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Learning Reiki

Author: William Lee Rand

Copyright © 1990-1999, The International Center for Reiki Training, email

Anyone Learn Reiki?

The Attunement

Preparing for an Attunement

The International Center for Reiki Training
Attunement Process

Issues of Time and Money
(Reiki News article)

Origin of the $10,000.00 Fee

Choosing a Teacher

Questions to Ask about Reiki Training

Growing with Reiki

References for Learning Reiki

Can Anyone
Learn Reiki?

ability to learn Reiki is not dependent on intellectual capacity,
nor does one have to be able to meditate. It does not take years
of practice. It is simply passed on from the teacher to the student.
As soon as this happens, one has and can do Reiki. Because of this,
it is easily learned by anyone.

Reiki is
a pure form of healing not dependent on individual talent or acquired
ability. Because of this, the personality of the healer is less
likely to cloud the significance of the experience. The feeling
of being connected directly to God's healing love and protection
is clearly apparent.

The Attunement

is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. It
is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master during an attunement
process. This process opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras and
creates a special link between the student and the Reiki source.

The Reiki
attunement is a powerful spiritual experience. The attunement
energies are channeled into the student through the Reiki Master.
The process is guided by the Rei or God-consciousness and makes
adjustments in the process depending on the needs of each student.
The attunement is also attended by Reiki guides and other spiritual
beings who help implement the process. Many report having mystical
experiences involving personal messages, healings, visions, and
past life experiences.

The attunement
can also increase psychic sensitivity. Students often report experiences
involving: opening of the third eye, increased intuitive awareness,
and other psychic abilities after receiving a Reiki attunement.

Once you
have received a Reiki attunement, you will have Reiki for the
remainder of your life. It does not wear off and you can never
lose it. While one attunement is all you need for each level to
be attuned to that level, additional attunements bring benefit.
Experimentation has found that additional attunements of the same
level add to the value of that level. These benefits include refinement
of the Reiki energy one is channeling, increased strength of the
energy, healing of personal problems, clarity of mind, increased
psychic sensitivity, and a raised level of consciousness. At the
Reiki support groups sponsored by the Center, additional attunements
are usually given by someone who has taken Third degree Reiki,
with no extra fee required.

The Reiki
attunement can start a cleansing process that affects the physical
body as well as the mind and emotions. Toxins that have been stored
in the body may be released along with feelings and thought patterns
that are no longer useful. Therefore, a process of purification
prior to the attunement is recommended to improve the benefit
one receives. See below for specific instructions on preparing
for an attunement.

for an Attunement

order to improve the results you receive during the attunement,
a process of purification is recommended. This will allow the attunement
energies to work more efficiently and create greater benefits for
you. The following steps are optional. Follow them if you feel guided
to do so.

    1. Refrain
    from eating meat, fowl or fish for three days prior to the attunement.
    These foods often contain drugs in the form of penicillin and
    female hormones and toxins in the form of pesticides and heavy
    metals that make your system sluggish and throw it out of balance.

    2. Consider
    a water or juice fast for one to three days especially if you
    already are a vegetarian or have experience with fasting.

    3. Minimize
    your use of coffee and caffeine drinks or stop completely. They
    create imbalances in the nervous and endocrine systems. Use
    no caffeine drinks on the day of the attunement.

    4. Use
    no alcohol for at least three days prior to the attunement.

    5. Minimize
    or stop using sweets. Eat no chocolate.

    6. If you
    smoke, cut back, and smoke as little as possible on the day
    of the attunement.

    7. Meditate
    an hour a day for a least a week using a style you are familiar
    with or simply spend this time in silence.

    8. Reduce
    or eliminate time watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading

    9. Go for
    quiet walks, spend time with nature, and get moderate exercise.

    10. Give
    more attention to the subtle impressions and sensations within
    and around; contemplate their meaning.

    11. Release
    all anger, fear, jealousy, hate, worry, etc. up to the light.
    Create a sacred space within and around you.

