With Elké Ulber
Usui Reiki Master/Teacher
The information below is based on my own experience working with and teaching Reiki. Not all Reiki Masters will agree with all of this – it is up to you to decide which methods are most suited to your needs. Elké Ulber (Usui Reiki Master/Teacher)
I want to learn Reiki, but who should teach me?
As explained above in point 1, the more experience your teacher has in doing treatments and attunements, the stronger your attunement will be. Aside from this, there are a number of things you should be aware of. These are based on my own experience, but I know many other Reiki Masters who agree with this.
• There are people who will teach all three levels of Reiki in one weekend! Avoid this at all costs. A major part of the learning happens between the different levels, and you will miss out on this experience if you rush things. More importantly, to be a Reiki Master, you must master certain aspects of the energy before receiving training for Reiki 3! This takes several months, or sometimes years, so anybody who has received all three levels in a matter of weeks is unlikely to really have mastered Reiki. I insist that my students practise at least for 6 months between studying one level and the next. I also require a number of case studies and other exercises (listed below) to be completed before I will accept a student for Reiki 3/Master training. Not all teachers do this, but I believe it is essential to master certain aspects of Reiki before taking the final step in training.
• The role of a Reiki Master is more than just teaching three courses. Your Reiki Master should be available to give guidance and answer questions (free of charge) forever after! Most serious Reiki Masters are happy to do this, and many will also offer regular practical days for students, which is very helpful.
• It is unfortunate for their students that many Reiki Masters teach an entire level of Reiki in one day. This is possible if you rush through the work, but I feel that students benefit a lot more if the courses are taught over a longer period. In my own practice, I teach students, who already have a basic knowledge of energy work, and those who have attended my Crystal Healing classes before, Reiki I over 2 weeks, Reiki II over two to three weeks, and Reiki 3 over at least 4 weeks. With students with no basic knowledge of energy work the courses can take longer, depending on the individual student.
• Some teachers have split the third level into two courses. More often than not, this is simply a way of charging more! Reiki 3 was intended to include information on how to teach Reiki, and it makes little sense to leave this information out of the Reiki 3 syllabus.
• Reiki III courses should include (at least) the following:
1) Advanced Reiki techniques (this includes two more Reiki symbols, and usually instructions on how to perform Psychic Surgery).
2) How to teach Reiki.
3) How to pass Attunements.
There are some Reiki Masters who do not include steps 2 and 3 above in their Reiki III courses, so be sure to find out about this before you sign up for the course!
• Once you have completed your Reiki III training, you should receive:
1) Your Reiki III attunement
2) Your Reiki Master certificate
3) ALL the course material your Reiki Master/teacher uses, including notes for Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki III. Ideally, you should have a set of notes on disk so that you can edit or add to the notes once you have some experience of teaching Reiki.
• Many Reiki Masters include “non-Reiki” information in their Reiki III course. You may therefore learn some extra methods, such as crystal healing, pendulum dowsing etc. While this is not traditionally associated with Reiki, many methods work extremely well in conjunction with Reiki, and there is no need to worry if your Reiki III course involves some extra learning!
• The “Power Exercise” and micro-cosmic orbit in your Reiki II notes must be mastered before you advance to Reiki 3 training!
Below is a list of requirements for students wishing to study Reiki 3 with me. Not all Reiki Masters require these things, but it will give you an idea of how much experience is needed to gain the maximum benefit from Reiki 3 training.
Requirements for Reiki III Training
Although the Reiki III course will bestow on you the title of “Reiki Master”, the mastery of the Reiki energy needs to occur before you commence your Reiki III training. It is therefore essential that you prepare yourself sufficiently for the Reiki III course.
Should you wish to continue your Reiki training at Moonstone, you will need to fulfil the following requirements:
1. Preparation for passing attunements:
In order to successfully pass attunements to your own Reiki students, you will need to master the following:
• The Microcosmic Orbit exercises (explained in Reiki II notes).
• The “Power Exercise” (explained in Reiki II notes)
• Drawing the Reiki symbols correctly.
2. Maintaining a healthy body and aura:
The title of Reiki Master is one that should be honoured. As a Reiki Master, Reiki becomes more than just something you do occasionally – it becomes a lifestyle. To master Reiki, and enable your body to be “clear” enough to pass attunements, you will need to consider the following lifestyle changes:
• Strive to live by the Reiki Principles (discussed in your Reiki I training).
• Strive to be honest, sincere and compassionate.
• Minimise alcohol intake (alcohol lowers your vibrational frequency, thus making it harder to accumulate the level of Ki required for teaching Reiki).
• Try and avoid chemical medication (pharmaceuticals) unless it is absolutely necessary! If there is a safe natural alternative (ask your doctor!), consider trying that.
• Absolutely no “recreational” drugs!!!!
3. Case Studies:
Many teachers do not require case studies from their Reiki students. However, as practical work is essential to master the Reiki energies, you will be required to do 30 hours of practical work (this amounts to 30 treatments) before applying for Reiki III training. Below are some guidelines:
• As you are already a qualified Reiki Practitioner, you may choose to charge for these treatments.
• You may choose to work on humans or animals or both.
• Self-treatments will not be accepted as part of your case studies.
• Absentee healing will not be accepted as part of your case studies.
• You should conduct these sessions in a professional manner. Ensure that your clients are comfortable and well-informed as to what you plan to do. Ask their permission to use them as a case study before doing the treatment!
4. Swapping Treatments:
When you have completed your case studies and are ready to apply for Reiki III, you will need to schedule two sessions with your Reiki Master. The first will consist of you giving your Reiki Master a full Reiki treatment. This is a kind of “practical exam” that will ensure that you are confident and competent in treating others. During the second session, you will receive a treatment from your Reiki Master. This will (a) be “payment” for the treatment received from you, and (b) establish whether you have any major energy blockages that need to be cleared before you can continue your training. Should follow-up sessions be necessary, these will be free of charge.
Furthermore, you or your Reiki Master may wish to discuss your Reiki experiences thus far, in which case an additional session may be arranged (no extra charge).
In addition to this, students who have completed their case-studies are invited to sit in on any Reiki I or II course at Moonstone free of charge. It’s always nice to get a “refresher” course, and also allows senior students to pay attention to how the course work is taught.
All of this may seem quite overwhelming at first. Please remember that you will take on a great deal of responsibility once you begin to teach Reiki, and it is essential that you be well prepared for this!
(Text provided by www.moonshadow.co.za. Used with permission.)