Usui Mikao founder of Reiki Ryoho
History of Reiki.
The Japanese Kanji for Reiki translates to Spiritual Energy or Universal Energy. Everything is made of Energy: animals, people, trees, water rocks as well as our emotions and thoughts.
Reiki was founded by Usui Mikao. Usui was born in Japan in 1865 and died in 1926. Usui studied Buddhism, and various other Eastern practices. He developed a method of connecting to this energy. Initially and most importantly, Usui Mikao developed this method so that we might all find our own spiritual path.
Usui and his students found that Reiki could soothe tensions, ease stress, help to relieve pain, and support self-healing. Indeed, Usui also taught some officers of the Japanese Navy, because of the healing properties of Reiki.
Reiki traveled to the west via Hawayo Takata (1900-1980). Various different branches of Reiki were formed, all working with Universal Energy in slightly different ways.
In 1990 practitioners returned to Japan and met traditional groups and teachers who still practice there today. There is a blossoming of information from Japan and a greater sharing of knowledge. This has helped many Western practitioners to teach and practice a more open and enlightened viewpoint than what was previously possible. It is from this Japanese perspective that I teach and practice.
The branch I have trained in is called Usui Reiki Ryoho.
Reiki recognises that we all have our own paths to follow, it does not have any religious viewpoint, and it does not restrict any student in their personal development. It has no leaders, no rules and no rituals.
The system of Reiki is based on five precepts. These are a guide to help us though our daily lives.
Just for today:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be compassionate to yourself and others.
Reiki is a lifetime practice.
For more information read The Japanese Art of Reiki. by Bronwen and Frans Stiene.