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What is a Reiki lineage?

A Reiki lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree.

Why is the Reiki lineage important?

Once you take a Reiki Class and a Reiki Master takes you through a series of four initiations called the Reiki Attunement, you are able to tap into the always-flowing energy of the universe, called Reiki.

From that moment, every time you tap into Reiki you connect with something bigger: a ?network? of Reiki Masters who have a special spiritual bond between them and with the three Grandmasters of Reiki: Mikau Usui, Chujiro Hayashi and Hawayo Takata.

Since Mikau Usui discovered Reiki in the early 1900s and then when it was brought to the West in 1938 by Hawayo Takata, Reiki has been practiced by millions of people across the globe and they are all connected.

What is your Reiki lineage?

Below is a lineage chart of Reiki Master Michal Spiegelman. If you?take a class with Michal, this will become your lineage.

My Reiki Lineage

Mikau Usui (1865-1926)

Chujiro Hayashi (1878-1940)

Hawayo Takata (1900-1980)

Phyllis Furumoto

Marta Getty

Zipporah Stein

Agnes Toews

Amalia Assa

Shoshi Gabay

Shila Dagan

Michal Spiegelman


The Reiki Grandmasters

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Mikau Usui (1865-1926)

Born in 1864, Usui underwent a metaphysical experience and became empowered to use universal life force to heal others without depleting his energy. He called this form of healing Reiki and taught it throughout Japan until his death in 1926.

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Chujiro Hayashi (1878-1940)

The tradition was passed down to 2nd Grandmaster, Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a retired naval officer. He received the Reiki Master initiation from Usui in 1925. Hayashi initiated and trained Hawayo Takata and helped her bring Reiki to Hawaii.

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Hawayo Takata (1900-1980)

Hawayo Takata learned Reiki in Japan, returned to Hawaii and began teaching Reiki. She prevented Reiki from being lost. She was a great teacher and promoter and taught Reiki classes all over Hawaii and in many parts of the U.S. mainland. Before her passing, she taught 22 Reiki Masters who continued to carry her legacy, develop and share Reiki with the world.

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Phyllis Furumoto (1948-2019)

Phyllis, Takata’s granddaughter, was born in Texas in 1948. She learned Reiki from her grandmother. She made the commitment to continue a path of Reiki and mastery. In December 1980, Hawayo Takata died, leaving 22 masters. Her granddaughter, Phillis, was one of those 22 masters.

I had the honor and privilege to spend a day with Phyllis in March 2019 in New York, before she passed.

Michal Spiegelman with Phyllis Furumoto
Michal Spiegelman with Phyllis Furumoto at a workshop in New York City

A few interesting facts and stories I learned while researching my lineage

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Marta Getty
Marta Getty was attuned by Phyllis Furumoto, who is Hawayo Takata’s granddaughter, and one of the 22 original Reiki Masters initiated by Hawayo Takata. On the 109th anniversary of Hawayo Takata’s birth, Phyllis interviews Marta, and Marta shared an experience she had meeting Hawayo Takata in 1980.

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Agnes Toews and what she told me about Zipporah Stein
I was really curious to hear how Agnes, who is Canadian, ended up getting her Master attunement from Zipporah Stein in Israel. Here is the interesting story I heard from Agnes:

I followed my husband, who was a CD military commander, to Israel in 1991. He was posted there to work for the UN. In 1992 I met Zipporah Stein walking on the beach in Nahariya, in the north of Israel.

She had just become a Reiki Master, and she learned from Marta Getty. I had done my first two Usui traditional Reiki degrees in Canada. Most everyone that I knew was charging $10,000 for the Reiki Master, which I couldn’treally afford. Zipporah offered to teach me.

Zipporah, born and raised In America, immigrated to Israel as an adult, and died of a brain tumor in 2009. She was spunky, a talented singer, and full of energy“.

Agnes lives in British Columbia and continues to teach and expand her consciousness.

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Amalia Assa
Amalia, an artist, lives in Israel.
Amalia taught Reiki for 25 years. She shared with me that she has taught 11,400 students in Israel. 108 of them are Reiki Masters.
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Shoshi Gabay
Shoshi lives in Israel. She combines different healing modalities and is dedicated to be in service and help as many people as she can.
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Shila Dagan
I met Shila when I studied Shiatsu in Israel and connected right away. Shila introduced me to Reiki and I knew immediately that she was meant to be my Reiki Master. I took all the levels with her and we became best friends. We share a deep spiritual connection and a beautiful friendship. Shila is very spiritual. She practices different healing modalities, and her level of spiritual connection always amazes me and supports me in my own spiritual journey.

Remember: It’s all about LIVING Reiki and BEING Reiki.

Mastership cannot be bought. It must be earned
– John Harvey Gray, one of the 22 Masters that were initiated by Hawayo Takata.

A true alignment with the universal energy means practicing Reiki and creating a Reiki lifestyle. Although the Reiki lineage is meaningful, it is time and practice, combined with living by the Reiki Principles that defines your true connection with Reiki.