||Reiki is a laying on of hands touch healing system of incomparable
ease and power. Reiki is an ancient and profoundly simple system derived
from Tibetan Buddhism. In the West, Reiki has been kept highly secret
for many years.
To fully appreciate Reiki, it is first helpful to know where it
came from and how it reached the West. The story spans almost all
of the written records of humanity, and the healing system itself
is certainly older than any written account.
The Traditional Reiki story begins in the 1800's, but Reiki was
ancient even then. In the mid-1800's, Mikao Usui was the principal
of the Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and was also a Christian
minister. Asked by his students to be shown the method by which
Jesus did healing, Usui began a ten-year quest to find and learn
the skill. His quest lead him to study Buddhism and live in a Zen
More details on the history of Reiki can be found in several books.
Essential Reiki, written by Diane Stein, is a good source.