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.
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
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