Mrs Hawayo Takata 1900 – 1980 - By Debbie Broadley Master Teacher
In 1935, Mrs Takata arrived in Tokyo and was told that her condition was very serious and that an operation would be needed to heal her. However, before the operation, Mrs Takata heard a voice inside her head telling her repeatedly that the operation wasn’t necessary and that there was another way.
She decided against the operation and asked the doctors if there was any other way to treat her condition. The doctor told her about Dr Hayashi’s Reiki Clinic in Tokyo and so Mrs Takata arranged to go there for treatment .
Mrs Takata began regular weekly treatment sessions. She was amazed at the warmth that flowed out of the practitioner’s hands and found the experience very relaxing. Within months, the healing sessions cured Mrs Takata of all her ailments.
She was amazed and approached Dr Hayashi and asked him to teach her Reiki and over the next year, he taught her the First and Second Degrees of Reiki.
Mrs Takata now returned to Hawaii and practiced Reiki regularly over the next two years. In 1938,
Dr Hayashi visited her in Hawaii and attuned her to Reiki Master.
Not long after, he asked Mrs Takata to visit him in Japan, where he chose her to be the person to continue spreading the word of Reiki.
He imparted all his knowledge from Mikao Usui and elected her his successor before he died.
Due to World War II, it is said that Mrs Takata altered the teachings of Reiki to be more acceptable to the West. Japan was at war with the West and all things Japanese were then seen as hostile.
This is how Reiki has survived in the West to this day. However, more and more Reiki Masters are returning to the original Usui teachings.
By the time of Mrs Takata’s death on 11th December 1980, she had attuned 22 Reiki Masters.
These Reiki Masters have continued to teach and the Reiki Lineage grows longer every day.
Reiki is the fastest growing complementary therapy being taught in the world today and this fact speaks volumes about this amazing healing energy system.