History of Reiki
Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui. Mikao was a descendant of the influential Chiba Clan in Japan, which were Hatamoto Samurai. The name Usui came from a conquered city and thereafter by his ancestors took on this name for their clan.
Mikao Usui was raised as a samurai from childhood, specifically in the martial arts technique of Aiki which is the predecessor of modern Aikido. Aikido come from the root words “Ai” which means “join”, “one”, and “mouth.” “Ki” means energy of the body or life force, “Do” means the practice or the way. Aiki is the study of energy and force and is the foundation of training behind the creation of Reiki.
As an adult, it is believed that Mikao traveled to several Western countries, including the Americas, Europe, and China as a part of his continued lifelong study. His studies included history, medicine, Buddhism, Christianity, psychology, and Taoism. From philosophical and theological roots, Mikao combined this knowledge to create the healing art of Reiki.
It is believed that the aim of Mikao teachings was to provide a method for students to achieve connection with the Universal Life Force energy that would help them in their self-development. What sets Mikao teachings apart from other hands-on healing methods is his use of Reiju or attunement to remind students of their spiritual connection. It seems that all students of Mikao Usui received five principles to live by and those with a further interest in the teachings became dedicated students. There does not appear to have been a distinction between clients and students in the beginning though this may have changed at some point. People began coming to Usui Mikao possibly for different purposes – some for healing and others for the spiritual teachings.