Usui-Sensei was born on 15th August, 1865.
One day, Usui-Sensei climbed Mt. Kurama, where he began fasting. On the twenty first day into his fast, he felt a great REIKI over his head, and at the same time as he was spiritually awakened he acquired the REIKI energy and symbols. When he tried it on his own body and members’ of his family, it brought results.
Usui is quoted as saying, “It is much better to give this power widely to a lot of people in the world and enjoy it among them than to keep it exclusively.” Usui-Sensei moved his dwelling to Aoyama Harajuku, Tokyo in April, 1922 and established an institute, where REIKI was instructed openly to the public and the treatment was given and shared. People came there from far and wide to ask for his guidance and healing.