The Usui System of Natural Healing Reiki
Reiki’s teaching history is one of oral tradition. Training is passed, in person, from Reiki Master to each student. An important aspect of the training is the development of a personal relationship between the student and a Master. This relationship provides the student with support in their Reiki practice for as long as they remain a student of that Master.
Each student’s Reiki practice is a personal one and, by its nature, is functional. Therefore, Reiki is not abstract or academic; nor is it a belief system. Reiki itself, and the experience of the student’s practice of it, becomes the teacher.
Reiki Levels and Attunements
There are three levels of Reiki training. Each level serves different functions in Reiki practice, so there is no validity in thinking the higher the training level the “better.” Each level is achieved through an attunement process that involves initiations during classes, allowing a student to automatically “attune” with the healing, balancing vibration of Reiki energy. These initiations are given in ceremonial acts by the Master to each student. Each initiation has its own meaning, and each initiation is necessary to be attuned to the energy in a permanent way.
Currently, because there are no state-mandated requirements or licensing, Reiki classes and certification differ among Reiki branches and teachers. Usui System of Natural Healing Reiki students do receive a certificate from their Teaching Master, stating that the necessary training for each Reiki level has been successfully completed.
Reiki I Level
The function for Level I training is in the physical realm. Reiki is presented simply: Hands on, Reiki on…Hands off, Reiki off. The Reiki hand positions are taught and practiced, first on self and then on others, following the form of a full Reiki treatment.
The first session of the class covers the history of Reiki and the self-healing positions are given and practiced. Students begin their training with self-healing because it is considered central to all Reiki practice – first use Reiki for yourself, and then for others.
In the second session of the class, the hand positions for treating the head are demonstrated and explained, with time for questions. Then each student practices giving and receiving Reiki with the head positions. Using the same format, the third session covers the chest/stomach/torso area; and the fourth session covers the back positions. The basic functions of the major organs, glands and systems of the body are covered. By the end of the first level training, students have both given and received a full Reiki treatment.
Instruction usually takes place in a two-day period, presented in four three-hour sections, each followed by an initiation to attune students, reconnecting them with their own natural healing ability.
My students receive a copy of my Teaching Master Penelope Jewell’s book Reiki, A Guide to Your Practice of Reiki Healing Energy. At the end of the training class, each student receives a certificate of training. The fee for the first level of training is $225.
Reiki II Level
The function of Level II training is to increase and focus the flow of Reiki in physical treatment. This is achieved through instruction and time for practice in the conscious use of ancient symbols. Learning to use the Reiki symbols includes committing them to memory.
Students learn to use the symbols to work beyond the physical to reach the unconscious mind, sending Reiki energy to a person or situation in any time or space in a focused way, as if a physical treatment were being given.
Level II training is open to Reiki students who have taken the first level of training, and who feel called to deepen their experience of Reiki practice in their lives. The student needs to have practiced for a minimum of three months and have given and received at least three full Reiki treatments.
The second level of training is usually taught in three sections over a span of several days and includes a deeper initiation by the Reiki Master. At the end of the training class, each student receives a certificate of training. The fee for the second level of training is $500.
Reiki Master Level
The function of the Master level is to be able to transfer the ability to access Reiki energy to another through the initiation process. Other functions include teaching classes, maintaining a personal practice, and if so called, training other Masters.
Master Training in the Usui System of Natural Healing is usually conducted over a minimum three-year period of time. During that time, the student studies in an apprenticeship to an elder training Master. The Master Candidate will both sponsor and attend as many Reiki classes as possible, absorbing the teachings by being there and adhering to the oral tradition.
The Reiki Master’s path involves developing personal mastery, i.e., being in integrity at all times. It is a commitment to that goal that must be acknowledged before a student advances in Master’s training. A Master’s level is a way of life, a path chosen in answer to a call to share the ability to do Reiki with others. The personal and professional lives of Masters are committed to the healing art of Reiki and the lifestyle in engenders.
My Teaching Master Penelope Jewell writes that for a Reiki Master, “What is the Masterful thing to do? becomes a constant question, until the concept is internalized as the approach for all decisions for dealing with the world. This practice is a path, a daily attitude (as in trajectory), not a goal that is reached at any particular time. We all do the best we can from where ever we are, and if we fall short of our own expectations, we begin again.”
The Teaching Master and the Master Candidate agree to a lifetime commitment to their relationship. The fee for the Usui System of Natural Healing Reiki’s Master level of training is $10,000.