Hands on healing has been around for many centuries and has been known in many cultures. When you read about Reiki in books or on the Internet you will find several different theories about where Reiki came from: the stars, lost civilizations like Lemuria, Atlantis. From Egypt, India or Tibet. What we do know for a fact is that Reiki was “rediscovered” in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui during the beginning of the 20th century & it is generally understood that one of his students, a Mrs. Hawayo Takata brought Reiki to the western world after World War II.
Reiki In Japan: Dr. Usui discovered Reiki during a mystical experience on Mt. Kurama, a sacred mountain north of Kyoto. A few months later he started a Reiki organization called the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai which means “Usui Reiki Healing Society.” He also opened a Reiki clinic in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo. There he taught classes and gave Reiki treatments. After the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 the demand for Reiki was great and it was at this time that Usui began training other teachers.
Reiki is a generic word in Japan, and is used to describe many types of healing and spiritual work. It is not exclusive to the system of healing based on Dr. Usui’s method. The system of healing that evolved from Dr. Usui’s method is called the Usui System of Natural Healing or Usui Reiki Ryoho. The clearest and most authentic understanding we have been able to discover is that Dr. Usui originated the system of healing he taught and practiced based first on his mystical experience on Mt. Kurama and then later by making use of his studies in many different areas of healing knowledge.
During his mystical experience on Mt. Kurama, Dr. Usui received the ability to do Reiki treatments. Dr. Hayashi a medical doctor in Japan worked with Dr. Usui & created a complex hand position system based on his experience as a medical doctor and from his experience working in his Reiki clinic. He also further developed the attunement process which transfers the ability to give Reiki from one person to another; you will all receive Attunements
during this course.
Mrs. Takata who brought Reiki to the West developed what she called the foundation treatment which is a simplified version of what she learned from Dr. Hayashi. The foundation treatment consists of 4 hand positions on the abdomen area and 3 or 4 hand positions for the head and a few optional hand positions on the back. She also decided not to teach most of the techniques (now called Japanese Reiki techniques) she learned from Dr. Hayashi, thus simplifying the system for Westerners as is common of most martial arts that have filtered their way to Western Culture.
A Reiki timeline
1800 – Reiki was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in mid 1800. Reiki is a natural spiritual healing technique which is unaffected by the Religious beliefs of a person.
Dec 24, 1900 – Hawayo Takata was born at dawn on December 24th, 1900, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and she brought Reiki to the west. Mrs. Takata initiated twenty-two Reiki Masters.
There are variations on the history of Reiki in the East and West, however it is known
that Mikao Usui received his first Reiki Attunement during his time in deep meditation on Mount Kurama, Japan in March of 1922.
1935 – One of Usui’s students, Hawayo Takata (1900-1980), a woman whose illnesses healed
following Reiki therapy in Japan in 1935, eventually came to the United States and was responsible for teaching Reiki masters now living in North America.