The founder of Reiki was a Tendi Bhudda called Mikao Usui, He was born on August 15 1865 in the village of Tania-mura (now called Miyama-cho).

At the age of twelve he trained in a martial art called Yagyu Ryu. He grew up to be highly respected by other well-known martial artists of his time.

Usui Sensei was interested in a great many things and seems to have studied voraciously. He studied numerology and astrology, and psychic and clairvoyant development.

Many different spiritual/healing groups were in existence at the time, and one of these attended by Usui – was Rei Jyutsu Kai. Today this organisation consists of the most spiritual Nuns and Monks in Japan, Psychics and Clairvoyants.

It was said that Mikao Usui sat on mount Karma and carried out a twenty-one day meditation and fast. We now know this was called The Lotus Repentance. According to the memorial stone, he experienced an enlightenment or satori that led to the development of Reiki.


  • Do not anger
  • Do not worry
  • Be humble
  • Show gratitude to all living things
  • Be compassionate towards yourself and others