The History of Usui Reiki

Usui Mikao, founder of the Usui System of Reiki 

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The Usui System of Reiki

The Usui system of Reiki was founded by Usui Mikao in Japan in the early 1900's and was likely to have been inspired by a national search for inner connectedness and meaningful spirituality at a time when Japan was experiencing a change in it’s social foundations.

Usui Mikao was born a Tendai Buddhist in 1865 in the village of Taniai (now called Miyama cho) in the Yamagata county of the Gifu Prefecture in Japan. Usui's family was hatamoto samurai - a high level within the ranks of samurai. He become a lay Tendai priest called a zaike and began his teachings as a spiritual practise for himself, eventually passing this information on to others for their own self practise.

Usui’s method appears not to have been to teach new things, but rather to help practitioners to break down their accumulated old patterns and ‘bad habits’. In this way practitioners would gradually discover their true nature and realise that inherently each human is the keeper of all the knowledge that he or she requires.

The basic premise of this method is that healing exists within each person, not outside and therefore the essence of the teachings is self practise. The ultimate healing tool is the practitioner’s own dedication to healing the self: another can never give this depth of healing. It is believed that the aim of these teachings was to provide a method for students to achieve enlightenment.

At the time of his death in 1926 at age 62 a little more than 2,000 people had became students of Usui’s teachings. There are said to have been 21 teachers according to Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai member, Doi Hiroshi, one of whom was Hayashi Chujiro.

Hawayo Takata was one of 13 students of Hayashi Chujiro. She was a first generation American born to Japanese immigrant parents who lived in Hawaii.

On a trip to Japan, Hawayo Takata studied with Hayashi Chujiro from 1936 to 1938 and was the first to bring Hayashi Chujiro's teachings to the West. Before she died in 1980 she had 22 Reiki Masters to carry on her teachings.

It was only when the system arrived in the West that the term Reiki was given to the system. In the West the word Reiki is understood to mean both the energy used in the system of Reiki as well as representing the energy itself.

Over the last century the name Reiki has grown as the system has spread around the globe. The pleasure that millions across the planet have derived from Reiki itself is inspiring.

Source:  The International House of Reiki

*To read more about the life and times of Usui Mikao and the history of the Usui System of Reiki please visit The International House of Reiki  Click here


The Five Reiki Precepts 

The Five Reiki Precepts were developed by Usui to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realise that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for his or her healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

They are the very core of Usui Reiki - the Precepts themselves are "The secret method to invite happiness and  miraculous medicine to cure all diseases"

The Five Reiki Precepts

Just for today,

Do not anger

Do not worry

Be humble

Be honest in your work

Be compassionate to yourself and others

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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