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.




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.

The practice of Reiki is the transfer of Universal life 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 Usui Shiki 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 - 7/12/18

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.

  • What style of Reiki do they practice and teach?

    Does it originate from Mikao Usui or not? If it does have there been fundamental changes to the practice, e.g. additional symbols ( there are only 4 Usui symbols), changes to the attunement process, additions from other practices e.g. Tibetan/Raku Kai? If not where does it come from, who is the founder and what does it involve/claim? For more information about different styles click here. This is not to say these variation do now “work” or are bad/better/worse it’s simply a matter of complete clarity for all concerned, especially potential students unaware of the vast amount of variations in practices and courses called Reiki.

  • Do they belong to a professional Reiki organisation/s?
    We have a few different Reiki organisations in Australia including: Australian Reiki Connection (ARC), Reiki Australia, Australian Association of Reiki Professionals (AARP), Australasian Usui Reiki Association (AURA), Reiki Association of Western Australia. There are many international Reiki associations e.g. Reiki Alliance ( a international group of Reiki Masters all trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho from Hawayo Takata),UK Reiki Federation to name just a couple.

  • How long is the course?
    First Degree/Level 1 Reiki is usually taught over 10-12 hours, Second Degree/Level 2 Reiki is also over 2 full days - 10 -12 hours.

  • Reiki Master level can vary a great deal e.g has a 3 day intensive training component sometimes with ongoing practise and activities done over several months.Other models of Reiki Mastership are taught over several years working closely with your Reiki Master Teacher who ensures your training is tailored to what you need. They both “work” -I’ve completed training in both these ways. I feel it’s a matter of thinking deeply about why you are doing this level and what meets your needs. *Personally I now believe faster is not better, especially in spiritual matters the depth of knowledge just cannot be rushed.

  • What is included in the course?
    You should receive a hands-on Initiation/Attunement/s (not distant), a Certificate upon completion for all levels, as well as the appropriate information for each level. Depending on the branch or style you might be given a manual, if you do not receive a manual you should be able to access your Reiki Master Teacher to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.

  • Who did they learn from? Will you be given a copy of their lineage?
    What is the name of their Reiki Master Teacher? A Reiki lineage is similar to a family tree and traces the Training of Reiki Masters. For more information on lineage click here.

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