"WE ARE ALL HEALERS"
ISBN 0 85500 021 X
conference on healing, in California, 1972 ...
was suddenly aware of
a crackling bundle of energy in the seat beside me – a small,
black-haired woman who appeared to be Japanese. She was from Hawaii,
and had flown in from Honolulu just for the symposium, she later told
me. Her name was Hawayo Hiromi Takata, and she wore fire-engine red
slacks, a tunic splashed with tropical flowers and her hair very
short and straight.
finished speaking and Mrs Takata could hardly contain her admiration.
'She really knows what she is talking about,' she said to me, eyes
sparkling. The rest of the speakers made her impatient. Then she
mentioned that she, too, was a healer and practised in Waikiki. I
quickly made a date with her for lunch.
When we had filled our
trays and found a table, her story came tumbling out. 'I studied in
Japan under a great master,' she said. 'I am a teacher of healing.
What's the sense of having a good mind if the body is riddled with
illness? I believe in the very simple method. It takes me only four
days to teach it, and two hours a day. Why struggle for years when
you have it so quickly? I teach it to housewives who can use it
practically every day.'
Then you believe we are
all healers? I asked.
'Yes, true. We
are all born with it,' she said. 'But I am the engineer, the
technician. You buy a new TV, you have to plug in the socket and get
the energy. I give my pupils the contact with the great universal
life force that does the healing – I have the secret of how to tune
the first day they can use their hands to heal. The fifth day I teach
ideals and principles.'
did you learn how to do it? I asked, and she told me her teacher had
been Chujiro Hayashi of Tokyo who had been the chosen disciple of
Mikao Usui, founder of the Usui System. 'He had a PhD from Chicago2,
an old Japan scholar,' she said. Initiated in her thirties she was
made a master in 1938, after going up by degrees. There were seven3
chosen to be teachers but all the others have passed on and today
she's the only living teacher of the system4.
'It is a method Usui
revived from the Buddhist scriptures5, a way of tuning into the
reiki - that's the
Japanese word for “universal force”.'
was amazed when she said she was now 72 and had been practising and
healing for 37 years. There was not a line in her face and
her body was slim and sprightly. 'I am an old woman, ' she said,
without a hint of self-pity.
was very much impressed by Mrs Worral,' Takata continued. 'She is
getting results! That's more important than a lot of words. Of
course, it's a good thing these fine young scientists are doing all
this research, otherwise the healers would not be recognised. But
when are they going to crack through and get going? How long will it
be? Another twenty years?
Honolulu we had a forum with the AMA. The president of the AMA tested
me. He wanted to know what I did, and the meeting lasted from eight
in the evening until one in the morning. At the end he asked me, “All
right, Takata, I think I understand you and what are you doing. Do
you recommend that all doctors learn this?”
said, “Not only doctors but ministers, too.” And I explained that
in a church you have a large congregation and if the minister can
help them by fixing their aches and pains they will listen to his
sermons! The doctors know the techniques of medicine and psychiatry,
and if they learn my treatment. I told him, the art of healing will
then be a complete whole.'
asked if she did the laying-on of hands and the absent healing. She
replied, 'Yes. But it's a higher degree. I learned it direct from the
would tell me, “There is no such thing as I
He was positive. If
you were not positive he just bawled you out. He'd say, “That's the
wrong attitude. It shall be done.
It's not you, it's the cosmic energy doing it. How dare you doubt the
said that since reaching 61 she has not worked fulltime. But she gets
up at 5 o'clock and at 6.30 plays a few holes of golf. On Thursdays
she plays 18 holes and on Saturdays does her washing, ironing
and cooking, and puts her food in the freezer. The last two years
she's been travelling all over the world. 'But when I'm home, I
like teaching in groups of 10 to 12 because there's more
competition,' she said briskly, 'and they can compare notes.' 7 Her
pupils come to her by word of mouth, and she teaches many doctors and
their wives, and even a few celebrities. She named a famous American
heiress but made me promise to keep it confidential8
asked if she would give a few details of her lightning four-day
course, and she was willing – up to a point.
I explain the universal life force, what it is, and I explain the
workings of cosmic energy and how to make the contact. I manoeuvre it
so that they have it. So far I have never made a mistake. They come
to the lecture and they get it from me.
'The second lesson is how to use it.
This is a demonstration of
applying the healing from the neck up, eye, ear, nose, mouth, glands
of the neck. I teach them how.
