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Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, was born on August 15, 1865 in Japan. The system of Reiki came to him following an identity crisis that led him to ask the question, “What’s the purpose of life?” 


In 1922 on Mount Kurama, fasting in preparation for death, Mikao Usui had a great shock in his brain and went unconscious. When he woke he felt refreshed as had never felt before and realized that this is the state he had been looking for in his life.


On his way down the mountain he broke his toenail. He bent over to hold it and after a few minutes the pain disappeared and the bleeding stopped. This was how he found out about the healing benefit of Reiki.


In 1923 after the great Kanto earthquake destroyed Tokyo Mikao Usui was overwhelmed by the pain and suffering. He taught eight of his senior students how to initiate others. They spent many months walking through the area healing, treating and initiating the needy.


After that Usui sensei traveled to other regions in Japan to heal and to train. Over the next four years he trained a total of 20 teachers, had over 2,000 students, and 40 branches of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (his association). Mikao Usui passed away suddenly in 1926 from a stroke and died at age 62.


Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a direct student of Mikao Usui, was initiated as a Shihan (teacher) in 1925 - the youngest student at the age of 47.


Mrs. Hawayo Takata, though Japanese born, lived in Hawaii. In 1935 while in Japan she was guided to Dr. Hayashi’s clinic for treatment. She went everyday for four months and was healed. She asked Dr. Hayashi to teach her Reiki. After her training she invited him to Hawaii where he taught and gave lectures in 1937 and 1938. In 1938 Mrs. Takata became a Shihan (teacher).


Mrs. Takata is credited with bringing Reiki from Japan to the West, teaching in Hawaii, and all over the US. She started training teachers in 1970 and before her death in 1980 she had trained 22 teachers.


If you are interested in a more detailed Reiki history I highly recommend This Is Reiki by Frank Arjava Petter. 


If you would like to learn the secret art of inviting happiness, contact me.


Which style of Reiki should you learn?

Eastern style Reiki - read the Jikiden Reiki History here. 

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