Dr. Mikao Usui
Usui Reiki begins with its founder, Dr. Mikao Usui. Throughout his education, Dr. Usui had an interest in medicine, psychology, theology and healing systems of all types.
After years of study he became a Buddhist priest/monk and decide to live in a monastery.
Sometime during his years in the monastery, Dr. Usui attended his own training rediscovery course in a cave on Mount Kurama.
For 21 days he meditated and prayed. On the morning of the 21st day, he saw ancient Sanskrit symbols that helped him develop the system of healing he had been struggling to discover.
Usui Reiki was born.
What is Reiki?
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words:
- Rei which means "God's Wisdom” or “The Higher Power"
- Ki which is "life force energy"
The Reiki classic definition is ”spiritually guided life force energy." That means that the Reiki system works along with this Higher Power, with this Spiritual Energy to promote one’s health and wellbeing as well as cultivate a state of happiness.
Reiki as a Healing Practice
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that a "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki treats the person as a whole including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki as a Spiritual Practice
The practice of Reiki is not only a technique to help one relax and experience greater wellbeing, but it cultivates a deep sense of grace, compassion and gratitude that ultimately centers one in a state of joy no matter life's circumstances. In developing a relationship to the essence of one's higher self, deeper levels of consciousness are attained enabling one to release limiting thought patterns and thrive in all areas of life.
The system of Reiki consists of the spiritual centering methods, meditations on the precepts, mantras and symbols, as well as the hands-on healing protocols in order to assist one in experiencing both happiness and wellbeing on a daily basis.
Each person is unique and therefore the possibilities of how Reiki can support one’s healing process and spiritual growth are numerous.
The spiritual practice of Reiki focuses one's awareness on the essence of their true nature, assisting in the cultivation of happiness and fulfillment in life.