Is Reiki lineage important?

Q: Is Reiki lineage important

A: No. This is a point that some Reiki practitioners would disagree with, but here’s why I say that Reiki lineage is not important:

First, what lineage is: Lineage is the link between the practitioner and the founder of Usui Reiki, Mikao Usui. How many people are in between the practitioner and Sensei Usui is the lineage.

Now, here’s how I see it. For each of us, there are certain energetic frequencies that we carry naturally. Then there are those we’ve added as we’ve learned how to tap into our intuitive abilities. Perhaps some of us have learned meditation, perhaps yoga, perhaps some other forms of energy healing such as Quantum Touch, Polarity Therapy, Qi Gong, or Theta Healing. Each time we strengthen our intuition in any way, our vibration alters a little. So my Reiki energy may feel different from someone else’s, even if we both learned the same Reiki method(s).

Think of it this way: You and I both learn to play a simple Mozart minuet on the piano. We spend the same amount of time practicing, with the same teacher. We both master the piece. Then, you and I each play it. Will there be differences? Yes, there will. It’s the same notes, the same rhythm, we had the same teacher, and both practiced. What’s different is the interpretation that we naturally give the piece as we play it. Subtle pressures yielding different dynamics, tones, and the mood created by the full interaction of each will be different because you and I are different. Same with Reiki.

This has to do with lineage in the way that if I learned Reiki from x teacher who learned it from Usui himself, and you learned it from y teacher, who learned it from a line ten people down from Usui, we are both channeling energy, and it won’t be “watered down” but instead filtered through our own intuitive frequencies to get to the recipient.

The factors which influence the strength of the energy that the recipient is offered are more part of the practice of the person giving the healing. Here’s what matters most, as I see it:

  • personal self healing
  • dedicated, daily practice
  • self reflection
  • striving to improve one’s life, health, and intuition
  • giving and receiving Reiki regularly

This is what matters. If you were taught well by a dedicated teacher, and you practice mindfully and regularly, you will have strong, beautiful Reiki energy flowing through you.

I welcome your thoughts.

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About Reiki Awakening

Alice Langholt is a parent, author and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy School of Intuitive Development ( Alice is the author of the new Reiki resource, Practical Reiki TM: for balance, well-being, and vibrant health. A guide to a simple, revolutionary energy healing method, which won second place for Best Reiki Book in the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. Alice maintains a local Reiki practice as an Associate at Insight Learning and Wellness Center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In addition, she has authored eBooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific curricula in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. Alice spent a year volunteering at The Cleveland Clinic offering Reiki to patients and staff, and is a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( She will teach Practical Reiki in Lily Dale, NY (August 2013), and gives workshops at holistic expos around the US. Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her husband, Evan, and their four kids know and use Reiki. As a teacher, Alice believes that close guidance and mentoring are essential elements for learning energy healing. She provides this support to each student, getting to know each and assist him or her in growing intuition and becoming confident practitioners. Receive Reiki, order pendulums, energy charged stones, and more by visiting Alice at
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2 Responses to Is Reiki lineage important?

  1. KC says:

    This is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. I’m a Level 1 Reiki practitioner (Usui Tibetan). I have no idea what my lineage is and I now realize that it’s not considered “traditional” Takata Reiki. I’m happy with my choice of RMT and I’m happy with my reiki practice, but I’ve been reading a lot about efforts to help Reiki gain acceptance in the mainstream. I think acceptance is important because Reiki could bring so much good to so many more people if it is presented to them in a way that is easier for them to accept. I’ve recently been thinking that when I reach Level 2 I might like to participate in volunteer programs. In your experience, does not having a traditional lineage hinder one’s ability to participate in hospital, hospice, etc. Reiki programs?

    • Thanks for asking, KC. In the volunteer programs where I am affiliated, one of them wanted a copy of my Reiki Master Teacher certificate, and the other didn’t. Neither asked for my lineage. One was insistent on only Usui Reiki practitioners, (the one who wanted the certificate), and the other just wanted energy healers of any modality. They wanted a resume, and didn’t ask me for copies of my certificates nor lineage. So I don’t think that lineage is an issue. Certificates are pretty important for some places so keep yours handy. I wouldn’t get hung up on it. If you are a mindful, dedicated practitioner who cares about her work, that will speak for itself. Blessings, Alice

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