The History of Reiki
Reiki was discovered in Japan around 1850 by Mikao Usui. It is believed that he was from a wealthy family as he traveled to China and Europe for his education and only the wealthy could afford to do this for their children. This opportunity led him to become secretary to the head of the Department of Health and Welfare. At one point when Usui’s personal and business life was failing he went to Mt. Kurama where he had been before to meditate, hopeful that he would discover the answers to his problems.
Reiki Circles are held monthly for previous students and if you like bring a friend!
One of the people that Takata Hawayo trained to be a Reiki Master was John Harvey Gray. This name is important as in 1979 he attuned Libby Barnett, who is Shima’s teacher and mentor to Reiki 1 and 2, Reiki Master and Master of Reiki Masters (FYI-Libby attuned me to all three.).
Another one of the 22 Reiki Masters was Barbara Lincoln McCullough. Barbara trained Judy-Carol Stewart of Houston, Texas and the 35th Reiki Master who attuned Libby Barnett to Reiki Master.
Libby’s close connection with these original teachers inspired her to preserve the integrity and authenticity of this ancient form of healing. These values were passed down to Shima.
As you can see from the background described above you are receiving the gift of Reiki – the ability to heal yourself and others through Universal Life Force Energy with a rare and very close connection to the Mikao Usui and the original 22 Reiki Masters.
The Original Reiki Masters initiated by Hawayo Takata
- George Araki
- Barbara McCullough
- Beth Grey
- Ursula Baylow (deceased)
- Paul Mitchell
- Iris Ishikura (deceased)
- Fran Brown
- Barbara Weber Ray
- Ethel Lombardi
- Wanja Twan
- Virginia Samdahl (deceased)
- Phyllis Lei Furumoto
- Dorothy Baba (deceased)
- Mary McFaden
- John Harvey Gray
- Rick Bockner
- Bethel Phaigh (deceased)
- Harry Kuboi
- Particia Ewing
- Shinobu Saito
- Kay Yamashita (Takata’s sister)
- Barbara Brown
Reiki is also a self-healing modality that has the ability to put the “brakes” on the addiction to adrenalin that most people seem to have today. Rushing through life and trying to cram in as much as we can in a 24 hour period and in doing so leaving behind the connection to ourselves that is so vitally important.
Learning to love yourself, knowing your limitations, this is an integral part of Reiki practice. In learning this you can become a better Healer. After all how can you love and respect someone else if you don’t feel the same way about yourself?
During classes students learn how to develop their ability to meditate and to discover self, bringing together a whole new way of looking at their surroundings and events that happen in this stress filled life.