The protagonists

The protagonists of this story are many and in this section of the web I would like to pay my humble tribute to the great masters that have played an important role in the history of Reiki. And to all the teachers I don't mention here also I thank them for them work and dedication in spreading Reiki.


Mikao Usui

Born in Taniai, Japan on August 15, 1865. Through a long process of personal transformation that culminated on Mount Kurama Yama, Usui developed the ability to heal through their hands. He devised a system to transmit this ability to others. Pooling their knowledge, different healing techniques, meditations and the tuning process he created what we now know as Reiki. In April 1922 he established his residence at Aoyama Harajuku, where he founded an institute in which they were Reiki treatments and were he teach Reiki masters in the system. This institution still exists today, is called Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. Master Usui died on March 9, 1926 in Fucuyama having iniciated 21 teachers and created a system of personal development and healing that years later would be extended worldwide.



Chujiro Hayashi

Dr. Hayashi was born in 1879 in Japan. It had been a Japanese naval officer and Mikao Usui met they when he was withdrawn from service. Learned from Usui Reiki system-wide at 47 years old, in 1925, Hayashi reached the Shinpiden level (Master) at the hands of Mikao Usui. Despite being highly respected, Hayashi was not elected as president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. He found the Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai. In this institution were not only women but she were majority. Hayashi is accredited with the system of hand positions, which is what has come to the West. In all he initiated about 13 teachers, including his wife and Hawayo Takata. Hayashi died on May 10, 1941.





Hawayo Takata

Hawayo Takata was born in Hawaii in 1900, though Japanese family. In 1935 due to an illness, she travels to Japan to try to find a cure there. Conventional doctors said that they can not cure, but put her in contact with Dr. Hayashi. In Hayashi's clinic she completely cured of their disease and then she decide to learn the system. In 1938 she recives the master's level from Hayashi. After this, she returns to Hawaii, where she founded his own practice of Reiki and wherein she transmits the lessons learned from Hayashi. It is therefore the first person who introduced Reiki in the West and sets the standard of Western Reiki styles appear afterwards. She started a total of 22 teachers and died in 1980.




Phyllis Lei Furumoto

After Takata's death, her granddaughter, Phyllis Furumoto, was named her successor, and she continued the work of dissemination of Reiki. In 1982, two years after the death of Takata, she founded The Reiki Alliance asociation, formed by a number of teachers who his grandmother formed and now they has representatives in many countries. Since the beginning of this partnership, Furumoto has been transmitted Reiki faithfully following Takata's teachings.


Current Renown Masters


Hayakuten Inamoto

Japanese teacher of renown today. Comes from a very direct lineage, he learned Reiki with a lady who was a disciple of the Hayashi, Mrs. Yamaguchi. His profession is a monk, but since hitting a high degree of Master of Reiki is dedicated to traveling the world doing courses. Some quarters thinks that he is the heir of Usui because of his high level of evolution. Is the creator of Komyo Reiki Kai. His teachings are aimed at spiritual development rather than healing, he believes that healing is a secondary aspect of Reiki.




Hiroshi Doi

Japanese teacher who originally studied Western Reiki and who later came into contact with active members of the Gakkai, completing his training which was the fifth president of the association, Kimiko Koyama. With the knowledge gained from their western masters and their Japanese teachers, founded a new style of Reiki combining what he considered more interesting than both. This system was called Gendai Reiki, which means Modern Reiki. He also introduced the world of Reiki are many techniques that had been hidden in the Gakkai and thanks to him, today we know. He founded the Gendai Reiki Healing Association in Japan to expand their knowledge of Reiki throughout the world.





Fuminori Aoki

Japanese teacher who has also had a Western and Japanese training. He is the author of the book: "The Reiki Healing." He is chairman of Reiki Nagoya Institute Laboratory, where he teaches his own system of Reiki: Reido Reiki. Among his contributions to the world of Reiki, It stands out the channeling of the Koriki symbol, called the symbol of happiness. Therapies and courses currently are being conducted in Japan.




Other Interesting Facts

The Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, founded by Mikao Usui partnership for development and expansion of Reiki, continued to operate after his death. Because of World War II, remained hidden for many years and their knowledge did not make themselves known to the world until the 90's of XX century. This is the succession of presidents of the association to the present:

1st President - Mikao Usui (1865-1926).

2nd President - Juzaburo Ushida (1865-1935).

3rd President - Kanichi Taketomi (1878-1960).

4th President - Hoichi Wanami (1883-1978).

5th President - Kimiko Koyama (1906-1999).

6th President - Masaki Kondoh (actual).


The 21 Masters of Usui

Mikao Usui Sensei, as he says in his grave, began more than two thousand people in the Reiki system, 21 of these people got the masters degree under his tutelage. Known today only 10 teachers from 21 supposedly formed. They are:

Juzaburo Ushida
Kanichi Taketomi
Yoshiharu Watanabe
Chujiro Hayashi
Imae Mine
Sono Tsuboi
Tetsutaro Imaizumi
Harue Nagano
Toshihiro Eguchi
Kaiji Tomita

Takata's 22 Masters

Hawayo Takata practiced and taught Reiki in Hawaii since 1938. The she moved to California where she continued his work with Reiki. She did not transmited the master's level until 1975, and before his death in December 1980 she trained 22 trained teachers:

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

Article written by Miquel Vidal.