Interested in learning Reiki? Here’s a handy beginner’s guide, which includes everything you need to know to be informed and get started:
Can anyone learn Reiki?
I get asked this question a lot and I can relate: I really wasn’t sure when I signed up for my first Reiki class years ago. The short answer is yes, each of us has a natural healing ability. Sometimes people feel overwhelmed or worried by this, while others aren’t sure where to start. Taking classes offers a structure and foundation to build on this ability.
There are 3 levels of Reiki training: beginning, intermediate, and advanced (or Reiki I, II, and III). Learning Reiki is a deeper experience than receiving a Reiki session because it allows you to take your healing into your own hands (literally) with a daily mindfulness practice.
What are the benefits of taking a Reiki class?
When you take a Reiki Level I class, you’ll learn about the 5 Reiki precepts, or principles to live by. These principles offer advice and a path to help us let go of anger and worry, to be true to ourselves, and to show compassion.
We can understand this advice intellectually, but learning Reiki offers us a way to go beyond this and embody the precepts through the hands on healing, meditation techniques, symbols and mantras (learned in Reiki II), and attunements. Imagine the benefits you would experience if you were less angry and fearful, and felt calmer and more centered, no matter what stress you encountered in your life.
But can’t I just learn Reiki online?
While technology has its benefits, learning Reiki at an in-person training offers many things you can’t experience online such as:
• Practicing giving Reiki sessions with the supervision and feedback of the teacher and fellow students.
• Giving Reiki during an in-person class allows for physical touch, which helps you trust that that the energy is flowing. For most students, this trust often develops over time with practice.
• Receiving attunements in person (vs. online) can be reassuring to our linear mind. Students are more or less sensitive to energy, and having the physical presence of the teacher in front of them during this spiritual blessing often sets the mind at ease that something is happening.
Read more about the benefits (especially if you’re considering offering Reiki professionally).
How can I find a qualified Reiki teacher?
There are many different types of Reiki classes available, and you want to find the right one for you. Questions to consider as you’re looking for a qualified teacher include:
- How long was the teacher’s own training and how long has s/he been teaching?
- Do they have a daily Reiki self care and meditation practice?
- How long is the class and is certification available?
- Does the teacher offer ongoing support through practice nights and advanced training?
Read more to find out how to find a qualified teacher and make an informed decision that’s right for you.
How can Reiki impact every aspect of your life?
My daily Reiki practice has improved my life in so many different ways (and it continues to!). Over time here’s what I noticed:
- positive changes in a chronic health condition
- the ability to let go of a negative relationship pattern in my dating life
- more clarity around how to make a career transition
- the ability to better handle my finances
- better time management
- an increase in my creativity as a writer
Read on to find out more about my personal journey with Reiki, as well as one student’s feedback on what she noticed in her own life, and open up to some possibilities of how Reiki can transform your own life in a positive and powerful way.
Want to gain insight from past Reiki students? Here’s more about learning Reiki from the student’s perspective:
A yoga teacher and busy mom of three discovered that less is more when it comes to Reiki.
And another student connected to her own inner wisdom after learning to give herself a daily 10-minute Reiki treatment.
Find out how learning Reiki helped one student deal with a break up.
The practice of Reiki helped another student manage her ego (no easy task!).
Ok, I signed up for my first Reiki class, what should I do to set my expectations?
Here are the elements that are usually covered in a Reiki Level 1 class:
- Discuss what is Reiki and the history of Reiki
- Receive 4 attunements, or spiritual blessings (also known as Reiju)
- Learn a Reiki self-care protocol
- Discuss the Reiki precepts, or principles to live by
- Discover Reiki meditations to focus the mind and center yourself
- Learn a Reiki chair protocol to use with friends and family
To get the most out of your class, have an open mind and commit to practicing the Reiki self care protocol for a minimum of 21 days. Notice any little changes such as how you sleep, how you feel when you wake, your energy levels, and your ability to focus and respond to stressful situations.
Want more? Here’s a bonus:
Here’s a Pinterest board I created all about learning Reiki.
Best of luck as you begin your Reiki journey, and here’s a tip from my first Reiki teacher. She always used to say: “Your hands are smarter than your head!” Wise words….
There are many different kinds of Reiki teachers and classes, and it’s important that you find the best class and teacher for you.
I recently wrote an article about the top questions to ask to find a qualified Reiki teacher. I realized it might be useful to answer these questions in relation to my own Reiki teaching style, to help you get a sense of me and my approach.
1. How long was my Reiki training, and how long have I been teaching?
I started studying Reiki in 2006, and I completed a 600-hour Reiki training through the New York Open Center. I started co-teaching at the Open Center in 2010, and then started teaching my own classes in 2012.
I’m a registered practitioner and teacher of the Shibumi International Reiki Association, which reflects my emphasis on the traditional Japanese roots of the system of Reiki. I continue to study with Frans Stiene at the International House of Reiki (he’s often referred to as the Reiki teacher’s teacher), and I practice Reiki meditation and self-care daily. You can read more about my Reiki Master lineage and about me and my background.
