History of Reiki
Dr. Mikao Usui of Kyoto
The past and present Reiki is an ancient form of healing, rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui of Kyoto, Japan towards the end of the 19th Century. Dr. Usui had spent many years on a quest for the secret of the ancient healing knowledge. He went to a mountaintop in Japan and underwent 21 day’s of purification, fasting and meditating at the end of which he received enlightenment and the power of healing. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching what we now call Reiki. Dr. Usui passed his knowledge onto several others and made Mr. Chujiro Hayashi the responsibility of training all Reiki teachers.
Mr Hayashi took Reiki to Tibet and then to the USA in 1936 where he met one of his students, Mrs. Hawayo H Takata who went on in 1938 to become a Reiki teacher. Mr. Hayashi died on 10th May 1941 at the time of his death there were only 5 living Reiki teachers. Mrs Takata. went onto and granted another 22 teachers before her death on the 12th of December 1980.