'The third day I teach them how to treat
the organs in the front of
the body. The fourth day I teach them how to apply it to the back. I
take the body in sections so they don't forget or they'd get mixed
'The fifth day is the mental and
spiritual lecture – mental
When they acquire this reiki it is a
complete treatment for the physical body, the mental and the
She said it also applies to plant life
and animals and even to
goldfish. 'Anything that has life accepts it,' she said, ' and with
babies it's much, much more simple because the cause of the sickness
is new. When it comes to chronic illness, it takes time. I work on
the cause and the effect. Remove the cause and there shall be no
effect! Isn't that sensible?'
She added that she gives her pupils
energy over five days, little
by little because its so powerful. 'I have to test them and see if
they're doing it right.'
But how do you plug
into the universal life force? I asked,
trying not to sound impatient. 'It's a secret,' Takata said firmly,
'but before I die I want to teach as many people as I can, spread it
to as many people as possible and create many
teachers.' When I
if there was any danger of the secret dying with her, she said, 'I
will reveal it in 1973.'
A Buddhist, she said, “We healers
recognise God because the healing
power is God power.' She accepts contributions to her church.
For healing lessons she charges a fee.
'Not too much, not too little,
for some it's free. In a group it's cheaper.
Most of her pupils
are just plain ordinary people with common sense, she declared.
In brief, Takata says her method is a
way of making contact with the
healing power quicker, and it comes straight out of old Buddhist
I asked if her pupils learn to heal
themselves and her eyes flashed.
'That's Number One. If they can't do that what is the good?'
'I have been asked to write about it but
I have no time,' she said as
we walked back to the auditorium, and when we were settled in our
seats and the next speaker was announced she muttered 'Scientists and
all their theories are okay, but when? When?'
Since my chance encounter with this
dynamic little Hawaiian healer
I've wished many times that I had a 'quicker' way of making contact
with the healing power, that I knew the old Buddhist secret for
speeding up my development as a healer …"
1, At the time
the book was written, Mrs Olga Worral had been as spiritual healer
for some 40 years, and for many of those years she had been associate
director of the New Life Clinic at the MT Washington United Methodist
Takata-sensei believed that Mikao Usui had studied at the University of
Chicago. However, there are no existing
records to confirm this. See
HERE for further discussion around this issue.
The interview was essentially a chat over lunch, and it is unknown
whether Sally Hammond used a tape recorder, or simply jotted down
notes. Either way it is most likely that, due to Takata-sensei's slight
accent, Ms Hammond mis-heard, and that rather than: 'seven',
Takata-sensei actually said: 'several'. [We know from Takata-sensei's
Reiki Master Certificate
that, at the time it was notarised (February
1938), she herself was one of thirteen Masters.]
light of more recent discoveries, this statement could be adjusted to:
"... and, as far as she is aware,
she's the only living teacher of the system".
5, On many occasions Takata-sensei
shared the belief that Usui-sensei had discovered some
or descriptions in Buddhist scriptures which lead to his
experiencing the Reiki Phenomenon and the development of his Usui Reiki
Ryoho. However, we have no details as to specific texts which
might have provided him with such insights and inspirations.
6, Many people, it seems, are
unaware that Takata-sensei had actually been teaching
the first and second degrees of Reiki since the late 1930's. This is
primarily because most accounts of
her life tend to focus on the students she trained to Master level (in
the mid to late1970's)
7, A frequently-repeated story,
from accounts of several people who studied with Takata-sensei, is that
she didn't allow note-taking
during her classes. [It
is my personal belief that the reason for this was in the main
to the fact that while concentrating on making notes about one thing,
students often missed some other important points that Takata-sensei
was sharing, and she would then have to repeat herself. The more this
happened, the more it interrupted the dynamic of the course session.]
However, from these comments it seems that at least for a
during the early 1970's, note-taking was not an issue.
The specific heiress in question
could be either
Doris Duke, or
Barbara Woolworth Hutton, both of whom were amongst Takata-sensei's
celebrity clientele. [Others apparently included Danny Kaye, Aldous
Huxley, and John Denver.]
Earlier in the interview Takata-sensei
takes me only four
days to teach it." This might seem somewhat confusing as she
then goes on to outline a five-day
course. However, technically the first day - which involves the
Introductory lecture and the first initiation ("attunement")
does not involve tuition in the
use of the newly-awakened abilities. This begins with the
Later in the 1970's
Takata-sensei would teach the first level over a series of four sessions, not
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