Brief Bio of Dr Usui

usui-old-photoMikao Usui, born in 1865, discovered Reiki during a retreat on Mt Kurama in 1914.

It’s believed he developed this system of healing based on a formula he found in ancient Sanskrit Buddhist sutras. Following the formula he went into the mountains and fasted and meditated for 21 days. On the last day he had a vision, which completed his system. Some say that during his vision he received the Reiki symbols that are part of the system. Others say he got the symbols before hand from the Temple where he studied. In either case, the system he developed became an effective tool for healing.

Usui Sensei spent the rest of his life sharing his Reiki system and trained many others how to teach it. Before his death in 1926 he had set up a group called the Usui Shiki Ryoho in Tokyo to continue on with the practice after his death. Through this group many teachers have been trained in Japan.

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One Response to Brief Bio of Dr Usui

  • A great healer ahead of its time. As I know he was gone for another seven years after he realised that is system was not complete. He healed the beggars from the suburbs of Kyoto only to find out that they were still beggars. Then he decided to improve upon his practice and to create a system that heals the body and the mind too. Until then it was nly concerned with the body ailments.

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