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31 Healthy and Portable High-Protein Snacks

Great article from http://greatist.com/health/high-protein-snacks-portable :

Whether it’s fueling up before hitting the gym or taking a mid-day snack break to avoid the 2 o’clock lull, high-protein snacks are the tastiest way to keep on going. Protein snacks are the perfect way to fill up just enough, and give us longer-lasting energy than the usual, carb-heavy options. Here are 31 of our favorite protein-packed snacks — one for every day of the month! We promise you won’t get sick of any of these choices.

1. Cottage-Style Fruit: Top ½ cup cottage cheese with ½ cup of your favorite fruit. Why not try some superfoods? Bananas, mixed berries, and melon are some Greatest favorites!

2. Beef or Turkey Jerky: Be careful to avoid sodium- and sugar-filled brands, but low-sodium, natural, or lightly-flavored options are a great source of protein. And this chewy snack is super-portable and keeps fresh for months when packed properly. A one-ounce serving (the size of most single-serve packs) contains about 9 grams of protein!

3. Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix: This is a favorite in the Greatist office. Mixed nuts are an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Try a mixed bunch for variety and a combo with dried fruit for some added sweetness. The best bang for your protein buck? Almonds and Pistachios are high up there in protein while comparably lower in saturated fat than their nutty peers.

4. Pumpkin Seeds: Those orange gourds aren’t just for Halloween. The pumpkin insides, scooped out to make room for spooky faces, can actually make a healthy little snack once they’re washed, dried, and nicely roasted! Just ½ cup of pumpkin seeds has about 14 grams of protein — the perfect pre-workout snack!

(Also Check Out: 50 Awesome Pre and Post-Workout Snacks)

5. Hard-Boiled Egg: Inexpensive and loaded with nutrients, eggs are one of the best ways to get a healthy dose of protein. Try hard boiling and pre-peeling a dozen at the start of the week and throw one in a small Tupperware container each day for an easy on-the-go snack. (Feeling extra famished? Slice the egg and place it on a piece of whole-wheat bread.)

6. Deli Rollup: Top 2 slices of low-sodium deli meat (turkey, chicken, or roast beef work great!) with 1 slice of lowfat cheese and a shake of pepper. Add a slice of tomato or some lettuce for extra veggie points!

 

7. Nut Butter Boat: Any vehicle for nut butter (almond, peanut, or cashew, perhaps?) is perfection in our book. Try loading a few celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of any nut butter topped with a few whole almonds or raisins (oh yeah, we went there). If you’re not a fan of celery, try scooping out the middle of an apple and fill it with a nut buttery surprise!

8. Mini Bean-and-Cheese Quesadilla: It might take an extra minute to prep, but combining these two high-protein treats is worth it! Fold ½ cup black beans, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 slice cheddar cheese in a small soft tortilla. Cook in a dry nonstick pan until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned. Wrap in foil and stick in a plastic baggie for easy transport.

9. Shake It Up: The combinations are endless with protein shakes. And one scoop can go a long way! Our favorites? The “Protein Creamsicle” — 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 cup ice blended until smooth — (thanks @JCDFitness!), and the “Star-buffs Shake” — 1 cup iced coffee (with ice) and 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, blended — a caffeine-filled creation from Greatist’s fitness editor, Jordan Shakeshaft.

10. KIND Bar: We’re not huge supporters of prepackaged bars, smoothies, and the like, but we make an exception for KIND bars. Their classic varieties are a great source of protein from the all-nut base (coming in at around 5 grams per bar), but for an even higher dose of the good stuff, try Kind Plus varieties with added protein. (An office favorite is Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein — one bar has 7 grams!)

11. Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: Flash back to elementary school snack time with this sweet (but still healthy!) treat. In a microwave-safe bowl (or mug), mix ¼ cup oats, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour (of your choice), 1 egg white, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon raisins. Flatten mixture into bottom of bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Cool, pop it out of the bowl, and enjoy!

