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Reiki – Japanese method of healing could spark public interest similar to Chinese acupuncture ― Author Unknown

It is believed that this article was published in a Chicago newspaper in 1974. I had previously found it on a geocities Web page, but that page is gone now, so I am re-posting it here in order for it to not get lost.

 

Reiki – Japanese method of healing could spark public interest similar to Chinese acupuncture  ― Author Unknown

When Mrs. Hawayo Takata lays her hands on you, you’re aware of only a subtle touch at first, but shortly there after you feel a subtle reaction somewhere underneath your skin. Mrs. Takata’s hands emit the healing of Reiki.

A Japanese origin, Reiki may prove to create many problems for the medical profession as the Chinese art of acupuncture. Already there is a growing interest in Reiki among the weak and ailing.

The classes consisting of both men and women, conducted by Mrs. Takata in Park Forest, recently learned from Hawaii’s only master of Reiki that it “is cosmic energy giving life to us all. It is the dynamic force that governs the universe and it is available to anyone who wants to be an instrument of healing.”

She’s a petite, energetic lady of 74 years and has been a Reiki healer for three and a half decades and she is the third master of this healing art, which means she can implant Reiki in others so they may heal.

Mrs. Takata is fond of reminding everyone she meets for the first time that she wasn’t always the capable, healthy woman she is today. When she was 35 years old she was stooped and miserable, the victim of not one but several ailments leading in severity, asthma and a stomach ulcer. She had fearfully agreed to receive surgery in Tokyo when she heard of Reiki, and decided to forego the operation until she had tried this less painful method.

She remained under the care of Reiki Master Chujiro Hayashi for four months, at the end of which time she was cured. Within a year she had become accomplished in the art of Reiki.

At that time, however, Reiki was guarded by the Japanese who hesitated to share this particular national art with others, but Mrs. Takata convinced Hayashi, a retired naval commander, that the world must have this knowledge. He agreed, taught it to her and she returned home to Hawaii to begin her four decade career in healing.

Reiki’s origin is in Zen Buddhism, its secret key was gleaned from the Sutras (an Eastern philosophical format) by Buddhist monk, Dr. Usui, its first master. But, says Mrs. Takata, it doesn’t matter what religion you profess, Reiki is universal. Calling it as it is – it is God’s power made available to those who desire to be free of suffering and to see their fellowman similarly unburdened. It requires only the gentle laying-on of hands that have received Reiki initiation through a master’s mediation, in this case, Mrs. Takata.

Her lectures are injected with humorous and earthy antidotes such as the story of her students, Hawaiian ranchers, who successfully made infertile sows or cows very productive. “Why shouldn’t animals benefit from Reiki? Even your plants will grow better from your touch” promises the healer.

A question often asked is “Can Reiki help one quit smoking or lose weight?” To this Mrs. Takata answers, “Of course, but don’t forget that it isn’t a substitute for good sense and will power. Loss of weight is facilitated by Reiki stimulation of the sluggish metabolism and in such cases I treat every day until the weight drops. There are no problems with sagging flesh and wrinkles when weight is lost with the aid of Reiki.”

In a more serious tone she cautions that terminal cases of cancer or tuberculosis may not respond – except that pain will be alleviated. That is a large “except.” First or second degree cases of these diseases will definitely show improvement, even cure, she asserts.

The diseased organs literally drink up the Reiki that is in the hands of the healer, the vibrations penetrating deep into areas that need it, Mrs. Takata explains. Often we’re not even aware of where our trouble actually lies until the reaction is felt beneath the healer’s touch.

When Mrs. Takata or those trained by her heal, they give advice on diet. It is simple and sensible: never eat when worried or upset and choose fruits and vegetables. However, everything is allowed, including meat and liquors. Moderation in all is the rule. “We must have health and happiness in this world so we can fulfill the purpose for which we came. Good sense and Reiki energy make this possible,” assures Mrs. Takata.

Hawayo Takata’s parents immigrated to Hanamaulu, Kauai from Japan; they named her “Hawayo” after the territory of Hawaii. Her husband (“My guiding light”) died of a heart attack in 1930, five years before she was cured of her numerous ailments.

