REIKI TRAINING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF REIKI LINEAGE
THE PASSING ON OF REIKI
Since Dr Usui first discovered Reiki, it has been practiced and taught around the world through a traditional system of attunement or passing on of Reiki from Teacher to student in person. This person-to-person, Teacher-to-student passing on of Reiki is essential.
The reason why this method of passing on is so vital is that there is a direct Energetic transfer and opening from Teacher to student to enable the student to access and channel the Reiki. This process is called Reiju, initiation or attunement (it works similar to the antenna on a radio which tunes into the correct station). In this case, the attunement allows the student to ‘tune’ into the Reiki and access it as a result of the direct transfer and opening from the Teacher to the student.
There are now many online courses to become a Reiki Practitioner and it is questionable how the attunement could possibly occur without the person-to-person process of attuning and direct Energetic transfer/channel opening.
Accordingly, when seeking a Reiki Practitioner, whether it be myself or another Practitioner, I recommend that you ask for details of their Lineage (the line down from which Reiki has been passed down in person from Teacher to Student). A Reiki practitioner’s lineage should always point back to the Father and Founder of Reiki, Dr. Mikao Usui.
MY REIKI MASTERS
In terms of my Lineage, I am 5th in line and lineage from Founder and Father of Reiki, Dr. Usui under various Lineages. This means the Reiki was passed down from Dr. Usui through the Reiju/Attunement process to 4 Masters before being passed down to myself.
I have had the honour and privilege of studying with four Reiki Masters. Two of my Reiki Masters, Helen Callanan and Jeremy O’Carroll teach the Usui Reiki Ryoho (which is commonly, although somewhat erroneously, known as 'Western Reiki). The forms taught in Usui Reiki Ryoho typically point back to Takata Sensai, who brought Reiki to the West.
My other two Reiki Masters, Yuki Tamura and Sally Wain, who each teach different systems of Reiki (Gendai and KomyoDo Reiki respectively) teach all the 'known' original practices taught by Dr Usui. Gendai Reiki is said to be the only system of Reiki which doesn't point back to Dr. Usui's student, Dr. Hayashi and has a lineage that points directly back to member of the Usui Reiki Gakkai. Komyo Reiki Do's lineage points directly back to Dr. Hayashi, rather than via Takata Sensai. Both are considered 'Japanese Reiki' systems.
I use the terms 'Japanese Reiki' and 'Western Reiki with some caution. What has begun to emerge from my studies is that some if not all of the original Usui practices now being shared in the 'Japanese' systems, were originally taught by Takata Sensai, but somehow got lost over time by Takata's Masters or their Masters. I make a point of including this explanation in honour of Takata Sensai because it is my understanding that Takata Sensai was wrongly accused of Westernising Reiki (thus the name 'Western Reiki'), which I don't believe to be an accurate representation of the form she taught. More insight can be obtained by reading about the history of Reiki.
I am eternally grateful to each one of my Reiki Masters for providing me with different approaches to my practice and for deepening my relationship with Reiki as a Practice and for broadening my spiritual path. Each have gifted me with their own set of wisdom and each with their own wealth of experience and knowledge and I remain humbled and honoured to have had the opportunity to have studied with all of them.
I am particularly grateful to Reiki Master Helen Callanan with whom I started my journey with Reiki, and who through her prolonged and generous Mentorship inspired and instilled in me a deep sense of service, integrity of practice and who encouraged my continued deep seeking with Reiki.
I also extend my gratitude to Reiki Master Sally Wain who extended much patience and generosity in answering all my questions around the history, different teachings and systems of Reiki and for helping me reconcile the disparities and come to a place of peace and understanding around these differences. Through Sally's knowledge and experience, she really helped me bridge the gap between the Western and Japanese practices of Reiki and helped me reach a place of clarity about my own form of practice and maintaining the integrity of Reiki as a practice.