2. How long are my Reiki classes?
At the Center for True Health, I want you to have time to make Reiki a daily habit (which is the whole point of learning it!), as well as feel confident about what you learn. I spread out Reiki I and Reiki II classes over the course of three weeks, and the Reiki III advanced training takes place over the course of four months.
This way you have the opportunity to ask questions, integrate what you learn, and have the ongoing support of the class. Practice is essential to learning, and I want to make sure you leave the training with a solid foundation and understanding of Reiki.
3. Do you offer a certification process?
I offer optional certification requirements for those students interested in seriously pursuing their Reiki studies. Certification requirements include practicing daily Reiki self care, giving and receiving a certain number of sessions, and completing written assignments. The certification after the class concludes offers you a structure to help you to continue to integrate what you learned in class into your daily life.
4. What is my teaching style?
I strive to make every student feel comfortable and supported throughout the class, using a combination of humor and connection to my spiritual self. I create a safe environment where anything that is shared in class is kept confidential by all participants. My Reiki trainings are interactive and experiential, addressing the various learning styles of all students (visual, auditory, & kinesthetic) with a combination of hands-on exercises, guided meditations, short lectures, and spiritual healing principles.
5. Do I offer ongoing training and/or practice nights?
I offer all three levels of Reiki training: beginner, intermediate, and advanced–Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III (Reiki Master) classes. This provides you with continuity if you decide to continue your study of Reiki. I also offer Reiki Reunions, which give you the opportunity to practice what you learned after you finish your Reiki class, as well as offering a sense of community and ongoing support.
Sign up for my class newsletter to find out about upcoming trainings and Reiki Reunions.
6. What is my personal practice?
I practice daily Reiki self care and meditation. The more I work on my own healing, the more I have to offer you as a student. Besides, I have to walk my talk!
If you’re considering taking a Reiki class in New York City and have additional questions, please let me know. You can contact me with any questions.
P.S. Did you miss this recent post about if anyone can learn Reiki?
Have you been considering how to become a Reiki Master? There are many different options available, and here are some of the top questions to consider when choosing the right path for you:
What is your motivation?
Why do you want to become a Reiki Master? Some students are interested in their own self-development, deepening what they learned in Reiki I & II, while others are interested in professional practice, or adding Reiki to their existing healing arts practice. If you’re interested in becoming a professional practitioner you want to make sure you have comprehensive training, especially if you’re new to having a healing arts professional practice. If you’re not sure, it’s perfectly fine to see how this next level of training can bring Reiki into your life in a more powerful way.
How long have you been practicing what you learned in Reiki I & II?
Giving yourself time to practice what you learned in Reiki I & Reiki II is so important. Daily hands-on-healing self practice is key, as well as spending time meditating on the Reiki precepts. Yes, we can intellectually understand what the precepts mean, but embodying them–not worrying or holding onto anger and showing compassion to yourself and others–takes time and daily practice. Which leads me to the next question…
Why can’t you become a Reiki Master overnight?
You may have seen Reiki Master trainings that can be done online or in-person in a very short time frame. Taking a training that takes place over a longer period of time offers you the ongoing support and guidance of your teacher. It also allows you to hear what your classmates are experiencing and ask questions as things come up. Most importantly, a longer training offers you the opportunity to practice and integrate what you learn.
Having a lot of practice under your belt is especially critical when you move into professional practice. Practicing Reiki is relatively easy compared to dealing with clients and the issues they bring to you for help. You want to have adequate preparation and experience.
I also wrote a book, Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business. It offers you an essential how-to guide to help you set up your Reiki business.
Why don’t I like the term Reiki Master?
I tend not to use the term Reiki Master as much, since the system of Reiki is such a life-long practice toward mastery! (Can you imagine calling yourself a “Master” of something after taking a weekend class?) As a Reiki teacher, I call it Reiki III training instead of Reiki Master training. You’ll need to figure out the term you feel comfortable using.
What’s the difference between online and in-person training?
The benefits of experiencing Reiki energy in person through the sessions, meditations, and attunements in class with the supervision of a teacher really can’t be compared to the disassociation of an online experience. (Even though I’m a big fan of technology, and it has its place for learning!) Not to mention, you can’t practice giving someone a full Reiki treatment on the massage table over the internet.
Here’s more on the pros and pitfalls of learning Reiki online.
What is covered in a Reiki Master training?
While trainings vary, typically you will learn the Reiki III symbol and mantra, Japanese healing techniques such as Byosen and scanning, how to work intuitively, and how to give Reiki table sessions and attunements.
How do you find the right Reiki teacher?
Here are some questions to ask to help you find a qualified Reiki teacher.
What is my #1 recommendation for becoming a Reiki Master?
Practice, practice, practice. My first Reiki teacher always used to say “remember, your hands are smarter than your head.” Practicing on yourself daily, giving Reiki treatments to others, and incorporating the Reiki meditations and precepts into your daily life will all help you become an amazing Reiki practitioner!
Live in NYC and interested in taking a Reiki Master (Reiki III) training?