A Reiki Master is someone who has completed all levels of training, combined with at least one year of practical experience between Levels 2 and 3, and perhaps incorporating other modalities to deepen their experience and to add to the healing of their client.
They have the power or permission to pass on that knowledge to others, in that they can teach and show how to do the attunement, what to teach, and how to give Reiki to others. Typically, a Reiki Master “walks the walk and talks the talk” in that they live their lives in a peaceful, calm way, “doing unto others as they would have done to them.” They might have different practices, eg; Yoga, Meditation or other forms of Spirituality. Always remembering, that we are human, with lessons to learn as any other does.
Some people say there are three levels to Reiki. I like to split it into four. When I teach Level 1 it is obviously the first introduction to Reiki. I do prefer that people who want to learn Reiki have had at least one healing session either with me or someone else, so that they know what to expect and know what's expected of them. I appreciate it if the student is spiritual in some way. With Level 1, obviously there are no prerequisites. You might know a little bit about it, but you're keen to learn and you are definitely interested in this form of healing.
Level 2 follows Level 1, and goes deeper into the healing aspects of this modality, increasing knowledge and spiritual awareness. Level 2 is also the most important Level as far as receiving the attunement and symbols is concerned. Once you have completed this Level, your life is changed forever.
The reason I like to split Level 3 and 4 when teaching the Master Level is that there is a lot of revision to be done before progressing. Practitioners have learned a lot both in and out of the classroom and I'm interested to hear what their experiences have been. It's important to have a good exchange during the class, sharing information, ideas and a general discussion of what people have done up to that point. Many people complete a level and then don't want to continue with it, however it could be that suddenly something comes up and now they are excited to continue. Timing is crucial.
The notes I use in my teachings are quite detailed, as I’ve combined information from various Reiki Masters, and also added on what I feel is important to being part of this Reiki family. When somebody comes to me and they want to go to the next level, I ask to see their Reiki accreditations. Usually a Reiki Master will hand out a certificate for each level completed.
I teach the Master level on two Saturdays, back to back; Level 3 on one and Level 4 the next. After that, one is a Reiki Master and is then able to teach, as well as pass on the attunement. They might however, put their knowledge to use in another way. That is what is so wonderful about the practice. One can make of it what one will, within reason. When I teach the Master levels, I insist that a person has at least one year of experience in-between the levels. There is so much to learn and assimilate and this is really the most important reason why I want that for them.
A Reiki Master is someone who has been through all four levels of Reiki and used it to gain practical experience and deepen their mental, spiritual and emotional sense of self and being.
Reiki is a form of energy healing. It is based on the premise that everything is made up of energy that is constant. When that energy flow is restricted or blocked it causes pain and illness. Reiki is the transfer of healing energy and basically raising somebody's energy from that of no energy or blocked energy into a higher free flowing energy. This is the healed energy and it gives you strength.
Reiki can be relaxing. Many of my clients have had profound changes in their healing after their first session, even more so after doing it for a couple of weeks.
One of my clients who later became a student came to me because she had problems with her right hip, and we managed after a succession of appointments to release the pain she was experiencing and really give her the healing that she was seeking. One of those sessions was done as a distance healing where she was away on business and she knew that she would have to be doing a lot of walking over that weekend.
We sat together over a quick phone call to make the connection. I sat very quietly afterwards and just thought of her, sent her the energy and she reported a great improvement on that particular day. After about six sessions with me, she has no more pain in that area.
Reiki works through a transference of energy. The energy is given to the client in a very simple but very sacred, procedure. During the sessions, the client may have a vision, or sometimes they'll see colours or shapes. They may sense a family member who passed on. It is different for every person. Every practitioner’s energy is different, and every session is different. Sometimes a client will want to be very quiet, and not talk. They just want to enjoy the relaxation, which is part of Reiki as well. Again, every session is different.
Reiki therefore can be used for relaxation and stress relief, to help alleviate pain and discomfort and, depending on your goals, to maybe even heal your body.