A Tibetan Lama would sit on a four legged wooden stool in the center of an oval earthenware container (to represent the etheric egg) filled with three inches of water. The stool was made of wood with pure silver inlay going up a channel in each of the stools legs, connecting with a silver plate inlay upon the stools seat. On the silver plate, inlayed in amethyst and rubies, was the master frequency symbol. In front of the stool was a mirror of polished copper. Behind the stool hung a tapestry containing the Lamas prayer and the Reiki symbols. The symbols were reflected in the copper wall, and meditated upon by the Lama as he sat on the stool. The Tibetan Lama concentrated on the Reiki symbols to implant them deep in his subconscious, thereby purifying the body/mind, raising consciousness, and increasing awareness.
What is now called Reiki was re-discovered in the 1870s by Dr. Mikao Usui. As the story goes, Dr. Usui, the president of a small Christian University in Japan, was asked by his students How did Christ heal?. This question led Dr. Usui to resign from his University position and begin a ten year search for the answer. His quest led him to many parts of the world to study in many different languages, and finally to original Sanskrit Buddhist sutras where he found ancient symbols that he believed to be the formula for healing.
At this point, Dr. Usul felt he had the keys to healing, but did not know how to awaken his healing power. He decided to go to a mountain and meditate for 21 days, to seek the power to heal. On the final day, Dr. Usui saw a beam of light rushing toward him. The light struck him in the middle of his forehead, and at that moment he saw the Reiki symbols and felt them enter his mind and memory. Dr. Usul spent the rest of his life sharing Reiki. Before his death, Dr. Usui passed the keys of Reiki over to his closest associate, Dr. Chijiro Hayashi, who ran a Reiki clinic in the early 1900s in Japan.
Reiki was brought to Hawaii in 1934 by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who was born on the island of Hawaii in 1900 and lived in the Hawaiian islands until 1970. In her mid-thirties, Mrs. Takata became widowed and very ill, and traveled to Japan to seek treatment. While there she was guided to Dr. Hayashis clinic and healed with Reiki. She studied Reiki for a year in Japan and later was made a Reiki Master (one who can fine tune or empower others with Reiki energy). Mrs. Takata spent the rest of her life sharing Reiki, and in 1970 she moved to California and began to train other Masters.
Until recently, Reiki training followed an oral tradition. Very little was written about Reiki, and much of Mrs. Takatas teachings have come from her diaries and taped interviews.