It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Fran Brown on Easter Sunday 2009. Fran was one of the 22 masters initiated by Hawayo Takata, and she devoted her life to Reiki. She is greatly respected and loved throughout the Reiki community, and will be missed by everyone who had the honour of knowing her. Her humour and zest for life were amazing and inspiring.
The following text is taken from Fran’s website:
The winter of 1973 Hawayo Takata was invited to the San Francisco Bay Area to teach a class in Reiki. I was in that class. She taught Reiki to many people here. In 1977 I took Second Degree Reiki and in the first week of January, 1979 I took my master’s training with her as her seventh master and began teaching Reiki anywhere people want to learn Reiki as taught by Hayashi and Takata. These twenty eight years of teaching have taken me to many parts of the world. In 1997 I was asked to come to Japan and teach Hayashi’s system and in 1999 it was my privilege to meet with members of the group founded by Usui as well as students and masters taught by Chujiro Hayashi. We compared teachings and initiations and were delighted to find them to be similar. Hayashi organized the hand placements taught by Usui so that it was easier to teach Reiki. Takata says that he never changed any of the teachings and asked her not to change them either, nor have I.
Fran’s book, ‘Living Reiki – Takata’s Teachings’ is well known to many Reiki students, bringing to life Hawayo Takata’s personality and teachings with warmth and vibrancy.