The History of Reiki

Dr. Mikao Usui, the re-founder of what we know to be Usui Reiki, was born on August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai-mura, Kyoto, Japan.  He spoke many languages and through his studies became well versed in disciplines including medicine, theology and science.

On one occasion in 1888, Dr. Usui was carrying out a 21 day meditation at top of Mount Kurama Yama, a sacred mountain located on the northern outskirts of Kyoto.  During his deep meditation period Dr Usui received visions and instructions from Mahawalrochana Buddha, a celestial Buddha.  It is believed these instructions related to finding ancient texts outlining Buddhist healing arts.  At the end of his visions Dr. Usui became a devout Shingon Buddhist and had a strong interest in the esoteric science of healing.  Over seven years, he treated many people and taught Reiki to his followers and further developed and refined his system of healing.


Dr Usui
Dr. Mikao Usui 1865-1926

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