Early Students of Takata Sensei:
a request for assistance.
most of us are aware of the 'famous 22' who Takata-Sensei certified
Reiki Masters, I am looking information about other, earlier First
& Second Degree students of Takata-Sensei.
far, the earliest level 1 initiation I have found mention of is
that of Fran Brown who received level 1 in 1973
was the first of the 22 Masters to receive the level 1 initiation.
Samdahl was the first person to actually be certified to Master
(- in 1976) by Takata-Sensei.
I am looking for is other, earlier, level 1 or 2 students - ideally
ones from the 1960's or earlier - ones who obviously did not go
on to receive the Master level Initiation from Takata-Sensei.
of the primary things I'm interested to ascertain is whether Takata-Sensei's
level 1 & 2 students (pre Fran Brown era) were all taught/received
Reiki in the same sort of 'workshop' style format as the later
ones, or were any taught in the more traditional deshi-type 'Internship'-format?
I am most interested in the terms of reference in which Takata-Sensei
explained Reiki to them (- that is Reiki itself, as distinct from
Reiki the Method), as I have heard on more than one occasion that
"Rei =Universal, Ki = Energy"
explanation was something that only came to prominence, probably
during the latter 60's, to fit a more generalised 'frame of reference'
of the people drawn to her as students.
interest is prompted by something I was told by an acquaintance
from Oahu, Hawaii.
Her father had apparently been a student of Takata-Sensei in the
50's and claimed that he and other students had been given a very
different explanation/understanding of what Reiki is - that the
concept of 'Universal Energy' was never mentioned.
am therefore attempting to get corroboration from other early
students as to the nature of this 'other' explanation/understanding.
to the precice details of this explanation/understanding:
is so much rumour, hearsay and 'mis-information' (- not all innocent,
I feel [in my more cynical moments]) floating around the Reiki
community, [Hidden Agenda Reiki, I call it!] that I don't want
to add to it .
before 'broadcasting' what is afterall at this point itself merely
'hearsay': something I have been told 'third-hand' as it were,
I am hoping to hear the same or similiar explanation from at least
two other sources, and I do not want to ( - as is, it seems, all
to easy to do -) influence, prompt or lead such individuals into
giving 'the desired answers' as it were.
is said to have received her Master Level initiation from Hayashi-Sensei
am presuming that in the 35 years between 1938 and the level 1
initiation of Fran in 1973, Takata-Sensei must have trained a
good many students.
any information would be greatly appreciated.