THE USUI ERA
Reiki's founder, Dr. Mikao Usui, was an actual human being,
a scholarly Buddhist monk who lived in Japan during the late
19th and early 20th Centuries. But his life story, and the story of Reiki,
have been shrouded by myth and fable for decades. Only in recent years has
the historical Dr. Usui begun to emerge from the legend.
Click here to learn more about him.
THE TAKATA ERA
Reiki migrated to the West just before World War II via Hawayo Takata,
a Japanese-American who lived in Hawaii.
We are all deeply appreciative of her work and commitment in keeping
Reiki alive in the West during the difficult war and post-war years.
Yet, we are now beginning to realize that she, too, was as human as we all
are and has left us a mixed legacy. Click here
to learn more about Mrs. Takata.
THE ERA OF DEMOCRATIZATION
Following Mrs. Takata's passing in 1980, Reiki democratized and
has since spread throughout North America and Europe like leaves blowing
in the wind, and in almost as many directions.
This, too, has been a mixed history which is still being written each day
as people continue their personal journeys with Reiki.
Click here to learn more about the post-Takata
era of Reiki.