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4. Phyllis Furumoto

This was an exert from a letter on 7th March 1997 from Phyllis Furumoto.

The push from others to claim the position of successor to Takata by using this title, the part of myself that liked the attention but did not want the responsibility, and my insecure personality combined to create a struggle that took years to resolve. I became “healed enough” through this practice to begin accepting the obvious. This journey of being the successor to Takata with little noticeable training was my calling. Once I understood this, I looked back on my life and realised I had been in training for many years without being conscious of it.

Both of these descriptors, Grand Master and lineage bearer can carry the same quality, the energetic embodiment of the essential spirit of any discipline. In my life the embodiment is the spirit of Usui Shiki Ryôhô, a specific method of healing passed down through a specific lineage of masters. The authority I hold comes from the “authorship” of each of the masters of the lineage, residing now in myself.”

 

3. Hawaya Takata

It was to this clinic that a young Japanese-American, Hawayo Takata, was brought in 1935. In 1936 she was healed of the illnesses that brought her to Japan by Reiki, and as a result stayed for a year of training and practice while staying at Chûjiro Hayashi’s home. It was not until 1938 that she was awarded her Master Certificate. It was Chûjiro Hayashi who helped her to set up her first clinic. It is widely considered by Japanese practitioners that the system of Reiki which is taught in the west comes from Chûjiro Hayashi’s teachings. The major difference between his teachings and traditional Usui teachings is that he continued to use Mantras and symbols with his attunements, where as Mikao Usui practiced without mantras and symbols. These were only taught to those who had difficulty with sensing the energy.

Hawayo Takata became a Master of the System from Chûjiro Hayashi, and was a person empowered to train others in the practice, in 1937.  At that time Reiki was taught for the first time outside of Japan by her teacher, Chujiro Hayashi.  Mrs. Takata was chosen as Dr. Hayashi’s successor and the guardianship of the System shifted from Japan to the United States just prior to World War II. She was his 13th and last Master Student. She was also given the name of Mikao Usui’s School on her certificate rather than that of Chûjiro Hayashi. Mrs. Takata spent much of her time practising Reiki in Hawaii and mainland America as well as Canada. Among some of her patients, she boasted such celebrity as Danny Kaye in Palm Springs. It was not until 1973 that she began teaching seriously as she set about to train her successor(s). She taught her first Master Student in 1976. In 1979 she taught her grand daughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto to Master Level and there is some question as to her being Takata’s Heir and Successor. All in all before she died, Hawayo Takata taught 22 Reiki Masters. Phyllis Furumoto resides in north Idaho at the present time.  The Usui System is now being taught and practiced world wide.

Her teachings were varied and it has been reported that no two of her teachings were the same. She apparently taught as she felt appropriate at any given time in her life. She did however teach a simple version of the Five Precepts to most of her students. She is often credited with 12 hand positions, which is called the Foundation Treatment. She stressed that students should treat themselves first, then their family and friends. This way the student becomes whole and is also surrounded by harmony. What she taught most of all was that Reiki was an oral tradition and therefore no one had original copies of the symbols. Her attunements, it seems were also varied according to her feelings at the given time. She taught various techniques to do with The Hara Line which was said to be where the True Energy lay in the body. In her own words “Reiki will guide you. Let the Reiki hands find it, they will know what to do”. 

2. Chujiro Hayashi

Chujiro Hayashi – was born in Tokyo 15th September 1880. He graduated from 30th Naval Academy of Japan in 1902 serving in the Port Patrolling Division during the Russo Japanese war from 4th January 1902 until a peace treaty was signed on 5th September 1906.

In 1918 he was appointed director of Ominato Port Defence Station where Kanichi Taketomi was chief of staff. (He was to later become 3rd Chairman of Usui Ryôhô Gakkai.

Mr. Hayashi was married to Chie (born in 1887) and had two children. Tadayoshi was born in 1903 went on to major in economics at Kiyoe University. Kiyoe their daughter was born in 1910 and went on to study at Shizuoka Women’s High School as her mother had.

In May, 1925 Chujiro Hayashi became a student of Mikao Usui. By this time Chujiro Hayashi was a retired naval officer and surgeon. It was early in 1926 that Mikao Usui died of a stroke. Upon Mikao Usui’s death, Chujiro Hayashi and a number of other naval officers who had joined Usui’s school, stayed on and continued studying the Usui Reiki Ryôhô Gakkai method. When Hayashi left this school in 1931, he developed his own clinic and school which he called the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyû Kai of Hayashi Spiritual Energy Research Society.

In 1935 Chujiro Hayashi met Chiyoko Yamaguchi who became one of his new students and who studied Shoden and Okuden under Mr Hayashi. At Mr Hayashi’s residential address in Tokyo, he operated his Reiki clinic which consisted of ten tables on which each patient would be treated by two practitioners.

Chujiro Hayashi actively promoted Reiki throughout Japan and founded the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyû-kai. He held seminars and taught Reiki to a great number of people including Hawaya Takata, (who was attuned to Reiki Master in 1938) – an American Japanese woman who would be largely responsible for bringing Reiki to the West.

On 11th May, 1940 Chujiro Hayashi ended his life, fearing that he would be called to fight in the Japanese Army during World War II. He was reported to have died of a self induced stroke (by stopping an artery in his brain) in his country house in Atami. His wife Chie became president of her husband’s school. He had attuned only 13 Reiki Masters.