History of Reiki
It is believed that Reiki originated thousands of years ago as a spiritual discipline used by the ancient Tibetan monks as a system for self awareness and meditation. The holy men would paint calligraphy upon large wall hangings. The Tibetan monks would sit upon stools in the center of a shallow pool of water and meditate on the calligraphy. The idea was to implant the symbols deep into the subconscious mind, therefore raising personal consciousness and awareness.
Since this practice was never written down and only passed through word of mouth, it virtually became a lost practice until Mikao Usui rediscovered the symbols in the ancient Sanskrit text.
The story of Reiki as we know it in the Western world is that it was rediscovered by a Japanese scholar named Mikao Usui. Mikao Usui was a teacher at a Christian seminary in Kyoto, Japan. When his students asked him why they had not learned anything of the healing methods used by Jesus, he was unable to answer.
At that time, Mikao Usui decided to relinquish his position as teacher and pursue the knowledge of the Christ healings.
Being able to read Japanese, Chinese, English, and Sanskrit, Usui traveled to America,
but could not find answers in Christian writings regarding hands-
Meditation and Revelation
Usui returned home to a monastery in Kyoto, where he discovered Sanskrit formulas
and symbols in the old Buddhist Sutras. He found the symbols but didn't know what
to do with them or how to use them. Usui decided to go to a mountain a few miles
outside Kyoto that was considered sacred by the monks. There he would fast and meditate
for three weeks in anticipation that he would be shown the meanings of the symbols.
To keep track of the days, he placed twenty-
The Healing Miracles
Master Usui was full of energy and eager to return to Kyoto. As he rushed down the mountain, he stubbed his toe on a rock and fell to the ground. In pain and bleeding, he instinctively grabbed his toe and held it for a few minutes. The bleeding and pain stopped. This was the first validation of the truth of his vision. Continuing down the mountain, he came upon a roadside inn and realized he was hungry. Usui went inside and ordered a very large meal. The innkeeper, seeing Usui's long beard and dusty robes, assumed this meant his guest had been on a very long fast up in the mountains and he was reluctant to bring his guest such a large meal. However, Usui insisted on eating everything he had ordered, and suffered no ill effects by doing so.
The meal was served by the innkeeper's grand-