Dr Mikao Usui page 2


Up to this point the Usui system of healing consisted of the energy itself, the symbols, the Attunement process and the Reiki ideals. This was what Dr Usui had received during his mystical experience on mount Kori-Yama. Dr Hayashi went on to develop the Usui System of healing. Dr Hayashi opened a clinic in Tokyo near the imperial palace. It consisted of eight beds in a large room. Two practitioners per patient. One would treat the head and the other would be on the right treating the stomach area, then both would treat the patient’s back . The practitioners all worked here doing healings. They would also go to homes of sick people for house calls. It was during this time that they created and established the standard hand positions, the system of the three Reiki degrees and their initiation procedures. Dr Hayashi sensed a Great War coming, World War II, and knew that most of the men would be called for active service. In order to make sure Reiki would be preserved , he decided to pass the complete teachings on to two women : his wife and Hawayo Takata. Dr Hayashi passed away on Tuesday May 10 1940 prior to the start of World War II.


Mrs Hawayo Takata was born in Hawaii, on Kauai, on Christmas Eve 1900 of Japanese descent. Her parents were Japanese immigrants and her father worked in the sugar cane fields. She eventually married the bookkeeper of the plantation where she was employed. His name was Saichi Takata and they had two daughters. In October of 1930, Saichi died at the age of 34, leaving Mrs Takata to raise their 2 children, after five years she developed abdominal pains, a lung condition and had a nervous breakdown. Soon after this one of her sisters died. She went to Japan to visit her family there, and inform them of the death of her sister. While there she became very sick and was in hospital. The doctors where going to operate, and as she was being prepared she kept hearing a voice saying “ Operation not necessary “ . Eventually she jumped off the table asking “is there another way” The doctors had a sister who had been cured of dysentery at the Dr Hayashi’s clinic and suggested to Mrs Takata she talk with his sister. The sister brought Mrs Takata to the clinic and her treatment there began. She received daily treatments of Reiki from two Reiki practitioners and got progressively better. In four months she was healed completely. She was so impressed that she wanted to learn Reiki herself but was told Reiki was Japanese and it was intended to stay in Japan and that it could not be taught to an outsider.


Through the good graces of her doctor , Mrs Takata was able to persuade Dr Hayashi to train her in Reiki. In 1936 Mrs Takata received her 1st Degree Reiki. A further year of working and training with Dr Hayashi brought her to the 2nd Degree Reiki. Mrs Takata returned to Hawaii in 1973 and was soon followed by Dr Hayashi. Dr Hayashi came to Hawaii for a speaking tour to promote Reiki. During this time he trained Mrs. Takata to teach Reiki, thus making her what we now would call a Reiki Master. She was the 13th and last Reiki Master he initiated. Mrs. Takata continued using and teaching Reiki. Eventually she moved to California, using and teaching Reiki there as well. She did not teach other masters until 1975, and before her own death in 1980 she trained 22 Reiki Masters. Mrs Takata’s 22 Masters


George Araki, Rick Brockner, Harry Kuboi, Wanja Twan, Shinobu Saito, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Barbara Brown, Mary Mcfaden,

Beth Grey, Barbara Weber Ray, Paul Mitchell, Dorothy Baba, Virginia Samdahl, John Grey, Bethel Phaigh, Patricia Ewing,

Takata’s Sister, Barbara McCullough, Ursula Baylow, Irish Ishikura, Fran Brown, Ethel Lombardi.


The Original 22 Masters have now taught and trained many others. Reiki has spread rapidly. It is now practised worldwide.