Chapter 6 - The Levels of Reiki
There are three stages of Reiki.
- Reiki First Degree
- Reiki Second Degree
- Reiki Master/Teacher
The First Degree Reiki attunements are considered by many Reiki Masters to be the most important and the initiate receives four attunements. At Second Degree Reiki the initiate receives one attunement which considerably increases the power and flexibility of their Reiki healing. At Reiki Master/Teacher the initiate receives one attunement which enables them to give Reiki attunements to others.
I advocate that initiates leave reasonable periods of time between doing the three different levels of Reiki. There are many Reiki Masters who will give Reiki 1, 2 and 3 attunements to people over a very short period of time but I believe that this is unwise for most people. There is no doubt that Reiki attunements are real blessings for both the Reiki Master and the Reiki initiate and nothing can detract from this precious, divine gift; those who are attuned will always have the benefit of the attunement. The main issue with having the attunements close together is that the Reiki attunements can have a powerful effect on people and generally they need a period between attunements for the different aspects of their consciousness to adjust to and assimilate the new energies. The effects of the attunements vary considerably between people but for some they can be very profound, and even those who don’t feel such effects, the attunements nevertheless create deep, lasting positive changes. I have found this to be especially true at Second Degree Reiki and at Reiki Master/Teacher.
The amount of training that Reiki initiates get at each level of Reiki varies considerably between Reiki Teachers but I like to give comprehensive training along with each Reiki level so that Reiki healers can fully engage with Reiki and with various aspects of healing.
First Degree Reiki (Reiki 1)
I will teach First Degree Reiki to anyone who has a sincere wish to learn Reiki. Just having the attunement will open people to divine energies whether or not they consciously use the energies for healing. Some of those who have had Reiki 1 may stop using it after a short while and others may continue to use it and progress to further levels. It is not for me to know how people’s journeys will unfold but my commitment as a Reiki teacher is to teach those who are guided to me and to teach them as I see best.
I think that it’s a good idea that Reiki First Degree initiates focus upon healing themselves and practice healing others with friends and family. I find that Reiki First Degree healers are not usually ready for professional practice and that it can take some time to get used to the Reiki energies and to giving Reiki healing treatments. Through embracing a journey of self-healing and self-discovery Reiki First Degree healers gain confidence and their healing becomes stronger.
I trust that people who feel that they want to learn Reiki are being guided to do so and will be guided to the right Reiki Teacher for them. If you feel that you should learn Reiki, then trust that it is right for you and that you will divinely guided to the right teacher. For some people this may be the start or a part of a conscious spiritual journey and I find that Reiki is an extremely wise thing to do for people on such a journey. Learning about and healing the self with Reiki can bring insight into the working of the soul and physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human consciousness that help us to understand ourselves and help others. We each come into a life with varying amounts of issues that require attention and healing. For most of us, finding out about ourselves, healing old pain and getting rid of fears is an on-going process that happens gradually. The Reiki First Degree attunement, together with determined attention upon self-healing will help to bring those issues to light, to heal them, making us healthier and happier than ever before.
Second Degree Reiki (Reiki 2)
At Reiki Second Degree the initiate receives another attunement which considerably increases the power of their healing. The Reiki 2 healer is given much more versatility in their healing; it may be sent to anywhere and into the past and the future and initiates learn to use Reiki in every aspect of their lives and learn to use sacred Reiki symbols in their healing.
Before giving a Reiki 2 initiation I require that people have made a continued effort in their self-healing and channelling Reiki energy. I would like the Reiki 2 initiate to show that they have practised healing on friends and family and have embraced the Reiki healing system and energies. I also require that Reiki 2 trainees are sincere in their wishes to use Reiki healing to heal others. I train Second Degree Reiki healers to a standard whereby they are confident and proficient enough for professional practice although perhaps just a small proportion of trainees will choose to do this.
The Reiki Master/Teacher attunement enables the initiate to attune others for Reiki 1, 2 and Reiki Master/Teacher. The Reiki Master initiation is for those who have shown a commitment to Reiki healing and to their own spiritual development and that of others. Whereas there are those who may have the level 1 initiation and then may or may not practice Reiki, this should not happen at Reiki Master/Teacher. It is an affirmation that the initiate wishes to lead by example in the field of Reiki healing and to teach others. It is a step that is taken after careful consideration and with a deep sense of reverence for and commitment to the Reiki healing system.