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    Usui Sensei 1865 - 1926 












Dr Mikao Usui.


Dr Usui was a Christian minister in Japan , though Japanese. He was the head of a Christian Boys School in Japan. One day some of the students asked him if he believed in the miracles which Jesus did (healing etc). Being a Christian minister he answered “Yes”. They asked if he knew how Jesus had done this, "No” he said. With this he resolved to find the way in which Jesus had healed. This immediately set him on a journey of many years. Studying first at Christian schools in the US, for where else to learn of Jesus, but with no results. In the Christian schools the method was not known. It was suggested he study Buddhist writings since the Buddha had also healed. This took more years studying at a monastery in the Orient. Nowhere could he find the answers. In Japan he toured many temples asking for knowledge of how the Buddha had healed. At each one the priests said they where more concerned with spiritual than physical well being. In one small monastery he found some ancient Sanskrit writings from India (or perhaps Tibet) . After a few more years of study he felt he had come to an understanding and that to go further required in depth meditation. He declared to the monks of this monastery his intention to fast and meditate for 21 days at a nearby mountain and that if he did not come back they should come and get his body.


He went to the mountain and gathered 21 stones with which to count the days. Each day he would throw away a stone and in this way count the time. On the 20th day nothing had come as yet and he threw away the last stone saying “Well, this is it, either I get the answer tonight or I do not”. In the night on the horizon he could see a ball of light coming towards him. The first instinct was to get out of the way, but he realised this might just be what he was waiting for, so he allowed it to hit him right in the forehead. As it struck him he was taken on a journey and shown bubbles of all the colours of the rainbow in which were the symbols of Reiki, the very same symbols in the Tibetan writings he was studying but had been unable to understand. Now as he looked at them again, there was total understanding. After returning from this experience he began back down the mountain and was, from this moment on, able to heal. This first day alone he healed a broken toe nail, his own starvation, an ailing tooth and the Abbot’s sickness which was keeping him bedridden. These are known as the first four miracles.


He wanted to use these abilities to help others, so he spent the next seven years in the beggars section of Tokyo, healing the poor and sick people there, sending them to a priest to assist finding the employment, and elevating them out of poverty. After the seven years he noticed familiar faces, those of people he had healed long ago who where back again. Asking them, they complained that life outside beggar town was to hard and that it was much simpler to beg for a living. They had thrown away the gift of health, as it had no value, to return to the supposed comfort of the life they knew. This threw Usui in a quandary and he returned to the monastery. From this he realised he hadn’t taught gratitude along with the healing. That he’d focused on the physical ailments without dealing with the spiritual matters. The people did not understand the value of the gift he gave them. Dr Usui returned to the monastery for further reflection and planning. After some time in the monastery he developed precepts. In this new plan he travelled around the countryside from village to village. In each one he stood in a public place during the day holding aloft a lit torch. When people told him he didn’t need a torch in daylight, he answered was he was looking for the few who are interested in improving themselves. In this way he travelled around teaching and healing working both with the spiritual healing as well as physical healing.

During these travels he met Dr Chujiro Hayashi , a navel commander in the navel reserve. He came from a well educated and well to do family. He met Dr Usui in the marketplace holding a lit torch announcing his lecture at a nearby temple. Dr Hayashi was very impressed with the sincerity and conviction of Dr Usui. When asked by Usui to accompany him in his travels, Dr Hayashi agreed, and they travelled around teaching and healing. After Dr Usui passed on , Dr Hayashi became the leader of Reiki. Dr Mikao Usui passed away on March 9th 1926 at the age of 62. He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. Later his students created and erected a large memorial stone next to his grave describing his life and work. Much of the new information about Usui Sensei comes from the translation of this memorial.





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