How Reiki Developed
Dr. Mikau Usui (photo above) learned an array of methods throughout his life time. He was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Yago in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, Japan. Dr. Usui had an avid interest in learning and worked hard at his studies. He traveled to Europe and China to further his education, studying medicine, psychology, and religion. It is thought that he was from a wealthy family, as in Japan only the wealthy could afford to send their children to school. Eventually he became the secretary to Pei Gotoushin, head of the department of health and welfare who later became the Mayor of Tokyo. The connections Dr. Usui made at this job helped him to become a successful businessman. He pulled together all of his learnings and formed Traditional Usui Reiki in 1922. He shared that the body could not be fully healed unless the spiritual or soul of the person being treated was also addressed. Slowly an organization was formed and the training of others in his technique was shared. Since its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development, it is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.