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.
Western Reiki will always continue with Dr Chujiro Hayashi
And then Mrs Hawayo Takata
Mrs Hawayo Takata (24th December 1900 - 11th December 1980)Brought Reiki firstly to Hawaii in 1937Then 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 GrayBeth GrayFran BrownIris Ishikuro (Mrs Takata's friend and cousin)
Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Mrs Takata's granddaughter) Bethel PhaighWanja TwanPaul (David) Mitchell (still teaching Traditional Takata Reiki in U.S.A.)Mary McFaydenRick Bockner (still teaching Traditional Takata Reiki in U.S.A.)
This Reiki training is classed as Traditional Takata ReikiAll 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.
Shou Matsui Wasaburo SuganoChiyoko Yamaguchi Hawayo Takata (nee Kawamura)
All of the above occured in Japan with Japanese students
Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi
Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi carried on the traditional Hayashi Reikiwhen it was believed in the West that that Reiki was no longer beingused in Japan.
Mrs Chiyoko Yamaguchi taught Reiki to her son Tado Yamaguchiand to Frank Arjava Petter (from Germany, now Greece)
Together they formed Jikiden Reiki Institutebased in Japan, now with an organisation in the UKJikiden Reiki UK
Wasaburo Sugano was the uncle of Chiyoko Tamaguchi
One other 'Japanese /Eastern' Reiki lineages known in theUK is that of Hiroshi DoiHis lineage is Usui - Taketom - Koyama - Doi