12. Tofu Sticks: This soybean-based protein bomb isn’t just for stir-fry and Asian takeout menus! When sliced into sticks and baked, firm (and smoked!) tofu can make a great snack food, especially if it’s served with a side of homemade tomato or teriyaki dipping sauce — just don’t overdo it!

13. Chunky Monkey Shake: It’s time to get funky, monkey! Blend 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 cup of low-fat chocolate milk with 1 cup of ice for a protein-packed pick-me-up.

14. Edamame Poppers: The only thing more fun than how much protein you can get from a serving of edamame is getting to eat these little beans out of their bright green pods! One cup of the pods offers about 17 grams of protein. Buy them fresh and steam for about 6 minutes, or use the pre-cooked frozen variety and briefly microwave to defrost (about 2 minutes) before chowing down.

15. Hummus Dippers: How’s this for an unconventional use of a travel coffee mug: Put 2 tablespoons of a favorite hummus in the bottom of the container. Stick a handful of vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, and snow peas are a great mix!) vertically in the hummus, screw on the top, and throw in a purse or gym bag for an easy, on-the-go, super-healthy snack.

16. Soy Milk Smoothie: Time to take a break from the moo-juice! While cow’s milk does have it’s nutritional benefits (calcium and vitamin A, to name a few), soy milk wins in a few categories (vitamin D and iron), and they’re nearly comparable in terms of protein. Try blending 1 cup of your favorite flavor of soy milk (vanilla and chocolate are greatest favorites) with 1 cup of frozen blueberries or raspberries (for added fiber and antioxidants).

17. Portable Cheese Platter: Everyone wants to feel classy every once in a while, right? Make yourself a mini cheese plate with a reduced-fat cheese stick (or 2 slices of cheese), two whole-grain crackers, and a few roasted almonds.

18. Banana Nutter: Few pairings are more comforting than a classic peanut butter and banana combo. Top a rice cake (brown rice for extra fiber points!) with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter and half a banana, sliced. Sprinkle with cinnamon for some extra healthy benefits!

 

19. Silver Dollar Protein Pancakes: Props to Greatist contributor Laura Skladzinski for this killer recipe. Mix 4 egg whites, ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese, ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Cook on a preheated griddle (medium low heat) until mixtures bubbles, flip and cook for another 60 seconds. Top with fresh berries or sliced banana.

20. Chocolate Milk: No, we’re not going back to preschool. Low-fat chocolate milk is actually a great source of high-quality protein (especially post-workout)! Try keeping a single-serving, shelf-stable box in your gym bag (or purse) for snack attack emergencies — just try to find one that’s also low in sugar! (I’m a huge fan of Horizon Dairy’s single-serve, low-fat chocolate milk boxes.)

21. “Get Greek” Berry Parfait: Just imagine sitting on a Greek isle with this snack in hand. Top ½ cup plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup fresh berries and 1 tablespoon sliced roasted almonds.

22. Grape-and-Cheese Sticks: This is my childhood favorite! Dice a half-inch thick slice of cheddar cheese into squares (you should end up with about 6 small pieces, equaling about 1 ounce) and rinse 6 grapes. On 6 toothpicks, stack the grape and cheese, and enjoy! Just 1 ounce of reduced-fat sharp cheddar offers 8 grams of protein, and the contrast with sweet grapes is super sophisticated (and delicious).

23. Almond Butter Toast Sticks: Here’s another one to fit in that travel mug or mason jar. Toast (or bake) 2 slices of whole-grain bread, and cut into ½-inch strips. Place 2 tablespoons of almond butter (or another nut butter) in the bottom of a container with a top, stick the toast sticks in vertically, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Screw on the top and head out the door!

24. A Little Lentil: We know what you’re thinking: “Lentils? As a snack?!” Yes! Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a bowl of the bland ol’ green things. Lentils are great protein-packed legumes that are easy to turn into super, shelf-stable salads. One cup has a whopping 22 grams of protein in just 300 calories! Not sure where to start? Try this lentil tabbouleh or this simple veggie and lentil mix.

