Story telling is an integral part of oral tradition. Note that it is “story”, and not “history”.
In times gone our tribes used story to tell the story of origin, how “we the people” of this tribe came to be. More than who we are, its also the story of how we aspire to be, a glue that bonds the tribe to a purpose.
Story holds a mythical quality, its role models are the best vision of ourselves. We are able to recognise ourselves in the story, and the story becomes about us here now. We become part of the story, it lives on in each one of us.
The reiki story as told in a class, in the way of oral tradition, is all of these things. The story is a linking, a creation of relationship with the main players of the story, relayed through the story teller who is the bridge to the now. So the story was never history, not facts that you need to know.
This is the real art and the heart of story, and it is all held in the space of being there, in the lived experience.