Reiki’s tradition and history is oral and is passed from Reiki Master to student during training. The writings tell the story of how Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian professor, discovered the ancient healing art in Japan in the late 1800’s.  He was seeking spiritual insight into how to heal people. 

He became a very sought out and famous healer. He then passed on Reiki to Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, so that others would benefit from this healing energy, and that it would not be lost. Dr. Hayashi then opened a clinic and school in Tokyo where he trained his successor, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who brought Reiki to the mainland of the U.S. Mrs. Takata’s granddaughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, is the current Grand Master of the Usui System of Natural Healing (Usui Shiki Ryoho).
Reiki History