Many of us Reiki Masters dedicate our lives teaching and practicing this Japanese art, yet we know little about Mikao Usui, the man who founded and developed the practice almost 100 years ago. There is virtually nothing available to the general public (outside of the secretive Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) that documents how and what Usui taught and practiced. Until now…

Photo of Reiki Master Kaiji Tomita, author of the 1933 Reiki Book, Reiki to Jinjutsu.
Photo of Reiki Master Kaiji Tomita, author of the 1933 Reiki Book, Reiki to Jinjutsu.

In 1933, Kaiji Tomita, a Master student of Usui (Okuden), wrote a book called Reiki To Jinjutsu – Tomita Ryû Teate Ryôhô – Reiki and Humanitarian Healing: The Tomita Method of Hands-On Healing. Tomita’s methods were so popular that he is said to have opened 35 centers and more than 200,000 students studied in his Reiki lineage.

We believe this book by Tomita to be one of the most important texts available documenting Reiki history and providing insight into what Tomita might have learned from Usui.  We have embarked on an English translation project to make it available to those interested in how Reiki was used closer to the time Usui practiced in the 1920s.