Reiki Lineage

What is a Reiki lineage?

An issue that has had considerable discussion over the years, and even more so recently is that of Reiki Lineage.

 I thought it would be helpful to give you some information about Lineage. This has been spurred on as I spoken to Reiki students over the years who are a bit (sometimes a lot) confused about what they have been taught about this topic. In fact if they are unclear it’s sometimes because their teacher was not clear.

My reason for writing this is for clarity, the Reiki community needs clarity and this also helps us to be giving consistent information to the public. They are becoming increasingly informed about all manner of things- enter stage left ……Professor Google and Wikipedia. So let’s begin our Q and A:

What is a lineage chart?

A Reiki lineage is a chart that traces the Reiki Master Teachers and their teachers, and so on. It should be an unbroken lineage all the way back to Usui sensei- the Founder of Usui Reiki. When I say unbroken I mean exactly that- no gaps-  “English woman”, “German man” or “unknown” simply won’t do.

I have studied to Master Reiki level in 4 styles of Reiki (3 trace back to Usui sensei, 1 does not), so my lineage chart has quite a few lines. I practice and teach Usui Shiki Ryoho as I was taught by Paul MItchell one of Takata's 22 Reiki Masters so that line is quite short:


By the way if you have Beth Gray in the lineage chart, she only initiated two Reiki Masters; Denise Crundall and Barbara McGregor. If you have Takata Sensei in your lineage she only initiated twenty two Reiki Masters. I have a list of them on my website 

(This discussion will not cover all the types of Reiki Usui Reiki or otherwise, that will be covered in another blog ).

Why do we have Lineage charts?

 Your lineage is one way you can be assured that the teaching you are receiving is sound and consistent. Importantly it give you clear understanding of the branch of Reiki you are being taught  There are so many branches/types/styles of Reiki today some have their origin with Usui sensei and some do not. Many may be traceable back to Usui but have undergone considerable change to the practice e.g. additions, subtractions changes to the attunement process. I suggest you do your homework and ask questions.

It is difficult when you begin- you don’t know what you don’t know as someone once said J (and is so oft repeated) so I will outline some useful questions to ask your teacher- perhaps before you pay anything (and will help you sort out which Teacher you want to learn from).

Look at the wording on their website, do they clearly outline their lineage- and the level of Reiki training they received to be using this particular lineage. It should be very obvious.

Who is listed on a Reiki Lineage chart?

The only people who are on a lineage chart are the Reiki Master Teachers. I have seen many interesting and incorrect lineage charts over the years. To be clear and  nothing personal but Level 1 and Level 2 students cannot add their name to the bottom of a chart. Your teacher should also be clear about this, unfortunately this is not always the case.

  (p.s. level 3a does not a Reiki Master make, level 3a is Advanced Reiki training, not to be confused with Reiki Master training. It does not mean you can call yourself a Reiki Master after this training alone).

When will I need to show this lineage chart (apart from reassurance about your Teachers training and type of Reiki)?

There are 2 main reasons

a)       If you want to undertake the next level of training with a different Teacher, or re-train. That Teacher will want to see evidence of your training (and the date/s)

b)      If you wish to join a Reiki organisation, they will want to see a copy

I present all my level 1 Reiki students with a copy of my lineage and explain in my Level 1 Reiki class what a lineage is and what is should look like.

What should you do if you were not given a lineage from your Reiki Teacher?

Well your Reiki Teacher should have included this, it is one of the foundation   components of a Level 1 class, and you should have been given a copy of your Teacher’s lineage. Ask your Teacher for a copy of their lineage, this should most certainly not be a problem. If you have lost the copy your Teacher gave you, simply ask for another copy.

Now I understand there will be some people who believe that all this emphasis on a Reiki Master Teachers’ lineage is not necessary.  They may also believe that it is not a guarantee of training.

To this I would say; my Teachers have taught me that we need to be able to verify training as much as possible. There has been unfortunately- very unfortunately, some people who have become creative (I’m being generous) with their lineage. This has been seen in lineage charts I have seen over the years where people has simply lied (there I’ve said it) about lineage chart. How does a student know? Often they don’t, one of our foundations in Reiki are the Reiki precepts given to us by Usui sensei – says “do your work honestly” comes to mind here. Ask some questions- you are paying good money and you deserve transparency.

There are ways for you to check the names on your lineage chart. Organisations like Australian Reiki Connection (ARC), are a wonderful resource for this sort of information.

If you have any questions about this topic please feel free to send me an email.




Increase your Reiki

Whenever I teach Level 1 Reiki I suggest to my students that there are ways that they can increase their Reiki. This applies at whatever "Level" you have been attuned to.

Of course we know that once attuned to Reiki, specifically Usui Shiki Ryoho, this stays with us for the rest of our lives - such a bonus!

I sometimes have people come to me who have learnt Reiki, maybe some years ago and feel they have somehow lost the ability to give Reiki. I reassure them that if they were attuned to Reiki Ryoho then it is still very much in their being. All that is needed is to do Reiki. As Mrs Takata said; "Just do Reiki, Reiki, Reiki, Reiki and then you will know."

But back to our main topic, the well recognised ways to increase our Reiki are:

1. Take the next level of Reiki.

2. Ensure you are doing self Reiki every day, after all we should be taking care of ourselves first. I encourage all my students to do at least 30 minutes of Reiki for themselves each and every day. 

3. Engage in some kind of spiritual practise, e.g. meditation, yoga, T'ai Chi, prayer to name a few.

4. Receive Reiju - whenever Usui met with students and at Gakkai gatherings Reiju was always given. Today this is available at some Reiki share groups and other Reiki meetings. It is something I do at each of my Reiki share groups.

For me, I try to incorporate as much Reiki as I can so that it is a natural part of my everyday life - certainly not something just kept "special times" only.

As I continue to work with Reiki, it continues to teach me - in so many ways. I love that with each New Year I find my connection to Reiki deepens.

With this New Year I look forward to how I can continue to deepen my Reiki Practise and where it may lead me.........

Love and Light

Louise xox

Choosing Your Reiki Treatment - 16/01/2015

So you feel as though you need something to help you. Perhaps you just feel a little out of whack but don't know what to do, or perhaps you are unwell and looking to explore your options.

Reiki Ryoho is the transfer of Universal energy via the Reiki practitioner to you. This energy is similar - but not exactly the same - as Chi or Prana you may have heard of. When you understand this, it is easy to see that this can do no harm.

This Universal energy comes into your body and assists our own body to return to balance in body, mind and spirit. The amount of rebalancing and clearing that is done at any time is in accordance with the current state of our body. This means we will never be overloaded with more than our body can handle at any one time.

Imbalances occur in our body for a variety of reasons. This may happen when we have been under stress both physical and emotional.

Our body does an excellent job of clearing away toxins and accumulated debris, but there is a limit to the amount our bodies can cope with. Once that threshold is reached this debris or "ama" as it is called in Aurveda builds up in certain parts of our body. Physical symptoms may begin to occur e.g. skin rashes or discharges such as sinus congestion, or pain in joints. 

Receiving Reiki is a great way to help our body help itself and clear away some of these imbalances. This is one reason I believe that regular Reiki is such a wonderful form of health maintenance. You can receive Reiki from someone else, or learn Reiki yourself so you are able to give yourself Reiki whenever you like.

There are different options to choose from depending on your individual need, budget and available time. We have talked about general health maintenance, for people with health conditions who would like to explore Reiki please call me to discuss, I'm happy to answer all your questions.

** NB Reiki Ryoho is a form of Complementary Health, we do not advocate it as an alternative or replacement to your current medical treatment. It is however, completely safe and there are no known medical contraindications. All of these treatments are offered solely on the basis of energy transfer and no claims are expressed or implied as to the treatment or cure of any medical or psychological conditions. **

How to Choose a Reiki Teacher - 13/06/2014

So you’ve decided to learn Reiki? Wonderful! - but how do you decide where to go? Which Reiki teacher is best for you? Excellent question!

There are many Reiki teachers to choose from, so here are some helpful hints to make this decision easier for you.

  • Are they qualified to teach Reiki?
    Reiki teachers are required to have undertaken Level 1 (Shoden), Level 2 (Okuden) and Reiki Master Teacher training or Shinpiden (Level 3B), all in a lineage that follows directly back to Mikao Usui. It is also important to know how long they have been practising Reiki.
  • Do they belong to a professional Reiki organisation/s?
    We have a few different Reiki organisations in Australia including: Australian Reiki Connection (ARC), Australian Association of Reiki Professionals (AARP), Australasian Usui Reiki Association (AURA) and Reiki Australia.
  • How long is the course?
    Level 1 Reiki is usually taught over 2 full days, Level 2 Reiki is also over 2 full days and Reiki Master level can vary but often has a 3 day intensive training component together with ongoing practise and activities done over several months.
  • What is included in the course?
    You should receive a hands-on Attunement/s (not distant), a manual and Certificate upon completion for all levels, as well as the appropriate information for each level.
  • Who did they learn from? Will you be given a copy of their lineage?
    A Reiki lineage is similar to a family tree and traces the Training of Reiki Masters.

This information is designed to give you some guidelines to help you make an informed decision.
If you would like more information, don't hesitate to call or email me directly

Becoming a Reiki Master: A Personal Perspective - 07/03/2013

The decision to go ahead with Reiki Master Training (RMT) is a huge step.
If you are currently at this point in your Reiki journey, take a deep breath and know that all will be well.
I thought it might be useful to write a little about my own experience coming up to Reiki Master training and some considerations for you if you are uncertain about this step. 

My own journey through the 3 levels of Reiki training was quite extended - 10 years in fact. It is important to understand that whatever time it takes you, it is the right amount of time. There are no hard and fast rules about exactly how long your learning should take, or whether in fact, you need to take another step at all (but that’s another discussion).

The time leading up to my final decision about RMT was personally quite challenging. The health of my elderly mother was deteriorating and one of my beloved brothers had been diagnosed with mesothelioma (an asbestos related lung cancer). I believe that Reiki teaches us a multitude of lessons, and through it people and experiences are delivered to us exactly as needed. Certainly during this time I went through many experiences and learnt a great deal about relationships, love, myself and life in its broadest sense. I also learnt about death and dying, and the gift of giving Reiki to those gravely ill and in transition to passing over. Deeply sad but also a very powerful lesson in the possibility of passing over in great peace and grace.  It was during this time that it became quite clear to me that I was to proceed with RMT.

I had been thinking about it, and it just seemed so logical and became very clear for me.
Some time after my level 2 training I was given, assigned is probably a better term, three Reiki Guides. Their mission was to help me have fun with the Reiki and to lighten up a little. They also gave me a task once I felt sure it was time for me to proceed. I was to visit some Reiki teachers to find the one/s that I felt – in my heart – were the right ones for me.

This was great fun and very instructive, especially given that I would be teaching Reiki myself in the future. All the Reiki teachers I visited were special and wonderful people and I am grateful to all of them for taking the time to talk to me – none of them were “pushy” in any way, all were walking their talk.
Next I was guided to visit , I say guided because the “feeling “ was very clear and very strong, to see my original Reiki teacher. As soon as I walked in I felt that this was the right place, but I held off any decision until I had time to reflect and meditate.

I made my final decision and everything seemed to progress from that time very quickly. The timing was perfect, the next class was scheduled quite soon and I was ready to go.
I loved every minute of my RMT, despite the fact that the days were quite long. The energy throughout was very powerful, I was exactly where I was supposed to be, doing exactly what I needed to do. I had finally found what I was meant to doin life!

So if you are in the midst of deciding whether to pursue with RMT, I would say to you – listen, feel and watch closely. If you are meant to go ahead clear signs will be put right in front of you, if you miss the first ones, they will get stronger and clearer – and continue until you make this step.
On reflection it seems so easy, but sometimes when we are in the middle of busy lives we can miss these signs, sometimes we need a specific experience before we are ready, sometimes it can be a simple matter of more time or more Reiki.

One of my greatest joys in life is teaching Reiki, every level, as each is so special in its own way.
My RMT is designed in three main parts. The preliminary, which consists of us meeting to have an informal chat and then you writing a reflective piece on your Reiki journey. The next part is the three day Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Master Training course. Prior to this we will schedule a Healing Attunement as part of your energetic preparation for the course.

After this three day course (you will receive your certificates at the end of this course) an individual programme is devised which includes, assisting with my Reiki courses, Reiki circle/shares, and other activities (some just for you, some with other students).
I hold Reiki Masters courses regularly and you are welcome to give me a call if you wish to have a chat about RMT.  

Please note - not all applicants are accepted into my Reiki Master programme, certain criteria must be met, these are in accordance with the Australian Reiki Connection teaching guidelines. Verifiable documentation of prior Reiki courses (Usui Shiki Ryoho level 1 and 2 are pre-requisites) and lineage must be provided and the final decision will be made by me.

I hope this piece has given you some clarity around your own personal direction as well as given you some understanding of my love and background of Reiki.

If you have any questions about this or any of my courses please just give me a call or send an email, I’m very happy to chat to you!