© 2003/5 James Deacon
update: Sept, 2015]
(1906-1998? ), who lived in Shizuoka, learned Reiki from his (adoptive?)
father: Keizo (or: Kyozou) Ogawa, who in turn had learnt Reiki
from one of Usui-Sensei's students: Kanichi Taketomi (- who would
later become the 3rd president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai).
said that he completed his Reiki Master level training on November
In early 2003, I discovered - via a Reiki Master living in France
- that, back in 1986, Fumio apparently wrote and privately published
a book entitled: "Everyone can do Reiki". [or, "Everyone
can Radiate (/ Emanate?) Reiki" ("reiki wa darenimo
My French contact told me that he had been shown a copy of the
book while visiting some Reiki friends in Japan. He was told that
the book was based on two Gakkai documents: one being the Reiki
Treatment Guide, and the other, a book written by one of Usui-Sensei's
students referred to as Wanami Sensei [??possibly
Hoichi Wanami - onetime Chairman/President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho
Gakkai??]; but, not being able to read more than a handful
of kanji characters, he had had to 'take it on trust' that
the book was indeed what it was claimed to be.
book apparently also contained Mr.Ogawa's own Reiki experiences,
a copy of the Usui Memorial
inscription, a copy of the 1986 'Twilight
Zone' Reiki article; and also 'traditional' techniques to
power up Reiki energy.
to say, I was intrigued by the possibility of gaining access to
actual material written by someone trained as a Reiki Master some
60-odd years ago, so, almost immediately following our conversation,
I placed a request on this site asking for anyone who was in possession
of a copy of the book, or could provide precise publishing details,
to please contact me.
Eventually, this summer, I was contacted by Ninoslav Safaric (a
Reiki Master from Croatia) stating that he had Ogawa's book, and
was willing to provide me with a copy.
who tells me he originally got his copy of "Everyone can
do Reiki" from Frank Petter in 1998, had translated it into
Croatian and has been using it as part of his Reiki teaching and
practice for several years.
As only a small number of copies of the book were ever produced,
it is quite likely that during this time, Nino was the only Reiki
teacher outside of Japan to make use of it.
According to what my French contact had been told, the full contents
list for "Everyone Can Do Reiki" was as follows:
The Usui Memorial Inscription
The Five Principles
Poems of the Meiji Emperor
1986 Reiki Article
Reiki Questions & Answers
The Traditional Method for Generating Reiki Energy
The Psychic: The Meiji Emperor
poetry of the Meiji Emperor
Explanation of The Five Principles
The Workings of Reiki
The Rules for Reiki Treatment
The Features of Reiki
Reiki Treatment Guide and Explanation
APPENDIX: Treatment Points (with illustrations by Fumio Ogawa)
I had presumed this list was a list of chapters and was therefore
expecting a quite substantial book. However, on inspection of
the English translation provided by Nino, the 'book' actually
turned out to be more of a 'booklet' - the contents list, it transpired,
referred to what in some instances were little more than paragraphs.
fact, "Everyone Can Do Reiki" was more properly a brief
manual - apparently created for Ogawa's own students and as such
had not been publicly distributed.
I had also hoped there might be a considerable amount of original
material in it, however the majority of it seems to have been
'cobbled together' from other documents.
with regards to what 'original' content there is in the 'book',
I must say I am suspicious about some of this material - which,
with constant references to Western authors and researchers -
sounds to me as if it may actually have been written by a Westerner
and not by someone brought up with a Japanese perspective on life.
(These particular sections certainly do not seem as if they were
written for Japanese students, but rather for Western ones.)
course, this is just my opinion.
The English-language version of "Everyone Can Do Reiki"
provided by Nino was translated by a third party and is rather
'basic' in places. It is also not 100% complete - the Waka poetry
is missing; and while photocopies of the 1986 'Twilight
Zone' Reiki article is included, no attempt to translate it
has been made.
Even so, it is still an interesting document.
A .pdf file of the English translation of "Everyone
Can Do Reiki" can be found here