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Reiki Explained

Reiki, the Japanese word for 'Universal Energy' is an ancient method of healing. Reiki is a wave of energy that flows through everything. It gently balances, realigns and recharges the body, and triggers the body’s natural ability to heal.

A Brief History of Usui Reiki

Reiki, Japanese for 'Universal Energy,' is an ancient healing method that gently balances and recharges the body, tapping into its natural ability to heal. Its origins trace back to Dr. Mikao Usui, born in 1865, who sought a non-religious healing system accessible to all. After extensive travels and diverse professions, including Buddhist priesthood, Usui had a spiritual awakening during a 21-day retreat on Mount Kurama. This led to the development of Usui Reiki, marked by the discovery of ancient Sanskrit symbols.

Establishing a clinic in Kyoto, Usui spread Reiki, teaching several masters, including Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who further refined the system by adding hand positions and altering the attunement process. One of Hayashi's students, Hawayo Takata, brought Reiki to the West after experiencing its healing firsthand in Tokyo in 1935. Despite initial skepticism, Takata embraced Reiki, becoming a Master and spreading its practice in the United States, particularly during World War II.

Takata's journey illustrates Reiki's evolution from Usui's original teachings to its dissemination globally. Through successive generations of practitioners like Hayashi and Takata, Reiki underwent refinement and adaptation to suit diverse cultural contexts. Takata's efforts significantly contributed to Reiki's popularity and integration into Western healing practices, emphasizing its accessibility and effectiveness as a holistic healing modality.


Dr. Mikao Usui

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