    12. By
    receiving an attunement you will become part of a group of people
    who are using Reiki to heal themselves, and each other, and
    who are working together to heal the Earth. You will also be
    receiving help from Reiki guides and other spiritual beings
    who are also working towards these goals. While Reiki is not
    a religion, you may prepare your mind with intention work and
    pray in a religious mode comfortable to you to prepare to open
    to higher spiritual energies and experiences.

The International Center for Reiki Training Attunement Process

attunement process used by the Center in all Reiki classes is a
combination of the Usui system and a special Tibetan technique.
It is thought that Reiki originated in Tibet, therefore, the use
of the Tibetan technique and symbols creates a stronger connection
with the origins of Reiki. The addition of the Tibetan attunement
technique to the Usui system of attunements has greatly improved
their quality. This unique attunement process was developed over
time to be more powerful and to bring in a wider range of attunement
energies than the original Usui system. In Reiki III the Usui/Tibetan
method of giving attunements is taught along with the original Usui
system of attunements.

wishing to practice the original Usui system of Reiki can easily
do so as all additions to the Usui system are clearly explained
in class.

the Center has made to the original Usui system came from inner
guidance and experience in spiritual development. They were added
only after they had been thoroughly tested and were proven to
enhance the Usui system.

Origin of
the $10,000.00 Fee

time went by, Mrs. Takata contemplated the need to train other Reiki
Masters. She realized that the Japanese concept of respect might
be difficult to instill in the Western mind. Because Reiki Mastership
is so easily learned, being simply passed on during the Reiki Master
attunement, she felt that Westerners might not value it. So she
devised a plan of charging a large sum of money for those wanting
to become Reiki Masters. She felt that money was something that
Western people understood and respected and this would help create
the appreciation and gratitude for Reiki that was needed. She decided
that $10,000 would be a large enough sum to instill the respect
needed for the Reiki Master attunement. She also set the fees for
Reiki I at $175 and Reiki II at $500. These high fees have continued
to be charged by some Reiki Masters, but many are now considering
a lower fee structure that makes it possible for anyone who feels
guided to do so to become a Reiki Master.

Choosing a

a practitioner is not available, you may wish to go ahead and start
with a class. If money is a problem, some teachers offer scholarships.
If Reiki is right for you, you can find a way. Again, see the Reiki
below for possible connections.

Once you
have found a teacher, the simplest and best advice is to follow
your heart. Listen to your inner voice ... Is this connection
right for me? If your approach is analytical, see the references
at the end of the page. Or start asking questions ...

When you
decide that you wish to the study Reiki, we recommend you consider
the following questions in choosing a teacher.

to Ask about Reiki Training

For yourself:

  • Should
    I study Reiki at this time?

  • Do I feel
    in my heart that I should study with this person?

  • Is this
    person a good learning partner for me?

  • Am I willing
    to commit to regular practice so that this method (indeed, any
    method!) may yield results?

For a Reiki

  • What do
    you cover in your classes? How many hours of class time is there?
    How much time is instructional and how much is hands-on practice?

  • Will this
    training initiate me into, or progress me within the Usui Reiki
    lineage? Ask them to explain their lineage.

  • What should
    I expect from an attunement?

  • What are
    your fees and why do some Masters charge large amounts of money?

  • How long
    should I wait between levels of Reiki training?

  • What is
    the availability for support from you or other Masters after
    I take this training?

  • Is there
    a Reiki support group in my area, or can you help me establish

  • Does the
    teacher respond in a loving manner that is supportive and empowering
    (for you)?

Growing with

Reiki is a good starting point for experiencing and working with
healing energy and a wonderful method for deepening awareness of
universal energy. In general, Reiki complements other healing methods
and spiritual practices. There are no hard and fast rules about
how to approach starting Reiki and starting healing. Again, listen
to your heart and you will be guided in choosing the right experiences
and teacher(s) for you.

Once you
have learned a healing technique, the work begins. To develop
your understanding of, and sensitivity in, Reiki it is a good
idea to devote time to regular practice, find a supportive teacher
and practice group and pursue continuing study. Make sure that
you arrange circumstances so that you can be nurtured in your
healing and growth.

Keep your
eyes on your goals, your mind in your heart and take things one
step at a time.

Love and
light to you in your journey.

for Learning More about Reiki

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