No written records are known to exist about Dr. Usui’s experience. All current information about Dr. Usui and the history of Reiki originate from the story Mrs. Takata passed on orally to her students. According to this story, Reiki was something Dr. Usui had rediscovered and, therefore, it must have existed before. Speculation based on knowledge of other ancient healing systems has led to a plausible hypothesis that may shed some light on the pre Usui origins of Reiki. There is a Tibetan Buddhist healing technique called the Medicine Buddha. It involves the laying-on of hands Similar to Reiki. The ability to do Medicine Buddha healing is transmitted to the student through an empowerment given by the teacher similar to a Reiki attunement.
There are other spiritual lineages in Tibetan Buddhism involving the transmission of ability or value through empowerment. Since Tibetan Buddhism is the only form of Buddhism that uses empowerment, it is likely that the Reiki Dr. Usui rediscovered was formerly a Tibetan technique that had been lost. It is known that a spiritual lineage of this type may stop due to the failure of the teacher to pass it on. The lineage may then resume hundreds or thousands of years later when a monk or spiritual seeker receives instruction and empowerment during a mystical experience. Perhaps this is what happened to Dr. Usui. Perhaps he had been a Reiki Master in a past life and this gave him the determination to seek the healing power again. Perhaps the lineage had come to an end only to be found again when Dr. usui’s Reiki was reactivated during his mystical experience.
Was Dr Usui a Christian?
In one version of this Story Dr. Usui is said to have been the principal of Doshisha University, a Christian school in Kyoto, Japan. According to this version, it was from the students in one of his classes at Doshisha that he received the inspiration to start his quest and seeks to discover how Jesus had healed the Sick. It was also said that he traveled to the University of Chicago, studied there for Seven years, and received a degree in theology. All this was supposed to have been part of his quest to discover how to heal.
However, according to the chief archivist at Doshisha University, Dr. Mikao Usui had never been the principal of Doshisha, nor had he been on the faculty, nor had he been a student, and Doshisha University has no knowledge of him at all. The University of Chicago also has no record of his attendance, and the office of registrar is certain that he never took any classes from the University of Chicago. These serious flaws in the Christian version of the story make it appear unlikely that Dr. Usui had been a Christian. Perhaps this part was added to make the practice of Reiki more acceptable to the American people especially since Reiki was introduced to the West in Hawaii just before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
The Secret of Healing
According to Phyllis Furumoto, the Reiki Grand Master, Dr. Usui did not find information specifically about Reiki in the Sanskrit sutras, but simply a formula for contacting a higher power. While it is not known for certain in which sutra Dr. Usui found the formula for contacting this power, it may have been the sutra on the Buddha of healing. This sutra was translated into English by Raoul Birnbaum and is presented in his book “The Healing Buddha”. While there may have been something lost in the translation, the essence of this sutra indicates that a spiritual being known as the Bodhisattva Supreme Healer is available to assist those in need of healing. The formula for contacting this being involves physical and Spiritual purification, meditation, repeating mantras and other practices. The most important part of the formula is the dedication of one’s life to helping others. It is said in this sutra that the Bodhisattva Supreme healer will bestow great blessings of healing and enlightenment on anyone who sincerely follows this formula.