The Fairytale of Reiki



When I tell this story to people, some get uptight and angry that such overt lying took place within teachers we trust and love. So I’ll tell you the moral of the story before I even begin to save you the feelings of anger and disappointment if you are hearing this for the first time.

Reiki teachers are human, have egos, personalities, and agendas. Don’t believe everything your Reiki teacher tells you (including me). Trust you own experience of Reiki, your own journey. Separate your relationship with Reiki with the people who bring it to you. You may go into a shop and buy a pair of shoes, you love those shoes but then find out the person in the store who sold it to you was a drug dealer. Do you throw away the pair of shoes in disgust? Maybe you do, but it’s your loss – what has the shoes and your love for them got to do with the person who sold them to you?

Ok, weird analogy, but bear it in mind as we travel through my little story. The moral of the story is “find your own relationship with Reiki, it is bigger than the humans who bring it to you”.

The following story is what I was told when I trained in Reiki 1 in 1992 –my teacher John Veltheim was rather sceptical of its truth, but it was the only one we had, at least until Frank Arjarva Petter kindly did the proper research (Reiki Fire, 1997).

Remember also that Takata was teaching in Hawaii where there was a lot of anti-Japanese sentiment fresh from the Second World War, and America at the time was not particularly open to Eastern religion, certainly not to the extent it is now. She may also have been deeply influenced by the Christian religion herself and created this story as she herself preferred it to the facts, who k