Dear Reiki friends, here are a few things about Mikao Usui which many believe to be true, but there is no evidence to support these assumptions. Quite the contrary, the story of Mikao Usui and Reiki, as it is researched and told in Japan, contradicts these facts. It appears that Mrs. Takata beautified the story a bit to make it more acceptable for the American people at the time of her writing it.
1. Mikao Usui was a medical doctor.
This is not correct. He did have extensive knowledge about religions, and may have had some medical knowledge, but he was not a doctor. According to some sources, he may have been granted a title similar to Doctor of Literature, and Professor.
This however does not change the fact that he could heal better than the medical doctors could :).
2. Mikao Usui performed miracles and healed people on his way down from the mountain.
Actually, according to the Japanese version of the story, he first practiced this gift on himself and on his immediate family. After a while, he decided to make his healing discovery available to all people.
This is also what Usui wrote himself in his manual. This doesn’t change the fact that he did heal a lot of people, and, by all accounts and standards, performed many miracles during his life.
3. Mikao Usui was using Reiki to heal and balance chakras.
Usui may have been aware of the chakra system, but he never consciously, directly, aimed to heal the chakras.
He was channeling the energy with the intention to heal a person holistically, on all the needed levels, and the energy went to where it was needed most. While the chakras may have been (and probably were) healed and balanced in the process, it was mostly a “side effect” of the treatment, not a goal in itself.
These is good information to know, but in the end, none of these facts diminishes the importance of the legacy that Usui-sensei left to the world ;).