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A brief history of Reiki – Mikao Usui

By March 26, 2018healing, reiki

Dr Mikao Usui 1865 – 1926

Dr Mikao Usui was born in Japan and was the founder of the Usui System of Reiki or Usui Shiki Ryoho.

He came from a Buddhist family, who encouraged him to study. Usui was interested in different types of medicine, energy movement and religions and was looking to find a way to heal himself and others, using his hands.

His open minded approach towards belief systems and religions is why Reiki is accessible to everyone.

Dr Chujiro Hayashi 1878 – 1940

Dr Hayashi had been a naval officer in Japan but once introduced to Reiki, set up a healing clinic in Tokyo. Dr Hayashi developed further the Usui healing system, introducing additional hand positions to cover more of the body and altering the attunement process. Hayashi trained students to become Reiki Masters. One of these people was Mrs Hawayo Takata, a Japanese-American woman. Mrs Takata was the reason that Reiki became known in the West.

Mrs Hawayo Takata 1900 – 1980

Mrs Takata was born in Hawaii but in 1935, Mrs Takata developed some health issues and was told about Dr Hayashi’s Reiki Clinic in Tokyo by her doctor.
Within months, the healing sessions cured Mrs Takata of all her ailments. It was at this point that she approached Dr Hayashi and asked him to teach her Reiki and over the next year. He imparted all his knowledge from Mikao Usui and elected her his successor before he died.

By the time of Mrs Takata’s death in 1980, she had attuned 22 Reiki Masters. It’s from here that these Reiki Masters have continued to teach, attune others and the Reiki Lineage grows longer every day.

Reiki is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies being taught in the world today and it is a fantastic, fast and easy to learn healing energy system.

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