The history of Reiki is a very interesting one. The origin of Reiki has been traced back to Tibet. It is believed that the Tibetan monks studied energies and developed a system of sounds and symbols for a process of universal healing. However, over a period of time the original source was forgotten and with it was lost the healing technique that used energy to heal both the body and the spirit.
Around the late 1800s, Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian educator in Kyoto, Japan, who was the principal of a Christian seminary, began making useful discoveries. During one of his classes, his students asked him to demonstrate and explain the healing method used by Jesus. He was unable to answer their question. This question led to a ten-year long quest to find and learn the skill. He wanted to learn the skill in order to heal people, thus helping them. Dr. Mikao Usui was unable to find the answer to his question in Japan so he traveled to the United States of America and India in search of the skill. After studying original Buddhist Holy Scriptures in Sanskrit, he discovered the wisdom of healing. Dr. Usui returned to Japan and visited different Buddhist Sects trying to find out which of them had knowledge about healing both the body and the spirit at the same time. In the Zen Monastery in Kyoto he was informed that earlier Zen monks could heal the body as well, but now were concentrating on healing only the spirit. Dr. Usui stayed at the monastery and studied Indian Buddhist Sutras written in Sanskrit. Here he discovered the means to contact a higher power that helped him become a healer of sorts.
Dr. Usui followed the instructions written in the Sutras and went to the Holy Mountain Kori-yama and fasted and meditated according to the directions given, for twenty-one days. On the last day, Dr. Usui underwent a metaphysical experience that empowered him to use sounds and symbols to heal. Thus, he rediscovered this healing technique and called it Reiki. Dr. Usui began working among the beggar communities in Kyoto healing them and helping them lead a better life. However, he realized that the same people came back again and again as they had not improved their life because they thought begging was easier. Dr. Usui was upset, but he realized that he had forgotten to teach the beggars gratitude. This helped him understand two important things - healing the Spirit and creating responsibility in the recipient was important as anything could get. Dr. Usui was given the 'Spiritual Principles of Reiki' by teachers in spirit at this. In the days to follow, he formulated the following Reiki Principles: