Story of Mrs Hawayo Takata
Hawayo Kawamura was one of two daughters born into a Japanese
immigrant family living in Hawaii. She was raised in the
muti-cultural way, incorporating both ethics from her Japanese
background and the American society she grew up in. In later
life she had found work on a plantation, where she met the
young book keeper Saichi Takata. They married and had two
daughters. With great sadness at the age of thirty four
her husband died. Hawayo Takata was left to raise their
daughters alone. She worked hard with long hours taking
their toll on her body and her health. She too in her thirties
found her failing health decreasing, modern medicine had
run the course, she was still ailing and heading for a nervous
While being treated, her surgeon talked about a clinic
in Japan run by Dr Chujiro Hayashi.
Soon afterwards her sister sadly died, she needed to travel
to Japan to inform her parents. While there she attended
Hayashi clinic for treatments. After several months her
health improved, she began to feel well again, so impressed
with this gentle healing energy she asked if she herself
could learn. Her requested was refused.
She soon realised that all the other students had a deep
commitment to Reiki, they had incorporated the ethos of
Dr Usui life with Reiki. To become
accepted into this Japanese healing training she too had
to demonstrate her commitment. Her training began soon after
speaking with Dr Hayashi, telling him of how she felt, a
willingness to remain in Japan to learn Reiki.
Mrs Takata along with her two daughters lived with the
Hayashi family, learning Dr Hayashi methods of Reiki, treating
patients in and outside the clinic. After she had completed
the Shoden and Okuden levels of Reiki, known in the West
as Reiki 1 and Reiki 11, she returned to Hawaii where she
continued to practice Reiki in her own clinic. Like the
founder Dr Usui, her fame grew, Reiki grew and many people
came to her clinic for treatments.
In 1937 Dr Hayashi and his daughter came to visit her and
worked along side her in her clinic. Chujiro Hayashi also
spoke about his worries that the USA and Japan governments
are heading for war. He had no wish to rejoin the Japanese
Imperial Navy, the ethics did not marry with his Reiki Masters
ethos. She talked about her own commitment to Reiki and
before her friend returned to Japan he initiated her to
a Reiki Master in the Usui System of Natural Healing. Now
she could develop her practice of not just treating patients
but also training other students into the Usui Healing system.
After the war that Dr Hayashi foreseen, anything Japanese
was not welcome in the USA, she began to modify her teaching
of Reiki. She simplified the methods, removing all the different
Japanese healing methods she learnt.
Reiki was re-discovered by a Japanese Monk, carried forward
by a Japanese Doctor, any information written was in Japanese
picture language. The methods did not translate literaly
into American English, so again Reiki was modified to become
Westernised. Mrs Takata taught Reiki orally, there was nothing
written down for her students, they had to learn through
stories of Dr Usui and Dr Hayashi life with Reiki. She taught
the hand positions, making her classes easier to learn the
practice of Reiki. Healing.
In 1970 after training hundreds of Reiki practitioners,
she began to realise that time had arrived to pass on the
Reiki Master training to others who can continue in her
footsteps after she had gone, over the next ten years she
initiated 22 Reiki students into the Master Level.
The 22 Reiki Masters initiated and trained by Mrs
Ursula Baylow, Rick Bockner, Dorothy Baba, Barbara Brown,
Patricia Ewing, Fran Brown, Beth Gray, John Gray, Iris Ishikuro,.
Harry Kuboi, Barabra McCullough,. Shinobu Saito, Barabra
Weber Ray, Paul Mitchell, Mary Mcfadyen, George Araki, Virginia
Samdahl, Wanja Twan, Ethel Lombardi, Bethel Phaigh, Kay
Yamashita and Phyllis Furmoto.
After Mrs HawayoTakata passed over in 1980 all her 22
Reiki Masters met in honor of her work.
In years previous she had designated the role of Grand Reiki
Master to herself following her death she did not name any
particular one Master as her successor.
At this meeting the group of Mrs Takata's Reiki Masters
reconginsed a need for someone to become Grand Master of
their Reiki Lineage. There was much discussions, the group
was spilt, Phyllis Furmoto was Mrs Takata Granddaughter,
their for she should continue. Barbara Weber Ray also wanted
the title of Grand Master, eventually the group split into
One was the Radiance Technique taught by Barbara Weber
Ray and the other was The Reiki Alliance and was founded
In today's Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki classes we learn about
Reiki through Mrs Takata stories of Dr Usui and Dr Hayashi
life with Reiki. We can learn a lot about our own practice
with Reiki through these stories handed down from Master
Mrs Hawayo Takata took Reiki out of Japan, she Westernised
the teachings. Since her death Reiki has reached nearly
very country in the world, healing thousands of people.
Mrs HawayoTakata stands remembed for this great gift to