He established the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and was its first president. He also initiated 16 teachers into his Reiki tradition, including Dr. Chujiro Hyashi, who established the first Reiki clinic, the Reiki hand positions and the levels of initiation and training. Mrs. Hawayo Takata was one of his students who brought Reiki to Hawaii in 1937 and following the completion of her training with Dr. Hyashi became the first American Reiki Master Teacher. The lineage was passed onto 22 students, including her granddaughter, Ms. Phyllis Lei Furumoto, our present Usui Grand Reiki Master. My students will be learning the ‘Usui System of Natural Healing’.

Reiki is useful in supporting the treatment of serious illnesses, injuries, emotional disorders, and stress related conditions. It does not replace Allopathic treatment nor prescribed medications. It is recommended that clients inform their physicians that they use Reiki as a healing modality. Many medical centers and clinics are incorporating Reiki into the care of the patient, family and staff.

Since Reiki’s introduction to the Western world, its use has spread dramatically worldwide because of its effectiveness in reducing stress responses and enhancing relaxation and a sense of well being. Research continues to explore the potential benefits and effectiveness of Reiki.