Reiki Healing for a Kinder World

Lineage: A question of connection

In Usui Shiki Ryoho (the system of Reiki I practice and teach) the Spiritual Lineage and the master's the lineage (or line of teachers) is seen as important. The Spiritual Lineage are those masters who have each in their time been the figurehead for the system. Knowing the lineage is like knowing our family tree: it gives us a sense of connection to the source of this practice. The story of the Spiritual Lineage is told in First Degree Reiki classes.

The Spiritual Lineage


1. Mikao Usui

(Japan) who founded the system of healing known as Reiki and taught:



3. Hawayo Takata

(Hawaii) who brought Reiki out of Japan, was the longest practising Reiki master and taught:



2. Chujiro Hayashi

(Japan) who further developed the practice and taught:


4. Phyllis Lei Furumoto

(USA) who is current Lineage Bearer and holds the office of Grand Master with another of Takata's masters Paul Mitchell

My Teaching Lineage


 My master Martha Sylvester

You can find out more about her on her website:

 Wanja Twan 

who taught Martha and was taught by Hawayo Takata.

Wanja was born in Sweden and moved to Canada

So my teaching lineage is:

  • Mikao Usui

  • Chujiro Hayashi

  • Hawayo Takata

  • Wanja Twan

  • Martha Sylvester

  • Kate Jones

I also recognise and honour Phyllis Lei Furumoto as the present Lineage Bearer of Usui Shiki Ryoho.