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Reiki History with Justin Stein and Diana Fels

Mount Kurama Reiki History Justin Stein and Diana Fels

Reiki History with Justin Stein and Diana Fels

What a brilliant live in-person chat with Justin Stein one of my favourite Reiki scholars, on Mount Kurama, Kyoto Japan.

I put him under the pump and dug deep into some of the deeper aspects of the origins, historical and philosophies of the spiritual practices and culture of that time, the Reiki history and Mount Kurama.

A perfect place on Mount Kurama Kyoto Japan, at the tree roots to talk about, Reiki history.

Mount Kurama is said to be the place where the journey of Mikao Usui and Usui Reiki Ryoho began. The tree roots are known for where Mikao Usui had his first experience of the Reiki energy.

Wow, a delightful surprise and a rare special treat to have the sounds of the Yamabushi conch shell, a purification practice in the background. The sounds of the conch shell started and only occurred while we were filming. Feeling blessed and love the synchronicities!

I like Justin Stein perspective on many things. I drew upon asking about aspects on the Reiki history and cultural practices that resonate with me, some are:

  • Mount Kurama represents – as site of devotion to religious practices, inspires reflection and awakens inner healing abilities
  • The story of Mikao Usui experiencing the touch of Reiki on Mount Kurama
  • Mikao Usui – severity of the practices, the writings on his memorial stone and the beliefs in the 1920’s on Reiki, healing and his following
  • Japanese culture and appreciation for the forest, mountains, waterfall, sacred mountains and sites of power
  • Kami – purifies, bless and protects
  • Spiritual, culture practices and connections – Tengu, Amida Buddha, Kannon, Dainichi Nyorai, Fudō Myō-ō
  • Reiki is a simple practice, awakens our original true nature and taps into unconditional
  • Practice, practice, practice and let Reiki teach you
  • Celebration of 100 years Usui Reiki Ryoho, Mikao Usui in Japan

Some parting words of wisdom, the heart of Reiki is the simple things, put into practice and experience for self.

It was my second video and new to the world of technology too, only I would do something crazy like that. Nothing like adding some extra pressure and starting with the hard stuff.  And yes, an old chook can still learn new things.

I resonate a lot and enjoy Justin stories, philosophy and could listen to them all day long. His research, dedication and passion to uncover the Reiki history is amazing! Lovely to have spent time with him in Japan too, awesome!

Reiki Nerds Rule and are Cool ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am line up for his upcoming books too.

Justin B. Stein, PhD is a teacher in the Asian Studies, Language and Cultures in the University of Toronto and is an historian of religion who considers modern Japanese practices in transnational perspective. Justin is a researcher into the theories, philosophies that have shaped spiritual and religious practices, including translations of historical material and origins of Reiki. He has published many papers, books and has been a major influence, source and contribution into other researchers works and their publications. For more on Justin Stein see,

Justin Stein Reiki Alternate Currents book


Justin B. Stein latest book, Alternate Currents: Reiki’s Circulation in the Twentieth-Century North Pacific, officially released September 2023



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