The Origin of Reiki

In Japan in the early 1920's, Dr. Mikao Usui is said to have meditated on Mount Kurama for 21 days and naturally developed the ability to transfer life-force energy (the metaphysical life energy that permeates all living things) to others as a method of healing. He then created a Reiki school called the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and further developed the practice of Reiki, creating various levels of training and developing an attunement method.

Hawayo Takata brought the practice of Reiki to the west. She was taught by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who was taught by Dr. Usui. Mrs. Takata went on to teach 22 Reiki Masters (teachers) and those teachers went on to teach others. Since then, Reiki has spread rapidly in the west and is now practiced throughout North and South America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, India and other parts of the world. There are now an estimated 1,000,000 Reiki Masters with as many as 4,000,000 people having been attuned to Reiki throughout the world.

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Source: Rand, William. Reiki, The Healing Touch. Southfield, MI: Vision Publications, 1991