Reiki Lineage

A Reiki Lineage is our Reiki heritage, or Reiki tree with Mikao Usui being the trunk. 
The trunk has sound, strong roots, funded in Buddhist tradition but is non-religious and goes hand in hand with all religions.


Lineage is a direct line of teaching that the teacher has been trained in, confirming you have received your Reiki training from a Reiki Master who has received their Reiki training from a Reiki Master - a pattern - right the way back to a person who received Reiki training directly from  Mikao Usui.

Whether Eastern or Western Reiki (information on this is on the Reiki Styles page) Reiki our lineage starts with Mikao Usui Sensei.  

        Dr Mikao Usui - Reiki

   Western Reiki will always continue with Dr Chujiro Hayashi 

Dr Chujiro Hayashi - Reiki

And then Mrs Hawayo Takata                                                                 Mrs Hawayo Takata - Reiki

"Western Reiki"

Mrs Hawayo Takata (24th December 1900 - 11th December 1980)
Brought Reiki firstly to Hawaii in 1937
Then to the U.S.A followed by Europe and then the UK

Mrs Hawayo Takata attuned 22 of her students to Reiki Master Teacher level and it is from her Reiki Masters that the different styles of Reiki start to appear.

The more well known of students of Mrs Takata are:
Kay Yamashita (Mrs Takata's sister)
John Harvey Gray
Beth Gray
Fran Brown
Iris Ishikuro (Mrs Takata's friend and cousin)

Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Mrs Takata's granddaughter) 
Bethel Phaigh
Wanja Twan
Paul (David) Mitchell (still teaching Traditional Takata Reiki in U.S.A.)
Mary McFayden
Rick Bockner (still teaching Traditional Takata Reiki in U.S.A.) 

This Reiki training is classed as Traditional Takata Reiki
All student training is carried out in person 
All students have a lineage that includes Mrs Takata

Eastern Reiki lineage may or may not include Dr Hayashi but definitely not Mrs Takata.

Dr Hayashi taught, and attuned, the Usui system of healing to 4 identified Reiki Masters

Shou Matsui 
Wasaburo Sugano
Chiyoko Yamaguchi  
Hawayo Takata (nee Kawamura)

All of the above occured in Japan with Japanese students

"Eastern Reiki"

Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi

Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi carried on the traditional Hayashi Reiki
when it was believed in the West that that Reiki was no longer being
used in Japan.

'Japanese/Eastern Reiki'

Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi taught Reiki to her son Tado Yamaguchi
and to Frank Arjava Petter (from Germany, now Greece)

Together they formed Jikiden Reiki Institute
based in Japan, now with an organisation in the UK
Jikiden Reiki UK

Wasaburo Sugano was the uncle of Chiyoko Tamaguchi

One other 'Japanese /Eastern' Reiki lineages known in the
UK is that of Hiroshi Doi
His lineage is Usui - Taketom - Koyama - Doi

And so the Reiki tree grows and grows, spreading its branches and Reiki white light far and wide.