Reiki Power

Yvonne McSherry, Reiki Master Teacher ICHT.IIHHT.MASC.GRA RRP.BSYA(MED TEACH)
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The History of Reiki


 The origins of Reiki can be traced back to the Japanese Theologist Dr Mikao Usui, who rediscovered the long forgotten art of

Tibetan healing back in the late 19th century.

Dr Mikao Usui

Dr Mikao Usui was a Christian Minister in Kyoto, Japan.

He was searching for the skill of healing. However, he could not find any answers so travelled to the U.S.A where he studied Theology.

During this time he found no real answers to his questions.

Eventually he returned to Japan to study Buddhism which had many references to healing and learned Chinese and Sanskitt to be able to understand the scriptures in their native languages.

He settled in a Zen Buddhist Monastery in Kyoto and spent many years studying the Sutras. Eventually he found a formula for healing, but it was not complete, it was written 2,500 years ago and could not be fully interpreted.

He decided to undergo three weeks of fasting and meditation. Early on the morning of the 21st day, he saw a beam of light. He got up to run, but the light struck his eyebrow centre and knocked him down, unconscious.

He saw bubbles in every colour of the rainbow. Finally, came the Reiki symbols in white and gold. As each symbol came he was given instructions on how to use them.

Dr Usui then became a pilgrim spreading the word of Reiki. By his death in 1930 he had initiated 18 Reiki Masters, one of them being Chujiro Hayahi, whom he named his successor.

 Chujiro Hayahi

Dr Hayashi was a navel officer, and received the Reiki Master initiation from Dr Usui about 1925 at the age of 47. Dr Hayashi added the standard hand positions, the three degrees and their attunement process.

He opened the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo where a very sick lady came for treatment. Her name was Hawayo Takata. After a series of sessions she was healed of her various ailments. She desperately wanted to be attuned to Reiki and in Spring of 1936 she became a Reiki Master.

Hawayo Takata

Mrs Hawayo Takata first brought Reiki to her homeland of Hawaii and then on to the U.S, where she added the fee structure. Upon her death in 1980 Mrs Takata had attuned 22 Reiki Masters.

Mrs. Takata's 22 Masters were:

George Araki
Dorothy Baba
Ursula Baylow
Rick Bockner
Patricia Bowling
Barbara Brown
Fran Brown
Phyllis Furumoto
Beth Gray
John Gray
Iris Ishikuro
Harry Kuboi
Ethel  Lombardi
Barbara McCullough
Mary McFadyen
Paul Mitchell
Bethel Phaigh
Shinobu Saito
Virginia Samdahl
Wanja Twan
Barbara Weber Ray
Kay Yamashita