Founders and Gurus of Reiki

Dr. Usui Mikao

Usui MikaoIt is said that Reiki had begun in Tibet many thousand years ago. But it was rediscovered by the Dr. Usui Mikao, who is also famous as Usui Sensei from Mt. Kurama in Japan. That place was covered with big cedar trees. It was a sacred place with sacred vibration permeating the air. At Mt. Kurama, he carried out a meditation for 21 days. He performed “The Lotus Repentance” meditation, which is originated from Tendai Buddhism. Dr. Usui Sensei absorbed the Reiki energy from the atmosphere while doing meditation on the holy mountains. After this meditation, Usui Sensei discovered higher power and experienced enlightenment. This experience gave him more insight on the rediscovery of Reiki. That is why this healing has relaxing and calming effects.
He gave his first “seat of learning” in Harajuku, Tokyo in April 1922. After few months, he started a Reiki organization known as the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. The main purpose of this organization was to teach and treat Reiki therapy. He was the first president of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. His sad demise happened due to stroke in 1926. And after him this organization was followed by a succession of other presidents.

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
Dr. Chujiro HayashiUsui used to give healings at a naval base. He met a group of imperial officers as his students. Dr. Chujiro Hayashi was a naval doctor. His age was 47 years then. He actively participated in Usui Sensei's Reiki training. As Dr. Hayashi was a Christian, Usui imparted his training according to the students’ need. Usui also introduced symbols in the system. Hayashi built a ‘memorial society’ after Usui’s death.




Hawayo Takata

Hawayo TakataHayashi further carried forward Usui’s Reiki technique and imparted training to a lady, Hawayo Takata. She was a Japanese woman and she came from Hawaii to get treatment from Hayashi’s Clinic as she was suffering from many serious diseases.
According to study, Hawayo Takata may be the last Reiki master initiated by Hayashi. But Hawayo Takata further educated 22 Reiki masters and spread Reiki knowledge all over the world, especially in United State and Canada.