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THE HISTORY OF REI-KI, THE USUI SYSTEM OF NATURAL HEALING
 
The story of how the Usui system of natural healing has been handed down, told and re-told for many years and was mainly held as an oral tradition in the beginning.  I will recite the story as it was taught to me by my master teacher, Barbara Daniels.  There are many versions but they do not vary in the important parts, but only in small detail, as is common with anything that is handed down orally.  This is the way I learned it.  This story is told metaphorically and meant to be taken as a parable of faith. 
 
There was a Japanese man named Makao Usui who dared to believe and have faith that there was a way for people to live well and to help others live well.  He lived in the late eighteen humdreds in Kyoto, Japan.  Dr. Usui was a man of great faith and a teacher of Christianity at the local university.  One day some of his students asked him if he believed in the Bible and the way Jesus healed.  He replied that he truly believed in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.  His students then asked him to demonstrate his healing abilities in ways other than operations or drugs.  They also asked him if he believed in miracles and if he had ever seen one.  He replied that he did believe miracles were possible but he had never seen one and could not demonstrate his faith to them.
 
After many days, their questions still bothered him so he resigned his job and traveled to America to further his own religious studies as America was then the strongest seat of Christianity in the world.  In 1893 he traveled to Chicago to attend the World Parliament of Religions with the highest religious leaders in the world.  There he sought his answers as well as connecting with teachers of every religious sect participating.  He spent seven years in America studying Christianity but did not find answers to healing the human body, only about healing the spirit.  He decided to study other religions and went home to Japan to study Buddhism to discover if they believed and could still practice the miracles that Buddha performed.  Everywhere he went, he was told, we concentrate on healing the soul, just as the Americans had said.  His journey led him far and wide across many lands and continents and finally he ended up  in a little know monastery close to Kyoto, Japan.  The Abbot there invited him to stay and study the ancient texts they stored there.  He believed it was possible, but the art was lost and hoped the ancient writings would reveal the answers Dr. Usui sought.  He had no guides for interpreting the ancient writings, but he believed the answers were somewhere and he decided to try to find it.  In those ancient texts, he found a formula he thought was the answer but he did not understand it or how to apply it, so he went to the Abbot and asked for advice.  The Abbot suggested that he go up to the top of the sacrad mountain and fast and pray for an answer, so he did.  For twenty one days and nights he stayed on the mountain, fasting and praying for guidance.  In the darkest part of the night, just before dawn on the last day, he awoke and saw a light in the distance.  He thought it was the morning star, but the light moved toward him.  It frightened him and he thought about running but decided he had spent many years looking for the answer and would not be frightened away if this was it, so he stayed.  The light overcame him and he was unconscious for a few moments but when he awoke, the light was all around him.   Inside this light were bubbles with parts of the formula inside them.  They touched his head and he became aware of the meaning and their uses.  This process went on until daylight.  Dr. Usui made a promise to the Light and to God that this formula would never be lost again.  He also vowed to use it to help his fellow man.
 
He left the mountain very excited and injured his foot on the way down.  He stopped and held his foot and it healed.  He was starving from the fast and at the bottom of the mountain stopped in a village inn to eat.  There, the innkeeper's daughter had a toothache and by touching her face, he healed the toothache.  From these two events, he knew he could help himself and others.  Back at the monastery, the Abbot was suffering from arthritis, and Dr. Usui worked with him to heal his arthritis.  They decided he should take his new knowledge to the slums of Kyoto.  For seven years he worked with the beggars to heal them and teach them to be productive members of society.  At the end of seven years, he noticed that many of his patients were ones he had worked with in the beginning and by talking to them, he learned that they did not want to change their lives, as begging was easier.  This taught him that each should receve healing, but not for free as it would not be valued, so the precepts were born.  He believed that the Abbot and all the spiritual leaders were right and that not only must you work to heal the body, but the spirit must be healed for any lasting healing to take place.  Therefore, in the teachings of Dr. Usui, his guidelines call for an honest exchange of some kind between the practictioner and the client.  In today's world, that can be money or any kind of barter that is an equal exchange of energy to benefit both the practictioner and the client.  
 
Dr. Usui treated and helped many people and passed the secrets on to his best student, a retired Naval officer and doctor, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.  He became the grand master in Rei-ki, the Usui system of natural healing.  Dr. Hayashi is responsible for developing the traditional hand positions and establishing a clinic in a hospital in Kyoto.  In 1935 a young Japanse woman from Hawaii came to his clinic for treatment.  She was named Hawayo Takata.  There was much wrong with her and she was from a very poor,  but honest family.  She was born in Hawaii to Japanese immigrants.  She went to school there, while helping to support her family.  After graduating from high school, she went to work on a sugar plantation and there met her husband.  Mr. Takata was very interested in the community and taught her the value of helping others and respect for the community.  He died suddenly leaving her with two small children and not much money.  She became very ill, taking care of so much and not taking care of herself.  One night as she was saying her prayers and asking for help, she heard a voice telling her to fix her health and all would be well.  Two weeks later she and her children were on a ship for Japan, having sold her possessions to pay for the trip.  She carried with her a letter of introduction to Dr. Hayashi who agreed to work with her to help to heal her.  On the morning she was scheduled to have surgery, something told her to ask for an alternative to the surgery and she was told about the rei-ki clinic at the hospital.  She asked to try that first and 3 months later was well and working to learn how to practice this amazing art herself.  She became the first person to take rei-ki to the world.  She founded the system that is today being taught by masters in many modalities of the original system.   She herself made 22 masters and from those 22 we have many different styles of rei-ki being practiced and taught today, as each master brings their own special gifts to the art.  The foundation of all began with Dr. Usui, to Dr. Hayashi and was brought to the world by Mrs. Takata.  
 
 
 
 

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