The history of Reiki takes us back some 7,000 years. Reiki originated in Tibet, but it got lost along the way. In the early 1900’s a Buddhist monk, Dr Mikao Usui, rediscovered Reiki and it’s healing qualities in Japan. Having studied and practised healing for many years, Dr Usui had found that many methods of healing depleted the practitioner of their own energy when giving treatments. It was during a meditation that Dr Mikao Usui received the Reiki energy. He then noticed how his own healing abilities had been enhanced and realised that he was no longer drained of his own energy when giving healing. Dr Usui later opened a clinic in Tokyo where he founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkei – the Usui Reiki Healing Society.
Dr Mikao Usui gave many Reiki treatments particularly to surviving victims of the Kanto earthquake in 1923, which killed some 140,000 people. Some then became students of Dr Usui, one of whom was naval officer Dr Chujiro Hayashi who went on to take Reiki Master training with Dr Usui – one of his last Reiki Master students.
Dr Hayashi developed the teachings given to him by Dr Usui and opened his own clinic in Tokyo called Hayashi Reiki Kenyu-kai – the Hayashi Reiki Research Centre. The Reiki developed by Dr Hayashi forms the basis of Reiki continually being taught today.
One of Dr Hayashi’s students was Mrs Hawayo Takata and it was Mrs Takata that brought Reiki healing to the western world where she trained and attuned 22 Reiki Masters to the Reiki energy.