What is Reiki?

The Love that’s in your Heart and in your Hands.

The word Reiki can be translated as Universal Life/Energy or Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy. The energy is all around us and flows through all living things. Reiki is born out of the Source of all creativity, is spiritual in nature and is an Energy of Wholeness that cannot be separated.

The modality of Reiki is an original method of hands-on spiritual healing received through a mystical experience and developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. Reiki combines the utilisation of the life force that is present in all living things with the warmth and reassurance of human touch. It is a "Hands-On" method that promotes healing on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, accelerating your ability to heal yourself.

Everybody can learn Reiki. It is amazingly simple, subtle and yet powerful. The ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student via the Reiki Master.

Reiki cannot be directed or manipulated in any way. It guides Itself through the divinely intelligent part of our being. Reiki is therefore a safe method of spiritual healing and self-development that everybody can use.

The energy by-passes the symptom and goes to the cause of the problem to allow healing to take place. It fills the vibratory need and amplifies the homeostatic response of the body’s natural healing ability. It restores harmony to the mind and invokes fulfilment of the spirit-soul.

Reiki addresses the divine genius in us that knows more about what is necessary for our healing than anybody else. Reiki is a way to Self-Mastery, and healing is the gift you receive along the way.

Reiki Benefits


  • Reiki works on all physical symptoms, including serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer, tumours, liver and kidney problems, arthritis, asthma, migraines, backaches, burnout, fatigue-related symptoms, depression, general pain, etc.
  • Reiki strengthens the immune system and reminds the body of its natural healing ability.
  • Reiki is complementary to the medical profession and to alternative practitioners. Many nurses and doctors have taken the course.


  • Relieves stress, chronic irritability, burnout and fatigue-related symptoms. It eases depression and fear-related causes as well as addictions.
  • Reiki calms the mind and reminds us of our natural equanimity.
  • A stronger sense of Self, leading to greater confidence and creativity.
  • Increases Self-Love, Self-Respect and Self-Worth, leading to a more compassionate and caring attitude towards others and ourselves.


  • Identifies out-of-date belief systems and attitudes to promote change.
  • Increases intuition and mindfulness, leading to greater awareness.
  • Increases concentration and helps to focus.
  • Promotes meaningful relationships.


  • Helps to discover your Inner True Self.
  • Helps to discover your natural talent and direction in life.
  • Increases awareness during meditation.

Metaphysics - Beyond the Physical

"I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details" - Albert Einstein

Looking at symptoms from a higher dimension, from the beyond, has been an imperative part of our work. It has been tremendously liberating for many people, and it has brought clarity and empowerment to many who decided to responsibly participate in their healing process.

We believe that we all create our own reality. We only have to learn to take responsibility for our thinking process and our subsequent actions. Every thought has energy and every thought we think is creating our future.

If we are prepared to do the mental work, then we can heal almost anything.

Some forms of teaching focus only on breathing techniques. Breathing helps, but what do you do when your breath stops? You still have to deal with your mind!

Going beyond the physical has also brought humour back into our healing. Nobody has ever died from laughter, but many have laughed themselves back to wellness, often by taking a good look into the mirror with compassion and unconditional Love.

Teaching metaphysics through our own expansive case studies plays an important part of the journey with Reiki. Many books have been written about it, but we believe it is important that you become your own metaphysician and ultimately write your own book.

Metaphysics is a matrix you go through to experience greater Love and Awareness.

The Principles of Reiki

The Original Usui Precepts (from a copy given by Mrs. K. Koyama)

The Secret Method Of Inviting Blessings

The Spiritual Medicine Of Many Illnesses

For today only, do not anger, do not worry.

Be grateful. Endeavour your work. Be kind to all people.

In the morning and at night, with hands held in prayer,

Think this in your mind; chant this with your mouth.

The Usui Reiki method to change your mind and body for the better.

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The Founder - Mikao Usui   ©with permission from Rick Rivard

These 5 principles have evolved over time from the original precepts as taught by Mikao Usui Sensei and were taught to us in this beautiful version:

Just for today do not worry

Just for today do not anger

Honour your parents, teachers and elders

Earn your living honestly

Show gratitude to every living thing

The Reiki Principles are the heart of Reiki. Usui taught that dedication to the principles and living them was essential. The real intent of the principles is to bring about a clear state of mind, peaceful living and loving kindness toward all sentient beings. The principles embody compassionate living and they provide an opportunity for humility, gratitude and equanimity. In healing our Self by living the principles, we can find true happiness.

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The History of Reiki - Mikao Usui and Usui Reiki Ryoho

Dr UsuiMuch has been written in books and interesting research has been conducted about the History of Reiki. We are currently conducting our own and expect to gather more information through our travels and from professional Reiki Teachers who have a genuine desire to share. We’ll acknowledge those researchers who have kindly shared their knowledge at the end of this page.

Mikao Usui Sensei is the founder of the Usui System of Reiki. He was born on August 15, 1865 in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, Japan. His father was Uzaemon Tsunetane (a military commander) and his mother was from the Kawai family. In 1869 at the age of four, it is believed that Usui was sent to a Tendai Buddhist school, where he remained for a period of years. During this time he studied kiko, the Japanese version of qigong, which is a health and healing discipline based on the development and use of life energy. He meditated regularly at "Kurama Yama" ("horse saddle mountain"). The sacred mountain "Kurama" (570 Meters above sea level) is 12 kilometres due north of Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Usui was extraordinarily gifted in academics, studying under adversity. His memorial states that he traveled abroad to China, America and Europe, was a talented, hard working student who was by nature versatile and loved to read books. He studied history and medicine, Buddhist and Christian scriptures and was well versed in psychology, Taoism, even in the art of divination, incantation, and physiognomy. Presumably, Sensei’s background in the arts and sciences afforded him nourishment for his cultivation and discipline, and it was very obvious that it was this cultivation and discipline that became the key to the creation of Reiki Ryoho.

