Mrs Takata's granddaughter grew up in the United States Mid West. Initiated into Reiki at an early age, it was her duty to treat her grandmother when she came to visit the family. Her conscious journey with the Usui System of Reiki Healing, Usui Shiki Ryoho, did not begin until many years later. After studying psychology at college, Phyllis worked in a psychiatric hospital and later as a university administrator. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to dedicate her life to a meaningful purpose and accepted an invitation to travel and work with her grandmother. She was initiated as a master at the start of their trip in April 1979. For the next year and-a-half Phyllis apprenticed with her grandmother, as Takata gave treatments, taught first and second degree classes, and trained and initiated masters.
Grand Master or Lineage bearer?
Phyllis is the direct linage of Dr Usui and is the head of Reiki Alliance the largest Reiki Association worldwide. There is however some 'decent within the ranks' there are now numerous Reiki Associations and indeed Independents who do not recognise Phyllis' as 'Grand Master or Linage Bearer' saying that it should have nothing to do with 'Blood Lines' and should have been one of the other Masters Mrs Takata had initiated who had more seniority than Phyllis. The fact is that the title of 'Grand Master' does not even exist, no one not even Dr Usui had bestowed that title on himself! There is however the 'Office of the Grand Master' which is currently chaired by Phyllis Lei Furumoto and Paul Mitchell
Our Reiki Lineage
Dr Mikao Usui
Dr Chujiro Hayashi
Mrs Hawayo Takata