Hawayo Takata Usui Reiki Lineage

Accomplishments and Whereabouts of Hawayo Takata's Twenty-Two Reiki Initiates

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Hawayo Takata, the woman who has been attributed to spreading Reiki Healing globally, initiated twenty-two individuals to Usui Shiki Ryoho during her lifetime. 

Takata taught Reiki in Hawaii, continental United States, and Canada. Through her students, and the students they have since attuned to this natural system of touch therapy, Reiki is now practiced world-wide.

Almost all Reiki healers in practice today are offsprings of the Usui-Hayashi-Takata Lineage.

In the table below are the names of the original 22, the dates they became Reiki Masters, and information about their accomplishments and contributions to the holistic healing community. Several of these individuals have since made their transition to spirit, but their Reiki legacies live on through their students.

Hawayo Takata's Twenty-Two Reiki Initiates

Name Date Attuned Current Status Historical Notes
George Araki 1979 Deceased Earned a doctorate in biological sciences from Stanford Univiersity. Prior to his Reiki initiation he founded The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies (IHHS). Died on June 29, 2006 at the age of 74.
Dorothy Baba 1976 Deceased Worked as a social worker in California.
Ursula Baylow Oct. 1979 Deceased Practiced Reiki and
reflexology. Noted for living the Reiki Principles daily. Died on October 21, 1996 at the age of 85.
Rick Bockner Oct. 1980 Teaches Usui Reiki Member of The Reiki Alliance. Resides in Canada.
Patricia Bowling Sep. 1980 Unknown Married name is Ewing. Previously taught non-traditional Reiki classes... her current teaching status is not known.
Barbara Brown Oct. 1979 Deceased Died on Easter Sunday, April 23, 2000.
Fran Brown Jan. 1979 Deceased Member of The Reiki Alliance. Published the book titled Living Reiki: Takata's Teachings. Died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.
Phyllis Lei Furumoto Apr. 1979 Teaches Usui Reiki Designated by members of The Reiki Alliance to be Reiki Grand Master and successor to her grandmother, Takata Hawayo.
Beth Gray Oct. 1979 Deceased Founder of the Trinity Metaphysical Center in Redwood City, CA. Best known for introducing Reiki to Australia. Died on May 13th, 2008
John Harvey Gray Oct. 1976 Deceased Previously married to Beth Gray. Later married Dr. Lourdes Gray. Died on January 12, 2011 at the age of 93. His legacy is The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing.
Iris Ishikuro 1979 Deceased Cousin to Hawayo Takata. Died in 1984.
Harry M. Kuboi Apr. 1977 Retired from teaching Reiki Currently living in Hawaii. Works as a psychic healer and professional exorcist.
Ethel Lombardi 1976 Deceased Hawayo Takata's second initiate. Taught MariEl system of Healing and The Next Step. Died on Oct. 14, 2009 at the age of 86.
Barbara McCullough 1977 Deceased AKA Barbara Lincoln Mcullough.
Mary Alexandra McFayden Sep. 1980 Teaches Usui Reiki Founded Reiki Outreach International in 1990.
Paul Mitchell Nov. 1979 Teaches Usui Reiki Among the founding members of The Reiki Alliance. Author of Reiki manual titled The Usui System of Natural Healing.
Beth Phaigh Oct. 1979 Deceased Author of Gestalt and the Wisdom of the Kahunas and Journey into Consciousness. Died on January 3. 1986
Dr. Barbara (Weber) Ray Sep. 1979 Teaches The Radiance Technique, Authentic Reiki Co-Founded the American Reiki Association with Hawayo Takata. Author of The 'Reiki' Factor in The Radiance Technique and several other books.
Shinobu Saito May 1980 Semi-retired from teaching Usui Reiki Resides in Palo Alto, Callifornia.
Virginia Samdahl 1976 Deceased Biography of V. Samdahl's Reiki journey titled Virgnian Samdahl: Reiki Healer written by Barbara Derrick Lugenbeel was published in 1984. Died on March 4, 1994.
Wanja Twan 1979 Teaches Usui Reiki Member of The Reiki Alliance. Author of In the Light of a Distant Star: A Spiritual Journal Bringing the Unseen into the Seen. Lives in Canada.
Kay Yamashita Prior to 1976 Deceased Sister to Hawayo Takata, Kay was first person initiated to Master Level by Takata in Hawaii.


The Everything Guide to Reiki: Channel your positive energy to promote healling, reduce stress, and enhance your quality of life, written by Phylameana lila Desy. F+W Media, INC. 2012, Robert. N. Fueston, reikisystem.com.

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