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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Please Note: I have not included the full story of Mrs. Takata, this is available in numerous publications.

Mrs Takata returned to Hawaii in 1937 she was an Okuden.

Note that the Japanese writing at the back, centre right is the Affirmations written by Haysashi.


From a certificate signed by Dr. Hayashi in Hawaii February 21. 1938.

THIS IS TO CERTIFY that Mrs. Hawayo Takata, an American citizen born in the Territory of Hawaii, after a course of study and training in the Usui system of Reiki healing undertaken under my personal supervision during a visit to Japan in 1935 and subsequently, has passed all the tests and proved worthy and capable of administering the treatment and of conferring the power of Reiki on others. 

Therefore I, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, by virtue of my authority as a Master of the Usui Reiki system of drugless healing, do hereby confer upon Mrs. Hawayo Takata the full power and authority to practice the Reiki system and to impart to others the secret knowledge and the gift of healing under this system. 

'MRS. HAWAYO TAKATA is hereby certified by me as a practitioner and Master of Dr. Usui's Reiki system of healing, at this time the only person in the United States authorized to confer similar powers on others and one of the thirteen fully qualified as a master of the profession.'

Signed by me this 21st. day of February, 1938, in the city and county of Honolulu, territory of Hawaii. 

                                                                                         (Signed) Chujiro Hayashi.


The certificate is witnessed and also has a form of witness/registration from the Notary Public, First Judicial Circuit, Territory of Hawaii. View Copy of Original Certificate

In Japan the only registration seen for Mrs. Takata is as an OKU-DEN that is a Level Two by today's standards.

This, presumably, is because she was attuned to Master Level in Hawaii.

Excerpt from Hawayo Takata's diary May 1. 1938.

Mr. Hayashi has granted to bestow on me the secret of Shinje Den - Kokiyu Ho x Leiji-Ho - the utmost secret in the Energy Science.

See my Reiki Levels Page

To see a letter written by Mrs. Takata to John Gray one of her Master students....... Click Here

To see notes taken at a Takata workshop and also from a workshop by one of her students Click Here.

Some students have queried the use of the title 'Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho' this title including the word 'Shiki' is only used by the Reiki Alliance and Western teachings, and may be the title used only by Hayashi.

Many reading this will  find the title on certificates issued in the west.

Shiki means 'System' in English and was not used in the Usui teachings.

For more information on Diary.html

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.

Takata Master students:

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

You will notice that Patricia Bowling got married and her name became Patricia Ewing. The same happened with Barbara Weber who became Barbara Ray. Beth Gray and John Gray are not married; and Kay Yamashita is one of Takata's sisters.

Arjava Petter - 'Mr. C. Hayashi brought Reiki to Hawaii just before the second world war. His head student, Ms. H. Takata helped to spread Reiki throughout the USA and then onwards to Europe. It is said that before Ms. Takata's death she passed on the responsibilities to her granddaughter Phyllis L. Furumoto who founded the "Reiki Alliance" . In the West, Mr. Hayashi, Ms. Takata and Ms. Furumoto are called Reiki Grand Master, but no such title was ever given to them.

An excellent site giving full details of Takata's students.  (sorry, this link is no longer active.)