After Dr. Mikao usui give his five principles of reiki, he travelled throought Japan lecturing and teaching reiki. On his travels he acquired 18 disciples, men who travelled and studies with him. This begins the tradition of apprenticeship in reiki.
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi was the first reiki master initiated and trained by Dr. Mikao usui himself. He was a deeply dedicated reiki master and retired marine officer. Dr. Hayashi founded a clinic in Kyoto and Tokyo, which was visited by Hawayo Takata from Hawaii in order to remedy her tumor in 1935. She was successfully healed and thereafter become the reiki channel herself. In 1937, Dr. Hayashi visited her for several months and gave her further training. Before his departure in Febuary of 1938, he initiated her to be the first reiki master (Master of the Dr. Usui Reiki System of Healing), at that time in USA. Before the outbreak of the war between Japan and USA, Dr. Hayashi bestwed her the title of reiki master and his authorized successor.
Reiki, in west was introduced by Hawayo Takata. She initiated and trained 21 reiki masters, among them Phyllis Lei Furumoto, her granddaughter whom she had already initiated into reiki during childhood. Hawayo Takata in December 1980 declared her granddaughter Phyllis Lei Furumoto, to be her successor and authorized reiki master of the Dr. Usui Reiki System of Healing. Many masters have been initiated by her and other reiki masters in meantime so that there are now currently several thousands who initiate and teach reiki through out the entire world.
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