Usui on the Teaching of ReikiFrom a recent translation of Usui's works.
"Why I Teach this Method (Reiki) Publicly" - from a 1925 interview with Mikao Usui, founder of Reiki.
"From time immemorial, it has often happened that someone who has found an original, secret law has either kept it for himself or only shared it with his descendents. This secret was then used as security in life for his descendents. (Descendents means not only one's own family but also one's own students here. The phrase "security in life" is meant in the sense of securing one's own financial future.) The secret is not passed on to outsiders. However, this is an old-fashioned custom from the last century (and therefore outdated). In times like these, the happiness of humanity is based on working together and the desire for social progress. This is why I would never allow anyone to possess it [Reiki] just for himself! Our Reiki Ryoho is something absolutely original and can not be compared with any other spiritual path in the world. This is why I would like to make this method freely available to the public for the well-being of humanity. Each of us has the potential of being given a gift by the divine, which results in the body and soul becoming unified. In this way (with Reiki), a great many people will experience the blessing of the divine. First of all, our Reiki Ryoho is an original therapy, which is built upon the spiritual power of the universe. Through it, the human being will first be made healthy, and then peace of mind and joy in life will be increased. Today we need improvements and restructuring in our lives so that we can free our fellow human beings from illness and emotional suffering. This is the reason why I dare to freely teach this method in public."
*The Japanese word "hikkei" means handbook.
[LRS note - please consider the article on a Reiki dilemma in the light of Usui's words above.]