This item is from the Millennium Edition of the alt.healing.reiki FAQ, by Scott Maxfield (v2.001).
The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the author or of the posters to the newsgroup alt.healing.reiki
No guarantee or warranty is expressed or implied in any form and no liability is accepted for any harm arising from use or misuse of this information. In medical matters always seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
Mikao Usui was a Japanese gentleman who is said to have searched long and hard for the method of healing used by the Buddha Gautama. After twenty-one days of fasting on a sacred Buddhist mountain he became suddenly aware of Reiki. He went on to practice Reiki and initiate people into the Reiki system. All genuine Reiki practitioners can directly trace their lineage (of attunement) to Mikao Usui. There are those who claim to practice Reiki without attunements by a Reiki Master (or without a living Reiki Master), to those people I can only ask what it is like to be a living prophet. In other words, I don't believe they are practicing Reiki.
Also take a look at Reiki Treatments in Vancouver if you are in the area.