Reiki courses: what happens at each level of training
A note on progression with Reiki
Everyone's Reiki journey is unique. Please note that there is no need to progress through all the levels of Reiki unless you feel drawn to do so or wish to become a practitioner. Many people undertake Level 1 as part of their own self-development and to bring harmony and healing into their homes and the lives of those around them. You may find this sufficiently fulfilling and feel no need to progress to higher levels, or you may wait many years before feeling the time is right to go further. Progression must be at your own pace and there is no advantage in rushing quickly through the different levels. On the other hand, for some people Reiki may feel like 'coming home' and you will naturally be drawn to progress to Reiki 2 quite quickly.
You may see combined courses advertised where you can do different levels all together in the same weekend: this may seem an easy and economical option but I cannot recommend it. In my opinion it is confusing for students, who inevitably learn less and cannot possibly have sufficient time to practise what they have learned. It also diminishes the beautiful, gentle experience of opening to the new energy and letting it work within us, little by little. Reiki takes us on a wonderful journey and it is worth taking time to savour it!
Level 1 or first degree (Shoden in Japanese)
No prior qualifications are needed, but it is helpful to experience a Reiki treatment (or several) yourself before training. For treatments with Pippa Howell see reiki-reflex.com
Training at this level is for self-healing and well-being, and also to use
for your friends and family. You will also learn ways of using Reiki to
benefit animals and plants. The following schedule gives you some idea of what
to expect, although the order of sessions may vary.
Day Two: One or two further attunements to the Reiki energy. Energy cleansing exercises. Practice treatments on each other. Ethical and practical guidance for case study treatments. Sharing, question and answer session.
After the course: You will be expected to complete a set of case studies (usually 9 treatments in all) in the following months, before receiving your Reiki 1 certificate.
Only those holding a Reiki 1 certificate are eligible. At least three months' practice is recommended between Reiki 1 and Reiki 2.
For individuals or a small group of 2 or 3 people the second day is optional, provided they put aside that day for personal study. Holding a level 2 certificate allows you to apply for insurance and practise as a Reiki Practitioner for the general public (although some professional bodies such as the Complementary Therapists' Association may require members to have level 3).
Day One: Introductions and opening blessing. Guided meditation and energy exercises. You will receive one (sometimes two) further attunements. You will learn three powerful Reiki symbols and ways of using them. In particular you will learn different methods of distant healing through time and space, including self-healing of yourself at a younger age.
Day Two: If in a couple or group, you are able to exchange a full treatment with another student using the symbols. There is also an optional short seminar concerning the ethics and practicalities of setting up your own Reiki practice (this can be done at a later date if preferred).
After the course: You will be expected to complete a set of case studies (both hands-on treatments and distant healings) before receiving your Reiki 2 certificate. A full year of practice is then recommended between Reiki 2 and Reiki 3.
Usually £333 but may vary according to venue.
Only those who have a Reiki 2 certificate and have been practising at level 2 for at least one year are eligible.
A 2 or 3 day training, sometimes over a residential weekend. This level
is for people who have already taken Reiki 1 and 2, have had at least one year
of practice since their Reiki 2 training and are wanting to make a serious commitment to Reiki.
Some Reiki teachers combine levels 3 and 4. However, not everyone wants to teach Reiki, and a Reiki 3 course without the teaching component allows much more meaningful time to be spent on the student's own spiritual development. Therefore I believe it is better practice to separate the two courses, as they are very different in nature.