The mountain recluse & the beginning of Reiki

Why is it that in many instances, seekers, seers, Rishis or Saints often heard to have chosen to stay in recluse in a mountains & caves? What is that mysterious part about the mountain, hills & caves that keeps pulling these souls to such a place for inspiration? In many instances, we have seen how these souls found answers to their question, found enlightenment & achieved great many things.

I'd like to start with the story of Mr. Mikao Usui (photo below). The founder of Reiki, an art of healing. By now, it comes as no surprise to you that I am going to say that he, too, found his way towards reaching his inspiration through a recluse into the mountains.

Reiki was an ancient art of healing. It was made possible through Dr. Mikao Usui who re-discovered it in the middle of the 19th Century. This is the story of Dr. Usui's search for this secret knowledge.

Dr. Usui went to America & attended the University of Chicago & became a Doctor of Theology. On his return to Japan, he discovered some Sanskrit formulas & symbols in old Buddhist Sutras which seems to have the answers to his questions. At that time he was living in a monastery in Kyoto, Japan & has undergone training as a Zen Buddhist for 3 years. On one fine day, somewhere in 1922, he finally asked his Zen Master how to attain Spiritual enlightenment after not making much progress. To his question, the master answered in 3 words, not "I Love You" but......"Die one time".
I would have got a jolting shock if people ask you to die when you ask them a question;)

In Mikao's case, he seemed to have understood what was the intrinsic message meant by his teacher and so set forth his journey towards Mount Kuriyama. He went there with a steadfast mind to fast for 21 days until he finds enlightenment...".
(a strict spiritual practice called "Shyu Gyo" which includes meditation & fasting for 21 days)

On the arrival at the mountain, he placed 21 stones to help him take account the passing number of each day. Nothing much happened each day until the 21st day, something extraordinary took place. It was still quite dark at the time when he saw a light approaching towards him at great speed. It grew bigger & bigger until it hit right at the middle of his forehead. He first thought that he was going to die until
he saw millions of colors....." (I'll stop here)

That was the beginning of the Usui system of Reiki which is still around and practised by practitioners of Reiki today. On the way back down the mountain, he stubbed his toe which resulted in bleeding. He held it in his hands for a few minutes & the bleeding just stopped & the pain disappeared. This was the first miracle realised by him after his 21 days pursuit.

Soon after, he was able to cure many kinds of ailment. He passed on his knowledge to others & soon many learned the art & could perform healing too. Such painstaking process one has to go through to attain mastery of a subject. I thought to myself, if I had put in a little effort during my school days, I would have got better grades in my maths. (;)) Anyone know any mountains that are safe from animals & crazy insects?



ridhhi ♥ said...

Nice story. Yes, mountains are always considered somewhat mysterious since ancient times. In many religions they are supposed to be abodes of gods like Mt. Olympus or Mt. Kailash. However, you need to find a mountain which is free from wild animals, insects and at the same time having wi-fi connection , or else you will not be able to share your experiences through your blog. Lol!

Mystique Earth said...

Good one, Riddhi,
For awhile, you almost caught me there until the wi-fi part.
LOL ;)

booyaka said...

hi and merry Christmas and a happy new year and any way come and join blogger house

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Mr. Booyaka,
Merry X'Mas to U too & an advance Happy New Year to you too.

Will pay a visit very soon.

Senior Debutanta said...

That mountain recluse where most healing practices like Reiki originated is a great read. Thanks for sharing us.It's not too late to tell you here, Happy Holidays and my best wishes for you for BC 2010 !

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Senior Debutante,
Glad you enjoyed reading it.

Yes, it is never too late for anything. I always hear myself telling ,"Better late than Never".
And having said that, the birth of another year is just another 3 days away.

I wish you a year filled with many, many more joyous moments in BC 2010. My advance Happy New Year to U & ALL your family members.

the seventh waves said...

mountain are symbols of ascends towards the summits of The Supreme..ancient seers,prophets used symbols like mountains,rains,rivers,animals to describe their inner spiritual journey...

Mystique Earth said...

Hi 7th Waves,
It has been some time.

Thanks for the interesting perspective.

Multibrand said...

I have heard about Reiki and it's effectiveness, but never heard about the origin until I read your post.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Let's hope that 2010 will bring more Peace, Joy & Prosperity to each and every one of us.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Mr. H. Nizam @ Multibrand,

Peace, Joy and Prosperity to everyone irrespective of their geographical locations,gender,age, race, or whatever differences - Your wish sure sounds like a formula for world peace 2010. I'd sure hope that your wish will come true.

Anonymous said...

Good post, i've been wanting to learn & practise reiki at one stage but never got around to do it, that was when i started to pick up on qigong some years back. Now i've given up.

Missed yr maths grades eh, no worry unless you want to be a rocket scientist, simple arithmetic is more than sufficient to climb the ladder of life

Still looking for that mountain/caves, forget it, there's no TV's no thing in those caves, stay home better bro', people don't go to caves anymore except to Batu Caves that too for prayers & sightseeing only.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Mr. Bluesman,
Nice comments.

Never knew you would take interest in learning the art of Qiqong.

Just joking about the maths & caves relationship. LOL ;)

Anonymous said...

I was very interested in the deep breathing techniques as being practised in Qigong, correct way of breathing is one of the important keys to good & vibrant health, you should check it out in Qigong

Pools said...

Very interesting post! Thanks to share it with us.........

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Mr. Bluesman,
Thanks for sharing on Qiqong. Will look it up.

Deep breathing surely has a rejuvenating & relaxing effect. Best results can be seen not immediately after heavy meals. Some prefer early morning, some do it in the evening.

Msybe 2010 will rekindle our old practices or bring in something new & interesting.

All the best to you in 2010.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi @ Pools,
You are most welcome.

Best wishes for 2010 & prosperity for your pool biz.

~PakKaramu~ said...

Happy new year 2010 to you

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Pak Karamu,
Hi and Happy New Year to you too.
Wish you good health and all the nice things life can offer.

Multibrand said...

My dear friend,
Thank you for following my blog on Google. I have done the same. Let's keep in touch.

I enjoyed reading your blog, I look forward to reading your updates.

Mystique Earth said...

Hi Harry @ Multibrand,
It's my pleasure.

The next one is on remote viewing.
Take care & thks for the visit.

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