First, what is Reiki & how does it work?
Reiki is a Japanese technique that is used to heal physical and support healing by allowing the body to destress emotionally and mentally for overall well-being. In Japanese, the word “rei” refers to a higher intelligence that permeates all living and non-living entities and guides the inherent functioning of the universe. The word “ki” refers to the nonphysical energy that flows through everything that is alive, including plants, animals, and human beings—because of this, ki is also often called “life force energy,” and is known as qi or chi from other lineages. The combination of these two words is what defines reiki as “spiritually guided life-force energy.”
To administer Reiki, a practitioner channels life force energy through his or her hands unto another. It’s said that the aforementioned spiritual guidance enables the Reiki to flow through the affected parts of the subject’s energy field and charges them with positive energy. It raises awareness in and around the physical body where negative thoughts and feelings are contained. This causes the negative energy—such as stress, anxiety, physical pain, sadness, confusion, etc.—to loosen its grip, allowing the touch of the Reiki healer to swoop in and clarify the energy pathways.
How I became a Reiki practitioner
Reiki is different from almost all other healing modalities. It’s actually transferred to each student from a Reiki master during what is called an attunement process. This process is said to open the crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates a unique connection between the student and the teacher. Once you have received a Reiki attunement, you will have Reiki for the remainder of your life. It does not “wear off” and you can never lose it.
Reiki Level 1
There are actually three levels of Reiki (or four, depending on your teacher) for which one must be attuned before becoming a master—starting with Reiki Level 1: The First Degree.Igniting the energy within This level is all about learning the basic understanding of a reiki treatment, what is required both internally of the practioner and externally which is our surroundings. As well as the auras and chakras. Here we also learn how to get rid of negative from the body as well as of places, animals, houses, cars and so much more. However, in my opinion, the most important piece of the Level 1 training is to ensure that the practitioner’s energy channels are opened on a physical level, enabling him or her to connect to the universal life force energy, which flows from the cosmos through the crown of the head and into the heart and hands. The very first attunement is the healing attunement which is a detox on all levels the second attunement is the reiki 1 attunement. This experience often causes many practitioners to report feeling sensations in their palms after the first attunement. I indeed felt an intense tingling while some of the other students experienced coolness, heat, or pressure.
As mentioned, the attunement process is the focal point of each level of training. Especially in Level 1, stagnant energy is moved and/or dissolved, allowing the student to heal. My Reiki master warned us that this first attunement can often be uncomfortable and exhausting and that we may leave that evening feeling drained or anxious, as many repressed insecurities and pains may rise to the surface. Ultimately, this was all part of the spiritual detox process, and these matters needed to be addressed before they could ever begin to be resolved.
Before we go any further, I am very aware that this all might sound a bit “out there” and can be hard to fathom. Until I actually tried it, I was curious, but always a bit skeptical of Reiki. However, when speaking with other healers about it touched me so deeply and when various parts of my body began tingling, getting warmer, or getting colder during my first attunement, and then when those giving the attunement actually recognized these same changes in my body as well— without even laying a finger on me—I can wholeheartedly say I am no longer a skeptic. As you can see, learning about Reiki truly requires you to open your mind, and this is one huge perk of the practice that I have been able to translate to other parts of my life, very much to my benefit.
Reiki Level 2
After completing Level 1, I felt energized and full of hope. My faith and belief in the power of things we cannot see and perhaps don’t fully understand was heightened, and ever since, I’ve felt more mystified, excited, and intrigued by the universe at large.
Once we received our Level 2 attunement, being able to now do self-healing we dove right in. This level is all about learning the history of Reiki, proper hand placements, the basics of how to use Reiki on others, and the practice of selfReiki, which encourages students to use the technique on themselves in order to work through personal hardships into learning all about, as well as how to draw, the major Reiki symbols. These sacred symbols are each associated with a specific healing frequency, such as power, emotional wellbeing, and balance. They are drawn in midair before a healing session begins to help practitioners focus their energy on the most relevant frequency for the person they are practicing on, and to help them connect more deeply to the universal energy.
We also learned how to channel Reiki beyond the boundaries of time and space (i.e., distance Reiki). Through time transcendence, we can heal ourselves and others of any physical or emotional traumas that occurred at any point in life— even as small children. Through space transcendence, we can heal those we love from afar.
Up next: Reiki Level 3
The final phase of my Reiki education will be Reiki Level 3: The Third Degree Reiki.
Here we learn the final symbol which is soul healing, we also learn the final technique of being able to rid the body of all negative energy which is the most powerful as it goes all the way from inception till about 10 years old on the emotional level. We also learn about crystals, crystal grid and out intension. Being able to heal others which is the purpose of Reiki 3 entails us learning about ourselves and who we are. There is also a beautiful meditation to allow for this space.
Lastly level 4 – Masters
The definition of a Reiki master is anyone who has received the master attunement and master symbols understands how to give all the attunements, and has actually taught a Reiki class, thus demonstrating their ability to pass Reiki on to others. Those who have taken Reiki master training but haven’t taught at least one person would not qualify as Reiki masters but rather Third Degree practitioners.
As far as a timeline for becoming a Reiki master, it was recommended to me that at least six months to one year should pass between my Level 3 and Master training. Because becoming a master requires such a deep commitment to the practice, it’s important that one continually utilizes their Reiki healing abilities, meditates on which spiritual path feels right for them, and spends significant time considering and selecting a master to learn from.
If you want to chat regarding the above, come and have a cuppa and some delicious chocolate cake with us – yes from me ♡
Love and Blessings
JS Reiki School