What is Reiki?

Reiki works by tapping into and channelling the Universal energy that surrounds us all, and our own electromagnetic energy field.  Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. 

Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions.   When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. The life force is responsive to the thoughts and feelings  of the mind.   It becomes disrupted when we accept either consciously or unconsciously negative thoughts and feelings about ourselves.  These negative emotions attach themselves to the energy field and can cause disruption in the flow of the life force.  This diminishes the vital functions  of the physical body. 

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field, and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are attached.   This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away – in doing so, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy, natural way.

Usui Shiki Ryoho (the Usui System of Natural Healing, is a Japanese Healing Art. This form was founded in Japan by Mikao Usui. His practice grew and eventually Reiki was introduced out of Japan via Hawaii in 1937 by Hawayo Takata Sensei. It is passed on from one person to another through a specific initiation, teachings and a defined form of practice.

Mikao Usui

 Dr. Mikao Usui was born to a wealthy Buddhist family in 1865. Dr. Usui’s family was able to give their son a well-rounded education for the time. As a child, Dr. Usui studied in a Buddhist monastery where he was taught martial arts, swordsmanship, and the Japanese form of Chi Kung, known as Kiko.

Sometime during his years of training in the monastery, Dr. Usui attended his own training rediscovery course in a cave on Mount Kurama. For 21 days, Dr. Usui fasted, meditated and prayed. On the morning of the twenty-first day, Dr. Usui experienced an event that would change his life forever. He saw ancient Sanskrit symbols that helped him develop the system of healing he had been struggling to create. Usui Reiki was born.

After his spiritual awakening on Mount Kurama, Dr. Usui established a clinic for healing and teaching in Kyoto. As the practice of Usui Reiki  spread, Dr. Usui became known for his healing practice.

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi

Mikao Usui founded his first Reiki clinic and school in Tokyo in 1922. Before he died, Dr. Usui taught several Reiki masters to ensure that his system would not be forgotten. Among them was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a former naval officer who set up a Reiki clinic in Tokyo.

Dr. Hayashi is credited with further developing the Usui system of Reiki by adding hand positions to more thoroughly cover the body. Dr. Hayashi also changed and refined the attunement process. Using his improved system, Dr. Hayashi trained several more Reiki Masters, including a woman named Hawayo Takata. Mrs. Takata was a Japanese-American woman who originally went to Dr. Hayashi for healing. Upon learning the system herself, Mrs. Takata took Reiki home to the United States.

Hayashi is often considered to be Usui's chief disciple and the second Grand Master of Reiki history.


Mrs Takata

Hawayo Kawamuru was born on the Island of Hawaii on 24th December 1900. 

After becoming widowed, she was diagnosed with nervous exhaustion. Her health deteriorated to the point where she required surgery for a diseased gall bladder. However, she was also suffering from respiratory problems that meant the use of an anaesthetic  during surgery could kill her,  So, she decided instead to attend the clinic of  Dr. Hayashi and after four months she  was completely healed. She decided  also  to learn Reiki and set up her own  practice in Hawaii. 

She was the first woman and the first foreigner to be given the  honour of Reiki Master.

Takata Sensei  prevented Reiki from being lost. She was a great teacher and promoter and taught Reiki classes all over Hawaii and in many parts of the U.S. mainland.  She was responsible for bringing Reiki to the West. There were two Grand Masters installed to continue Takata’s work. Phyllis Lei Furumoto, the granddaughter of Mrs Takata and Dr Barbara Weber. 

The Reiki Alliance was formed by Phyllis Lei Furumoto