Was it Takata who gave the world Reiki? Because there is absolutely no evidence that a man or a monk named Usui ever existed.
The University of Chicago, where Usui was supposed to have graduated from, has no record of anyone with that name or any similar name even attending.
The Buddhist temple, where Usui was supposed to have been a monk, has no record of anyone with that name or any similar name even visiting.
The tombstone honoring Dr. Usui suggests that a half million Japanese people were initiated into Reiki. However, the tombstone is modern. It is laser cut. In addition to that, land in Japan is expensive. How would a Tibetan monk afford a large, elaborate tombstone? And would a Tibetan monk do such a thing?
In Reiki & Other Rays of Touch Healing I mention that one of Aaron Shapiro’s students told Aaron that his family had received the HARTH symbol from one of Dr. Usui’s students. There is absolutely NO reliable evidence that HARTH symbol existed in Japan prior to 1991, when I had a consciousness-raising experience with Buddha. Aaron was misled, as was I.
There is absolutely no reliable evidence that Reiki healing was practiced in Japan prior to Takata and her Reiki Masters initiating people in Japan.
Ulike China, where spiritualism is closed and guarded, spiritualism in Japan is open and eclectic.
People in Japan talk openly and share information. Buddhist and Shinto temples look identical, and each religion has incorporated aspects of the other. To be clear, when something works it is incorporated.
If what has been said about Dr. Usui was true, Dr. Usui would have become legendary. There would be many legends about him and his followers. There would be stories written about Dr. Usui and his students in books. There are NONE.
If what has been said about Dr. Usui was true, Reiki would be practiced today in both Shinto and Buddhist temples. It is NOT.
If there were healers, whose lineages dated back to Usui through someone other than Takata, and they were alive in 20th or 21st century Japan, they would NOT be a secret.
The symbols used in Reiki fit into the Japanese text. However, HON SHA ZA SHO NENE is Mandarin Chinese. In addition, there is no letter “R” sound in the Japanese language. And would a Japanese Tibetan monk name a healing system, Usui Shiki Ryoho, after himself?
Who is the man in the photographs whom Takata claimed was Usui? We may never know. Whose ashes are on the ‘newly discovered’ altar? We may never know.
Takata was a Japanese-American woman and a practicing Buddhist after World War II.
There is no question that Takata was able to facilitate healings. A documented, witnessed story of Takata’s raising a woman from the dead is included in Hawayo Takata’s Story ISBN 0-944135-06-04, written by Helen J. Haberly, and published by Archedigm Publications. Takata trademarked her healing system as Alliance Reiki.
However, USUI SHIKI RYOHO, appeared at the top of all of the Alliance Reiki certificates. Takata’s 21 Reiki Masters referred to themselves as Usui Reiki Masters. To complicate matters, Takata never trademarked the word, Reiki. So, many, many people simply made up initiations and named them Usui Reiki or gave them other names. In some ‘Usui Reiki’ initiations there is NOTHING left of Takata’s original Alliance Reiki initiations.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? Buddha told me that just as I had a consciousness-raising experience with him in California in 1991, Takata entered the Otherworlds of spirit with her physical body & conscious mind. In this highly altered state Takata met Buddha. It was the 1940s. Afterwards, Takata taught Reiki in Hawaii. Sometime after the end of World War II, Takata brought Reiki to the mainland of the United States.
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Malaysia, Wake Island, Guam, Thailand, Shanghai and Midway on December 7 & 8 of 1941. Takata would have considered that Americans would not accept Reiki if they knew it came from a Japanese woman, who was also a Buddhist. So, she invented Dr. Usui, a Buddhist monk who converted to Christianity.
Before he was killed, Alex Martin Turati sent me the double Say Hey Key symbol from Takata’s Hawaii Reiki manual. Unfortunately, Takata cut the Say Hey Key symbol in half before she left Hawaii. When Takata did this, she cut more than half of the healing energy out of the Reiki initiations.
In January 1991, all I did was ask for the Truth about Reiki. God heard me! Buddha used my natural healing energy to begin a process whereby he restored healing energy to Reiki. He encouraged me to protect the new initiations and give them a new name – Tera Mai™. Later, Buddha told me that Tera Mai™ is part of an ancient healing lineage that goes back to Jesus, Buddha, the High Priest Melchizedek, and even further back in time.
He asked me to protect the process
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