When one researches the life story of Dr. Mikao Usui, there are many legends and conflicting stories of who he actually was.
What is definitely known is that Dr. Usui was born in 1865 and that he was a man of knowledge who wished to bring healing to the world.
Rather than write an amalgamation of the differences in opinion expressed regarding Usui's life, I feel it best to direct the reader to consult the following websites and to form their own opinion.
Dr. Mikao Usui, a biography
Dr. Usui, Reiki legend
Mikao Usio, Wikipedia
We are deeply indebted to Dr. Usui for the contribution that he has made to the healing arts and for giving us the Reiki system that continues to flourish in the world today.