When I was initially trained in Reiki, I was given a sheet of paper along with other information which listed the instructors full Reiki lineage. That sheet sat in my Reiki notebook for over a decade, unneeded.
In fact, I had hardly even looked at it until I went to join The Reiki Association and needed to produce that lineage in order to join. Later, I went to a gathering of Reiki practitioners and the one question every person asked me was “What’s your lineage?” I had no idea – I’d not memorised the list!
Since ultimately all Reiki can trace itself back to Mikao Usui, does it matter what path the lineage takes between him and me? Or him and you?
I’ve seen too many Reiki practitioners and proponents of various Reiki traditions with an attitude of “Our lineage is better than their lineage”. “Our teachings are more authentic than their teachings.”
Some UK Reiki groups don’t accept full membership unless a practitioner has been trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, it is seen as being the only authentic Reiki tradition. One particular group won’t accept membership from people who have trained in another specific lineage.
I think it’s disgusting myself.
Reiki is a form of energy healing, one among many which has developed around the world, and amongst several which have come out of Japan and China, including Qi Gung, Tai Chi, Hado, and other meditative arts.
While they might have different origins, their source is the same. The universal energy, chi, qui, prana, mana, ruach, orgone, barraka. The Practitioner is merely a vessel through which this energy moves.
If this is true, then does it matter whether one became attuned to Reiki energy via person A or person B? Does it matter if he trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho or Karuna Reiki?
I say it doesn’t, but what do you think?