Mikao Usui is considered to be the “Father” of Reiki. It was his re-discovery of this energy that brought forth
a forgotten Healing Art Form.
He was born on the 15th of August, 1865, in the village of ‘Taniai-mura’
in the Yamagata district of Gifu, Japan. Dr. Usui was a Japanese Buddhist. He wondered if it would be possible
to acquire the ability to heal physical illness in the same way Buddha had. He studied at Buddhist temples and learned that
while they use to know how to heal the body, the information was lost when they focused on healing the spirit. He
learned Chinese and Sanskrit and discovered a formula for contacting a higher power that could bestow healing. It
was in March of 1922 that Usui-Sensei climbed Mt. Kurama to fast and meditate, and on the twenty first day, felt a great REIKI
energy and symbols floating over his crown chakra, and was spiritually awakened with its high frequency.
With great excitement, he ran down the mountain, stubbed his toe and fell. He placed his hands over the toe, and felt a healing
energy flow from his hands. The pain left and the toe was healed and he realized he had also received
the gift of healing.
He moved to Tokyo in 1922 and opened a clinic to begin treating others. At
the time of his discovery there was a great deal of poverty and depression in Japan, due to the on-going war. When the Kanto
earthquake hit in 1923, more than 140,000 people died and over half of the houses and buildings were destroyed. Many people
were left homeless, sick, and grieving.
It is said that he felt a great deal of compassion to help the people, and that
he would go out every morning to heal the wounded and sick. It was a great amount of work, so he began to teach others Reiki
in order to help with the devastation.
In 1925 the demand for Reiki had become so great that he opened a large clinic
in Nakano, outside of Tokyo Japan, and his reputation as a healer spread through-out his country. He began to travel through-out
Japan to teach others about Reiki. Usui had trained over 2000 students in these travels, but sadly, while travelling to Fukuyama,
he suffered a stroke. He died March 9, 1926.
Before his death Usui was given the Kun San To award from the Japanese
Government for his dedication to helping the people of Japan.