This is traditional story of Usui Reiki System as told by Mrs Takata.
DR. MIKAO USUI was a Christian minister and was the head of a Christian Boys
School in Kyoto, Japan. One day some of the students asked him if he believed in the
healing miracles, which Jesus did. Being a Christian minister he answered, "I believe
they were real healings". They asked him why no one was healing like that today.
Since he had no answer to the question, he immediately resigned his post and went in
search of an answer. With this he resolved to find the way in which Jesus had healed.
This immediately set him on a journey of many years. Studying first at Christian
schools in the US, for where else to learn of Jesus, but with no results. In the
Christian schools the method was not known.
It was suggested he study Buddhist writings since the Buddha had also healed.
This took more years studying at a monastery in the Orient. Nowhere could he find
the answers. In Japan he toured many temples asking for knowledge of how the
Buddha had healed. At each one the monks said they used to heal like that but now
were more concerned with spiritual rather than physical well being. In one small
monastery he found some ancient Sanskrit writings from India (or perhaps Tibet). In
these writings he found the symbols for healing, but lacked the ability to use them.
After a few more years of study, he felt he had come to an understanding and that to
go further required in depth meditation. He declared to the monks of that monastery
his intention to fast and meditate for 21 days at a nearby mountain and that if he
shall not come back they should come and get his body.
He went to the mountain and gathered 21 stones with which to count the days.
Each day he would throw away a stone and in this way count the time. On the
20th day nothing had come as yet and he threw away the last stone saying "Well, this
is it, either I get the answer tonight or I do not". As morning approached, he could
see a ball of light coming toward him on the horizon. The first instinct was to get out
of the way, but he realized this might just be what he was waiting for, so allowed it to
hit him right in the forehead. "I am what you have waited for." As it struck him he
was taken on a journey and shown bubbles of all the colours of the rainbow in which
were the symbols of Reiki, the very same symbols in the Tibetan writings he was
studying but had been unable to understand. Now as he looked at them again, there
was total understanding. When he again became aware of his surroundings, the sun
was high in the sky, telling him that the journey had taken a few hours.
After returning from this experience he began back down the mountain and was, from
this moment on, able to heal. On his way down the mountain, he stubbed his toe so
hard that blood was coming from under the nail. He instinctively grabbed his toe and
held it until the pain was gone. When he took his hand away, his toe was completelyhealed. On his journey back to the monastery, he came across a home that had a red
table cloth over the outside table. This meant that the home served food and that
they were open. Dr. Usui stopped for a meal to break his 21 day fast. The owner saw
that he was in monk’s robes and in a condition indicating a long fast. "I will fix you
some rice gruel." This was the best food for breaking a long fast, as regular food
would make a person very sick. "No, please bring me a full meal, all the regular food."
After some arguing about it, the owner had his daughter bring out a full meal for
Mikao, which he ate with no ill effects.
While he was eating, he noticed that theowner’s daughter had an ailing tooth, which was very swollen and painful. Dr. Usuilaid his hands on the check of the girl for sometime and when he removed his hands,the tooth was healed, the swelling gone and no pain was felt. Dr. Usui was excited to
return to the monastery. When he arrived, he asked to see his mentor. After cleaning
himself up and putting on fresh clothing, he related the entire story to the monk.
The abbot, having been bed ridden from chronic arthritis then asked Dr. Usui to heal
him of this disease, which Dr. Usui promptly did. These are known as the first four
Dr. Usui wanted to use these abilities to help others. He spent the next seven years in
the beggars section of Tokyo healing the poor and sick people there, sending them to
a monk to learn meditation and to help them find employment, and thereby, elevating
them out of poverty. After the seven years he noticed familiar faces, those of people
whom he'd healed long ago who were back again.
Asking them, they complained that life outside beggar town was hard and that it was
much simpler to beg for a living. They had thrown away the gift of health, as if it had
no value, to return to the supposed comfort of the life they knew.
This threw Dr. Usui into a quandary and he returned to the monastery. From this he
realized he hadn't taught gratitude along with the healing. That he'd focused on the
physical ailments without dealing with the spiritual matters. The people did not
understand the value of the gift he gave them.
After some time in the monastery he developed precepts and the belief that one
needs to pay for treatments and attunements. In this new plan he travelled around
the countryside from village to village. In each one he stood in a public place during
the day holding aloft a lit torch. When people told him he didn't need a torch in
daylight, he answered that he was looking for the few who are interested in improving
their vision. In this way he travelled around teaching and healing, working both with the spiritual healing as well as physical healing.