Gypsy's Apothecary


The History of Reiki
               ~ The 5 Reiki Principles ~

Just for today, I will not worry.

Just for today, I will not anger.

Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

Just for today, I will show love and respect to every living thing.

Dr. Mikao Usui ~ An Original Reiki Master
​Reiki has many variations of it's original origin. A popular concept is that is it the universal life force energy that has been around always. Reiki is also known as "the healing touch", "the method Jesus used to heal" or " The laying on of the hands". There have been accounts throughout history describing Reiki and it's principles in many different religions and subcultural groups. Many just know Reiki as a way to pass pure unconditional Love from one being to another with an intention of healing and balancing the mind, body, emotions or spirit in which ever way the universal life force deems appropriate. A Reiki practitioner is a conduit for this energy to flow like a funnel from source through the practitioner to client. Dr. Miako Usui was a Buddhist Monk who was later said to have had Christian roots while studying the methods of Jesus's healing, just prior to World War II. He is known as the "original Reiki master" or the individual who "re-discovered" the Reiki concepts and practice by bringing them back to common culture. Dr. Usui  relocated from Japan to Hawaii to continue spreading this Reiki work gathering many students and clients. Because of the impact of WWII on the male population, Dr. Usui decided to pass his teachings on to women, which proved to be a beneficial decision, due to the loss of male Reki masters in the war. It seems hypocritical to allow only men to practice something named the universal life force energy; an understanding of cultural standards of that time actually shows Reiki making an accepted breakthrough in it's own right for all to use. Reiki teachers pass down the Reiki teachings to new practitioners and to those who continue on to become Reiki masters themselves. This is a followed lineage from Dr. Usui and other masters that were educating the Reiki teachings in his time. A major contribution to Reiki is Dr. Ususi's channeling of the 5 Reiki principles which all Reiki practitioners integrate into their personal moral fiber to uphold the concepts of Reiki on a daily basis.