 

 

Photo by Lisa Goulet

25. Perfect Little Parfait: Top ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a handful of fruit (fresh or frozen) and a drizzle of honey. Add 2 tablespoons of toasted oats for a protein-packed crunch!

26. Mini Black-Bean Mash Taco: When it’s time to get spicy, try this easy snack fix. Heat ½ cup of black beans in the microwave with 1 tablespoon of salsa. Mash with a fork and fold it inside a small (4 to 6-inch) soft tortilla. Store in a small Tupperware container for easy transport.

27. Gobble, Gobble: Re-visit Thanksgiving with this festive favorite. Slice one piece of whole-grain bread in half, lengthwise, and top with 2 slices of roasted turkey, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 slice of tomato, 1 teaspoon of mustard, and 1 teaspoon of dried cranberries. This comforting combination packs about 14 grams of protein!

28. Protein Bar: This one might sound obvious, but hear us out: It’s all about finding the right bar. That means one that’s not weighed down with not-so-good extras like sugar, fat, and calories (some options can even be as bad as candy bars!). Do some research to figure which type is right for you: There are high-protein andlow-carb bars; meal replacement and energy bars; or female-friendly options!

29. Overnight Choco-Oats: This is the ultimate personally pre-packaged snack. In a container with a secure lid, mix ½ cup oats, 1 cup non-dairy milk, 3 tablespoons chocolate protein powder, and a handful of walnuts until well combined. Let sit in fridge overnight (or up to a few days). Need some extra sweetness? Add ½ a banana, mashed!

30. Recovery Rice Crispies: News Flash: Protein powder ain’t just for shakes! Try these super-sweet protein-packed treats — Recovery Rice Crispies — from trainer Rog Law.

31. Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffins: Making muffins from scratch each morning is easier than you might think. Mix ¼ cup quick-cooking oats, 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 tablespoons ground flax, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 2 egg whites, and a sprinkle of sugar (or other natural sweetener) in a microwave-safe Tupperware container. Cook on high for 50 to 60 seconds. Let it cool, throw a top on it, and enjoy whenever the hunger pangs hit.

Amino Acids

Fitness

BCAA’s ( Brach Chain Amino Acids ) are EXTREMELY important as they are the building blocks for protein. They also help in muscle recovery, reduce fatigue and help with overall conditioning.

BCAA does not build muscle but what it does is let you not lose your gains.

Aminos come in both pill and powder form. You can get in in a plain natural powder and mix with your shake. That’s normally what I do and you don’t even taste it. I rather a small scoop then having to add another pill to my daily regime.

Protein

Fitness

I can’t begin to stress the importance of protein when trying to build muscle and burn fat.

As I stated in previous article the amount of protein you should intake is 1 gr per 1 lb of body weight. So if you are 200 pounds you should consume 200 grams of protein daily.

It is rather difficult to take in 200 grams of protein by just eating food so that’s where Protein shakes and bars come in as part of your daily diet. A shake can give you anywhere from 25-50-60 grams per shake. Some bars 25-50. So if you have two shakes a day your having half your needed protein grams right there. Its a huge help especially if you find a good tasting one.

Protein is very important for those that train as it also helps rebuild and repair the muscles. It also helps increase the burning of calories and control insulin spikes.

If in a shake and you don’t mind the calories or lactose you can mix with milk. Due to my weak stomach I mix with water

 

Dieting

Fitness

Full article coming soon……

Summary

-  4-6 meals a day including shakes and bars

- Carbs in the morning

- No Soda

- 1-1/2 grams of protein daily to 1 lb body weight.

- Seeds & Nuts

- Sorry but NO ALCOHOL !

- Vitamins & Supplements ( click here )

- No Fast Foods

- Prepare meals in advance

- No frozen foods

- Breakfast is important

- Only buy healthy foods. If you have crap in the house you will eat it!

