What is Reiki ?

The history of Reiki

◇ What is Reiki ?

Reiki is a vibration of love, harmony, and healing.

The latest scientific studies show that all that exists in the Universe is made of vibrations.

Many different types of vibrations surround us, and we are vibrations ourselves, too.


From ancient times, ​people have believed that there is a highly powerful vibration that can heal and give peace to our mind and body. This is called Reiki 靈氣. Reiki is a gift from the Universe, and it enables us to live our lives healthily, peacefully, and happily, in resonance with Reiki.

Reiki-ho is the utilization of such powerful vibration, Reiki, and it begins with a simple hand-placement healing technique. With this technique, we can completely relax and heal ourselves gradually.  Reiki gives us awakenings not to resonate with negative energy, and we can learn to let go of worries, anxiety, and stress. 

◇ How did Usui Reiki Ryoho start​ in Japan?

Reiki was started by Mikao Usui Sensei, who was born in 1865 in Gifu, Japan. He left his hometown

when he was young, and while taking many different jobs, he started pondering the meaning of life.

Despite his hard Zen training in a temple in Kyoto for three years, he could not reach where he wished to be.

He then went on fasting, getting ready to die.


During fasting at Mt. Kurama, Usui Sensei finally achieved Oneness with the Universe. 

He instantly understood that he was filled with Reiki, the gift from the Universe that guides us to healthand happiness.

On his way home, he found out that he was given a healing ability, and it occurredwhen he was in complete resonance with Reiki.

◇ The purpose of life is to reach Anshin Ritsumei; Eternal Peacefulness, Enlightenment, Satori

After his quest, Usui Sensei reached this conclusion.  The purpose of life is to attain eternal peacefulness called Anshin Ritsumei.

It is to know a mission each one of us has been given.

It is to understand and fulfil your mission.

It is to maintain peace and be happy.

It is to trust the Universe.


He realized that it was his mission given by the Universe to let people know about this wonderful experience. He decided to share how Reiki could make people healthy and give eternal peacefulness.


​He named it Usui Reiki Ryoho and established Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in Tokyo in 1922.

The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai still exists to this day and is continuing Usui Sensei’s tradition, and it is original Japanese Usui Reiki (traditional Japanese Reiki).


◇ Western Reiki System

While original Japanese Usui Reiki has remained in Japan, there is a modified Reiki system that has been taught mainly in the United States and then to the rest of the world. Many people call it Western Reiki.  


The first person who brought Reiki outside Japan was Chujiro Hayashi Sensei, and he was the last Shinpiden practitioner taught by Usui Sensei. Hayashi Sensei became independent with his Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai after Usui Sensei’s passing. Hawayo Takata Sensei learned Reiki from Hayashi Sensei, and she was the first Reiki master outside Japan. She trained 22 Reiki masters in Hawaii and the mainland United States in her later years.

After Takata Sensei’s passing, the 22 masters split into two groups and began teaching Reiki globally. ​

Reiki has spread quickly in the world for its effectiveness and an uncomplicated method. Currently, there are over 6 to 7 million Reiki practitioners in the world.


◇ Original Japanese Usui Reiki vs. Western Reiki

As Reiki travels in the world, it has gradually changed. Western Reiki with modified philosophy and techniques has been introduced in Japan in the late 1980s.  

Both Western Reiki and original Japanese Reiki have advantages.


In Western Reiki, practitioners mainly focus on improving symptoms and conditions. They work with hospitals and medical institutes, and Reiki has been recognized widely as an effective relaxation method in complementary medicine.


In Japanese Reiki, practitioners focus on their spiritual growth and encourage clients to connect with higher vibrations so that they can minimize resonating with negative energy that can cause physical and emotional pains. This will lead us to a life filled with health, peace and happiness, which is the true purpose of Reiki practice Usui Sensei taught. Philosophy of Gendai Reiki comes from original Japanese Usui Reiki.


◇ The Essence of Reiki

Reiki surrounds us everywhere as pure light. We need to raise our consciousness to enjoy the benefits of Reiki.  When everything in our life is naturally in resonance with Reiki, we can have a genuinely peaceful and happy life.  


The Universe continually sends us vibration of love and harmony, but we ignore it and act selfishly.

If you want to reach Anshin Ritsumei, ultimate peace and happiness, we encourage you to live by the law of the Universe.  Being in resonance with Reiki means to trust the Universe and let Reiki handle everything.

Ⓒ土居裕 Hiroshi Doi, all rights reserved




In order for many people to realize that ”Reiki” is an effective natural remedy, it is also a technique suitable for lifelong learning that enhances the quality of life.
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