The Creation Of Reiki

The creation of Reiki healing is commonly credited to Mikao Usui, who after a lengthy meditation exercise on Mount Kurama, Japan, in 1922 had a spiritual experience that inspired him to develop the healing practice. Following Usui’s death in 1926, several of his students brought Reiki to the United States, where it was further developed by a series of practitioners.

Foundations of Energy Healing Therapy
While Usui is considered the founder of modern Reiki, Reiki energy healing therapy has more ancient roots, and many believe Usui only synthesized and organized a series of established practices. His ideas that related to regulation of energy flows through the Chakra–or significant ports through which the energy of the universe flows through the body–were already in place in certain parts of Japan.

It’s speculated that many tenets of modern Reiki are based in Buddhist practice and belief, but no definitive evidence supports this connection. Reiki therapy is decidedly nonreligious. Usui was a cosmopolitan figure, and his philosophy of healing integrates beliefs from several different cultures.

Western Roots of Reiki Healing
Modern Reiki practices were refined by a succession of practitioners including:

  • Chujiro Hayashi: who simplified and standardized Reiki attunement methods.
  • Hawayo Takata: a woman born in Hawaii to Japanese immigrants, who eventually opened a full-time Reiki practice in the United States.
  • Suffering from a series of midlife health problems, Takata opted for alternative treatment by Reiki masters who had been taught by Hayashi. Upon her recovery, she convinced Hayashi to train her in the practice. Takata then returned to the United States to further simplify the Usui Reiki method, and is credited with the final development of the practice.

    Reiki Today
    While the principles of Reiki remain largely consistent, the process of Reiki training and the structure of Reiki classes continues to adapt. Usui’s version of Reiki was relatively simple, but as practitioners began to encounter new and different symptoms, their methods of energy massage and healing became more sophisticated.

    Since the 80s, public popularity has given Reiki increasing attention in the medical and scientific community. Although most studies prove inconclusive, Reiki practitioners believe it’s only a matter of time before their craft is recognized for its healing benefits.

    To better understand the practice yourself, you may want to consult instructions in the Reiki Master Manual.