Lineages and the system of Reiki

For those wishing to learn the system of Reiki it is necessary to understand why there is an emphasis placed on lineages.

The UK Reiki Federation recognizes and welcomes diversity arising from different lineages from both within the Usui tradition, and non-Usui styles of Reiki.  Usui Lineages are a requirement for regulatory purposes and it is important that lineages are traceable back to Mikao Usui in an unbroken link for anyone wishing to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

It is important when undertaking Usui Reiki training that your teacher is able to provide you with a full unbroken lineage tracing back to Mikao Usui.

What is a lineage?

A lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree. A teacher’s lineage reflects the information that the teacher will be passing on to the student.

Therefore, different lineages will have different techniques, philosophies and understandings of working with the system of Reiki. Some lineages even have different histories.

It is important when undertaking Usui Reiki training that your teacher is able to provide you with a full unbroken lineage tracing back to Mikao Usui.

Since the system of Reiki began in the early 1900s and was brought to the West in 1938 by Hawayo Takata, there have been various histories and understandings about the system of Reiki. Since Hawayo Takata died in 1980 there have been a number of people who have created their own lineages. Lineages which do not originate from Mikao Usui are acceptable for UK Reiki Federation membership, but will not meet requirements for regulation.

To know if your lineage is a viable Usui Reiki lineage some guidelines are given below.

Lineages that follow a Western teaching will always have these people at the beginning of the lineage tree:

  1. Mikao Usui
  2. Chujiro Hayashi,
  3. Hawayo Takata

All lineages from Mrs Takata would include one or another of the following masters as they were the 22 taught by her.

George Araki
Dorothy Baba (deceased)
Ursula Baylow (deceased)
Rick Bockner
Patricia Bowling
Barbara Brown
Frank Brown
Phyllis Furumoto (grand-daughter of Mrs. Takata)
Beth Gray
John Gray
Iris Ishikuro (deceased)
Harry Kuboi
Ethel Lombardi
Barbara McCullough
Mary McFayden
Paul Mitchell;
Bethel Phaigh (deceased)
Shinobu Saito;
Virginia Samdahl (deceased)
Wanja Twan;
Barbara Weber Ray
Kay Yamashita (sister of Mrs. Takata)

If your Reiki master is in the Takata lineage, and his chart does not include one of those names listed above, you should ask the master for verification or contact us for assistance.

There are also some Japanese lineages (e.g. those including either Hiroshi Doi or Chiyoko Yamaguchi) available that follow Japanese teachings.

If you are unsure about your lineage or have queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Lineages that are not currently considered acceptable under the UK Reiki Federation standards include:

Universal Healing/Dharma Reiki
Men Chhos Reiki
Medicine Buddha Reiki
Lineages including the name of Mr. Patswani


Lineage Tracing Service

If you need help to trace your lineage, please download and complete the form, and send it to us, along with the appropriate fee. (Please see form for details. In case we can’t trace your lineage you’ll receive a £10 refund.)

Download Lineage Tracing Service Form – [PDF, 99kb]
Download Lineage Tracing Service Form – [MS Word, 97kb]

For any further queries not addressed in the form, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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