by Amanda Coleman
As we discussed previously, Reiki is a healing technique based around the principle of channeling energy to activate the natural healing processes within the body. The origins of Reiki are unknown, but Reiki as we understand it today can be mainly credited to three individuals. Dr. Mikao Usui, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, and Mrs. Hawayo Takata.
It's said that Dr. Mikao Usui rediscovered Reiki during a period of fasting and meditation in the early 1900's. His first school/clinic was opened in Harajuku, Tokyo in April of 1922. By 1925 Dr. Usui was in such high demand he opened a larger school in Nakano. In the years that followed Dr. Usui is believed to have taught over 2,000 people with only 15-17 reaching the highest level (what is known now as “Reiki Master”).
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi started his Reiki training with Usui Sensei in 1925. It is believed he was one of the last Reiki Masters trained by Usui and is credited with the further development of the Reiki hand positions that we now use in the West. One of his last initiates, Mrs. Hawayo Takata, brought her knowledge and training to Hawaii, introducing Reiki to the United States.
Reiki is normally split into 3 levels: Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and Master level, each with their own “attunement” or initiation. The attunement ceremony isn't easily explained, but it is commonly described as the Reiki Master channeling and sharing reiki energy with the student. Once this channel has been opened, the student can then practice and learn to use this energy for themselves and other people. Attunement is given at each level, can be given many times, and is usually a powerful experience for both the teacher and student.
Coming Soon! In Part 3, we'll discuss what to expect during a treatment.