History of Usui Reiki
Reiki was rediscovered in the middle of the 19th century by a Christian monk named Mikao Usui. Usui travelled to the Holy Mountain of Kuriyama. It was there where he decided to fast and meditate in solitude for 21 days hoping to gain contact with a level of consciousness as described in Sanskrit Formulas.
Nothing unusual happened until the last day, when he saw a shining light moving towards him. It became larger and larger until it touched him in the center of his forehead. He saw millions of colored bubbles of blue, lilac, pink and all the colors of a rainbow. A great white light appeared, and he saw the little known Sanskrit symbols glowing in shiny gold. This was the birth of the Usui system of Reiki as revealed from the Bhuddist Sutras.
In the following days he thought out the Reiki Principles:
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to everything.
Usui returned to Kyoto and looked for people in search of the true light, people who were ill and oppressed and who were longing to be healed. This was the beginning of a new part of his life, which he spent travelling around Japan teaching Reiki.
Usui is buried in a Kyoto temple with the story of his life written on his gravestone. One of Usui's closest collaborators was Dr. Chijiro Hayashi (second Reiki Grand Master) who ran a private Reiki clinic until 1940. This is where Hawayo Takata first received Reiki treatments that would lead her to study with Dr. Hayashi. Mrs. Takata returned to Hawaii after her studies and was made a Reiki Master by Dr. Hayashi when he visted the Island in 1928. At the time of his death in 1941, she succeeded him as Grand Master. She first began to train Reiki Masters herself when she was about seventy four years old. On December 11, 1980 Hawayo Takata passed away leaving 22 Masters in the USA and Canada.