Hawayo Takata

Hawayo Takata

[M]rs. Takata is the one who we can accredit to bringing Usui Reiki to the West. Born on December 24, 1900 to Japanese parents, Takata grew up on the Hawaiin Island of Kauai where her father worked in the sugar cane fields. After the 2nd or 3rd grade she left school to work in the Plantation house. As she grew older she would take on more responsibilities at her work, eventually becoming the head of household staff. At the age of 17 she was married to Saichi Takata, the bookkeeper of the plantation where she was employed and had two children.

When her husband passed away in October of 1930 from lung cancer, she was left to care for the children on her own. This brought a great deal of stress into her life, and eventually with the passing of her sister, she became very ill. When she travelled to Japan to notify her parents of her sisters death, she was introduced to Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and ultimately the treatment that saved her life.

Having been diagnosed with a tumour and gallstones, she decided against surgery moments before her operation. While laying on the operating table, she accounted hearing a voice, not once, but three times, telling her that the operation would not be necessary. Takata said that she found it very strange, as it had never happened to her before. Taking it very seriously, she asked the head surgeon about non-surgical alternatives, and was given the address to Hayashi’s clinic.

After four months of receiving daily Reiki treatments from Hayashi, she was completely cured from all of her ailments. Having been quite impressed with the results, she wanted to learn this method of healing. According to her story, she was told that it could not be taught to someone from outside of Japan, and that it must stay in it’s home country. This however did not stop her! She would become very persistant, asking the Head Surgeon to convince Hayashi to allow her to be his student. Hayashi, having only taught one other women – his wife, thought she should be the one to learn Reiki, and agreed her request.

Takata learned her first degree of Reiki in the Spring of 1936. She would study a year with Hayashi before obtaining her second degree. In 1937 she returned to Hawaii and set up a very successful Reiki Business. Dr. Hayashi travelled to Hawaii to help promote the Art of Reiki.

Mrs. Takata received her Masters degree in the Winter of 1938. She was became the thirteen Master and the last that Hayashi would ever teach. She passed away on December 11 of 1980.


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