It’s kind of a wild west out there for those who want to learn Reiki. Adding the word Reiki to other types of energy healing adds acceptability and legitimacy, which may or may not be deserved. It depends on how much Reiki is actually taught. The ancient form of energy healing known as Reiki has become trendy. And many are jumping on the Reiki bandwagon.
What prompted me to write about this were two recent disappointing experiences with Reiki Master teachers. Both left me feeling deceived or mislead on one or more levels. As a Reiki Master teacher myself, I believe any Reiki student has the right to expect a professional quality learning experience, complete and clear student materials, and an environment that is conducive to learning. If you are going to pay someone to teach you the Reiki system and attune you to the Reiki energy, there are certain fundamentals that should be covered in class. Here’s what to look for:
Based on my background in Reiki, manuals from the International Center for Reiki Training https://www.reiki.org will give the student a comprehensive reference for learning and understanding the system and practice of Reiki, as it was brought to the West from Japan. The International House of Reiki http://www.ihreiki.com/ focuses on what was taught in Japan before Reiki came to the West. Another source for Japanese Reiki is The Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan https://www.jikiden.org/institute.htm. Under the link “Why Jikiden Reiki,” https://www.jikiden.org/whyjikiden.htm, there is an intelligent and easily understood discussion of what is happening to the practice of Reiki that you may find illuminating.
Some Reiki teachers use their own manuals. Ask questions about what their manuals are based on and if they have done their own Reiki research and study, and with whom. Yes, it involves some work, but it’s well worth it if you want to learn Reiki from a credible source and insure that your money is well spent.
Most importantly, ask for references from former students. This will give you an idea of the Reiki Master’s teaching style and approach to the material.
A word about online Reiki courses
While you can access a lot of information about Reiki online, you cannot be attuned to the Reiki energy via an online course. The Reiki attunement is passed from a Reiki Master teacher to the student. The experience of receiving a Reiki attunement is a process of empowerment that opens your crown, heart and palm chakras and connects you to the infinite source of Reiki energy. This is done in person and is a very individualized experience. It can be powerfully spiritual and can involve a clearing process that is an emotional as well as a physical toxic release.
Learning Reiki will start you on a journey that can be rewarding, healing and profoundly moving. Doing your due diligence before you choose a Reiki Master teacher is a commitment to yourself and your spiritual path. Many blessings to you in your Reiki journey!
(1 )An Evidence Based History of Reiki, William Lee Rand et al, International Center for Reiki Training, 2015.