When students study reiki they become part of a reiki "family". The teachings are handed down from master to student and can be traced back to the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui.

Those who have studied Usui Reiki Ryoho will be familiar with the life and times of Usui.  His history is literally “written in stone”. 

His memorial stone which was erected one year after his death, pays a touching tribute to the man and his teachings as seen through the eyes of his students. Mikao Usui was the co founder of  the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakai, which is still in existence today.

A full history of Usui’s life and translation of his memorial stone can be found in The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, founder of the International House of Reiki.


Usui Reiki Ryoho

Mikao Usui

Kanichi Taketomi

Kimiko Koyama

Hiroshi Doi

Frans Stiene

(International House of Reiki)

Susan Davis


Like stars, mist and candle flame

Mirages, dewdrops and water bubbles

Like dreams, lightening and clouds

In that way I will view existence.

(Copied from the notebook of Mikao Usui, dated 1923 and referenced in the Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene) 

For more information on The International House Of Reiki please visit the website: www.ihreiki.com