In the Light of ONE

 History of Reiki


Sensei Mikao Usui

Born in Taniai in August 15, 1865
After a long and deep search through different methods and cultures, Sensei Usui
rediscovered the ancient method of healing the body.
In 1922 he had opened a Reiki School in Tokio where he taught his system to 16 Masters, being three of them, Taketomi, Hayashiy Gyuda (also known as Ushida). Ushida was the first president of the "Reiki Society" in the Saihoji temple in Suginami (a Kioto suburb)
Sensei Usui passed away on March 9, 1926 in Fucuyama

 

Chujiro Hayashi
1878-1940

Before his death, Usui transmitted his knowledge to Dr. Hyashi, and named him his succesor and protector of this sacred thechnique. Hayashi founded in Tokio an important Health Center.

Hawayo Takata

    Was in this Health Center that Hawayo Takata, born in Kawai in Christmas of 1900, healed herself from     a chronic illness. After this experience she dedicated her life to Reiki, being named in 1940, succesor of Dr. Hyashi.
  A certificate registered in Honolulu, dated February 21, 1938 shows that she had the Master Level (she was one of the 13 masters trained by Dr. Hayashi)
Before her death in Diciember 1980, Mrs. Takata trained 22 masters in this art.


The Reiki Alliance


Who are we?

The Reiki Alliance is an international community of Reiki Masters practicing and teaching Usui Shiki Ryoho (translation from Japanese: the Usui System of Natural  Healing).  We consider ourselves as stewards of Usui Shiki Ryoho by maintaining the time-honored form passed through the direct spiritual lineage of Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto.

 

In 1982 masters initiated by both Hawayo Takata and Phyllis Furumoto were invited to Hawaii for a meeting. The group who came to Hawaii acknowledged Phyllis Lei Furumoto as Hawayo Takata's successor.  They decided to meet again in 1983 in British Columbia.  During this meeting, The Reiki Alliance was founded to honor the system taught by Hawayo Takata with continued stewardship of this practice. 

 

What is our mission?

The mission of The Reiki Alliance is to honor and practice Usui Shiki Ryoho, acknowledge the spiritual lineage, support one another and deepen our experience as masters.

 

What is our commitment?

We aspire to live our mastery by realizing the spiritual Precepts of Usui Shiki Ryoho in our daily lives practicing Reiki by giving and receiving treatments continuing our professional training pursuing our ongoing personal and spiritual growth recognizing as a part of mastery:  being a student, a teacher, a mentor, an initiator.  We choose to be a part of a community of Reiki Masters because we wish to explore the path of mastery, not only as individuals, but also as part of a community of peers.

As a community we share professional standards and a code of ethics as well as our common practice.

Grand Master Phyllis Lei Furumoto (2008 at 60)

Mrs. Takata's granddaughter, grew up in the Midwest of the United States. Initiated into Reiki at an early age, it was her duty to treat her grandmother when she came to visit the family. Her conscious journey with the Usui System of Reiki Healing, Usui Shiki Ryoho, did not begin until many years later. After studying psychology at college, Phyllis worked in a psychiatric hospital and later as a university administrator.


At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to dedicate her life to a meaningful purpose and accepted an invitation to travel and work with her grandmother. She was initiated as a master at the start of their trip in April 1979. For the next year and-a-half Phyllis apprenticed with her grandmother, as Takata gave treatments, taught first and second degree classes, and trained and initiated masters.


After Mrs. Takata's death in 1980, Phyllis was recognized by the Reiki Master community as her grandmother's successor in the lineage. Phyllis sought ways to bring masters together for mutual support and sharing. From this initiative, The Reiki Alliance was founded in 1983.


Today, Phyllis travels world-wide in her work to foster the practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho. She appears at Reiki student gatherings and is especially devoted to working with Reiki Masters. Her Japanese roots and Western upbringing combine to give her the insight necessary to bridge an Eastern healing art into the context of a Western culture. She is faithful to her grandmother's teachings while remaining flexible and moving with the times in the ever-growing world community. 


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