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 comply.
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
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
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.
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 must meditate.
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.
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.
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", he thought.
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.
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
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
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.
was decorated by the Emperor of Japan. He is buried in a Zen temple