He was a good student and as an adult he traveled to
several Western countries and to China to study. He was a warm, simple
and humble person. He liked to read and acquired a vast knowledge of
medicine, psychology, fortune telling, and theology of religions of
At one point he had bad luck. He decided to make a retreat to Mt. Kurama.
After his fasting and prayer, he felt a great energy in his head and
in his hands. He used it on himself and then on his family. When he
found that it cured various ailments, he called it Reiki and offered
it to the public in 1921, formed the Usui Shiki Ryoho Gekai and taught
Reiki workshops. His deep concern for his people led him to offer his
Reiki to survivors of the great earthquake in 1923. He became known
throughout Japan and people came from great distances to learn and receive
healing from him. He built a larger clinic in Nakano.
He taught these precepts:
secret of Inviting Happiness,
The miraculous Medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger,
do not worry.
Be filled with gratitude.
Do your work honestly.
Be kind to people.
taught Reiki to 2,000 people before he died of a stroke on March 9,