At around 1918/1919 – Usui began training as a Zen Buddhist, studying for 3 years. He worked toward achieving Satori (the state of Spiritual Enlightenment) but wasn’t succeeding, so he asked his Zen Master what to do. The answer he received was "Die one time". Distraught with his life, desperately seeking answers, he followed his Zen Master’s advice, deciding to fast on Mt. Kurama until he became enlightened. It was not uncommon for Usui to fast as he made regular trips up the mountain to seek answers. This is a common practise called "shyu gyo", a spiritual discipline, including fasts and meditation for 21 days, a strict spiritual training. On his memorial it says that at the last morning of his fast "he felt one great Reiki over his head".

The word Reiki during Usui’s time and before meant (loosely translated) "Atmosphere of the Divine". Usui Sensei became enlightened and obtained a healing ability, which he called "Reiki Ryoho" (spiritual energy healing method). It was also often referred to as "Usui Teate" or "Usui hands-on healing". He took this gift home and worked on himself and his family. It is said that his wife was ill and Reiki cured her.

In April 1922, Usui-San founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Learning Society) and opened his first clinic in Aoyama, Tokyo, where he practiced and taught Reiki. During his study of Shinto and Mahayana Buddhism he discovered Reiju (Empowerment method) and Hatsurei-ho (cleansing process for body, mind and spirit). The first record of Usui giving Reiju was in Harajuku, Tokyo in 1922. Usui Sensei made the first level teaching (Shoden) available to anyone who desired it. Initially it seems that he had no set hand positions, all of his work was done intuitively and over areas of imbalance. But as he began to teach others he realized the need of set instructions, and he created a manual for his students, which he called the Usui Reiki Hikkei.

In 1923 on September the 1st, shortly before noon, a great earthquake hit Tokyo and Yokohama, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 100,000 deaths were reported. The epicentre was about 50 miles from Tokyo. During this emergency, Usui Sensei’s way of giving relief was to reach out his hands of love to suffering people and he helped many of the victims. Soon he became quite famous and his success and reputation with Reiki were known all over Japan.

He outgrew his centre in 1925, and moved to larger quarters in Nakano, which was then outside of Tokyo. His travels with Reiki had taken him all over Japan and many of the places he visited were naval bases.

Sensei, accepting invitations to teach went to Kure and then to Hiroshima and Saga, and reached Fukuyama. Unexpectedly, he became ill and passed away there. It was March 9 of the 15th year of Taisho (1926 A.D.), aged 62.

Usui Sensei’s students erected a memorial to his memory in 1927. It is located in a graveyard of the Seihoji temple in Tokyo. Much of the information on the history was received from it.

The society which Usui started is still in existence today. They hold weekly meetings at Tokyo headquarters. During these meetings, the students sing Waka poetry, chant the Reiki Principles and do Hatsurei-ho.

The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai is a closed society, following closely the original teaching of Usui Sensei. They have their own manual on Reiki called: "Reiki Ryoho No Shion" which means "Reiki Healing Method from the Kindness of a Teacher" and is given only to members of the society. Anyone may take Shoden or first level, but higher levels are only given when the student is able to exhibit proficiency in various techniques and can demonstrate their healing ability. Another way of looking at this, Shinpiden or Teacher level is rarely given. There are only 6 Shinpiden currently in the society, which has 500 members. It is believed that members of the Gakkai still meet on Mt. Kurama to regularly receive Reiju and honour Usui Sensei.

According to Arjava Petter, there is no title of Grandmaster or Lineage Bearer in the organisation started by Usui Sensei. Mikao Usui was the first president of the society. Since then there have been five successive presidents:

Mr. Ushida, Mr. Taketome, Mr. Watanabe, Mr. Wanami, Ms. Kimiko Koyama and the current successor to Mikao Usui as of 1998 is Mr. Kondo.

Dr. Chujiro Hayashi was a retired naval officer. He received the Reiki Master initiation from Dr. Usui about 1925 at the age of 47.

Mrs. Hawayo Takata received the Reiki Master initiation from Dr. Hayashi in 1938. She was the thirteenth Reiki Master Dr. Hayashi initiated.

Hawayo Takata brought Reiki to the west, and between 1970 and 1980 she initiated 22 Reiki Masters. Among them was Beth Grey, who introduced Reiki to Australia. Denise Crundall was initiated by Beth Grey as a Reiki Master/Teacher in 1988, after a five-year apprenticeship.

Marcus received his initiation from Denise Crundall at a Reiki Retreat in Byron Bay/Australia in 2001, after a 9 year apprenticeship (3 years as a co-teacher in Australia, California, Canada and Germany).  He also studied with Master/Teacher Frans Stiene from the "International House of Reiki" to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Japanese Art of Reiki and received "Shinpiden Master/Teacher - Usui Reiki Ryoho in 2002.

There are more than 2,000,000 people worldwide now practicing Reiki.

With gratitude to Mr. Hiroshi Doi, Frans Stiene, Light and Adonea, Frank Arjava Petter and William Lee Rand for sharing and educating us on the history of Reiki.

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