The History of Rei-ki


A century ago Dr Mikao Usui, a distinguished Japanese scholar, researched many ancient sources in search of a method of healing through the hands that had been practised in olden times.

Eventually, after learning and studying many languages, he discovered a formula in obscure writings. Following a 21-day meditation on Mt Kuryama near Kyoto, Japan, he received a remarkable confirmation of the healing properties of the energy renewal system he called 'Rei-ki'.

After fulfilling a seven year mission in a beggars' camp, he set about teaching Rei-ki and trained as his successor Dr Chujiro Hayashi of Tokyo, a retired naval officer who died in 1941.

He appointed Mrs Hawayo Takata of Hawaii to ensure the survival of the technique during and after World War II.

In the decade before her death in 1980, Mrs Takata started teaching in mainland USA and trained the Rev. Beth Gray as the first non-Japanese descent Rei-ki Master in 1973.

The original traditions of Rei-ki have been faithfully preserved within the Usui Rei-ki Network internationally in direct lineage by Beth Gray's understudy, Barbara McGregor.

Dr Mikao Usui
Dr Mikao Usui
Dr Chujiro Hayashi
Dr Chujiro Hayashi
Mrs Hawayo Takata
Mrs Hawayo Takata
Rev. Beth Gray
Rev. Beth Gray