The leader and the founder of the Reiki healing system is Mikao Usui, the Japanese guru whose personality is surrounded by mystery and secret. Mikao Usui was the pastor from a Protestant church in Kioto and a professor of the local university. According to the reports of Reiki adepts their guru had experienced insight during the one of his lectures which encouraged him to leave the university and church and to start his spiritual search. Usui set for Chicago where he studied ancient languages. Later he traveled to Tibet where he found the unknown Buddhist sects which were told to be founded according to the orders of Buddha.
The adepts of the Reiki sect suppose that fact to be the first “wonder”. Mikao Usui studied the way of life which was typical of Buddhist cult followers and discovered the special ways and methods of healing and symbols of Buddha. Having come back to Japan Mikao Usui ascended the holy mountain Kuiyama where he had been praying and fasting for 21 days. As the adepts believe after that period of time a mysterious light beam descended onto the forehead of their guru from the sky. Mikao Usui is said to have experienced the mystic mazement during which he has been watching flashing lights, symbols and glowing ancient letters. After that event Mikao Usui had received his supernatural ability to heal the people as well as himself. Later Mikao Usui has named his system of healing “Reiki” and established the secret ceremonies and rituals of initiation, accessible for men only. The first syllable “rei” means “mysterious power” and the second syllable of this word “ki” denotes “vital energy”.
Nowadays anyone no matter of gender or income level is able to become an initiated member of Reiki sect. All the knowledge they are supposed to receive via long meditations.