A lineage is the line of teaching that your teacher has been trained in, similar to a family tree. A teacher's lineage reflects the information that the teacher will be passing on to the student. Therefore, different lineages will have different techniques, philosophies and understandings of working with the system of Reiki. Some lineages even have different histories. It is important when undertaking Usui Reiki training that your teacher is able to provide you with a full unbroken lineage tracing back to Mikao Usui.
Since the system of Reiki began in the early 1900s and was brought to the West in 1938 by Hawayo Takata, there have been various histories and understandings about the system of Reiki. Since Hawayo Takata died in 1980 there have been a number of people who have created their own lineages. Lineages which do not originate from Mikao Usui are acceptable for UK Reiki Federation membership, but will not meet requirements for regulation.
Taken from the UK Reiki Federation - for more information you can visit www.reikifed.co.uk or to see a copy of Kimberly's Lineage please get in touch.