The History of Reiki
Reiki is an ancient healing modality that originated thousands of years ago
It is believed that Reiki originated thousands of years ago as a spiritual discipline used by the ancient Tibetan monks as a system for self-awareness and meditation. The holy men would paint calligraphy upon large wall hangings. The Tibetan monks would sit upon stools in the center of a shallow pool of water and meditate on the calligraphy. The idea was to implant the symbols deep into the subconscious mind, therefore raising personal consciousness and awareness. Since this practice was never written down and only passed through word of mouth, it virtually became a lost practice until Mikao Usui rediscovered the symbols in the ancient Sanskrit text.
The story of Reiki as we know it in the Western world is that it was rediscovered by a Japanese scholar named Mikao Usui. Mikao Usui was a teacher at a Christian seminary in Kyoto, Japan. When his students asked him why they had not learned anything of the healing methods used by Jesus, he was unable to answer.
At that time, Mikao Usui decided to relinquish his position as teacher and pursue the knowledge of the Christ healings.
Being able to read Japanese, Chinese, English, and Sanskrit, Usui traveled to America, but could not find answers in Christian writings regarding hands-on healing. Usui researched Chinese scriptures but to no avail and eventually traveled to India, where he was able to study the Holy Writings.