Who can learn Reiki?As explained on page, “What is Reiki?”, this energy exists in every living human being since birth. It only needs to be activated for use at will. Therefore, every human being, male or female has the ability to learn to use Reiki at any age and carry out healing. It is the simplest, easiest and quickest to learn healing technique. No special educational, intellectual or spiritual level is required to learn or practice Reiki. The only requirement is the genuine desire to learn. When I learnt Reiki levels 1 and 2 in February and March 2001, each time I traveled from Gujranwala to Rawalpindi just for this purpose; went in the morning and returned in the evening.
How can I learn Reiki?Once you decide to learn, just find a Reiki teacher, make the appointment, go and learn. Some teachers run regular classes while some teach on request only. One can check up with the teacher and find out the details. You can learn each level in just one sitting of few hours except Teacher's level, which takes longer time and several sessions.
How Reiki is taught?Reiki is not taught like the other healing systems. The training does not involve regular classes for several days, weeks or months, conventional tests or examinations. You have to attend the class just once for each level except the teacher's level. Basic and essential ingredient of every Reiki training class is the attunement, which takes 10 to 15 minutes individually followed by explanation of how to use the technique, which takes just one session of few hours. If you genuinely want to learn, finding few hours should not be very difficult.
Stages of Learning ReikiThere are four stages in learning Reiki, which are also called levels or degrees but it is not necessary to learn all the four levels. How much a person wants to learn depends on his/her need and desire for personal development. The student is required to attend the class only once for each level except the teacher's level.
Level-1This is the first step towards using the unlimited and wonderful healing powers of Reiki for treating oneself, others and even plants and animals. The student is taught healing by hands-on method and is given attunements for this level. A First Degree healer has to place hands on the body of the recipient.
Level-2It is for those who have completed the training for Level-1 and now want the ability of distant healing. The student is taught three Reiki symbols, which are secret and sacred as well. With this, the compulsion of placing hands on the body of the recipient ends up. Healer is enabled to send the energy and perform the healing from any distance. It is at this level that treatment of psychological problems can also be done.
Level-3.Some Master/Teachers treat this level as one and final whereas some teach it in two parts, namely Master Level (3A) and Teaching Level (3B).
It is for those who have completed first two levels and now wish to enhance their own abilities, attend to their personal development and become Reiki Masters but do not want to become Reiki teachers. Reiki Master Symbol is taught in this level. There however, seems a bit of misunderstanding about the term "Reiki Master". A Reiki Master only means that a person has received Reiki training up to Master level. The term does not involve any sort of ownership or ego. It DOES NOT mean that the person has become Master of Reiki. There is a lot of difference between being a Reiki Master and Master of Reiki. The point to remember is that no one other than God, the Creator of Reiki, is or can be master of Reiki. Even otherwise titles are not always the true indicators of anyone’s ability and can be illusive at times.
- Level-3B, The Teacher Level
As the meaning goes, this is a teaching level. It is not required for healing and is only for those who want to become Reiki Teachers and want to teach Reiki to others. At this level the emphasis is on the ability to teach others and pass attunements, not on healing abilities. The student is taught to pass attunements for the First Degree, Second Degree, Master Degree (3A) and Teacher's Degree (3B) along with several other techniques. Those who do not want to become Reiki teachers, need not take this level. However, if someone does not want to become a teacher and still wants to take this degree, it is his/her choice.
If for some reason you do not want to wait between various levels and wish to learn all levels in a shorter time, discuss it with your teacher. If he is willing to go along, you can become a Reiki Master in less than 48 hours.
What I teach in various Levels can be found here.