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Author Stein, Justin B., author.

Title Alternate currents : Reiki's circulation in the twentieth-century North Pacific / Justin B. Stein
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 313 pages) : illustrations
Contents Seeds of a Transpacific Network: A Young Woman on Kauaʻi,1900-1930 -- Drawn into the Current: Encountering Usui Reiki Therapy's Japanese Circulation, 1922-1937 -- Healing at the Hub of the Transwar Pacific: Adapting Reiki for Nikkei Hawaiʻi, 1937-1960 -- Building Authority in the Cold War United States: Networks, Esotericism, and Alterity in White America, 1948-1972 -- Coupling Universalism and "Japanese" Values: Making North American Masters, 1972-1980
Summary "In the second half of the twentieth century, Reiki went from an obscure therapy practiced by a few thousand Japanese and Japanese Americans to a global phenomenon. By the early twenty-first century, people in nearly every corner of the world have undergone the initiations that authorize them to channel a cosmic energy--known as Reiki--to heal body, mind, and spirit. They lay hands on themselves and others, use secret symbols and incantations to send Reiki to distant recipients, and strive to follow five precepts to cultivate their spiritual growth. Reiki's international rise and development is due to the work of Hawayo Takata (1900-1980), a Hawaiʻi-born Japanese American woman who brought Reiki out of Japan and adapted it for thousands of students in Hawaiʻi and North America, shaping interconnections across the North Pacific region as well as cultural transformations over the transwar period spanning World War II. Alternate Currents: Reiki's Circulation in the Twentieth-Century North Pacific analyzes how, from her training in Japan in the mid-1930s to her death in Iowa in 1980, Takata built a vast trans-Pacific network that connected Japanese American laborers on Hawaiʻi plantations to social elites in Tokyo, Hollywood, and New York; middle class housewives in American suburbs; and off-the-grid tree planters in the mountains of British Columbia. Using recently uncovered archival materials and original oral histories, Stein examines how these relationships between healer and patient, master and disciple, became deeply infused with values of their time and place and how they interplayed with Reiki's circulation, performance, and meanings along with broader cultural shifts in the twentieth-century North Pacific. Highly readable and informative, each chapter is structured around a period in the life of Takata, the charismatic, rags-to-riches architect of the network in which Reiki spread for decades. Alternate Currents explores Reiki as an exemplary transnational spiritual therapy, demonstrating how lived practices transcend artificial distinctions between religion and medicine, and circulate in global systems while maintaining strong connections with the practices' homeland"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 10, 2023)
Subject Takata, Hawayo Kawamuri, 1900-1980.
SUBJECT Takata, Hawayo Kawamuri, 1900-1980 fast
Subject Reiki (Healing system) -- Hawaii
Reiki (Healing system) -- Japan
Reiki (Healing system) -- Northwest, Pacific
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Healing / Energy (Qigong, Reiki, Polarity)
Reiki (Healing system)
Pacific Northwest
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2023013327
ISBN 9780824896423