Usui was born in 15 August 1865, in a village called Yago. Usui studied
Buddhism. It seems that he also have studied a Japanese form of Chi Kung and other oriental healing systems. Around 1914 he
went to meditate at Mt.
Kurama, in a 21 days period of meditation
and fasting. During this period, the Reiki Energy entered his crown charka and he received a great gift of healing, using
the energy that heals without taking from his personal energy. He then spent seven years in the Kyoto. He opened a school in Tokyo, where he trained students in his Usui
Shiki Reiki Ryoho. He died on 9 March 1926.
founded a Reiki Society. Mikao Usui was the first President of the organization which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Usui
died in 1926. There have been six presidents of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai since Usui's death.
Chujiro Hayashi was made a Reiki Master in 1925 and was a student of Usui. Dr. Hayashi was a retired officer from the Japanese
Navy. He opened a Reiki clinic. Dr. Hayashi made some modifications in the system and he developed the 12 standard hand positions
used in the West today. One of Hayashi's Masters was a Japanese American woman, living in Hawaii, Mrs. Hawayo Takata. She met
Dr. Hayashi when she was found to have a tumor. She received treatments at his clinic. In 1936, Mrs. Takata received her first
degree in Reiki. At the end of a year of training she received her Reiki II. In 1938, Dr. initiated Takata as a Reiki Master.
She was the thirteenth master initiated by Dr. Hayashi. Mrs. Takata initiated 22 masters. Most of these 22 masters are alive
and still practicing and teaching Reiki today.
Reiki system taught to Takata from Hayashi changed. Many of the meditative and spiritual practices were missing. Reiki in
this Hayashi - Takata Tradition is most commonly known as "Usui Shiki Ryoho".
the death of Mrs. Takata, the organization splits into two main schools: the Radiance Technique ("Real Reiki") founded by
Barbara Weber Ray and the Reiki Alliance founded by Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Takata's grand daughter) and the remaining Masters
of Mrs. Takata. Reiki has spread all over the world. Many masters have added or taken away some techniques and modified the
teachings. New styles have been created. There are now styles such as Raku Kei Reiki, Karuna Reiki™, Vajra Reiki, Essene
Reiki, Seichim Reiki, Tera
Mai™ Reiki, Karuna Ki, as well as several non-traditional Usui Variants. The majority of practitioners are Independent