In 1955 Mrs. Takata owned a health spa in La Jocinta, Calif., “A beautiful place except that the swimming pools I had built for therapeutic water treatments and recreational swimming completely filled up with desert sand during sand storms. My maintenance man didn’t appreciate this, nor did I.” Consequently she returned to Hawaii where she’ll construct a health center in Olaa, Kurtistown, when she retires from healing in 1978. Her work will be carried on by successors she has trained.

“No one will say it’s a shame that Takata took her secret with her. I want to see many doctors and ministers trained in Reiki so that they will not continue to do just half a job for their patients and flocks.” In November, Mrs. Takata will begin teaching at the University of Hawaii.

Reiki could become the importation of the century. Presently those who attended Mrs. Takata’s classes here in the southwest suburb, are as those elsewhere on the mainland, eagerly anticipating their healing results for they remember her sincere, convincing statement, “Reiki is available to anyone who seeks it.”

“Remember the source of the power and give thanks.”


Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to ‘Reiki’ ― By Vera Graham

This great article came from ‘The Times’, San Mateo, CA, May 17, 1975. I had previously found it on a geocities Web page, but that page is gone now, so I am re-posting it here in order for it to not get lost.

Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to ‘Reiki’ ― By Vera Graham

Reiki! What is ‘Reiki’?

Mrs. Hawayo (which means Hawaii) Takata, 74 of Hawaii, the master of Reiki explains, “Reiki means Universal Life Energy”. It is not a religion.

She adds “It was explained to me this way ‘Here is the great space, which surrounds us – the Universe. There is endless and enormous energy. It is universal’.

Its ultimate source is the creator… it can stem from the sun, or moon or stars, that science cannot prove or tell us yet. It is a limitless force. It is the source of energy that makes the plants grow… the birds fly.

When a human being has pain, problems, he or she can draw from it. It is an ethereal source, a wave length of great power which can revitalize, restore harmony.”

Mrs. Takata ads in her words, “It is nature, it is God, the power he makes available to his children who seek it. In Japanese this is Reiki (pronounced Ray Kee).”

Skeptics may quit now.

It is interesting to note, however, that Mrs. Takata points out the American Medical Association of Hawaii permits Reiki treatments in hospitals, whenever requested by a patient.

Mrs. Takata will teach Reiki at the University of Hawaii this winter for which she has a signed contract. She is living proof that something is done right. At age 74 she plays nine holes of golf daily when at home and participates in 18-hole tournaments.

She is tiny – and mighty, projecting tranquility and quiet strength and power.

She was not always so.

Mrs. Takata recalls when she was 29 her husband died. She was left penniless with two small daughters to rear.

“They alone kept me from suicide,” she recalls. “I would look at their small faces as they slept peacefully. I knew I could not do that to them. I was their mother and their father.”

“By the time I was 35, I had all kinds of ailments, appendicitis, a benign tumor, gallstones and to top it, I had asthma, so could not undergo an operation requiring anesthetic.”

“I went down to 97 pounds. Over a period of seven years I was further emotionally devastated. One dear member of my family died each year.”

“I was a church going woman and have always believed in God. One day I meditated and finally said, ‘God, I am up against the wall… help me.’ I said to myself. ‘If God hears, he will help…’ As far as I am concerned that is what happened.”

“I heard a voice. Today we call that clairaudience. I didn’t know anything about that in 1935… I heard a voice speak after I complained so bitterly. I felt all alone in the world. If I alone had all the suffering, burdens, poverty. I had said, ‘Why am I poor? Why do I have such illness… pain? Why do I have all the sorrows?’”

“The voice which replied was loud and clear. It spoke three times. It said, ‘No. 1. – Get rid of all your illness’ Just like that you will find health, happiness and security.’”

“I couldn’t believe my ears until I heard the same message three times.”

“Within 21 days I was on a boat to Tokyo, hoping to find help there. I went to the Maeda Orthopedic Hospital in the district of Akasaka in Tokyo. That is the finest district in the heart of Tokyo near the Royal Palace. The hospital was named after my friend, Dr. T. Maeda who I went to see.”

