We do not know very much about Chujiro Hayashi,
the second pillar of the Trinity of Reiki. Most of what we do
know comes third hand from Helen Haberly’s ‘Reiki,
Hawayo Takata’s Story.’ More recent information may
be found at Frank Petter's or William Rand's websites. See Dragon
He was a 46 year old retired naval surgeon when he met Usui.
We know that some time after Usui’s death in 1926, he opened
a clinic in Tokyo. By the time Takata arrived in 1936, he had
a well established clinic with 16 practitioners. He apparently
had a network of people recruiting patients from local hospitals.
Takata, herself, was recruited by the sister of the surgeon
who was assigned to do a bowel operation on her. We know that
his clientele came from the wealthy, educated, and even noble
elite of Tokyo. He once told Takata that while he would go if
called, he did not treat the poor (as Usui had done), because
the poor did not have Reiki consciousness. They put their faith
in hospitals, drugs and surgery. The poor lacked the education
and intelligence to understand Reiki. Besides, it is the wealthy
who could afford the treatments.
We know that Hayashi was a member of a Gakka or
association that Usui had established before his death. We know
that he was a member in 1936, but had broken with it by 1938.
We know that when Takata approached Hayashi to take Reiki lessons,
he needed to get permission from the Gakka. We also know that
the Gakka was opposed to sharing their secrets with any outsiders.
We know that Usui’s Gakka was (and still is)
very secretive about its practices and not fond of outsiders.
Even other Japanese in the medical field were not privy to the
secrets of the Reiki Gakka.
When Hawayo Takata first approached Hayashi to be
initiated into Reiki, she was turned down flat. With the help
of Mrs. Hayashi, though, Takata approached another eminent surgeon
and asked him to write a letter to Hayashi pleading her case.
According to the story, this surgeon, had a high standing, and
he didn’t just write a letter, he wrote it in his own hand,
on a large scroll, with traditional pen and ink. This was a way
of letting Hayashi know that the request had a high priority and
carried with it an element of honour. Hayashi would have lost
a great deal of face denying such a request.
Hayashi, himself, apparently, was from a wealthy
family with high standing in the community. According to some
sources, he counted members of the royal family among his patients.
It is likely from his days as a naval surgeon he
would have many close contacts in the medical community. Additionally,
it is likely that his own clinic relied on the support of local
hospitals and his personal ties with other surgeons, from which
he recruited his patients.
One can imagine, then, the heated discussions within
the Gakka, about teaching a foreign woman their secrets. It had
become, not only a matter of honour, but a matter of relations
between the medical community and the Reiki Gakka. It may be that
Hayashi’s determination to pass on Reiki secrets to Mrs.
Takata precipitated his split from the Gakka. Or it may that this
was just the last straw. Hayashi had already proven himself to
be something of a maverick. He tinkered with Usui’s hand
positions. He developed the practice of treatments with multiple
practitioners. And it is likely he preferred to draw on his experience
as a surgeon in his clinic. At such an advanced age it is likely
he would not have embraced fully the detecting and emitting Qi
exercises that members of the Gakka probably practiced regularly.
There is also the possibility that being well known
and popular in the medical community, the Gakka may have been
somewhat jealous of his success.
Being a secret society it may have been opposed
to a public clinic as a matter of policy.
This is, of course, all speculation. The only thing
we really know for sure is that by 1938, Hayashi had cut his ties
to Usui’s Gakka. The lineage to the west, then, derives
more from Hayashi than from Usui’s association.
It is apparent that Mrs. Takata was aware of the
Association and Hayashi’s relationship with it. It is apparent
that Mrs. Takata had no personal contact with it. She never did
return to Japan after 1938 for any extended time, although there
is a report that she did manage at least one visit.
Perhaps it was out of loyalty to her teacher Hayashi,
or perhaps out of honouring the Gakka’s desire for secrecy,
that she allowed the idea that she was the sole Reiki teacher
on the planet after the war.
While Mrs. Takata is referred to as ‘Grandmaster’
in Helen Haberly’s book, it seems this is a title that was
conferred upon her posthumously by some of her students. . Certainly,
neither Usui, nor Hayashi ever adopted the title.
When ties between Hayashi and the Association were
cut, it makes sense that all in his lineage, including Takata,
would also be divorced from the Association.
According to Helen Haberly’s book, it was
Mrs. Hayashi who befriended Takata, and not only pleaded her case
with her husband, but encouraged Mrs. Takata. In 1946, after the
war, Mrs. Hayashi traveled to Hawaii and prevailed upon her to
re-open the Reiki clinic which had been closed down through most
of the war.
We do not get a sense that Hayashi was as interested
in the spiritual journey as was Usui. It is likely that Hayashi
brought a scientific, materialist approach to Reiki. This is to
say, that the treatment of physical ailments appears to have been
Hayashi’s priority. He applied Reiki in his clinic, in much
the same way western medical doctors treat their patients.
He applied Reiki as a course of treatment, like
other therapies. Helen Haberly’s description of the examination
performed on Mrs. Takata at Hayashi’s clinic, sounds very
much like a standard bowel palpation that any first year intern
would know how to perform.
It took Takata four months of almost daily treatments
to recover from her illness. Mrs Takata as well, didn’t
restrict herself to just doing Reiki treatments. She often prescribed
food plans and gave lifestyle advice.
Mrs. Takata’s internship at Hayashi’s
clinic was much like the internship of any student doctor in the
west. She spent long hours at the clinic, ran errands, cleaned
up, accompanied practitioners on house calls, and studied. She
had time for little else except eating and sleeping. There certainly
is no mention that Dr. Hayashi spent much time in meditation and/or
spiritual study himself, the way Dr. Usui apparently did, nor
does it appear that such practices were passed on to Mrs. Takata.
Perhaps, when all is said and done, If we can characterize
Dr. Usui as the Spirit of Reiki, Dr. Hayashi may be seen as the
Science, and Mrs. Takata then becomes the Bridge between them.
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