A brief history of Reiki
Dr Mikao Usui was born in 1865 in Japan and was the founder of the Usui System of Reiki.
He came from a fairly wealthy Buddhist family, who encouraged him to study, both academically and physically. As part of his educational journey Usui travelled to China and the West to study their medicines and disciplines. He undertook many different types of work, eventually leading him back to Buddhism.
Usui became a Buddhist monk and lived in a monastery near Mount Kurama, where he continued his studies. Whilst he was living at the monastery in Kyoto he discovered some ancient Sanskrit symbols and formulas. After discussing this with the Head of the Monastery Usui travelled a number of miles to the Holy Mountain of Kurama to set about fasting and meditating in solitude, hoping to gain contact with a level of consciousness to understand the meaning of the Sanskrit symbols.
Finally at the end of the 21 days Usui was finally enlightened with a bright light and a vision of the symbols and he “remembered”. This enabled him to develop the healing system he was looking for. Usui initially set up a clinic in the slums of Kyoto, where he began to heal and then teach people. This was the birth of the Usui system of Reiki.
Dr Usui's 5 Principles
Dr Usui believed that in order for anyone to practise Reiki, they must first take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. He established five core principles which he taught to his students, as strategies to apply to life which were along the lines of:
Just for today, do not anger
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, be grateful
Just for today, work hard
Just for today, be kind to others