Once, a Buddhist monk mentions in his blessing prayers for birthday, “Celebrating Birthday” means wishing for long & happy life.
Celebrating Usui’s Sensei’s birthday is a celebration & giving thankfulness, gratitude to Reiki Healing Art or Method called “Reiki Ryoho” in Japanese. 15 August 2015 will be 150 birthday anniversary of Usui Mikao, the founder of Reiki Ryoho. The celebration includes all reiki community gathering in peace & harmony in memory of Usui Sensei. Commenmoration ceremony will be held in Komyo Reiki Retreat 2015.
Usui Mikao, founder of Reiki, was born on August 15, in the first year of Keio, 1865 A.D. Usui Sensei commonly known by the name “Mikao”, who also known as Gyohan, was born in Taniai village (becomes part of Miyama village) in Yamagata county, Gifu Perfecture, into a family whose ancestors were Samurai, of the Chiba clan, Chiba Tsunetane. He was a hard worker and had a varied professional life: business man, scholar, political assistant and more.
“What is Reiki Ryoho?” Usui Sensei’s explanation: Is Mind Body Improvement, Secret Method to invite happiness, Miraculous medicine to cure all diseases. By taking in the teachings of the Meiji Emperor, achieving our Principles, intending to train and develop the mind and body, firstly the mind should be healed and secondly the physical body be made healthy so as to walk on the right path of humanity. If the mind is healthy, conforming to a path of integrity, then the body becomes sturdy of it’s own accord. The mission of Usui Reiki Ryoho is to enhance mutual well-being of one’s own and of others, on one hand, by fulfilling a peaceful and joyful life mentally and physically and on the other, healing the sick.
“How does Usui Reiki Ryoho work?” Usui Sensei’s explanation: I have not been taught this art of healing by anyone under the heavens nor have I studied in order to obtain this mysterious ability to heal. I accidentally realized that I was given this mysterious healing ability when I felt the great power and was inspired by the mystery during fasting. [referring to his meditation/satori experience on Mount Kurama in Kyoto] Therefore, even as the founder, I find it difficult to give a sure explanation.
Thanks to Translation of Inamoto Sensei (Hyakuten Inamoto, founder of Komyo Reiki Kai) for above text in Reiki Ryoho Handbook in Japanese.