Reiki was founded in Japan by Mikao Usui in the early 1920's and is one of the fastest growing energetic healing modalities in the world. It was brought to the west in 1935 by Mrs Hawayo Takata, an Hawaiian woman of Japanese descent and is now taught in nearly every country.
Takata taught Reiki in the west for nearly 50 years. She started initiating Reiki Masters in the early 1970's and by the time she died in December 1980 had made 22 Reiki Masters to carry on the tradition. Takata's Reiki Master, Dr Chujiru Hayashi was one ofDr Usui's principle students.
Now there are thousands of people calling themselves Reiki Masters. Some faithfully teach and practise the original system that Mrs Takata taught. Others, still calling their system Usui Reiki or simply Reiki have practises that bear little or no resemblance to that system.
Many have become "Reiki Masters" in a few weeks or a few months, but the practise of Reiki takes time to learn. Any fruit takes time to ripen and eating unripe fruit can be a painful experience. It takes patience, perseverence, experience and commitment to develop the skills, understanding and strength needed to become a Reiki Master.
If you are wanting to learn Reiki I advise you to gather as much information as possible so that you can decide which Reiki Master and system is best for you. I suggest that the cost of the course should be the last question you ask. The first questions should be about training, experience and lineage.
A Reiki Master who is properly prepared should have no more than six or seven predecessors in his/her lineage. Between the early 1900's when Dr Usui developed Reiki and 1980 when Mrs Takata died there were only four generations in her lineage - Dr Usui, Dr Hayashi, Mrs Takata and Takata's tweny two masters.
Dr. Usui claimed that Reiki was a complementary way to treat mental, emotional and physical dis-eases. He described Reiki as "The secret art of inviting happiness - the miraculous medicine of all diseases". I offer this website with respect to my Reiki Master, Wanja Twan and my lineage of Wanja, Hawayo Takata, Dr Chujiro Hayashi and Mikao Usui.
Takata said that Reiki should be a household art like baking bread. She taught it to families so that they could offer healing to each other. My partner and children practise Reiki and many of my extended family do as well. Yes we sometimes need to seek other practitioners, medical and/or complementary, but Reiki is given alongside to help with the healing process.
If you are looking at learning Reiki or having treatment I hope that this website can give you clarity in your search. If you are already initiated into Reiki, I hope that you enjoy this site and that it makes a contribution to supporting you in your practise.
And most of all I wish you happiness. The more happy people we have in the world, the happier and more easeful the world will be . . .
Liora (Lalita) Claff