Timeline of Reiki history

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Below is a time line of Reiki's history, including events and information regarding prominent Reiki characters who helped develop the system into what is known as modern day Reiki.

Timeline[edit]

1800s[edit]

1865[edit]

  • August 15. Birth of Mikao Usui in Taniai. Gifu Prefecture. Japan.

1868[edit]

1873[edit]

  • The ban on Christianity is lifted (relevant to the deceptive history of Reiki provided by Hawayo Takata in 1970).

1880[edit]

1900s[edit]

During the 1990s it was discovered that the history of Reiki as told by Hawayo Takata was not correct.[citation needed] The Christian and medical background were probably introduced to allow better acceptance of the Japanese technique in the western world.[citation needed]

1900[edit]

  • December 24: Hawayo Kawamuru, later known as Hawayo Takata, was born.

1902[edit]

  • Chujiro Hayashi graduates from the Japanese Naval Academy.

1906[edit]

1907[edit]

1908[edit]

  • Fuji Usui, first son of Mikao Usui and Sadako Suzuki is born.

1913[edit]

  • Toshiko Usui, first daughter of Mikao Usui and Sadako Suzuki is born.

1915[edit]

  • The Tendai Buddhist nun "Suzuki-san" allegedly becomes the first female student of Mikao Usui, remaining under his training until his death in 1926.
  • The book "Kenzen no Genri" is published. Author: Dr. Bizan Suzuki. The Reiki Precepts were first printed in this book.

1917[edit]

  • March 10: Hawayo Kawamuru and Saichi Takata got married and Hawayo Kawamuru became Hawayo Takata.

1918[edit]

  • Chujiro Hayashi becomes the Northern Japan Mt. Osore Director of Ominato Port Defense Station.
  • Mikao Usui begins practice of Zen and the Zazen meditation form.

1920[edit]

1921[edit]

  • Mikao Usui is hired as an administrative assistant in the Department of Health and Welfare.
  • Mikao Usui incorporates the principles from the book "Kenzen no Genri" into his practice.

1922[edit]

  • Mikao Usui spends a 21-day meditation retreat on Mountain Kurama Yama.
  • Mikao Usui opens his first commercial Reiki clinic.
  • Mikao Usui introduces Reiju Empowerments to his student base.

1923[edit]

  • Mikao Usui implements the grading system used in the martial art practice Judo as Reiki Levels.
  • Mikao Usui finances the construction of The Torii Gate located at the Amataka Shrine.
  • September 1: The Great Kanto earthquake hit Tokyo and Yokohama, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.

1924[edit]

  • Mikao Usui relocates his commercial Reiki business to Nakano, a province located just outside of Tokyo.

1925[edit]

  • May: Chujiro Hayashi becomes a student of Mikao Usui.
  • Kaiji Tomita, a student of Mikao Usui, introduces four levels of Reiki practice: Shoden, Chuuden, Okuden and Kaiden. There are commonly three degrees in Western Reiki: Shoden (Level 1), Okuden (Level 2), and Shinpiden (Level 3 - Teacher/Master level).

1926[edit]

  • Mikao Usui had been experiencing significant trouble paying his bills. He travelled to Fukuyama to negotiate a resolution with his creditors and died of a stroke in the process.
  • Chujiro Hayashi claims ownership of Mikao Usui's commercial Reiki practice. The practice is relocated to The Shinano Machi district.
  • Juusaburo Gyuda, Japanese Naval Rear Admiral forms the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.

1927[edit]

  • February: Memorial stone erected to honour Mikao Usui at Saihoji Temple located in Tokyo, Japan.

1928[edit]

1930[edit]

1931[edit]

  • Chujiro Hayashi is asked to leave The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai for not respecting or practising by the standards set forth by Mikao Usui.

1933[edit]

  • Kaiji Tomita publishes the book "Reiki to Jinjutsu - Tomita Ryo Teate Ryoho".

1935[edit]

  • Toshiko Usui (daughter of Mikao Usui) and Jusaburo Ushida die.
  • Hawayo Takata travels to Japan and receives her first Reiki treatment.
  • Hawayo Takata becomes a student of Chujiro Hayashi and moves into his home.

1936[edit]

  • Hawayo Takata earns Reiki level two.
  • Hawayo Takata moves to Hawaii.

1937[edit]

  • Chujiro Hayashi travels to Hawaii to promote Reiki.

1940[edit]

  • Hawayo Takata writes to her daughter who was living with Chujiro Hayashi and arranges a visit in March.
  • Hawayo Takata arrives in Japan. Chujiro Hayashi instructs her to live in Kyoto.
  • Chujiro Hayashi bequeaths his house and Reiki clinic to his wife.
  • May 11: Chujiro Hayashi commits seppuku.

1970s[edit]

  • Hawayo Takata's version of Reiki first becomes known in North America.

1980[edit]

  • December 11: Hawayo Takata dies.

References[edit]

  • Founding of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai: (Lübeck, Petter, Rand 2001 p. 14)
  • Practice of 5 Principles: Part of Reiki Alliance membership agreement
  • The 5 Reiki Principles: Reiki Principles; (Petter 1998 p. 29); (Lübeck, Petter, Rand 2001 p. 95)
  • Number of people taught by Usui: (Lübeck, Petter, Rand 2001 p. 16)
  • Hayashi's teachings: (Lübeck, Petter, Rand 2001 p. 17, ch. 19)
  • Hayashi trained Takata: (Ellyard 2004 p. 13)
  • Takata's Reiki practice and teaching in the US: (Ellyard 2004 p. 15)
  • Start of Takata's teaching of Reiki Masters: (Ellyard 2004 p. 15)
  • Death of Takata: (Ellyard 2004 p. 16); some sources give the year of death as 1980: (Petter 1997 p. 21), (Veltheim, Veltheim 1995 p. 26)
  • Takata trained 22 Reiki Masters: (Ellyard 2004 p. 14), (Veltheim, Veltheim 1995 p. 26), (Petter 1997 p. 20)
  • Significance of Takata in bringing Reiki out of Japan: (Ellyard 2004 pp. 14, 16), (Veltheim, Veltheim 1995 p. 26)
  • The Radiance Technique brief history and "authentic" stance: (Ellyard 2004 p. 23)
  • The Radiance Technique, Authentic Reiki: Historical Perspectives, 1995
  • Founding of the Reiki Alliance: (Ellyard 2004 p. 20)
  • The Reiki Alliance accepting wide range of masters: (Ellyard 2004 p. 21)
  • Diversification of Reiki: (Ellyard 2004 p. 24)
  • Formation and aim of the Reiki Network: (Veltheim, Veltheim 1995 p. 113).
  • Takata's dates: (Brown 1992, p. 14, p. 18).
  • More Takata and other dates (Stiene 2003, pp. 44-48).

See also[edit]