"In modern days we have to live together. That's going to be the basis of happiness, earnestly wanting social progress. 




Mikao Usui was born August 15, 1865 in Taniai village (now Miyama district), Japan

The title of “doctor” as you may find written in many modern Reiki books, was an entitlement adopted by Western interpretation of his humble beginnings; in reality, he was not a medical physician

It is believed that Usui sensei practiced as a Tendai Buddhist priest, as well as a Shugenja (pronounced Shoe-gen-ja; translated from Japanese means one with magical powers such as a medium, fortune-teller, psychic or spiritual healer)

Usui sensei studied and practiced Tendai Mikkyo Buddhism (pronounced Ten-die Meek-key-o), Shintoism (pronounced Shin-toe-is-im; a Japanese faith worshipping objects of worship called kami), martial arts and Shugendo.  It is believed that his vast knowledge learned from these practices influenced and formalized his spiritual-based teaching method

He was a member of an association called Rei Jutsu Kai (pronounced Ray-jut-sue Kye), which was known for its spiritual teachers who used a Japanese form of palm-healing called tenohira (pronounced ten-oh-here-a) to heal others and it is thought that this form of palm-healing is the precursor of what is known as Reiki today.  Usui healed in an intuitive manner, allowing himself to be guided through his inner senses

In 1922 he went to the sacred mountain of Mt. Kurama (pronounced Cure-am-a), where as part of his spiritual practice, he fasted and meditated for 21 days before receiving divine inspiration for the Reiki symbols and how they worked

In April, 1922 he opened a clinic/school in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo offering his spiritual system of healing techniques called Usui Reiki Ryoho, or also Usui Shiki Ryoho

Usui sensei taught, lectured and freely offered Reiki to everyone, but soon realized that unless they were willing to receive and take responsibility for their healing, they soon reverted to their former living environment or health conditions.  He realized that each person must ask for Reiki, plus there must be an exchange of energy in the form of service, barter or money, so he established the Reiki principles or beliefs and it is believed that these were adopted from his spiritual training background

In 1925 he opened a larger clinic/school in Nakano, outside of Tokyo

On March 9th, 1926, Mikao Usui passed from a stroke.  He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, where a memorial is erected honouring his life’s work and contribution

Before his death, Usui sensei initiated 16 Usui Shiki Ryoho Masters, (Usui Shiki Ryoho translated means Usui Style Healing), one of whom was a retired naval officer Chujiro Hayashi.




Chujiro Hayashi was born in September 15, 1878 in Tokyo, Japan

He was formally trained as a navel officer, plus also a navel surgeon in 1902

In 1925, at age 47, he received Shinpiden from Mikao Usui.  (Shinpiden translated means the mystery/secret teachings, equivalent to Reiki Master Teacher Level)

He was instrumental in organizing the first Reiki manual showing hand positions, symbols, body diagrams and illnesses

Hayashi sensei broke away to develop his own modified system of Reiki after Usui’s death and opened his own commercial clinic for paying clients at a small clinic in Tokyo named Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu-kai

On May 10th, 1941, because Hayashi sensei was a man of peace, he felt that he could not participate in WWII, so he committed suicide (Seppuku) in the presence of his wife and students

Before his death, Hayashi sensei initiated 17 Shinpiden Masters including his wife Chie Hayashi and Hawayo Takata




Hawayo Takata was born Hawayo Kawamuru, December 24, 1900 in Hanamaulu, Kauai, Hawaii (pronounced Hana-maul-la, Kah-why-ee)

She married Saichi Takata March 10, 1917, but was widowed October, 1930

Mrs. Takata apparently suffered from severe abdominal pain and while visiting Japan, she met Churjiro Hayashi (pronounced Chew-jeer-oh Hi-ash-ee) at his Reiki clinic in Shina-No-Machi, Tokyo, where after 4 months, her health was restored and thus prompted her keen interest to learn Reiki

In the spring of 1936 Takata received Shoden from Chujiro Hayashi.  (Pronounced Show-den; translated means the entrance, equivalent to Reiki Level 1)

In 1937 Takata received Okuden from Chujiro Hayashi and then returned to Hawaii to open the first foreign Reiki healing clinic in Kapaa, Hawaii.  (Pronounced Oh-koo-den; translated means the deep inside, it’s equivalent to Reiki Level 2)

February 21, 1938, Takata sensei received Shinpiden from Hayashi in Hawaii, where he announced Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master, plus his successor.

It is thought that Takata sensei introduced a Western version of how Mikao Usui discovered Reiki, plus she set up her own price structure and teaching system

Takata sensei brought Reiki to mainland North America where she taught Levels 1 and 2 in the United States and Canada, but did not teach Master Level until the 1970’s

Students paid Takata sensei $10,000 USD for Reiki Master Teacher level, plus they apprenticed for 1-year.  Takata’s exorbitant fee created much controversy, for to put this into proper perspective, in the 1970’s, $10,000 USD would buy a house in the US

From 1970-1980, Takata sensei initiated 22 Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Masters.  (Usui Shiki Ryoho; translated means Usui Style Healing)

On December 11, 1980, Hawayo Takata passed away from heart attack

Tel: +61 404 780 249

© 2019 by Wisdom & Prudence Natural Therapies. You have the power to heal.


  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle