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 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
Fran BrownIris Ishikuro (Mrs Takata’s friend and cousin)
Phyllis Lei Furumoto (Mrs Takata’s granddaughter)
Paul (David) Mitchell (still teaching Traditional Takata Reiki in U.S.A.)
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
Hawayo Takata (nee Kawamura)
All of the above occurred in Japan with Japanese students
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.
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.