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.

[Notes in brackets and in italics are from me.]