While writing about Reiki yesterday, I looked on u-tube to see if there was anything with our beloved USA Lineage keeper, Phyllis Furomoto, who is Takata's granddaughter. I've had the honor/blessing of meeting Phyllis during Reiki Gatherings at Breitenbush, & played the harp for a meditation she led.
I found a delightful interview done in 1912, with another Reiki Master of Japanese descent, Barbara Matsuura. As I listened to the 6 segments (1 hour total) I found that though she has travelled more than I, there are many places Matsuura's & my paths overlap!
She studied ballet, & then learned Tai Chi & Qigong. I began with ballet in 1978, & studied Tai Chi concurrent with my massage training, beginning in 1983. I began teaching both Reiki and Tai Chi in the early 90s, & have been working more deeply with Qigong the last decade.
She has dedicated her life to healing, & continues to offer sessions, and classes on that schedule today, with offices in Japan, Sedona AZ & California. In the interview, Phyllis & Barbara affirm that 'Every student has within them their own truth,' and each of us can learn from others.
Matsuura traveled to Usui's Mountain Kuramayama, & wondered why Reiki was found there ... she found the temple dedicated to three powers of Sonten Buddhism, Light of the sun, love of the moon, & power of the earth:
Beautiful as the Moon,
Warm as the Sun,
Powerful as the Earth.
Barbara Matsuura is a beautiful example of living Reiki & Qigong, & reminds us 'Just sit & Be. Be the Reiki - don't try, just Be it!'
(photo of Barbara Matsuura from her website)