In the late-1800's, a
man named Dr. Mikao Usui (born 1865) rediscovered this ancient
science, which he called Reiki. The story, as told by Mrs. Takata
goes something like this: Dr. Usui, a minister and dean of a Christian
school in Kyoto, Japan, was teaching a class, when one of his
students asked him if he believed that Jesus healed. His response
was yes, of course. The student then asked him for a demonstration
of this healing. He did not have this knowledge, so he could not
This one simple question
changed Dr. Usui's life. It stirred inside of him the desire to
know how to heal. With the knowledge that Jesus healed, he decided
to start his search in America, the land of Christianity. So he
enrolled in the University of Chicago. In his seven year study
of theology and comparative religions, he learned about the Buddha
and his healing abilities. But he found no answers.
Dr. Usui went back to
Japan to continue his search. He visited all of the Buddhist temples
and asked the monks if they knew how to heal. All gave the same
answer; they only concentrated on spiritual matters. At one of
the temples, he met an old abbot who remembered that the monks
knew how to heal at one time, but it was now a lost art. He offered
Dr. Usui the opportunity to stay and study the Japanese Sutras,
to see if he might find the information he sought.
After spending many years
studying the sutras and finding nothing, Dr. Usui decided to learn
Chinese. Chinese is an older language and many of the Japanese
Sutras were translated from Chinese. He studied and studied for
many more years and still found no answers.
There was only one other
place that he knew of to look; the Sanskrit Sutras. So he learned
Sanskrit and began studying these sutras. Finally an answer came.
In the Healing Buddha and Lotus Sutras, he found a formula for
healing. He was so ecstatic about this discovery, that he took
the information immediately to the old abbot. Together they decided
that to discover the full meaning of the information, Dr. Usui
The next morning, Dr.
Usui began the 17 mile walk to Mt. Kuramayama to fast and meditate.
Upon arriving at his destination, he gathered 21 stones, sat down
and put the stones in front of him. Every morning he would throw
one stone away. On the morning of the 21st day, in the early hours
before it was light, Dr. Usui was in deep meditation when he noticed
a bright light. He wondered if this light were real. He opened
his eyes; it was still there and moved quickly toward him. He
was frightened, but willing to risk death for the secrets of healing.
The light struck him in the third eye and knocked him unconscious.
All of the information, symbols and how to use them began to float
by him in millions of brightly colored bubbles, stopping in front
of him long enough for him to commit the information to memory.
When he came back to full awareness, he remembered everything
that was shown to him.
Dr. Usui noticed that
he was strong and full of energy, despite his 21 day fast. "This
is the first miracle", he thought. Wanting to share this
new information with the abbot, he started the long journey back
to the temple. On his way down the hill, he severely stubbed his
toe, tearing the toenail back. He grabbed his toe and within a
short while, noticed it was completely healed.
"This is the
second miracle", he thought.
He continued his journey
and soon came upon a house which offered meals to travelers. Noticing
his hunger, he decided to stop and break his fast. A man came
out to take his order. Dr. Usui ordered a nice meal. When the
meal was ready the man's daughter brought it to him. She was a
pretty young girl with a scarf tied like rabbit ears around her
head. Dr. Usui asked her why she had such a thing on her head.
She told him that she had a very bad toothache and could not travel
the long distance to town to have it fixed. He beckoned her to
come to him and placed his hands upon her face. After a few moments
she said, "Oh, kind monk, you make magic. My tooth no longer
hurts. Thank you". "This is the third miracle",
After Dr. Usui finished
his meal and was on the road back to the temple, he noticed how
wonderful he was feeling. There were no ill effects of eating
a large meal after an extended fast. "This is the fourth
miracle', he thought.
When he arrived at the
temple, he was greeted by a young monk. The boy told Dr. Usui
that he was glad to see that he had returned safely and that the
old abbot was bed ridden in great pain. Dr. Usui went directly
to the abbot's cell and sat down on the edge of the bed. He rested
his hands on the abbot's body while he told him all that he had
learned. In a short while, the abbot looked at him in surprise
and said, "You make magic; all of my pain is gone".
"This is the fifth miracle", Dr. Usui proclaimed.
Dr. Usui then spent 7
years taking care of sick people (beggars) in the slums of Tokyo.
Unfortunately some of these beggars, although cured of physical
illnesses, went back to begging as the life of a working man is
much more tiring than begging. Dr. Usui realised that he had made
a mistake and that the person receiving healing must first ask
for it and that there must be an exchange of energy. This can
be money, work, goods or whatever. Without the person asking for
healing or exchanging, he believed the healing would not work.
After this realisation,
Dr. Usui went around Japan and looked for people who wanted to
be healed. He practised and taught Reiki throughout Japan for
the remainder of his life. Before his transition on 9 March 1926,
he gave the Master attunement to Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.
Dr. Usui was decorated
by the Emperor of Japan. He is buried in a Zen temple in Tokyo.