and curiouser! cried Alice ...
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STRANGE TALE OF THE '1986
THAT NEVER WAS...
© 2003 James Deacon
short article, reprinted below, has appeared on more than one
website and claims to be from a 1986 issue of 'The Reiki Journal'.
Reiki Journal' is a publication of The American
Reiki Association, Inc. - the organisation founded in 1980
by Barbara Ray and Takata-Sensei.]
Tracing the History: a Japanese Book
on Dr. Usui
Mitsui, a certified instructor of the Radiance Technique®
who lives in New York City and teaches there and in Japan, has
researched more information about Real Reiki® in Japan during
trips last year and this. In a trip in 1985, she reported meeting
with an elderly man at the home of friends, where Mieko was told
of a privately printed book, "Usui Reiki Gakkai", which
reportedly talks about "Reiki" and a man named Usui.
The book was described as an academic text, published just over
a decade ago, by a mathematician at Meiji University in Tokyo.
said she was told that Dr. Usui was born in 1865 and died in 1926.
She also said that the seven degrees of the Dr. Usui system of
Real Reiki® were numbered in reverse in the Japanese tradition
- that the Seventh Degree was the first level studied, the equivalent
to the First Degree in the U.S. (Mieko explained that this reverse
order can be found in other areas of Japanese culture. Addresses
on a letter, for example, are often given in the reverse of the
form in the U.S. and the western world, with the country listed
first, then the district, then city, followed by a person's address.
A person's name is given last.)
said that the basic philosophy of "Reiki," according
to the elderly man she interviewed, "is that the universe
is ourselves...the act of carrying Light." Mieko said she
was also given a second book on healing sciences by friends in
Japan. This book, whose title roughly translates to "The
Mastery of Healing with the Hands", mentions numerous philosophies
and techniques for healing There are passages about a great healer
named Usui, according to Mieko, although the book does not specifically
mention "Reiki" and the man called Usui in the book
is not identified by a first name."
we know that in
Mitsui (who now apparently lives in Hawaii), did indeed go back
to Japan on a Reiki fact-finding mission.
know that she started teaching 'western'-style Reiki there [her
students include Hiroshi Doi - founder of Gendai Reiki Ho] and
in the process could be said to have been responsible for single-handedly
sparking a 'Reiki Revival' in Japan.
also know that Meiko Mitsui's initial discoveries have, over the
years, inspired other Reiki practitioners to carry out research
into both the origins of Reiki, and also into its current surviving
forms of expression in Japan.
this is the thing I find slightly strange.
June this year (2003) I contacted The American
Reiki Association, Inc. [or, as it is now called: The Radiance
Technique International Association].
was my intention to acquire either an actual back-copy of the
relevant issue of 'The Reiki Journal' - or at very least, a good
quality Xerox of the original article itself - along with permission
to reproduce it here in the All Energy-Therapies Web, Reiki Pages.
follows is an extract from the reply, by the TRTIA's Director
of Office Services, to my enquiries:
"...we have gone back into storage and found our archive
copies of "The Reiki Journal" from 1986. There were
4 published, for January-March, April-June, July-September, and
October-December. I have now looked through each and every one
of them, and there are no articles about Meiko Mitsui ...
... Whatever the article you found may be, it is not an excerpt
from "The Reiki Journal" in 1986...
seems that it is a fabrication, as are many pages on the Web.
Feel free to let the person who posted it know that it is not
from a 1986 issue of "The Reiki Journal," too..."
this leads me to question, if this isn' t simply a case of someone
not being thorough - i.e. not checking the purported origins of
a document before publishing it on the web, why would anyone want
to fabricate such an article?