The Sacred Path of Reiki
Dr Mikao Usui discovered Reiki in 1922 in his native Japan. Dr Usui, or Usui Sensei to give him his Japanese title was a Buddhist, and he trained as a Buddhist Monk in 1914.
Inspired by the healing stories of Buddha led Usui to study ancient Buddhist sutras in a quest for the secrets of healing.
This search lasted many years, and using meditation, physical research and intuition Usui was eventually led to Mount Kurama, a sacred Buddhist mountain near Kyoto. Here Mikao Usui was further inspired by the many Buddhist shrines that were situated on the mountain. This instigated a series of events in his life which helped Usui to make his decision to partake of a 21 day fasting meditation on the summit of Kurama. This must have been a very hard thing to achieve, but on the last day of his retreat Usui had a profound mystical experience. He received a psychic Reiki initiation directly from the source of the energy, immediately afterwards he realised the true nature of healing.
Following on from his amazing experience Usui Sensei continued to expand his knowledge by additional research and the word began to spread. People began to seek him out for healing, and this resulted in the formation of a healing society called "Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai" which was set up in Tokyo in April 1922. A clinic was also opened near to the Meiji shrine in central Tokyo where Usui started giving treatments and taking classes.
In 1923 a huge earthquake hit Japan and over 140,000 people were killed. Thousands of people were left homeless, and became emotionally traumatised. The demand for Reiki increased and Usui and his students worked day and night to help all they could.
In 1925 Usui Sensei opened a much larger clinic at Nakano, Tokyo and beagn travelling all over Japan to teach and spread the word. Usui did not want Reiki to be the exclusive practice of the few; he wanted it to be available to all and to be spread across the world. He felt that the path of Reiki was a way for anyone to experience the Divine and Usui hoped that because of this people would be more willing to help each other, to work more closely as a unit and to work towards a more unified and peaceful world for us all.
Usui Sensei died on 9th March 1926. His remains are buried at the Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. Some of his students erected a memorial stone by his grave, describing his life and his work with Reiki.
After Usui's death one of his students broke away from the Gakkai and set up his own group. This was Chujiro Hayashi, a medical doctor and Naval officer. He had decided that the time was right to send Reiki out from Japan into the world, so on 21st February 1938 he passed the master degree to Hawayo Takata, an Hawaiian lady of Japanese decent. It was Hawayo Takata who brought Reiki to the western world. From Japan, via Hawaii to the USA.
Hawayo Takata initiated 22 masters during her time. One of these masters was a Swedish lady called Wanja Twan. Wanja passed the master degree to among others, Martha Sylvester, and Martha initiated me into the 1st degree on 31st May 1993. At the same time that I took my 1st degree, Martha made Joan Flashman a master. I took my 2nd degree from Joan on 17th October 1993.
Reiki Master Paul Weston initiated me as a Reiki Master on 31st October 1995 at the great spiritual centre of Glastonbury. It was Paul who had initially introduced me to Reiki in 1992. Previous to Reiki I had been involved in healing within the Druid tradition, as I still am today.