Andrew Bowling's REIKI HISTORY Archives

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From 1998 through 2006 Andy Bowling presented a web site detailed with Reiki History and facts.  When he discovered original teachings of Mikao Usui shared by Chris Marsh, he began to focus more in that direction.  In 2007 Andy decided to stop his Reiki History pages but gave me permission to host this archive at my web site. I hope you enjoy this original contribution to the Reiki world.

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From Hawayo Takata's Early Diary

Taken from the book Reiki, a memorial to Takata Sensei, compiled by Mrs. Alice Takata Furumoto, 1982.

In my attempt to write this essay on the Art of Healing in limited words, I will try to be practical rather than technical, because what I am about to define is not associated with any material being which is visible, nor has a shape, nor name.

I believe there exists One Supreme Being--the Absolute Infinite--a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it. So, therefore, it is Absolute!

This power is unfathomable, immeasurable, and being a universal life force, it is incomprehen-sible to man. Yet, every single living being is receiving its blessings daily; awake or asleep.

Different teachers and masters call Him the Great Spirit, the Universal Life Force; Life Energy, because when applied it vitalizes the whole system; Ether Wave, because it soothes pain and puts you into deep slumber, as if under an anesthetic; and The Cosmic Wave, because it radiates vibrations of exultant feeling and lifts you into harmony.

I shall call it "Reiki" because I studied under that expression. Reiki is a radionic wave like radio. It could be applied locally or as in short wave. A distant treatment could be successfully given.

Reiki is not electricity, nor radium or X-ray. It could penetrate thin layers of silk, linen, porcelain or lead, wood or steel, because it comes from the Great Spirit, the Infinite.

It does not destroy delicate tissues or nerves. It is absolutely harmless, therefore, it is a practical and safe treatment. Because it is a universal wave, everything that has life benefits when treated--plant life, fowls, the animals, as well as human beings, infants or old, poor or rich.

It should be applied and used daily as a prevention. God gave us this body, a place to dwell, and our daily bread. We were put into this world for some purpose, therefore, we should have health and happiness.

It was God's plan, so he provides us with everything. He gave us hands to use them, to apply and heal, to retain physical health and mental balance, to free ourselves from ignorance, and live in an enlightened world, to live in harmony with yourself and others, to love all beings.

When these rules are applied daily, the body shall respond and all we wish and desire to attain in this world is within our reach. Health, happiness and the road to longevity, which we all seek--I call this Perfection.

Being a universal force from the Great Divine Spirit, it belongs to all who seek and desire to learn the art of healing.

It knows no color, nor creed, old or young. It will find its way when the student is ready to accept. He is shown the way. Initiation is a sacred ceremony and the contact is made. Because we are associating with Divine Spirit, there is no error; nor should we doubt. It is Absolute!

With the first contact or initiation, the hands radiate vibrations when applied to the ailing part. It relieves pain, stops the blood from an open wound; your hands are ready to heal acute and chronic diseases - the human beings - the plants - the fowls - the animals.

In acute cases, only a few minutes' application is necessary. In the chronic cases, the first step is to find the cause and effect.

It is not necessary to undress the patient completely, but it is better to loosen all tight clothing so that the patient may relax, lying on the table face up. Most important is to find the cause of the illness.

Start treatment from the eyes, sinus, pituitary glands, ears, throat, thyroids, thymus, stomach, gall bladder, liver, pancreas, solar plexus, ileocecum, colon, sigmoid flexure, ovarian glands, bladder, then front chest and heart.

Turn patient over, treat the back, lungs, sympathetic nerves, kidneys, spleen, and prostrate gland.

During the treatment, trust in your hands, Listen to vibrations or reaction. If there is pain, it registers pain in your finger tips and palm. If the patient has itch, it reacts the same; if deep and chronic, it throbs a deep pain; or if acute, the pain is a shallow tingle.

As soon as the body responds to the treatment, the acute ailment disappears, but the cause remains. Dig into the cause daily and with each treatment, improvement is seen.

