History of the original Usui Reiki method
History of the original Usui Reiki method
History and Orientation of the life of Mikao Usui
The founder of Reiki is the Japanese Mikao USUI, born in 1865.
He was educated by his father in the progressive ways of Emperor MEIJI, then in power. A fervent meditator of Japanese family tradition, Mikao USUI developed a particular interest in the practice of meditation, taught by Buddha and allowing to stop the sufferings of the mind, and a deep desire to transmit these methods to any person, whatever his culture. Thus, he became interested in healing the mind producing well-being and later sought to create a simple, secular, agnostic and effective practice responding to the evil of living, whether one is believing or not.
For his studies he attended a center located on the holy mountain Kurama Yama, near the city of Kyoto. On this mount there was also another ancient Buddhist temple, the Kurama temple, belonging to a Japanese Buddhist branch at the time.
Mikao Usui’s research and its link to Buddhist inspired meditation
In the same city of Kyoto there are many libraries and monasteries that protect the most important collection of ancient Japanese texts. Mikao USUI, as a researcher, has done a lot of research there. For many years, he continued to collect and study texts.
In his research, he probably discovered a very ancient text, Reikiki, the meaning of which is? the Reiki text?, and whose origin goes back to the emperor DAIGO, from whom he had to be inspired to develop his practice of Reiki, so much the similarity is so great.
In Japan, although the state religion was Shintoism, the population had increasingly turned away from it since the emergence of Buddhism in the country.
In the time of Mikao USUI, we were born Shintoist and died Buddhist! The goal of these two disciplines remained the same: to reach fulfillment.
But while Shintoism is an ancestral religion of Japan, prior to the introduction of Buddhism and referring to the cult of the ancestors and the worship of the emperor, Buddhism refers to Buddha and his teachings on the suffering of the spirit, which do not constitute a religion based on one or more divinities external and superior to the human being.
The Reiki text perfectly reconciled these two paths, Buddhist and Shinto, in one, which remained Japanese. In this sense, he responded to the USUI dilemma, perceptible in his biography, which was to find a reliable transdisciplinary synthesis method that would meet the requirements of the researcher’s family and spiritual honor codes.
The Reiki left embryonic with the rapid death of Usui
It is at the end of a long and hard work that Mikao USUI was able to draw the fusion of research and meditations of a life and make a synthesis which took the form of a practice: that of Traditional Reiki. Thus, after long meditative and knowledge research, Mikao USUI founded Reiki in 1922 and established it within a society, the USUI REIKI RYÔHÔ GAKKAI.
He had devoted a lifetime to perfecting his personal practice, and was on the way to its pedagogical realization when he died, only four years later, in 1926, without time to record and record the results of the beneficiaries of the practice.
Indeed, as with any established practice, it often takes ten to twenty years for a founder to develop his clinic, and especially for him to understand the links between his technique and the results obtained on his patients. In a nutshell, it takes time to develop it, to test it, to have the necessary hindsight on its effects, to adapt it, and then to develop training curricula to transmit it, in order to train practitioners, and later teachers.
Moreover, since Mikao USUI’s spiritual tradition was oral, he passed on his knowledge orally.
The Buddha left 250 volumes of teaching. Freud has left many writings, including 23 volumes of his main psychoanalytic works.
Mikao USUI has left no writings.
It is therefore not difficult to understand that
On the one hand, four years of practice were not enough to set up a teaching system concerning consultations (training of practitioners) and transmission (teacher training).
On the other hand, in the absence of the Founder’s writings, anyone could take possession of the practice after his death, distort it and claim what he wanted.
Excerpts from the book “Reiki, this magnificent practice of happiness – from its authenticity to current deviations”, author: Christian MORTIER, Editions Lumières d’ Eveil, ISBN 978-2-9533997-0-7.
Certainties about the history of Reiki and Mikao Usui
Mikao USUI developed his practice, the Reiki in 1922 and died 4 years later, leaving it embryonic.
USUI REIKI RYOHO GAKKAI, the USUI’s parent company, is unable to provide explanatory literature on the founder’s practice, as it does not exist.
This society has only rare writings describing some techniques, which do not give any meaning to the ins and outs of these techniques.
The rare writings left by Mikao USUI indicate that Reiki is a practice which unites an external work of touching the practitioner (position of hands on the body) and an internal work of the practitioner (meditation)
Reiki is linked to the phenomenology of Abhidharma (explanation of the functioning of the human mind with and without ego), and the work done by the practitioner is a meditation work.
Upon the death of USUI, USUI’s Reiki was no longer in existence, as the founder left no indication or guidance on his practice.
These points are verifiable:
Thanks to the text of the Mikao USUI memorial in Japan,
Thanks to the writings of a former USUI member REIKI RYOHO GAKKAI, the Japanese Hirochi DOI, who transformed Reiki into New Age practice and transmitted it in this form to the West, not having had access to the writings (inexistent) founders of the practice.