Byosen Scanning Method

Reiki

In Japanese, the word Byosen means “disease line”. Byosen Scanning is a way for me to detect problem areas on my clients. I simply move my hands a few inches over the clients body and scan the body from head to toe. Based on the energy I can tell which areas may need additional Reiki. In its simplest form, the practice of Byosen Scanning is using the hands like a metal detector… but instead of searching for lost gold I am searching for energy imbalances on my clients. I usually perform this each time on my client before the session begins to seek problem areas. This can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes.

Caffeine

Fitness

Caffeine used for training has several benefits and is a very cheap way to get that extra boost you need in the gym if taken correctly. There are obviously 2 ways to take it. Drinking it or taking it in a pill form.

The benefit of taking it in a pill form, besides for being cheaper ( a bottle of 100 pills is about $15 ) is that you know exactly how much you are taking. A 200 lb man should take approx 250 mg. A 150 lb male should take about 200 mg but there is no real set dosage. Just dont’ take more then the recommended usage on the bottle.

The best way to take it is 1 hour prior to working out but only 1 pill on the days you are working out. The days you are not working out do not take it all. Most importantly STOP DRINKING COFFEE. Your body will become immune to it if you overload. You are now using caffeine for training only…not enjoyment.

If you have an event  coming then I suggest you stop 1 week prior taking any caffeine so this way when you do take it the day of the event you will get the maximum benefit.

Also, I would suggest only taking this in the morning if you are one of those people, like me, that has a bit of a hard time falling asleep. You don’t want anything interfering with your sleeping as that is a major part of keeping your mind and body strong.

Stay away from fat burners as well if you are doing this as most have caffeine in them and again you don’t want to overload and be running around everywhere you go like you just did cocaine ; )

Summary

  • Take your caffeine in pill form
  • Take caffeine 60 min before your weight workout, at most once per day
  • Recommended dosage is 3mg/kg to 6mg/kg, that’s 200mg for a 150lb person
  • To avoid building up tolerance and rendering ineffective
  • Do not consume caffeine from any other sources during the day
  • Do not consume caffeine on days without weight workouts
  • Before big events, considering eliminating caffeine for prior 7 days
  • To avoid interfering with sleep, consider morning workouts
  • Do not use caffeine if you have high blood pressure or any heart conditions

Chakra Chart

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A chakra is a vortex of energy. There are seven main chakra points on the human body which start at the base of the spine and finish at the crown. Simultaneously, they vibrate to create the body’s electro-magnetic field, or aura. As science states, color is a vibration of light; each chakra has a corresponding color.

How chakras reveal the state of your health

When a person experiences optimal health, all chakras will vibrate at a healthy rate. This rate creates a complete rainbow of color, which surrounds the body. Hence, when one experiences emotional trauma or stress, the aura will lack the vital energy to maintain its healthy frequency. The colors will then appear muddy or not at all and the discolorations will eventually lead to physical illness. Unless the healing process addresses the emotional cause, the physical symptoms will persist. Conventional methods act only to cure the physical ailments, while the emotional and spiritual body remain ignored. The need for chakra balancing becomes eminent as the body cannot heal without the necessary tools.

1st Chakra – Root ( Red )
The first chakra is the Root Chakra and corresponds to the color red. It deals with one’s connection to the earth:
• Survival Issues
• Passion
• Physical Vitality
• Anger
• Warrior-like strength.

