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The power of touch

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

On the sacred mountain of Kurama during the month of February 1922, Usui Sensei underwent a transformation that was to redefine the meaning of healing and which would be made available to everyone.



“the power of touch.”


A fallen child hears the words ‘Ah! There. There’ from their Mother’s lips, while the injury is being gently stroked by her soft warm hand, which now relieves some of the pain. But how is it that this simple gesture gives so much comfort to us? Is it not only the reaction to our Mother’s concern but also to that of a healing hand? We will discover the power of an ever-present energy.

On the sacred mountain of Kurama during the month of February 1922, Usui Sensei underwent a transformation that was to redefine the meaning of healing and which would become available to everyone.

After twenty-one days of attempting to find enlightenment through starvation and meditation, a powerful light entered through his crown chakra, causing him to fall to the ground, unconscious.

When he awoke it transformed Usui Sensei from his weakened state of starvation to one that embraced the energy of the Universe, spiritual energy and attained a new level of awareness.

Embracing the joy of being touched by such a special form of enlightenment, he descended the mountain rejoicing and in haste, wishing to share his experience, he accidentally struck his toe on a rock, causing a great deal of pain. In reaction to this, he grabbed his toe with his hand and felt an energy from his hands that immediately extinguished the pain from his toe. He had truly received the gift of healing. For Usui Sensei, the path to becoming a great healer and teacher had materialized.

Soon after he opened the Usui Reiki Healing Method Society in Tokyo, along with a Reiki clinic performing treatments and teaching classes.

A significant event was about to test his abilities in healing. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 caused thousands of casualties needing help and care, to which Usui Senesi immediately responded. With so many needing help, he used not only his hands but also his eyes and feet.

The need for more practitioners of Reiki became even more obvious and so he took it upon himself to develop an attunement method, making it easier for others to learn Reiki and also to become teachers in their own right.

After receiving the award of Kun San To from the Japanese Government, recognizing his work to help others. Soon after, while traveling, he, unfortunately, passed away, suffering a stroke on the 9th March 1926. A monument stands in the grounds of Saihoji Temple, Suginami, Tokyo in memory of this great man.

Thanks to the efforts of many, especially Hayashi Sensei and Takata Sensei, Reiki developed globally to become a recognized form of healing.

Today you only have to search the internet to discover training courses and treatments abound. But please be aware that this form of healing is available to everyone with the right mindset and attunement. What needs to be highlighted here is that caring for yourself and others is a responsibility we should all enjoy and that Reiki is one of many methods to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to take joy in supporting others.


So... how does this relate to a motorcyclist?


Well most riders have experienced the discomfort of an uncomfortable saddle or the use of incorrect posture while riding. And the more unfortunate riders may be nursing an old injury while continuing their riding career. Reiki can still help.


Attunement is key to reiki. But as I mentioned earlier if a Mother can give comfort to her childs injury, you can most certainly administer positive energy towards helping your discomfort. Over several articles, I hope to direct you on how to best focus your energy on some of the aches and pains generated by riding a motorcycle. So please hang in there!


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