So you’ve decided to learn Reiki? Wonderful! - but how do you decide where to go? Which Reiki teacher is best for you? Excellent question!
There are many Reiki teachers to choose from, so here are some helpful hints to make this decision easier for you.
Are they qualified to teach Reiki?
Reiki teachers are required to have undertaken Level 1 (Shoden), Level 2 (Okuden) and Reiki Master Teacher training or Shinpiden (Level 3B), all in a lineage that follows directly back to Mikao Usui. It is also important to know how long they have been practising Reiki.
What style of Reiki do they practice and teach?
Does it originate from Mikao Usui or not? If it does have there been fundamental changes to the practice, e.g. additional symbols ( there are only 4 Usui symbols), changes to the attunement process, additions from other practices e.g. Tibetan/Raku Kai? If not where does it come from, who is the founder and what does it involve/claim? For more information about different styles click here. This is not to say these variation do now “work” or are bad/better/worse it’s simply a matter of complete clarity for all concerned, especially potential students unaware of the vast amount of variations in practices and courses called Reiki.
Do they belong to a professional Reiki organisation/s?
We have a few different Reiki organisations in Australia including: Australian Reiki Connection (ARC), Reiki Australia, Australian Association of Reiki Professionals (AARP), Australasian Usui Reiki Association (AURA), Reiki Association of Western Australia. There are many international Reiki associations e.g. Reiki Alliance ( a international group of Reiki Masters all trained in Usui Shiki Ryoho from Hawayo Takata),UK Reiki Federation to name just a couple.
How long is the course?
First Degree/Level 1 Reiki is usually taught over 10-12 hours, Second Degree/Level 2 Reiki is also over 2 full days - 10 -12 hours.
Reiki Master level can vary a great deal e.g has a 3 day intensive training component sometimes with ongoing practise and activities done over several months.Other models of Reiki Mastership are taught over several years working closely with your Reiki Master Teacher who ensures your training is tailored to what you need. They both “work” -I’ve completed training in both these ways. I feel it’s a matter of thinking deeply about why you are doing this level and what meets your needs. *Personally I now believe faster is not better, especially in spiritual matters the depth of knowledge just cannot be rushed.
What is included in the course?
You should receive a hands-on Initiation/Attunement/s (not distant), a Certificate upon completion for all levels, as well as the appropriate information for each level. Depending on the branch or style you might be given a manual, if you do not receive a manual you should be able to access your Reiki Master Teacher to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.
Who did they learn from? Will you be given a copy of their lineage?
What is the name of their Reiki Master Teacher? A Reiki lineage is similar to a family tree and traces the Training of Reiki Masters. For more information on lineage click here.
This information is designed to give you some guidelines to help you make an informed decision.
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