Reiki History and Origins

by | Dec 7, 2017

The story about the origins of Reiki dates back to the early 1920s in Japan. It was Mikao Usui who, after intense spiritual practices, laid the foundation for what we now know as Reiki.

In his travels he offered his teachings to more than 2,000 students, making teachers some of them, like Chūjirō Hayashi (Hayashi sensei), a Japanese naval doctor born in 1880 who opened his Reiki clinic in Tokyo with the objective of transmitting others the teachings of the healing practices of Mikao Usui.

After observing the excellent work of Mikao Usui, the government of Japan awarded him the “Kun San To” Prize for his honorable and exemplary action of helping others.

Reiki has helped many people to heal their illnesses and improve their mental health.

Chūjirō Hayashi was decisive in the diffusion of Reiki throughout his country because in his clinic he kept records of all the patients and their illnesses to treat each case with dedication, recording the movements of his hands. With these files, he created the “Reiki Ryoho Shinshin” (Guides for the Reiki Method) that helped to perfect the techniques and renew the teaching model for the students.

After the demise of his clinic during wartime, many doubted the survival of Reiki, but his master students like Chiyoko Yamaguchi were still practicing it. Another of his students of Japanese-American nationality, like Hawayo Takata, had the desire to take the technique to America after curing several illnesses. Takata’s story is fascinating.

She had developed severe abdominal pain and lung problems that provoked her a nervous breakdown. After going to the hospital and being diagnosed with tumors, gallstones, appendicitis, and asthma, she was scheduled for an operation, but she had already heard about Hayashi sensei and decided to go to her clinic.

Without knowing about Reiki, she underwent a session. After that, she realized that her health condition was not a game: the Reiki masters found the same problems that doctors diagnosed her at the hospital. After several sessions progressively improved all her pains, and after four months of Reiki treatment, she was completely cured, arousing her curiosity to learn the method and help other people.

By 1937, Reiki had come to Hawaii and later to the rest of the United States. Hawayo Takata spent 40 years practicing and teaching Reiki, but she did not stop there. After this time she dedicated to training people to become Reiki masters; That is, to enable them to reach the level of teaching others.

She became a powerful healer who helped many people heal their illnesses and improve their mental health. Her fame was also because her way of practicing and teaching Reiki was very particular and slightly different from the one that Usui sensei and Hayashi sensei taught at the beginning.

After Takata’s death in 1980, twenty-two individuals who achieved mastery thanks to her, spread their teachings and surprised many people who healed their illnesses, pains, and diseases with the use of the vital energy.

The Reiki techniques that we know today are just as effective as the ones practiced in its origins, but its application, teaching, and learning are much clearer and simpler so that its adaptation already allows anyone to learn it. For example, the simplification of the system included new positions of the hands and back previously unknown.

This story has not ended. Now we can find Reiki almost everywhere, and millions of people have been able to change their lives.