General meaning of Lineage is The descendants of one individual, family tree, geneology, direct descent from a particular ancestor.
In some tradition, Lineage is the term who used to describe who initiated you. A ritual might or might not be needed to initiate someone or a group.
Reiki Lineage: is a Reiki family tree in lay people term, leading all the way back to the founder Mikao Usui.
Reiki lineage refers to the line of Reik Masters that leads to the student. For a healing system to be called Reiki and be recognized as such, the lineage must trace back to Mikao Usui.
Two main branches in Reiki World: Western Style & Japanese Style , both traced back to Mikao Usui.
Most of the Reiki people in the world were taught Western Style.
I am fortunate to learn and teach both Styles. My first steps into reiki was with Western Style. Then, I feel more synchronized with Komyo Reiki, which encouraged Reiki Teacher/ practitioner to deepen an understanding of Reiki Ryoho and develope the inner growth. After years of Reiki practice, it unfolds that Reiki Ryoho and the (insight) wisdom goes hand in hand.
Reiki Lineage: Per Komyo Reiki Kai; By Lineage a Reiki practitioner is not noble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not superior. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not ignoble. By lineage a Reiki practitioner is not inferior.
Per Komyo Reiki Kai, Your Reiki lineage does not make a good practitioner or a Teacher. ” Clothes do not make the man”, as the saying goes.