A Weak First Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Lack of energy
• Lack of passion
• Lack of sexual desire
• Depression
• Inability to ground or center oneself
• Inability to experience the present moment

Stones to Balance a Deficient 1st Chakra:
• Hematite
• Red Coral
• Garnet
• Obsidian
• Boulder Opal
• Tiger Iron
• Bloodstone

Oils:
Patchouli
Rosewood
Ylang Ylang
Valor

2nd Chakra – Splenic/Sacral ( Orange )
The second chakra is the Splenic Chakra and corresponds to the color orange. It deals with one’s creativity:
• Imagination
• Sexuality (being comfortable in the physical body)
• Social Skills (ability to relate in an open-hearted way, sense of humor)

A Weak Second Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Shyness
• Lack of confidence
• Fearful – immobilized by “what if?”
• Emotional disconnectedness
• Reproductive/sexual issues
• Lack of Trust
• Lack of vitality; passion for life

Stones to Balance a Deficient 2nd Chakra
• Carnelian
• Orange Calcite
• Fire Opal
• Tiger Eye

Oils:
Tangerine
Joy
Goldenrod
Peace and Calming

3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus ( Yellow )
The third chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra and corresponds to the color yellow. It deals with life force, also known as the vital breath or chi:
• Career (fulfillment in the workplace)
• Happiness, joy, cheerfulness
• Intelligence (unique acceptance of self)
• Freedom from inhibitions

A Weak Third Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Poor digestion
• Lack of confidence
• Fear of being alone
• Inability to find the joy in simple things
• Allergies, breathing issues

Stones to Balance a deficient 3rd Chakra:
• Citrine
• Yellow Calcite
• Amber
• Prehnite
• Sunstone
Lemon Chrysoprase

Oils:
Lemon
Lemongrass
Rosemary

4th Chakra – Heart Chakra ( Green )
The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra and corresponds to the colors green and pink. It deals with issues of the heart:
• Ability to lovingly identify with all life forms
• Forgiveness of oneself
• Love (ability to give and receive)
• Health and Healing

A Weak Fourth Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Inability to let go
• Lack of self love, respect
• Unhealthy heart (blood pressure issues)
• Emotional detachment
• Fear of commitment
• Inability to give and receive love freely

Stones to Balance a Deficient 4th Chakra:
• Rose Quartz
• Malachite
• Aventurine
• Chrysoprase
• Jade
• Tourmaline

Oils:
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Bergamot
Forgiveness

5th Chakra – Throat Chakra ( Blue )
The fifth chakra is the Throat Chakra and corresponds to the color blue. It deals with one’s ability to communicate:
• Connecting thought to the spoken word
• Ability to speak freely, comfortably
• Projecting the voice

A Weak Fifth Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Fear of speaking up
• Stuttering
• Inability to express oneself
• Difficulty relaxing in a social situation
• Quiet, distant
• Problems with thyroid

Stones to Balance a Deficient 5th Chakra
• Rainbow Moonstone
• Sodalite
• Azurite
• Blue Opal
• Labradorite
• Turquoise
• Chrysocolla

Oils:
Spearmint
Cypress
Myrtle
Thieves

6th Chakra – Third Eye/Brow Chakra ( Indigo )
The sixth chakra is the Third Eye Chakra and corresponds to the color indigo. It deals with one’s psychic abilities:
• Higher intuition
• Ability to see the unseen; to hear the unheard
• Acceptance of metaphysical sciences
• Past life recollection

A Weak Sixth Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Fear of death
• Blatant refusal to acknowledge the spiritual world
• Fear of success
• Lack of self-discipline
• Poor eyesight, headaches, weight issues
• Lack of trust in that which cannot be proven by science

Stones to Balance a Deficient 6th Chakra
• Lapis lazuli
• Flourite
• Black and Boulder Opal
• Azurite

Oils:
Grapefruit
Peppermint
Clarity
Copaiba

7th Chakra – Crown Chakra ( Violet )
The seventh chakra is the Crown Chakra and corresponds to the color violet. It deals with one’s spiritual connectedness:
• Relationship with Gods/Goddesses
• Openness to guidance from spirit
• Acceptance of life – death process
• Channeling; astral travel

A Weak Seventh Chakra Can Be Identified By:
• Fear of the unknown
• Lack of faith and/or hope
• Inability to identify with spiritual world

Stones to Balance a Deficient 7th Chakra
• Amethyst
• Sugilite
• Fluorite
• Charoite
• Clear Quartz
• Black and Boulder Opal

Oils:
Lavender
White Angelica
Cistus

Pendulum Energy

Reiki

Pendulum Energy Flow is a method I use on my clients to detect which part of the body may have an energy issue.

