Barbara Weber (Ray)
Barbara Weber Ray was born in Houston, Texas, in 1941 and grew up in Chicago, New York and Florida. She received a BA and MA in the Classics, Ancient Languages and Civilizations, and a PhD in Humanities at Florida State University. Academically her studies took her on a journey into ancient civilization, ancient and symbolic languages, Renaissance history, art history and modern cultural, intellectual scientific and spiritual movements.
After a twelve-year career in college teaching and administration, Dr Ray decided to dedicate her self to healing. She became an author of the seven level system of Reiki, which she named The Radiance Technique to separate it fromother fragmented forms and branches of the system.
In the two years leading up to Mrs Takata’s death, Dr Ray studied with her extensively. In August 1979 she became a Reiki Master (all 7 practitioner levels), and went on to be trained in the entire seven level system by December that same year(Reiki Grand Master Teacher). As she had a scholarly approach to her training and her teaching, the original system is still kept intact and has retained its unique formulas and methods.
In company with Mrs Takata, Barbara Ray announced the formation of the American Reiki Association Inc. at a public reception in Atlanta in August 1980. This established an organization for the teaching and training of the seven levels of Reiki, as it had been passed down from Dr Mikao Usui. In 1982, Dr Ray changed the name of this organization to The American-International Reiki Association Inc. (AIRA) to reflect its international expansion.Dr Ray was also the only student of Mrs Takata to receive Hawayo’s own hand drawn symbols. She passed them on to all her students as part of her professional standards and teaching program.
Knowing she was about to pass away, Mrs Takata recognized the need to ensure that the complete Reiki system be passed on intact for it to extend beyond her lifetime in the Western world. Dr Ray’s academic training and professional approach enabled her to understand and teach the inner knowledge of Reiki and pass it on accurately and intact, and for this reason Takata singled her out as the best person to entrust the entire system to.