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Takata (Hawayo) papers
ARC Mss 86  
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Description
The collection includes the personal papers and belongs of Hawayo Takata, Reiki Master, as well as material on Reiki practices throughout the 1930s to 1980s.
Background
Although Reiki now more commonly refers to the Usui System of Natural Healing, it originated as a term to describe the energy that one has within. In her diary, Hawayo Takata describes it as an "unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it." This power or force is believed to be within all of us, but those who study and apply it correctly can use it to heal. Today Reiki is seen as a popular alternative to medicine and technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Practitioners practice healing mild and chronic, physical or mental with energy transferred through their hands. They are trained to know where illnesses and pain gathers in a person's body and touch the area in order to heal it.
Extent
18 linear feet (28 boxes, massage table, and suitcase)
Restrictions
No reproductions permitted for certificates.
Availability
The collection is open for research.