I simply hold the pendulum a few inches away from your body and scan your 7 major Chakras. Based on the energy and movement of the pendulum I can determine if those areas need extra Reiki.

I encourage all my clients to please read the information I provided here on my website so you get a better understanding of how Reiki works.

History of Reiki

from http://www.reiki.nu

Usui Sensei 1865 – 1926

Mikao Usui was the originator of what we today call Reiki. He was born on August 15th 1865 in the village of ‘Taniai-mura’ in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture Kyoto.

Mikao Usui probably came from a wealthy family as at that time only children from wealthy families could get a good education. As a child he studied in a Tendai Buddhist monastery school entering at an early age. He was also a student of different martial arts. His memorial states that he was a talented hard working student, he liked to read and his knowledge of medicine, psychology, fortune telling and theology of religions around the world, including the Kyoten (Buddhist Bible) was vast. He married and his wife’s name was Sadako, they had a son (born 1907) and daughter.

Usui sensei studied and traveled to western countries and China several times, this was encouraged during the Meiji Era and later, to learn and study western ways.

During his life Miako Usui held many different professions such as public servant, office worker, industrialist, reporter, politician’s secretary, missionary, supervisor of convicts. He also worked as a private secretary to a politician Shimpei Goto, who was Secretary of the Railroad, Postmaster General and Secretary of the Interior and State.

At some point in his life he became a Tendai Buddhist Monk/Priest (what we in the west call a lay priest). On several occasions he took a form of meditation lasting 21 days. On his memorial it says that at one time this took place on Mount Kurama (Horse Saddle Mountain). This is where he is supposed to have been given the inspiration for his system of healing – Reiki. It is very likely that he incorporated ideas and knowledge about healing from other system, both spiritual and physical, like Chinese Medicine, other Eastern healing systems like Chi Gong, the Japanese equivalent Kiko, acupuncture and others.

Mikao Usui found that the healing techniques contained within his spiritul system worked well on various ailments. In April 1922 he opened his first school/clinic in Harajuku Tokyo. Usui had a small manual which is now translated into English and published by Western Reiki Master living in Japan, Frank Arjava Petter, under the title “The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr Mikao Usui”

Mikao Usui’s skills as a healer and teacher must have been very good and his fame spread very quickly throughout Japan. This was a time of great change in Japan, opening up to the West and changes both in government and religion. His teachings became popular among the older people who saw them as a return to old ideals and spiritual practices.

His school/clinic was formed not just for the spiritual teachings but it was also a way for people to obtain healing. As people in general at this time in Japans history were very poor, healing sessions were very cheap or free. According to Japanese history articles, healing and other similar practices at that time would be given for a minimal cost or more likely for free.

Reiki students seem to have worked with the teacher as a sort of payment (a small monetary fee might also have been involved).

The Usui teachings included teaching people how to heal themselves (a very central point still in Reiki of today). Healing would be given to them, then they were taught how to heal themselves.

In 1923 on the 1st of September an earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohama, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was 50 miles from Tokyo. Over 140,000 deaths were reported. The majority were killed in the fires started by the earthquake. It was the greatest natural disaster in Japanese history. Mikao Usui and his students started to give healing in the area and the demand and need for Reiki was enormous and as a result of his work he became even more famous.

In 1925 Usui had become so busy that he had to open a new larger school outside Tokyo in Nakano. As he traveled widely his senior students would continue with his work when he was away from his school/clinic.

Dr Mikao Usui passed away on March 9th 1926 at the age of 62. He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. Later his students created and erected a large memorial stone next to his grave describing his life and work. Much of the new information about Usui Sensei comes from the translation of this memorial.

