The True History
A Research Project
We are collecting information
on the history of Reiki. Most Reiki students are aware of the story of Reiki
as told by Mrs. Takata. However, very little of this version of the Reiki
story is documented. There are many stories that are circulated about Reiki,
but with little evidence to back them up.
We have created a
file to keep track of the research people have done and are doing into
the history of Reiki and its connection to other systems. We are looking
for documented research that includes written records. We are also looking
for any connection Reiki might have with other systems of healing, meditation
or other religious practices. This includes the use of the Reiki symbols
by others prior to their use by Dr. Usui. If you have this kind of information
and would like to share it with others please send it to us. After we
have accumulated enough meaningful facts we will be publishing a booklet
to be distributed to all those who have contributed. We will also be placing
the information in the Reiki News and at this web site.
We plan to update
this information as more is accumulated. In this way, the facts, theories
and ideas we circulate will inspire and help those involved in the search
for the true origins of Reiki. One possible outcome of this is that a
more meaningful and beneficial form of Reiki could be discovered/developed.
The True History
of Reiki Explained
William has done extensive research on the history of Reiki including
making a trip to Japan. He has visited Dr. Usui's grave and his memorial
stone as well as gone to Mt. Kurama where Reiki was rediscovered. From
this and other new information coming from non-western Reiki masters who
are still practicing in Japan, we now have a much more detailed understanding
of how Reiki was discovered and how it was practiced by Dr. Usui. Some
of this new verified information includes:
- The Reiki organization
that Dr. Usui started is alive and well in Japan.
- There never was
a Grandmaster or lineage bearer.
- Dr. Hayashi was
never in charge of the Usui System, nor was Mrs. Takata nor is any westerner.
- High fees and
money were never a part of how Dr. Usui practiced.
- The location of
Dr. Usui's grave and the Usui memorial.
- Pictures from
Mt. Kurama and the Usui memorial.
The revised and expanded book, Reiki,
The Healing Touch, contains a detailed and verified account of how
Dr. Usui discovered Reiki, how he practiced it. Extensive endnotes indicate
where the important facts have come from.
Thanks to the
research of Frank Arjava Petter, author of the new Reiki book, "Reiki
Fire" we now have a clearer understanding of the history of Reiki.
Here is an article he wrote titled "
Reiki, Who is in Charge."
Since Reiki has
come to the West, many practitioners have drawn parallels between
the healing practices of Christianity and Reiki. This is but one issue
in need of historical and metaphysical research. For more on the topic
of Christ and healing, see this article by William Rand, "Was
Jesus a Reiki Master?"
Carell Ann Farmer was the fourth master to be initiated by Phyllis
Furumoto. She was present at the first master meeting in 1982 and
at the meeting that formed the Reiki Alliance in 1983. She has some
very interesting things to say about what happened that pertain directly
to the trademark issue and the validity of the Grandmaster title.
Click here to go the the letter: Origin
of Grandmaster Title
Some interesting articles resulting from a recent trip to Japan:
Discovering the Roots
The Usui Memorial
The above painting
of St. Raphael is by Reiki Master Dr. Constance Johnson, a theological
librarian and lawyer of wide experience. To see a description of,
and larger version of, the above painting, follow this link: St.