Hawayo Takata

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Hawayo Hiromi Takata (December 24, 1900 – December 11, 1980) was a Japanese-American woman born in Hanamaulu, Territory of Hawaii, who helped introduce the spiritual practice of Reiki to the Western World.[1]

Takata was trained in Reiki by Chujiro Hayashi in Tokyo, Japan and became a Master Practitioner by 1940. Hayashi had learned from Mikao Usui, the first teacher of Reiki, in the early 1900s.[2] Identification of training lineage is common among Reiki practitioners. Within the tradition, Takata is sometimes known as Reiki Grand Master Teacher Hawayo Takata.

Takata lied about Reiki's history of development to make Reiki more appealing to the West.[3] To this end she made a relation of Reiki with Jesus Christ and not with Buddhism. She also falsely presented Usui as the dean of a Christian school. While he had obtained the knowledge of Reiki from the Buddhist religious book Tantra of the Lightning Flash, Takata claimed that he had been inspired from the story of Jesus Christ, who had healed with the touch of his hand, and so had come to America to learn Reiki. She told this to spread Reiki among Christians too, believing it would otherwise be extinct[citation needed]. However, Reiki originated from Buddhism.[4]

Takata died at 2.45 a.m. on December 11, 1980 at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital, in Keosauqua, Iowa.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Haberly, Helen J. (1990). Reiki: Hawayo Takata's Story. Blue Mountain Publications. ISBN 0944135064.


  1. ^ Paul, Nina L. (2013). Reiki for dummies. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118054741. OCLC 864463973.
  2. ^ "Takata (Hawayo) papers". UC Santa Barbara Library. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ Rand, William L. (March 1998) [1991]. Reiki: The Healing Touch, First and Second Degree Manual (Expanded and Revised ed.). Michigan: Vision Publications. ISBN 1-886785-03-1.
  4. ^ Shah, Anuj K.; Becicka, Roman; Talen, Mary R.; Edberg, Deborah; Namboodiri, Sreela (2017). "Integrative Medicine and Mood, Emotions and Mental Health". Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. Elsevier BV. 44 (2): 281–304. doi:10.1016/j.pop.2017.02.003. ISSN 0095-4543.
  5. ^ "OBITUARIES FOR HAWAYO TAKATA". www.aetw.org. Retrieved 2021-05-26.