HISTORY OF REIKI
Mikao Usui was born on August 15, 1865 in a small village of Taniai, Japan. Through many life experiences and adversities, he asked “what is the real meaning of life”. Through his life, he had many occupations. One occupation was as the private secretary to Count Shinpei Goto, which led to strong ties with high officials in the imperial army and navy as well as the government. This will prove to be vital to the history and teachings of Reiki.
At a certain point in time, he was led to Mt. Kurama in 1922. The experience at Mt. Kurama would change his life and the lives of many. After receiving this experience for the first time, he journeyed back to the temple to meet with the Zen Buddhist teacher. On the way back to the temple, he fell on and ripped off his toe nail and intuitively laid hands on the toe. The bleeding stopped and so did the pain. His journey to the temple continued and he met with a young girl, who had a toothache. Again, he intuitively laid hands on, and she experienced a healing of the toothache.
Usui’s Zen Buddhist teacher verified his experience and instructed Usui to teach others how to do this. He felt as though this would benefit all mankind.
Usui’s first organization was Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. The aim of the association was to respect the great work of Reiki and to work on it and “self” with daily diligence.
In one month after his experience, he began to teach Reiki to others. Many of the high officials were interested in Usui’s Reiki work. It is said that the highest accomplishment of his work was that he did not create a religion. Again, Reiki is not a religion.
So much of the history has been revealed by the wonderful work of Arjava Petter. Additional information can be found in his book “This is Reiki”. Much more information is given during the Shoden class as well. This information will include the great earthquake of Japan in 1923 and the role of Reiki to a devastated community.
Usui traveled throughout Japan teaching Reiki. During one of his teaching trips, he had a cerebral hemorrhage after a stroke and passed away on March 9, 1926.
Usui taught 20 Shihans. Shihan is the teacher level of Reiki. One student was Chujiro Hayashi. Hayashi sensei opened a Reiki center and continued teaching Reiki.
In 1938 Hayashi taught Hawayo Takata in Tokyo and a 17 year old Chiyoko Yamaguchi at her Uncle Wasaburo Sugano’s home. The Uncle had been trained in Reiki methods ten years earlier, and had paid for all his large family to be trained by Hayashi sensei. Hayashi Sensei died in 1940.
Hawayo Takata relocated to the West, via Hawaii, and developed Western Reiki. Chiyoko Yamaguchi remained in Japan and continued practicing Reiki for her family and community.
In 1999 Chiyoko Yamaguchi was mentioned in a book written by a Reiki teacher in Japan, and people were excited to learn of someone who was practicing just as Hayashi Sensei had practiced. Chiyoko and her son, Tadao, were convinced by others to begin teaching workshops, so that more people could learn the original methods in all of their purity.
The name Jikiden was given, which means direct teaching. Together, this mother and son started the Jikiden Reiki Association and began teaching workshops in Kyoto. Since then, more and more people are drawn to Jikiden Reiki because of it authenticity and simplicity.
We are blessed to have been introduced to Jikiden Reiki® by Paula Michal-Johnson, and my classes continued so that we may provide the same teaching that Chiyoko sensei provided.
We, at Reiki Center, have begun teaching Jikiden Reiki® because we choose to bring the most original teachings of Reiki to our community. It has been an amazing journey and we believe that the Western Reiki style was necessary in our approach. However, we have and will continue to teach the effectiveness of Reiki within the home and medical/clinical environment.
We hope to teach many this very beautiful “original teaching”.