About Reiki

About Reiki

I believe there exists One Supreme Being – the Absolute Infinite -,
a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe.
It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates
and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it.
So, therefore, it is Absolute…

Hawayo Takata

Being a universal force from the Great Divine Spirit,
it belongs to all who seek and desire to learn the Art of Healing.

Hawayo Takata

What is Reiki?

There is only this Universal Energy Field, Universal Life Force, Absolute Divinity, Great Spirit Oneness Consciousness, or whatever you want to call it, experiencing Itself in all possible ways. Being able to realize that you are not the small separate identity-construct you were indoctrinated to believe you are, but the Absolute Self, would be the ultimate change of paradigm. That realization would project you and anchor you in what is called “the Fifth Dimension”. That’s a world where you are fully aware of who you really are – an eternal, infinite, free, loving, joyful and complete Divine Being – and where you can consciously create the life of your dreams.

Everything is Conscious Energy and tapping into this Universal Field, opens the door to all imaginable and unimaginable possibilities. Receiving or transmitting this pure Universal Life Force Energy vitalizes the whole system, heals deficiencies at all levels and soothes the pain. It radiates vibrations of exultant feeling, which lifts you into harmony.

Several Human Beings – such as (among many others) Jesus and Buddha – came to realize this, and became aware of the magnitude of this Universal Field. They were fully able to heal other beings as well as themselves.

The same was the case for Dr. Mikao Usui at the late 1800s. After a long quest Dr. Usui discovered in some ancient Sanskrit texts the formulas, symbols and description about how the Buddha could heal. After 21 days of seclusion in the mountains, while meditating and fasting, he was struck by a light beam which initiated his process of receiving healing abilities.

Dr. Usui called this system of natural healing “Reiki”,
with “Rei” meaning Universal
and “Ki” meaning Life Force Energy, Chi or Prana.

Dr. Mikao Usui

Dr. Usui was president of a small Christian university in Kyoto, Japan, when he got challenged by one of his senior students at the beginning of one of the last Sunday services of the school year. This senior student publicly asked his president how he could just blindly accept all the contents of the Bible. He wondered how the professor could believe that Jesus cured the sick that he healed, and that he walked on water, without ever having seen this happen.

This struck a chord with Dr. Usui, even in the extent that soon after he resigned as head of the university and went on a search for evidence for healing by the laying on of hands. He started his quest at the University of Chicago where he received an honorary doctorate for his research but does not find what he wants. Then he traveled back to Japan to do research on the healing capacities of the Buddha.

After seven years of research, he finally discovered what he was looking for in one of the many monasteries he visits. There he found in some old and never before translated Sanskrit scriptures the formulas and symbols and the description of how the Buddha could heal, noted down by one of his disciples.

He knew he had rediscovered the knowledge he was looking for, but nevertheless remained unable to implement it. The old abbot of the monastery advised him to go to the mountains and meditate. After 21 days of silent meditation and seclusion in the powerful mountains, Dr. Usui is suddenly struck and knocked over by a pulsating beam of light coming to him from heaven. As in air bubbles, he sees the symbols that he discovered and it seems as if they are burning in his memory.

Dr. Usui felt refreshed, without the feeling of hunger he had the last days, and started the descent of the mountain. On his way down he bumped his big toe and tears the nail. In a reflex, he took the toe in his hand to soothe the pain and within a few minutes the pain disappeared, the bleeding stopped and the toe was as good as healed.

Down in the valley, he stopped to have something to eat and was able to eat a full meal after 21 days of fasting, without any stomach problems. He meets the daughter of the innkeeper, who had a swollen face and severe toothache. He put his hands on her cheeks and within a few minutes the swelling retracts. Back in the monastery, he hears that the abbot is dying. He hurries to the sickbed and lays his hands on the belly of his friend, who after a while opens his eyes and is totally healed by the next day.

Together they decide to call this power Reiki, and Dr. Usui leaves the monastery to go work in the slums of Kyoto in service of the poor. For the next seven years, he lives there and then notices that the people he had helped always fall back into their old circumstances. He realizes that they prefer their old way of life and that they don’t really heal from within. Dr. Usui sees that he has always paid attention to the symptoms, but never touched the core of the disease, and his patients never did that either. At that point, he leaves the slums and starts teaching those who really want to get healed and are willing to live in a new way.

The Reiki Principles

To have his patients and students live a more harmonious and healthy life, he teaches them the 5 principles that he received during meditation. The purpose of the principles is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for Reiki to have lasting results, the patient is expected to take full responsibility by being active in the healing process.

Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not anger
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing


At the end of his life, Dr. Usui passes the torch to Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer. Dr. Hayashi is a very Reiki-devoted student and a man who understands the importance of structure. To heal and teach he founds two clinics, one in Kyoto and the other one in Tokyo. During his research, Dr. Hayashi discovers that Reiki automatically flows to the location of the physical symptom and solves the cause. Reiki fills the lack of life energy and allows the body to repair as a whole.

In 1935 a young woman travels from Hawaii to Tokyo to have a tumor removed, but because of cardiac problems, the hospital refuses surgery. A nutritionist who’s also attached to the Reiki clinic advises her to go there for some treatments. In the Reiki clinic, her cardiac problems soon disappear and she completely heals from the tumor.

This leaves such an impression on her that she has a strong urge to learn Reiki herself. Dr. Hayashi initiates her and in 1938 even inaugurates her as Reiki Master. Shortly after and just before dying, he appoints Mrs. Hawayo Takata as his successor.

Mrs. Takata then finished his work in Japan and went back to Hawaii as Grand Master of the Usui System of Natural Healing. She dedicated the rest of her life to Reiki and introduced the gift of Reiki to the western world. She was known as a powerful healer and a great teacher.

At the end of her life, Hawayo Takata appoints her granddaughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto as the new and actual lineage bearer.

Lineage after Phyllis Furumoto:
Phil Morgan – Frank Coppieters – Viviane Gilis – Filip Ji.

Reiki with Filip Ji