Most of the information we have on him is from the Usui Memorial stone erected after his death in 1927 by Rear Admiral Juzaburo Ushida and Masayuki Okada, Doctor of Literature. "Mikao Usui was born in Taniai Mura (now Miyamacho), Yamagata-gun, Gifu on August 15th, 1865 and died after travelling to Fukuyama, March 15, 1926. Usui-sensei: (respect shown to one's teacher) He was a hard worker and had a varied professional life: business man, scholar, political assistant and more. Another source of information we have about the early days of Reiki comes from the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. (Reiki Society) Usui-sensei created a manual - Reiki Ryoho Hikkei - it was to assist beginning students with various hand placement protocols. Usui-Sensei himself was unsure how Reiki worked and was quoted in a 1920's article as saying: My Usui Reiki Ryoho is original, never before explored, and incomparable in the world. The question was asked "What is Reiki Ryoho?" Usui's answer: By taking in the teachings of the Meiji Emperor, achieving our Principles, intending to train and develop the mind and body, firstly the mind should be healed and secondly the physical body be made healthy so as to walk on the right path of humanity. If the mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity, then the body becomes sturdy of it's own accord. The mission of Usui Reiki Ryoho is to enhance mutual well-being of one's own and of others, on one hand, by fulfilling a peaceful and joyful life mentally and physically and on the other, healing the sick. Another question: "Why and how does Usui Reiki Ryoho work?" Usui's answer: I have not been taught this art of healing by anyone under the heavens nor have I studied in order to obtain this mysterious ability to heal. I accidentally realized that I was given this mysterious healing ability when I felt the great power and was inspired by the mystery during fasting. [referring to his meditation/satori experience on Mount Kurama in Kyoto] Therefore, even as the founder, I find it difficult to give a sure explanation. Scientists and intellectuals have been eagerly researching, and consider it difficult to confirm with modern science, yet the time will surely come when science can prove it. The following Reiki Principles are a common denominator in every style of Reiki.
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~ Today Only
~ Do not Anger
~ Do not Worry
~ With Thankfulness
~ Work diligently
~ Be kind to others
Mornings and Evenings with Gassho hands Bearing them in mind Chant them
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