Chujiro Hayashi

Chujiro Hayashi

[D]r. Hayashi was born on September 15, 1880 in Tokio Japan.

As an experienced Naval Physician, Chujiro Hayashi began his training with Mikao Usui in 1925. Contrary to what the popular story is, and what many believe, he did not become Usui’s successor after his passing 1926. It was Juzaburo Ushida who would take over Presidency of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

However, it was Usui who convinced him to open his own clinic and to heal others with Reiki. He named his clinic Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai, and kept medical records of all patients who were treated. He also developed a systematic method of hand positions, customized for each patient. Hayashi would leave the Gakkai after Usui’s death.

Hayashi would begin to make many changes to Usui’s system of healing. One of these changes was that instead of having only one practitioner giving the treatment, he would have several at once giving one. He would also have the patient lay down on a treatment table, unlike Usui, who had them sit in a chair. His development of the Usui Reiki Ryoho has become what the majority of Reiki Teachers and practitioners now know as Usui Reiki.

It wouldn’t be until  Hayashi began treating Hawayo Takata, a woman who was diagnosed with a life threatening tumour, that would ignite a great desire within her to learn and master Reiki. Dr. Hayashi, with his daughter, travelled to Hawaii to tour and spread the awareness of Reiki. He would help Mrs. Takata establish Reiki in the West, and initiate her into Mastery.

Because of this trip to Hawaii from 1937-38, prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Habour, Dr. Hayashi was asked by the Japanese Military to give them information about warehouses and military targets in Honolulu. When Hayashi refused to reveal this information, he was labelled a traitor. Because this would bring dishonor to his family name, otriscizing them from Japanese Society, he performed seppuku (ritual suicide), which he carried out. He died on May 11, 1940 with Honour. Mrs. Takata would be the last Master Dr. Hayashi would ever teach.

We must appreciate the efforts of both Dr. Hayashi and Hawayo Takata, regardless of any changes made to Usui’s Original system. I think Usui-Sensai would remind us that Reiki, and that Life is all about self-improvement – being the best that you can be. Without these efforts, it’s hard to say if Reiki, the way we know it, would have made it to the West at all.


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