Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho or Usui Shiki Ryoho was conceived by Mikao Usui in the early part of the 900.
Mikao Usui was neither a doctor nor a monaco Christian, but a Japanese man ‘s business, loyal to his emperor and also a deeply spiritual person. Many sources claim that he taught in the Christian Doshisha University in Kyoto, but, after deep researches recently conducted in Japan, it was found from reliable sources that Mikao Usui was neither a teacher nor a student of the university. The apparently Christians elements in the life and education of Mikao Usui sensei were added later by his Western Reiki Master Reiki to make it more acceptable in the West.
During the Meiji lots of hands-on healing techniques had been taught in Japan and as result, they had created associations and groups of healing. Most of these groups have disappeared after the second world war. One of the most important groups was the Taireidou, of which he was President and Master, Morihei Tanaka, who said he was Usui Sensei‘s teacher.
The fact that Mikao Usui had learnt Reiki by Mr. Tanaka has still no confirm.
The 5 Reiki Principles which were originally written by Emperor Meiji of Japan (1868-1912), were adopted by Mikao Usui Sensei to give his students an ethical base. We know there was a relationship between the Kurama Temple Dera (Kurama), north of Kyoto, and the Reiki existence.
On the inscription of the Mikao Usui Sensei’s memorial in Tokyo, is written that Usui Sensei was initiated to Reiki while performing a meditation retreat on Mount Kurama. It was said that Mikao Usui has a Satori, a provisional realization of the Divine or Lighting.
Before his death in 1926 Mikao Usui Sensei chose his successor. This successor was not friend of Dr. C. Hayashi as they taught in the West, but a friend of Usui Sensei, Mr. Ushida, who later wrote Usui’s memorial. In fact, Mr. Hayashi, Mrs. Takata and all the others who followed, are not known by most of the members of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in Japan.
Dr. Hayashi was one of a group of practitioners of Reiki teachers, but it was the only de facto successor of Usui Sensei. The first president of the Usui Reiki, Ryoho Gakkai, the organization that Usui Sensei founded, it was Usui Sensei himself. The second successor was Mr. Ushida. The third was Mr. Taketomi. The fourth was Mr. Watanabe. The fifth was Mr. Wanami, followed by the sixth, Mrs. Koyama. The seventh and current, the successor of Usui Sensei is cig. Kondo. Declaring that Dr. Hayashi was not the successor of Usui Sensei is not exact, however, he continued the line of Reiki Mikao Usui Sensei learned from the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.
The system of Reiki is taught by the “Master” or Usui Reiki teachers, called Western Reiki is effective, relaxing and suitable for ALL and is the method most practiced Reiki in the world.
Dr. Hayashi was certainly a worthy successor of Usui. He always spoke of his teacher with the highest respect and honor and he founded his own association after Usui’s death.
In Japan, Reiki has evolved over the years and currently there are now many different streams scattered everywhere in the country of the rising sun. Some teachers say that Reiki is part of the Buddhist tradition, mainly of the Pure Land Buddhism as Mikao Usui Sensei professed this Buddhist school. The other current claims that Reiki is of Shinto, as the official religion of Japan was Shinto. In fact the original teachings of Reiki seem to be a mix between Buddhism and Shintoism. Japan is a country of synthesis: Buddhism and Shintoism are similar and often interdependent that it is impossible to divide the current state. During the past fifty years the Western form of Reiki has evolved a lot.
This process is certainly useful. The part of therapeutic and human as well as the spiritual growth and is constantly evolving and a methodology that has been good hundred years ago maybe it’s outdated today.
Something what can not evolve and develop will die and disappear in due course. Unfortunately some functions and Japanese Reiki techniques have not been taught in the West, for example, the work that the students of Usui Sensei made with crystals. Mikao Usui Sensei possessed crystal balls programmed on the diseased body parts of his patients. Breathing exercises, examination and other methods have also been ignored from purely oriental Reiki when it came overseas. The Reiki symbols coming from Buddhism Mikkyo (a Japanese form of Tibetan Buddhism) and the ancient Shinto survived unchanged in the journey across the ocean.
We could not find the additional symbols of Reiki in Japan. It is clear now that there is Reiki “original” that teaches to be found anywhere except in the manual that was given to his students by Dr. Usui himself. There is a copy of the manual and currently there is a translation of the teachings inherited from Usui.
Master Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei keeps a full copy of the Mikao Usui’s manual and his writings as well as all the poems of him.
Currently, there are 2 schools in Japan for the original Japanese Reiki, and are the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, that currently is considered to be a closed group, and Komyo Reiki Kai occupies which disclosures all over the world the original Mikao Usui Sensei’s Reiki teachings.
The Reiki energy is vital and it is always present, always real, pure, bright and clean.
Impurities is not part of Reiki. Reiki is and always will be part of the collective heritage of the human race that can not be owned by a specie or a group. It remains what it is: a wonderful gift that has been given to us by existence, from life, from creation, from universe or God, whatever we want to call Him.