Mrs. Takata says that when Dr. Maeda saw her, she had gone down to 97 pounds. He shook his head and said she would have to build up her strength before any thought of surgery. She and her two small daughters stayed at the hospital.

Before continuing with her story, Mrs. Takata explains that Reiki is spoken of in the ancient history of Japan, and the Buddhist Sutras, the sacred writings refer to it. Reiki goes back at least 2,500 years. ‘Its mystery,’ Mrs. Takata says, ‘was unraveled by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 18th [should be 19th] century.’

After 21 days in the hospital, Mrs. Takata was ready for surgery. She was on the operating table, she recalls, being prepared, when suddenly she again heard the commanding voice.

This time it said, “Do not have the operation. It is not necessary.” Mrs. Takata said she pinched herself to make sure she was both conscious and sane. Thrice she heard the admonition, and suddenly got off the operating table and stood on the floor, causing endless consternation among the nurses.

Dr. Maeda came in to inquire. She told him she was not afraid of dying but wanted to know if there was any other form of treatment. Dr. Maeda asked how long she would stay in Japan, when she answered two years, he told the nurse to dress her and to call his sister, Mrs. Shimura, then the hospital dietitian.

Mrs. Takata later learned Mrs. Shimura some years previously had been in a coma, dying of dysentery, when a school mate of her daughter pleaded with her to seek help for her mother from the Reiki master, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi. She did so, and to everyone’s amazement, Mrs. Shimura came out of the coma and began to recover.

Mrs. Shimura took her to Dr. Hayashi’s offices. “Two of his practitioners worked on me,” she recalls. “One on the eyes, head, sinus, the thyroid, thymus glands; the other on the rest of the body. I can best describe it as it is referred to in the Bible, the ‘laying on the hands’. The Maeda Hospital is where they checked and conformed [confirmed?] my progress.”

“I am a very curious woman. I said to myself, ‘I am going to investigate how they are doing this. What makes me feel first the warmth then actual heat emanating from their hands?’ I looked under the table, at the ceiling, everywhere. I could find no cords or instruments. Then I thought, ‘ Aha, sleeves.’ Dr. Hayashi’s assistants wore the Japanese kimono with the long sleeves, which hold pockets. They worked so silently. There was no talking.”

“My moment came. When I was being treated I suddenly grabbed the practitioner by the pocket.”

“He was startled, but thinking I needed some Kleenex thoughtfully handed me some. I said ‘No, I want to see the machine in your pocket.’ He burst into uncontrolled laughter. Dr. Hayashi came on to see what the commotion was about and was told.”

“…He smiled and shook his head,” Mrs. Takata recalls. “He proceeded to give her the explanation of a Universal Life Force. He said, ‘Whenever you feel the contact, all I know is that I have reached this great Universal Life Force, and it comes through me to you. These – he held up his hands, are the electrodes… That force begins to revitalize and restore the balance of your entire system.”

Mrs. Takata nodded, yes, in answer to a query. “Reiki can help a person, who is sincere in a desire to stop drinking excessively, smoking, to lose or gain weight, and establish a normal balance of good health.

In time Mrs. Takata became convinced she too should learn more and became a student of Dr. Hayashi’s. She spent months and was sent into the field to help others. Unbeknownst to her they made full report back to Dr. Hayashi. “I passed my examinations perfectly.”

Besides the treatments, she adds, there was a tatter of special diets, some included sunflower seeds, red beet juice, grape fruit [sic], almonds… (Edgar Cayce, the late extraordinary psychic about whom much has been written of recent years has reported to have been able to diagnose and prescribe treatments while in a trance from a distance of many miles. Treatments included special use of natural food and herbs in numerous instances.)

“I speak with confidence about this” Mrs. Takata notes, “but it should be understood I do not speak as ‘I… I… I’ I speak because it is of God’s power. He is the one who makes it available to us. Who doubts God?…”

Mrs. Takata is the only teacher of the Usui system of Reiki in the world today and is recognized as its master.