The Healing Power is LOVE!

Reiki History

excerpted from “The Book on Holy Fire Karuna® Reiki” by Laurelle Gaia
As the consciousness of humanity evolves, we move into a knowing that it is

only through love, compassion and respect for one another, that we will achieve an understanding of the purpose and meaning of life.

As we grow in that awareness of Oneness, we gain access to ever increasing frequencies of light. Let’s briefly explore the continuous increase in the light of the Reiki energy and how the Reiki “ancestors” have contributed to the growth of this light from its discovery in the early 1920’s, through to the arrival in 2014 of Holy Fire, and the part that Reiki is playing in our evolution.

Mikao Usui, the founder of Usui Reiki experienced his connection to what is known today as Reiki, which is practiced within the Usui Reiki system of healing. On his memorial stone located at the Saihoji temple in the Suginami district of Tokyo, Japan; Usui Sensei is described as a; “very warm, simple and humble person…he was physically healthy… always had a smile on his face…and was also very courageous in the face of adversity…“Someone who studies hard, practices meditation and works assiduously to improve body and mind for the sake of becoming a better person is called “a man of great spirit.” People who use that great spirit for a social purpose, that is, to teach the right way to many people and do collective good, are called “teachers.” Dr. Usui was one such teacher. He taught the Reiki of the universe (universal energy).”

Usui Sensei embarked on a pilgrimage to Kurama-yama, a sacred mountain in Japan, during which he first encountered what is known today as the Reiki energy. The inscription on his memorial stone in Tokyo states that, after 21 days of fasting and meditation, his awareness of the Reiki energy occurred spontaneously during a mystical experience.  Usui not only “discovered Reiki” but in 1922 he created a Reiki clinic and began to bring public awareness of the healing power of this special form of spiritual light.

Usui Sensei made his transition out of the physical into the spiritual realm in 1926. A year prior to that he had passed the level of Reiki Shinpi-den (master) to Chujiro Hayashi, who had recently retired from the navy. Prior to his passing, Usui had left the instructions to develop Reiki. In accordance, Hayashi Sensei opened Hayashi Reiki Kenyu-kaiu (research center). Here he operated a clinic, as well as a training center. He subsequently created the “Hayashi Healing Guide”, which served as a reference for his students regarding placements of the hands to treat specific illnesses. He also assisted Reiki’s introduction to the Western world.

In 1900 Hawayo Takata was born in Hawaii, of Japanese parents. Mrs. Takata was widowed in her 30s, and eventually became very ill. She was inspired to visit Japan to seek help for her disease. She was referred to Hayashi’s clinic, and there she received regular Reiki treatments. After a course of treatments she experienced a complete recovery. As we might imagine, she was so inspired by the experience, she wanted to learn more about Reiki. She worked in Hayashi’s clinic as a student, and then returned to Hawaii. Eventually Hayashi Sensei traveled to Hawaii and trained Takata to the level of Shinpi-den. In approximately 1975 she began teaching and she had trained 22 Reiki Masters by the time she transitioned in 1980 at the age of 80.  Mrs. Takata helped anchor the practice of Reiki in the Western world.

In 1981 her Reiki Master students gathered and formed the Reiki Alliance, which teaches Reiki in the Takata tradition.

Barbara Weber Ray, one of the 22 masters that Takata Sensei taught, founded the American International Reiki Association (AIRA).

In 1983 Ethel Lombardi, another of the original 22 Takata masters, channeled the Mari-EL  healing system.

From this point many people began to learn and teach Reiki as they were taught by actual personal experience of the energy itself, and they became independent practitioners and teachers.  Others chose to practice by adhering to rules conveyed to them by their teacher, and believed these rules to be tradition that must be strictly adhered to. Such polarity of opinion contributed to an environment of confusion in the Reiki community.

The confusion may have been born out of lack of personal experience with Reiki by those who saw it first as a way to financial gain. Perhaps they were unaware that Reiki is truly a path of service, which, with practice and dedication, leads to spiritual growth through an increase in one’s vibrational frequency.

It is only when one approaches Reiki with an intention to be of service that they are truly able to explore Reiki’s power through personal practice. Often the “calling” one has felt to Reiki is actually their spirit urging them to a deep exploration of their innermost being. To experience the profound depth of the energy and the expansive possibilities it offers, it is imperative that every practitioner practice regular self-treatment, and receive supportive sessions from other experienced practitioners. If one opens to Reiki, but ignores their personal healing, they often discount the potential Reiki has to help them learn, grow, and heal and they abandon their practice.

Those who do explore Reiki through personal practice soon learn about their personal path of service, and how it leads us to a knowing of Oneness. An enthusiastic practitioner is also led into a deep exploration of self, through a study of the relationship of their physical being with their spirit, soul and their association with all of creation.

As a result of the splintering of the Reiki community, many practitioners and teachers turned to the Reiki energy to become their personal guide. From this direct guidance they began developing their personal practice as well as the services they offer to others.

In 1991, William Lee Rand, who became a Reiki Master in 1989, began the Center for Reiki Training, and because of the global need for and growth of Reiki, the name was changed to the International Center for Reiki Training in 1997. William started the ICRT because he felt that independent Reiki practitioners and teachers would benefit from the availability of training tools and some standardization to Reiki training programs. In the 1980’s it was believed, based on Takata Sensei’s teachings, that Reiki was to be an oral tradition. Therefore westerners thought that there could be no written or recorded training materials.  William wrote one of the first Reiki training manuals, initially to help his students pursue their practice. Today, “Reiki the Healing Touch” is one of the most popular Reiki training manuals that is available.

The ICRT training programs began by combining many of the traditional teachings, information gleaned from historical research, and healing energies and techniques that William, along with other contemporary Reiki Masters had discovered. These methods included those taught by teachers from the physical realm, spiritual teachers, and the Reiki energy itself. In 1995, this process led to the discovery of a new frequency of energy, and ultimately to the development of the Karuna Reiki Training Program, and in January of 2014 the Holy Fire Reiki frequency was introduced into the ICRT classes, and the healing potential for body, mind and spirit continues to evolve.

(excerpted from “The Book on Holy Fire Karuna® Reiki” by Laurelle Gaia)

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