Tadao Yamaguchi’s Reiki Revelations

As Reiki practitioners, many of us have wished that we knew more about Usui’s life and the history of Reiki. When Mrs. Takata began teaching Reiki in America, she felt that it was appropriate to concoct a story of Usui’s life which would make him and Reiki more acceptable to American biases. Many of the details of her story, such as her assertion that Usui was Christian (he was not), were not questioned until after her death in 1980. In the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s many Reiki Masters began to investigate and actually traveled to Japan to learn more about Usui and his Reiki organization, The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, which still exists today. Since the turn of the century, a veritable flood of information has become available to Reiki practitioners world – wide as Japanese Reiki Masters share their knowledge in classes, interviews, articles and books.

A recent article in William Lee Rand’s Reiki News magazine – Excerpts from “Light on the Origins of Reiki” by Tadao Yamaguchi, reveals some interesting information which enhances our understanding and appreciation of our dear founder and the great Reiki lineage.

Tadao Yamaguchi is the son of Chiyoko Yamaguchi, who was a well known student of Chujiro Hayashi. Mr. Hayashi, as most Reiki practitioners know, was one of Usui’s students who started his own Reiki clinic and school and who taught Reiki to Mrs Takata.

Mrs. Yamaguchi took her first Reiki classes from Mr. Hayashi in 1938 at the age of 17 and finished her training in 1940, having attained Shihan (Reiki Teacher) under Hayashi Sensei’s tutelage. She practiced Reiki for 65 years and died in 2003.

I first heard of Mrs. Yamaguchi many years ago while exploring the website of a well known Canadian Reiki Master named Rick Rivard. While viewing a photo of Mrs Yamaguchi on Rick’s site, I felt a powerful and very blissful current of Reiki emanating from her which brought tears to my eyes. It was as if I had received a spontaneous attunement from her!

Mrs. Yamaguchi’s son, Tadao was initiated by her and now carries on the family Reiki tradition which started with his mother’s parents.

Regarding Usui’s legendary 21 day fasting and meditation retreat on Mt. Kurama,Tadao states in the article that  –

“At midnight during his third week of fasting, Usui Sensei suddenly felt a powerful shock in the center of his brain, as if he had been struck by lightning. He lost consciousness. After several hours he came to and woke to find dawn breaking. To his surprise, he felt refreshed in a way he had never felt before. During this incident, divine Reiki energy penetrated his body and soul. As his own energy and the cosmic energy resonated together he came to realize, “The Universe is me – I am the Universe.” He had finally achieved the enlightenment he had so long pursued.”

This account added new depth to my understanding of Usui’s satori, which to this day is the source of the divine blessing power of all Reiki attunements.
Tadao’s article also explains what happened to the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai after Usui’s death in 1926 –

” Usui Sensei is said to have had approximately 2000 students between 1922 and 1926. After he passed away, his most prominent succeeded him to run the organization….”
“Among these prominent students were several people from the Japanese Navy. The second president, Mr. Juzaburo Ushida, and the third, Mr. Kanichi Taketomi were both Rear Admirals in the Navy. The fith president, Mr. Hoichi Wanami, was a Vice Admiral. Mr. Chujiro Hayashi who taught Reiki to my mother was himself a Captain. The Navy adopted Reiki because it was very useful on long voyages. On warships, space was very limited so they used Reiki instead of other more cumbersome medical equipment.”
“However, after Japan lost the war, the relationship between Reiki and the Navy backfired. It resulted in restrictions on the activity of the Gakkai. The General Headquarters (GHQ) decided to ban all Eastern medicine and force the Japanese to use modern Western medicine only. The Acupuncture Society lobbied against the GHQ and some folk medicine groups won lawsuits and were able to regain their right to practice. Reiki on the other hand had to halt all official activity because of its connection with the Navy. Practically this closed the door to the public.”

I find the relationship between Reiki and the Navy to be very interesting and I attribute it to the ancient and deeply spiritual Japanese martial tradition. In our culture, we do not think of the military as fertile ground for the seeds of Reiki, but the Japanese martial arts like Judo, Aikido, Karate, Sumo and Samurai are practiced as a way of life and involve intense physical, mental, emotional and spiritual discipline and cultivation, as well as a thorough knowledge of how Ki (life force) flows in the body and in nature. Thus it is easy to see how the Japanese warriors might be more receptive to Reiki.

The suppressive circumstances which arose around the Gakkai after the war explain why the spread of Reiki was abruptly halted and Usui’s intention for Reiki to be available to everyone was not realized until Mrs. Takata brought it to America. Is it not ironic that the very country whose mandate suppressed Reiki in Japan has now become the catalyst of a global Reiki renaissance?<BR>
Another  interesting aspect of  Tadao’s article is his revelation of what happened to Hayashi Sensei after he came to Hawaii with Mrs. Takata –

“There is a lot of controversy about how Hayashi Sensei died. Many people wonder if he really committed Hari Kiri as reported in some books. Actually, it is true that he killed himself but it was an honorable death. He had gone to Hawaii in the critical period just before the war broke out. For a high ranking Navy officer it was a very risky thing to do. He must have been aware of the risk but he was so determined that he went ahead. When the Japanese Navy authority called on him to give information about Hawaii before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor he did not cooperate. Knowing that he would not escape without severe punishment, which would have had a major effect on his family, he chose an honorable death.”

Hayashi Sensei’s courageous choice to refuse participation in the Japanese military agenda and remain unswerving in his commitment to facilitating the introduction of the loving and healing power of Reiki to America was a crucial turning point. Knowing this can only increase our love and respect for this great man and the role he played in making Reiki available to millions of people all over the planet.

I am so grateful that Tadao has shared this information with us which enhances our understanding and appreciation for Usui Sensei and the wonderful Reiki lineage!


