Usui Reiki – The Japanese Tradition
The history of Usui Reiki is passed down from master to student and details can be found within many books. The stories vary from author to author and master to student. An absolutely factual, historically correct description may not be possible.
Within each version the key elements remain the same. The intention of Master Mikao Usui may be credited to slightly different motivations yet most of those discrepancies find their way back to a central, spiritually motivated foundational desire. The goal being to assist others on their journey through life.
It is said Usui was Buddhist monk who spent his life searching out how the Buddha healed with compassion. Another version shares that he was a teacher or dean within a Christian school setting and his students asked questions about the healing powers of Jesus he could not answer.
Dr. Usui’s studies included the ancient teaching of the Japanese Lotus Sutras, the Chinese Sutras and the Sanskrit Sutras of Tibet. It is unknown as to the full historical background and origin of these – lineage could include pre-historic sources that sometimes are believed to exist only in our imagination.
His studies succeeded in sharing inspiration and information about healing – and still he sought an actual process of empowerment, a spiritual and physical was what he sought. A way to open or connect to the healing power of the Universe.
On a mountain called Kurama in Japan it is said he went to discover answers. Meditation, fasting and prayer – for 21 days. Maybe similar to a Vision Quest. Maybe supported by assistants who brought him water or minimally sustaining soup.
On the 21st day he was ‘struck’ by a powerful light in the middle of his forehead. Within a rainbow of color that flooded his vision were white, blue, purple and gold . Each color accompanied by a symbol or a ‘key’ that a voice told him was essential to healing. Instructed to learn and not forget them – these symbols and colors are used in both the healing process and the process of initiating new reiki practitioners.
Excellent resources for further understanding of Usui Reiki include:
Reiki A Torch in Daylight by Karyn K Mitchell N.D., Ph.D
The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui by Dr. Mikao Usui and Frank Arjava Petter