Usui travelled through Japan, China and Europe to gain knowledge of medicine, psychology, theology and spirituality. He became a Buddhist monk in 1914, during which time he went to the mountain Kurama, near Kyoto, where he had studied as a boy. In 1922, after 21 days of fasting, praying and singing, he suddenly experienced the initiation of the Reiki-energy during meditation. He moved to Tokyo and founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (The Usui System of Natural Healing Foundation), Usui practiced Reiki throughout Japan until his death in 1926.
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi (1878-1941) trained with Dr. Usui for 10 months. After Usui's death, Hayashi opened his own clinic and developed Reiki according to the insights that resulted from his own practical experience. Hayashi documented the treatments and created the basis for the initiation process that is still used worldwide.
Reiki is the Japanese word for “Universal Life Energy,” as well as the name of the healing method that passes this life energy to others using the laying of hands. By simply placing the hands on the body the Reiki flows to where it is needed most.
Reiki works on the physical, psychological and spiritual level, and enables these levels to influence each other.
Reiki stimulates the self-healing capabilities so blockages can be removed. This allows life energy to flow naturally again and the body can heal itself.
On a psychological level, Reiki heals “old wounds” and experiences from the past which may be causing current diseases. However, clients will never process more than they can handle when receiving Reiki.
Dr. Mikao Usui