Dr. Mikao Usui

He was a good student and as an adult he traveled to several Western countries and to 

China to study. He was a warm, simple and humble person. He liked to read and acquired a 

vast knowledge of medicine, psychology, fortune telling, and theology of religions of the 


At one point he had bad luck. He decided to make a retreat to Mt. Kurama. After his fasting 

and prayer, he felt a great energy in his head and in his hands. He used it on himself and 

then on his family. When he found that it cured various ailments, he called it Reiki and 

offered it to the public in 1921, formed the Usui Shiki Ryoho Gekai and taught Reiki 

workshops. His deep concern for his people led him to offer his Reiki to survivors of the 

great earthquake in 1923. He became known throughout Japan and people came from great 

distances to learn and receive healing from him. He built a larger clinic in Nakano. 

He taught these precepts:

The secret of Inviting Happiness,

The miraculous Medicine of all diseases

Just for today, do not anger, 

do not worry.

Be filled with gratitude.

Do your work honestly.

Be kind to people.

He taught Reiki to 2,000 people before he died of a stroke on March 9, 1926.



Chujiro Hayashi graduated from the Imperial Marine Academy in 1915 and was the doctor 

on a training ship which visited many countries. He became one of Usui's Reiki Masters in 

1925. He developed a simpler method of teaching Reiki and opened his own clinic in Tokyo. 

It was there that Takata found Reiki.  

On May 10,1941 the great Reiki Master, left this world.



Hawayo Takata

At the time of Hayashi’s transition, there were only 5 Reiki Masters in the world. Through 

her internship and blessings from Hayashi, Takata brought Reiki to the West to carry on the 

Reiki Tradition.

In 1973, Takata was invited to the United States mainland to teach Reiki.  From Fran 

Brown’s book, “ Living Reiki, Takata’s Teachings,” Takata stated:  “ ……I am left with this 

great wok for humanity….After thirty eight years of teaching and healing, I feel it is not 

enough.”  On December 12, 1980, Takata made her transition.


Reverend Fran Brown

 Fran was the 7th Reiki Master Takata initiated into the Mastership in January 1979. Fran’s integrity and 

her unquestionable service to Reiki stood in the belief and loyalty to Takata.  Fran believed Reiki was 

simply “unconditional love” in action.

In my last conversation I had with Fran he said this to me, “Keep the integrity of Reiki and keep it going.  

This work is so important for the world.”  

After 30 years of practicing her love of Reiki, a great loss to the world  took place when she passed away 

on Easter Sunday April 12, 2009.

  There have been many changes over the years with different Reiki Masters. I feel very fortunate and 

proud of my lineage as my Reiki Master Reverend Fran Brown, honored the teachings of her Reiki 

Master Hawayo Takata