Reiki - How can learn it?
Learning Reiki requires no special skills, intelligence, experience,
or religious beliefs. It is an ability that is in all of us. Consequently it can be
learned by ANYONE from the seasoned "healer" to a small child. Anyone can learn
Reiki and receive benefit from it in all areas of their life.
How long should I wait between levels?
This is an area of Reiki teachings where you will get a
number of conflicting answers. Many teachers have a set time of "integration"
between levels. For some it is a couple of months between the first and second levels and
then up to a year between second and the master level. Others have a different time table.
I believe it is up to each individual student to decide their own pace. I will never claim
to know what is in a students best interests, and what a student is or isn't capable of
handling. I am here in service, and when a student decides it is time for them to learn I
do not believe it is my place to say otherwise. Because of this belief, I have no time
limits between levels. Many of my students are able to go through the levels as quickly as
I am able to set up the classes. Others require a period of adjustment between the levels,
but either way they make their own decision.
I truly believe that at one time the waiting period
was, without a doubt, needed. But today our vibration and the vibration of the planet has
risen to a point that it does not seem to be as great a shock to our systems when we are
opened up to the higher vibrational energies of Reiki.
Reiki Masters: Is there a difference ? How do I know
who I should learn from?
Yes there can be quite a difference in what and how
different Masters teach. The first thing you want to find out is which system of Reiki
they are teaching. There are many different systems of Reiki being taught today. The
original system is the Usui System of Natural Healing, also known as the Usui Shiki Reiki
Ryoho. However, there has never been any set curriculum or a National certification
program, because of this the way in which Reiki is taught varies widely from Master to
Master. When choosing a Master to learn from, it is always a good idea to talk with them
first. Some of the questions you might want to ask them are:
What system of Reiki do you teach?
How long have you been teaching?
How much hands on practice time will I get?
What type of support can I expect after training?
Will I be allowed to audit classes in the future? Is
there a fee for this?
How do you use Reiki in your daily life?
Once you have asked these questions and narrowed the
list down a bit, the best advice I can give you is to go with your intuition. Decide on
the one you have the best feeling about. Don=t worry about the closest one, the least
expensive or most expensive one, any other factor. Pick the one who you had the best
feeling about. If you do this you will be much happier with your training and get a lot
more out of the class.
What is an "Attunement"?
Reiki is not learned in the way many other techniques are learned -
through perhaps years of study, practice, and guidance. Instead it is transferred from the
Reiki Master to the student during what is called an attunement. The attunement opens the
crown, heart, and palm chakras as well as creates a very special link between the student
and the Reiki source. Once attuned a student has the ability for life. It will never wear
off and is impossible to lose. Again...it is an ability we all have within us. The
attunement simply awakens it.
The attunement itself is an incredibly powerful and sacred process.
During the attunement, as in a session, the Master acts only as a channel for the energies
allowing the energy to guide itself and make adjustments for each student as needed.
Because of this, the experience is always different from attunement to attunement and from
person to person depending on where each student is in their growth and what that student
needs and is ready to receive.
Preparing for an Attunement
I often have people ask me what they should do to
prepare for the attunements received during class. Below I have a list of some things that
can be done prior to the attunements. If done, the following things help to keep your
vibration high and purify your system. These are by no means mandatory, and whether you do
all of them or none of them, the end result of the attunement will be the same. The only
difference is that by doing some or all of the following, you may heighten the experience
during the attunement and possibly aid in lessening the chances of experiencing a period
of detox as a result of the attunement.
1. If you smoke use any type of tobacco product, cut
back as much as possible on the day of the attunement. If at all possible, do not use them
at all on the day of the attunement.
2. Cut back on drinking any caffeinated beverages in
the days prior to the attunement, and completely on the day of the attunement. Caffeine
tends to throw the nervous and endocrine systems out of balance. Caffeine, being a
stimulant, causes peoples minds to wander and keeps them from being able to hold their
focus for long periods of time.
3. Spend time alone. Go for walks out in nature.
4. Refrain as much as possible from eating any meat,
fish, or fowl in the days prior to the attunement. Any of these foods require huge amounts
of the body=s energy to digest and can take days to completely metabolize. Because of
this, they slow down the rest of the bodies systems. These foods also often contain drugs
such as antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones that throw the whole system completely out
5. Meditate daily the week prior to the attunement(30
min. is sufficient). If you do not meditate simply spend this time in silence
contemplating. Get in touch with yourself. Pay attention to the sensations you feel and
impressions you receive.
6. Reduce the amount of time spent watching television,
reading the newspaper, and listening the radio.
7. If possible eat primarily organic fruits,
vegetables, etc. in the days prior to the attunement.
8. Refrain from using any unnecessary drugs( i.e.,
illegal substances, aspirin, cough medicine, etc.)
9. Drink no alcohol in the days prior to the attunement
10. Stop eating any sweets. Sugar wreaks havoc on our
11. If you are experienced in fasting. Consider a water
or juice fast prior to the attunement(1-3 days).
Again...these are NOT mandatory they are merely
suggestions. Follow your guidance when deciding which if any of them to go by.