A lot of speculations have been created regarding the birth of Reiki. Researchers had looked deeper into the matter in an effort to unearth the true origin of Reiki and how it came into existence. There are books and formal writings that refer to Reiki as a Tibetan or Buddhist way of healing.
However, a lot of modern Reiki masters will say that their art was discovered and developed by the Japanese meditation expert, Dr. Mikao Usui. To settle things, it is best to resolve these seemingly two different histories of Reiki to determine where this effective art of healing truly originated.
It was believed that the concept of energy healing was used thousands of years ago. Recent discoveries have shown that it was widely performed in ancient Tibet. Tibet had seers who used visualization, sounds, and symbols to summon the universal healing energy and provide treatment for certain diseases. However, there are no physical proofs that can be recovered from this concept which can be compared to modern Reiki.
In the late 1800’s. Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese educator and meditation master, came up with the concept of modern Reiki called the Usui Reiki.
This discovery actually occurred as an accident. When Dr. Mikao Usui was at Mt. Kurama attending a 21-day meditation course, he was able to open up his crown chakra. At this point, he successfully unleashed an insurmountable amount of energy. This led him to the discovery of Reiki and the use of symbols in relation to the universal life energy.
What he had rediscovered could be the same type of energy that was used by Tibetan monks centuries ago. When Dr. Usui left Mt. Kurama, he was inspired by this power and began teaching his students about it.
This is how Usui Reiki began. Over time, Dr. Mikao Usui’s lineage continued with several Reiki masters following his footsteps and continuing his teachings. The instruction of Usui Reiki continues even to the present day.
Usui Reiki uses at least four major symbols to summon energy, control it, and channel it to the recipient for healing. These symbols are distinct to Usui Reiki and can only be practiced under the Usui Reiki system. There have been other types of Reiki developed since then. Some of them work independently from Usui Reiki. Others are regarded to be an advancement or development of what Dr. Mikao Usui had started.
Usui Reiki is taught in different levels and students are given titles after completing each level. Every aspiring Reiki practitioner or master has to start with Level I training where they are introduced to the concept of Reiki up until they are able to connect to the Universal Life Energy. This energy is the focal point of the movement. Level II Reiki gives the student the power to practice Reiki professionally. Level III is when the students are able to become masters. This will enable them to teach other students in the art of Usui Reiki.
Reiki may seem to be a very complex concept. But Reiki can actually be learned in a few days. In fact, there are now methods of teaching Reiki remotely. These types of self-help, self-attunement processes may be completed in as fast as 24 hours.