“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” -Cheryl Coleman
Take a Moment to Center Yourself
Consider the Reiki Precepts:
“Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
Reiki is more than a healing method. Reiki is a way of life. The principles and precepts give us guidelines that seem easy enough to follow. Do not worry, do your work honestly, do not anger, honor your parents, teachers and elders, and show gratitude to everything. Living these guidelines and practicing Reiki daily
Where did Reiki Come From?
Throughout history the knowledge of this ancient way of healing has always been available and has been passed from teacher to student by word of mouth. Reiki can be found in ancient texts of Tibet thousands of years ago. Reiki is thought to be 6,000 years old.
Reiki has been traced moving from Tibet to India and then through many cultures including Egypt, Greece and Rome. China and Japan also had this knowledge and Shamans used it in prehistory from both China and Japan. The teachers of this wisdom kept it very well guarded from the common folk and taught it only to the privileged few. Centuries later when it was discovered in ancient manuscripts, the modern scholars often misinterpreted this hidden inner knowledge because of encryption methods and hidden symbols meant to preserve the ways for the
In the mid-nineteenth century, Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered in those ancient manuscripts the keys to release Reiki energy. Grand Master Hawayo Takata has told the story of Dr. Usui’s search and I paraphrase it here. … Dr. Usui was a teacher at a Christian Seminary in Kyoto, Japan around 1910. One day his students asked him how it was that Jesus was able to heal the blind and raise the dead. Dr. Usui could not get the question out of his mind and in a search for truth he left his position and came to America in hopes of finding an answer. In America, he got a Doctorate of Theology at the University of Chicago but the Theologians could not answer his question. So he traveled to India and studied the ancient manuscripts there. He could read and write Japanese,
Chinese, English and Sanskrit.
Then he learned of some Sanskrit formulas in some old Buddhist sutras so he returned to Japan and took residence in a monastery in Kyoto. He asked the abbot for the answer as to how Jesus healed. The Abbott sent Dr. Usui to the holy mountain of Kuriyama to fast and meditate for 21 days. Just before dawn on the 21st day he saw a shining light streaking toward him. It became bigger and bigger and hit him right in the forehead. He thought he was dying when he suddenly saw millions of little bubbles in every color and a great white light showing the Sanskrit symbols he had studied glowing in shining gold and he said, “Yes, I remember.” When he returned to consciousness the sun was high in the sky and he felt full of strength and energy and began to run down the mountain. He stumbled and stubbed his toe. He held his foot in his hands for a few seconds and pain went away and the bleeding stopped. This was the first modern Reiki healing.
The story goes on about Dr. Usui bringing healing to the world and is very interesting. When Dr. Usui died his best friend Dr. Chujrio Hayashi took his place teaching the world. He ran a private Reiki clinic in Tokyo until the Second World War in 1940 and died in 1941. Hawayo Takata took over the teachings, as she had been a teacher in the Reiki clinic working closely with Dr. Hayashi since her healing in 1935. She moved to Hawaii in 1937 and was made a Grand Master Usui Teacher when Dr. Hayashi visited her in 1938. She first began to train Reiki Masters in Hawaii when she already in her seventies. When Mrs. Takata died in 1980 there were 22 Reiki Masters in the United States and Canada including her granddaughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto. But another woman, Master Barbara Webber Ray declared herself the new Grand Master. Now the river of Reiki flowed in two streams.