Usui Sensei’s techings were divided into 6 levels, Shoden (4 levels), Okuden (2 levels) and Shinpi-den. The beginning level student (Shoden) had to work hard at increasing their own spirituality before being able to move on to the Okuden (inner teachings) level. Not many students reached the next level of Shinpi-den – Mystery/secret teachings. It is reported that he had taught his system of healing to well over 2000 persons, and what we in the West call Reiki Masters (no such title existed in Japan at the time) to 15 – 17 persons.

Chujiro Hayashi 1878 – 1940

Dr Hayashi has played 2 important parts in Western Reiki. Number one is that he is probably the originator of the hand position system used here in the West. Number two is that he initiated Mrs Takata to Reiki Master which brought Reiki to the West.

An ex-naval Officer in the Japanese Navy and a Naval Doctor who graduated Navy School in December 1902.

He started his Reiki training with Usui Sensei in 1925, 47 years of age. It is believed he was one of the last Reiki Masters trained by Usui.

Following his first training he left the Usui school and started a small clinic in Tokyo named “Hayashi Reiki Kenkyu-kai”, which had 8 beds and 16 healers. Practitioners worked in pairs of two to a bed giving treatments to patients.

Hayashi originally had seven to eight hand positions that covered the upper body only. These positions are based on the Eastern traditional healing methods (such as Chinese Medicine) that the “body” is the head and torso, the limbs are considered “external”. When treating these positions, which cover major energy center’s (acupuncture points), the energy will flow not only through the body but also to the arms and legs. (using meridians). Therefore it is only necessary to treat the head and torso in order to treat the entire body mind.

Usui Sensei used head positions only, then treated any problem area on the body. He also gave additional positions for treating specific conditions.

It seems that Hayashi may have adopted further hand positions and that these may have been the base for the hand positions used in the western world. These hand positions that cover the whole body gives a better overall flow of energy around and through the body.

Dr Hayashi compiled his own 40 page manual on how to use the hand positions for certain ailments. This manual may have been give to his students. During his work with Reiki he initiated about 17 Reiki Masters including Mrs Takata.

Chujiro Hayashi ritually ended his life by committing Seppuku’ on May 10th 1940.

Hawayo Takata 1900 – 1980

Reiki comes to the West

Hawayo Takata was born at dawn on December 24th 1900, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Her parents were Japanese immigrants and her father worked in the sugar cane fields. She eventually married the bookkeeper of the plantation where she was employed. In October of 1930, Saichi Takata died at the age of thirty-four leaving Mrs. Takata to raise their two daughters.

In order to provide for her family, she had to work very hard with little rest. After five years she developed severe abdominal pain, a lung condition and had a nervous breakdown.

Soon after this, one of her sisters died and she traveled to Japan where her parents had moved to deliver the news. She also felt she could find help for her poor health in Japan. Here she came in contact with Dr Hayashi’s clinic and she began receiving Reiki treatment.

Mrs. Takata received daily treatments twice a day and got progressively better. In four months, she was completely healed. Impressed by the results, she wanted to learn Reiki. In the Spring of 1936, Mrs. Takata received First Degree Reiki (Shoden). She worked with Dr. Hayashi for one year and then received Second Degree Reiki (Okuden).

Mrs. Takata returned to Hawaii in 1937. She was soon followed by Dr. Hayashi who came to help Mrs Takata establish Reiki in Hawaii. In the Winter of 1938, Dr. Hayashi initiated Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master. She was the thirteenth and last Reiki Master Dr. Hayashi initiated.

Between 1970 and her transition on December 11th 1980, Mrs. Takata initiated twenty-two Reiki Masters.

The original twenty-two teachers have taught others. In the decade since Mrs. Takata experienced transition, Reiki has spread rapidly in the West and East and is now practiced throughout all parts of the world. There are now tens of thousands of Reiki Masters and millions of people practicing Reiki throughout the world.