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About Reiki Lineages

While some schools of Reiki would suggest the practice is ancient and only rediscovered in the 20th century, we would all have to agree that Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, is largely responsible for Reiki’s growing popularity in today’s age. Usui trained and empowered 21 Reiki Masters before his death, including Chujiro Hayashi. Hayashi’s student Hawayo Takata was the first to bring Reiki to the West in 1937.

Once Reiki started flourishing on separate continents, the practice evolved into significantly different Reiki lineages, most notably that of the East and that of the West. You might say the East practices more qigong-type energy work, while the West focuses more on the chakra system. All in all there are over 50 known ‘schools’ of Reiki; in Melissa’s opinion, you might say there could be a school for each teacher, as everyone has their own life experience, and unique teaching.

Melissa’s training follows the Western lineage, per Takata’s training. While in school for Chinese medicine she also trained in qigong. Her practice is a blend between these energy work practices, focusing primarily on creating a space of love and support, channeling in limitless Reiki energy, while clearing attachments and blocks that no longer serve the client’s highest and greatest good.

Melissa’s Lineage

Usui Shiki Ryoho (臼井式療法)

Below is Melissa’s direct lineage to Mikao Usui; the dates listed are the years in which the practitioner received their Reiki Master(/Teacher) attunement from their instructor. ​

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1914/1922 Mikao Usui
1925 Chujiro Hayashi
1938 Hawayo Takata
1970 Iris Ishikuro
1982 Arthur Robertson
1989 Dan Buffo
1992 Alima Pat Hamilton
1992 Dirk and Barbara tenWolde
199? Mari Coniglione (formerly Coop)
1999 DhamiBoo (Rob Turnbull)
2004 Shoshannah Beck
2008 Melissa Dana

Reiki Lineage from Mikao Usui

Mikao Usui

(1865 – 1926)