A great story for a great woman

When speaking of "Western Reiki," the term does not refer to a possible modification or interpretation of the traditional practice, but really about how Reiki came to us in the West, thanks to Hawayo Takata.

Hawayo Takata is the third Reiki Master in the lineage of Usui. In 1935 Takata, of Japanese birth, was suffering from cancer. Widow with two little girls, she left for Japan in order to undergo surgery.
Already lying on the operating table, Takata heard a voice telling her that she were about to undertake a not necessary operation: that was when she learned about an alternative healing method, Reiki. Through the intervention of the doctor's sister, Mrs. Shimura, Hawayo Takata was admitted to Chujiro Hayashi.

Subjected to prolonged and daily Reiki treatments, she significantly improved her condition within just a few weeks, healing in just a few months.Takata decided to stay in Japan for one more year, experiencing Reiki daily; she later returned to Hawaii where she worked successfully as a natural healer. During a Hayashi visit in 1938, she had been initiated to the teaching of the Reiki system.In 1941, Hawayo Takata became the third Reiki master known in the Usui succession and was retained only responsible for the preservation and proper spreading of Usui. She dedicated all her life to the practice of Reiki method introducing it to the western world for the first time.

Mrs. Takata was the only known Reiki teacher until 1976; since then and until 1980, the year of her death, she initiated and trained twentytwo teachers including: her granddaughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto (who founded The Reiki Alliance ), the anthropologist Barbara Weber Ray (founder of Aira, American International Reiki Association, known today as "The Radiance Tecnique") and Iris Ishikuro (founder of the American Reiki Master Association). Today, unfortunately, Takata is not well considered by many Reiki practitioners because she is believed to be responsible for having changed the traditional method to her liking and therefore of telling many lies about it.

Takata had a strong belief in Reiki, as demonstrated by the fact that she did everything to get it to "survive" in a cultural context where everything coming from Japan was not seen positively. Today we know which are the huge differences between the traditional Reiki (Japanese) and the "western" one (the one exactly Takata brought us) but, honestly, I realize that if Takata had brought the traditional Reiki, it would probably not have "taken root": the traditional Reiki is in fact a mixture of meditation and spiritual practice, not a mere instrument of healing as the Western one.

To this day, the Association Shenque does not teach Western Reiki anymore, but only Komyo Reiki.
We report this information for dissemination purposes, just for the sake of completeness.


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