After the organs have been thus treated, I finish the treatment with a nerve stroke which adjusts the circulation. Apply on the skin a few drops of sesame oil or any pure vegetable oil. I place my thumb and fore finger on the left side of the spinal column and the three fingers and palm flat on the right side of the spinal column. With a downward stroke, 10 to 15 strokes to the end of spinal cord. Only in diabetic cases are the strokes reversed; arms and legs are manipulated towards the heart. The above treatment is called the foundation and it requires an hour or more, all depending on the complications and seriousness of the case.

Going through the body in minute detail, the hands become sensitive and are able to determine the cause and to detect the slightest congestion within, whether physical or mental, acute or chronic. Being strictly drugless and a bloodless treatment, Reiki will adjust the body to normal.

In about four days to three weeks we find a great change taking place within the body, all internal organs and glands will begin to function with much vigor and rhythm.

The digestive juices put out normal flow, the congested nerves slacken, the adhesions break away, the lazy colon gets organized, the fecal matter drops from the walls of the intestines, the gases eliminate.

Many years of accumulated toxin finds its way out through the pores. It is a sticky perspiration.

The bowels increase, dark and strong in odor. The urine increases like dark tea, sometimes white, as if flour stirred in water. It lasts four to six days, and yet, I have had patients who reacted with only one treatment.

When this is established, you are assured of a big general overhaul of the intestinal organs taking place. With such good cleansing, the body becomes active. The numbed nerves regain sense of feeling, appetite increases, sound sleep becomes natural, eyes sparkle, skin glows like silk.

With new blood and good circulation, nerves and glands restored, it is possible to rejuvenate five to ten years. At this time, it is very important what you consume.

In the Reiki health treatments, we are vegetarians, and eat all kinds of fruits in season.

Nature provides with plenty, but never to waste. Over-eating is a sin. Eating in moderation, with a feeling of gratitude, to recognize the Great Spirit who is the creator, who is the All Power to make things grow and blossom and bear fruit.

Come to the table with pleasant thoughts. Never eat when you are worried. Milk, white sugar, and starches are to be avoided when the patient has a weak stomach. With proper food, the patient responds faster to the treatments.

Excerpts From Takata's Dairy

The following is an excerpt from Mrs. Takata's diary.

Dec. 10 - 1935

Meaning of "Reiki" Energy within oneself, when concentrated and applied to patient, will cure all ailments - "It is nature's greatest cure, which requires no drugs. It helps in all respects, human and animal life. In order to concentrate, one must purify one's thoughts in words, and to meditate to let true "energy" come out from within. It lies in the bottom of the stomach about 2 inches below the naval.

Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, concentrate on our thought and relax. Close your hands together and wait for the sign. Kindly and gently apply the hands starting from head downward. The patient who is about to receive this treatment must purify one's (their) thoughts, feel comfortable, and (have) a desire to get well. One must not forget to feel grateful. Gratitude is a great cure for the mind. In all cases, the patient could be diagnosed just by the touch of (the) hand.

April 2, 1936

Father was sick from cold and tired - gave him treatments and was able to take exam on the 7th and back to Kauai on the 10th - after seeing them off - came back with Julian to Mr. Hayashi's home - they were so nice and begged me to stay with them, so from that night on, I am staying here - this must have been my real lucky day as I come to think. I have gained so much knowledge in line of treatments that I found myself taking patients naturally.

May 1

Went to cure the 2 girls of Baron Takn; 2 days and they were cured. Mrs. Harazawa at Keio Hospital, every night at 7:30 p.m. - Treatment for after operation - finds it very good and fast recovery. At the home office, patients began to increase ever since I came to them, it makes me feel good and very encouraging-

What was more than pleasing, was that Mr. Hayashi has granted to bestow upon me the secret of Shinje Den - Kokiyu Ho and the Leiji Ho - the utmost secret in the Energy Science. No one can imagine my happiness to think that I have the honor and respect to be trusted with this gift - a gift of a life time and I promised within me to do my utmost in regard to this beautiful and wonderful teaching that I just received - I shall promise to do what is right through sincereness and kindness and shall regard and respect the teaching and its teachers with utmost reverence and respect.

March 29, 1937

The Law of Karma, so true according the teachings, when we meet, it is true beginnings of parting.

"The Legacy left Phyllis cannot be denied. The immortality of my mother lives in the hearts of those who use REIKI."

Alice Takata Furumoto