I Couldn’t Have Done It Without Ya Ma!

Mom & I on ferry to Governor's Island NYC, Autumn 2009.

I am very fortunate. My mother is 89 yrs. old and has a clear mind and good health. She is a retired nurse practitioner, having dedicated her life in service to those who suffer. My father (R.I.P.) and she were responsible and intelligent parents. They did their best to make sure that my two sisters and I had everything we needed and we had a really good childhood.
I have a lot of respect for my parent’s generation. They lived through The Great Depression and WW2 and then they gave birth to my generation – the Baby Boomers. When my generation got into our teens, many of us became very rebellious. I was one of the first “hippies” in my town. My cohorts and I worshiped The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. We grew our hair long, played in rock bands and got high on weed and LSD – Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll! They called it the “generation gap”…..”Don’t trust anyone over 30”, we used to say. I took my parents for granted and judged them. I didn’t begin to really appreciate them until I got into my 30’s, and the older I get, the more I love them.
Mom’s parents were both M.D’s, her sister was a nurse, her brother was an M.D., her brother’s son became an M.D., and my younger sister became a nurse. Healing was always in my blood, but that healer DNA didn’t fully light up until I was well into middle age. I had worked as a cook for most of my life but I got tired of it and began searching for something new. I read about Reiki in a book and got my first treatment at Louisiana’s Zinn’s Reiki circle. I loved it and decided to become a Reiki Master. The rest is history…..
Are you proud of me Ma? I’m a late bloomer but I finally got it right! Read the testimonials on my website Ma – they’re saying I’m good! I’ve ARRIVED and I couldn’t have done it without ya! I LOVE YOU!

Lose Your Mind and Gain Your Soul

Over the ages, innumerable techniques have been devised to subdue the internal chatter of the mind, all of them intended to help us access and become stationed in the viewpoint of the neutral witness. The incessant internal monologue is a sort of mental virus installed and constantly reinforced by conditioning. We are first taught language. Everything is given a name and then those units of meaning are arranged into sentences, stories, concepts, beliefs and ideologies. With the internal voice, we constantly think about ourselves and others as we wander hither and yon’ in the landscape of the countless mental constructs we’ve adopted. Our habits of thinking can drown out that still, small voice of spirit within us and keep us locked and loaded in limited modes of perception.
Have you ever had a guest in your home who drinks a little too much and keeps running off at the mouth until he’s overstayed his welcome? Eventually, we must politely ask him to leave, and so it is with that pesky perpetual babble which has sunk its roots into the fertile soil of our minds.
In one of Carlos Castaneda’s books, Don Juan tells him that the internal voice is a “foreign installation”. When I first read this, I was shocked. A “foreign installation” !? What the hell did he mean? Who installed it?? Well, its not so hard to accept that it has been installed through parental and social imprinting, but I recently found out that it goes even deeper than that. I’m reading Robert Shapiro’s book, The Explorer Race. Robert, who has become my favorite author / channel, channels various beings in the book who share fascinating “big picture” information about the origins and mission of our species (the Explorer Race). The information about our mental origins is really eye – opening. To sum it up, a significant portion of our mental makeup is sourced in Andromedan DNA. The Andromedans are a dominantly mental race who take pride in their development of the mind. But the Andromedan aspect of our minds is not fully compatible with our physical, emotional and spiritual aspects and this creates a friction which induces the incessant mental chatter. So the mind is actually much more of a “foreign installation” than I had guessed! As we evolve, our mental DNA is mutating into a mental body which is less dominant. It is becoming a more efficient and streamlined servant of our hearts, and our limited personal minds are evolving and expanding into greater resonance with the Divine Mind.
In the last few decades, the growing fascination with sacred geometry, ancient temples and crop circles is a reflection of our increasing resonance with the Divine Mind. The creator creates with 7th dimensional sound which takes form in 6th dimensional geometry. All life is based on organizations of geometric forms. We are learning how Creator creates and this is empowering us to become conscious intentional reality creators.
The growing popularity of meditation since the 60′s is another symptom of our mutating minds and resultant enhancement of inner silence. Listening to my favorite music has always been a favored method of meditation for me. My internal chatter recedes into the distance when I listen to my favorite music! When we ride the train or bus, most of the people are listening to their Ipods. I know its irritating when the guy next to you has his Ipod volume too loud, especially if he’s listening to music you hate, but I would remind you – that’s his way of meditating!
For that matter, anytime we lose ourselves in an activity that we love – something that has deep heart and soul resonance, the mind becomes more still. The accomplished artist knows this state well. It takes us out of linear time and into the beauty and wonder of the eternal now. Creating art is a truly magical process which links us to Divine Mind – we call it “inspiration”. We can become entrained into this stillness when we view any beautiful creation, be it man – made or the handiwork of Mother Nature.
I’ve written about our evolution from carbon based to silica based biology in my newsletter. Silica is what crystals are made of. Computers are a silicate technology and they are reflecting our mutation into a more crystalline mentality. Our minds are becoming crystal clear! The clutter of mind chatter is being swept away as we practice mental feng shui. This opens a portal through which the subconscious mind can be integrated into the conscious mind. This involves an understanding of the archetypal realm. We can facilitate this process by studying astrology, tarot, mythology, or reading Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell. The result is that we escape the prison of duality and emerge into the freedom of unity, sensing the divine hand at work within us and all around us – The Self, The Creator and The Creation are are known as one! As our minds become more clear and integrated, they are aligning with our hearts and immortal spirits. As our bodies and energy fields become more crystal clear, we become more enlightened and transparent. Then we are able to empathically feel and read energies directly, bypassing the distracting mental noise with instant intuitive knowing.

Love & Gratitude,
Geordie Numata