What is Reiki?

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Kanji for Reiki

Reiki (pron. Ray-key) is a subtle but profound natural energy that affects all levels of mind & body in a positive way.

Reiki facilitates the natural healing response of the body & calms the mind.

Reiki is gentle & non-invasive.

Reiki can bring harmony & connection to mind body & spirit.

Reiki triggers the relaxation response of the body.

Reiki is spiritual in nature but not aligned to any religion.

Reiki enhances all areas of your life, assists in letting go of what is no longer needed, relaxes & calms. It is very hard to describe to those who have not experienced this practice. Words can only touch on what Reiki is.  It is the experience of Reiki that can only adequately relate to what Reiki is about. 

Reiki is a Japanese word.  The literal meaning of Reiki is ‘Rei’ means something mysterious, ethereal, sacred & energy of the heavens. ‘Ki’ means the atmosphere or something subtle & the energy of the earth.  Reiki can be defined as an ethereal & sacred energy of the heavens & earth (or universe) which sustains all life.  


As the word Reiki is used in the Japanese language, Reiki Ryoho (pron. Ray-key Ree-oh-hoh) is the correct term when describing the therapeutic & spiritual practice. Reiki Ryoho means Reiki therapy or Reiki Healing Art. Reiki Ryoho was realised on Mt Kurama by Mikao Usui in 1922. Through Mikao Usui, Reiki therapy has spread all over the world, bringing wellness & comfort to all who receive this wonderful healing energy. ​

Mikao Usui created the Reiki Principles which underpins the Reiki System. Video of the full Reiki Principles not normally shown or recited. Japanese kanji, romaji & English translation.


Created by Sally Wain, Komyo ReikiDo Melbourne.


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Mikao Usui (1865 - 1926)

Founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho

First the mind must be healed
Second the body must be made sound
If the mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity
Then the body becomes sturdy of it's own accord........

Mikao Usui

The founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho was Jodo-Shu (Pure Land) lay buddhist, Mikao Usui. He was born 15th August 1865 in the village of Taniai in the district of Yamagata of the Gifu prefecture in Japan.

In 1922 after fasting & meditating for 21 days on Mt Kurama north of Kyoto, Usui sensei attained enlightenment & was gifted a miraculous healing ability.  This healing ability became a system called Usui Reiki Ryoho, an inspired healing art that Usui sensei wanted to share with everyone, not kept within the family as was tradition.

He formed the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in Aoyama, Tokyo where he held classes & gave Reiki treatments.  His healing practice expanded so he moved to Nakano, Tokyo in 1925.  After frequent invitations, he taught Reiki Ryoho, travelling to many local districts.  While travelling, Usui sensei passed away in 1926.

​Usui sensei’s gravesite & memorial stone are located at Saihoji Temple, a Jodo-Shu temple in Tokyo. 

There are many stories about Usui sensei, many of them cannot be verified. A year after his death, one of Usui sensei's students had his memorial stone engraved that detailed his life & accomplishments. Usui sensei's words are written in parts of the Hikkei, a small booklet carried by the members of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. The booklet is the only known place where his words are written, documented & compiled by his students.

Reiki Ryoho originated in Japan & has always been a Japanese method that was founded by Miako Usui. Reiki teachers can only be called as such when the teaching lineage can be traced back to the founder, Mikao Usui.

Chujiro Hayashi (1879 - 1940)

Chujiro Hayashi was a Naval Officer with the Imperial Navy of Japan. He enrolled into the Naval Academy in 1899, graduating in 1902. A student of Usui Sensei, Hayashi Sensei was initiated into Shinpiden (Shihan or Teacher) in 1925 after his retirement from the Navy.  He was a member of the Usui  Reiki Ryoho Gakkai until 1931, when he left the Gakkai & opened his own association, Hayashi Reiki Kenyoku Kai.

In 1940, he committed suicide. The reason remains a mystery.

Hayashi sensei taught 13 Shihans (teachers), among them, Hawayo Takata & Chiyoko Yamaguchi.

Hawayo Takata (1900 - 1980) was a Japanese American born in Hawaii with serious gall bladder disease. She traveled to Japan where she was treated by Hayashi Sensei.  After recovering completely, she worked as a Reiki Student with Hayashi Sensei for a year before returning to Hawaii.  In 1938 Hayashi Sensei travelled to Hawaii with his daughter & made Hawayo Takata a Shihan (teacher).  Hawayo Takata taught 22 Reiki Masters.  Thanks to the dedication of Hawayo Takata & her Reiki Masters, Reiki Ryoho spread throughout the world.

Reiki was thought to have died out in Japan. But it was later learned that the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai was operating as a somewhat secret society, only open to Japanese members. The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai was formed by Mikao Usui in 1922 & it is the only place where Usui Reiki Ryoho is practised.

Chiyoko Yamaguchi (1921 - 2003) was a student of Chujiro Hayashi. She was attuned in 1938 at the age of 17. Mrs Yamaguchi as not officially made a Shihan but she was taught Reiju (attunements/initiations) by her uncle, Wasaburo Sugano, to assist at Hayashi Sensei's Reiki gatherings.  She began teaching later in life after numerous requests in 1997.  

Hyakuten Inamoto (1940 -       )
Founder Komyo ReikiDo

Hyakuten Inamoto is renown International teacher & Jodo Shu (Pure Land) buddhist monk. He started to learn Reiki Ryoho from Chiyoko Yamaguchi in 1997, his training ending in 1999.

After much research into Usui Sensei's teachings, he founded Komyo Reiki Kai in 1998. In 2016, he changed the name of his Reiki system to Komyo ReikiDo, to emphasize the spiritual teachings of Reiki Ryoho. He continues to extensively travel the world today, holding Shinpiden training & retreats.

Komyo ReikiDo Lineage

Reiki Lineage is similar to a family tree.  All Reiki practitioners & teachers, should be able to trace their lineage back to the Founder, Mikao Usui. 


Komyo ReikiDo is a Hayashi Shiki Usui Reiki Ryoho.  Shiki means style. So Komyo ReikiDo is a Hayashi style of Usui Reiki Healing Art/Therapy. As Hayashi Sensei changed The Usui Reiki System of Healing, Reiki systems that lead back through Hayashi Sensei are technically a Hayashi style of Usui Reiki Therapy or variations of it. Usui Reiki Ryoho is practised in the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, an association founded by Mikao Usui & closed to non-members. Information about symbols, attunements, practice or techniques are not divulged by it's members. So to outsiders, it is very much a secret society. Until the 'Gakkai' becomes more open, it is impossible to know what Usui Sensei actually practiced. Plenty of speculation but to this day, not verifiable.

臼井靈気療法 創始者:臼井甕男


Mikao USUI

Founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho




Hayashi Kenkyu Kai







Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho

光明レイキ会 稲本百天

(1940-       )

Hyakuten INAMOTO

 Komyo ReikiDo

Western Reiki Systems

Sally WAIN

Komyo ReikiDo