The Three Degrees of Reiki
The Reiki system is divided into three different degrees of learning. Each degree is structured at the initial learning stage and then allows the student to develop within them thereafter. Anyone can receive training in Reiki, regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs.
First Degree – Reiki One (Shoden)
The first degree of Reiki is a gentle, yet life changing introduction to the Reiki energy. Usui taught his students how to self heal at this first level and Reiki One is based very much as he intended.
Reiki One is the beginning of many positive changes for each student as they begin to heal their own lives on many levels. Those who may wish to develop further can do so by learning the next degree of Reiki, ideally leaving a minimum of three months between levels.
Second Degree – Reiki Two (Okuden)
The second degree of Reiki is considered a Practitioner level in the West. During this level of teaching, students received two further ‘attunements’ by a Reiki Master, which then increases their vibration to a higher level. The energy is now directed towards further self healing and development and also the treating of other people, as a Reiki Practitioner. A deepening of the Chakras (energy centres) is taught and students are shown how to feel the differences in energy. This then enables them to scan a person’s body before treatment. Reiki symbols are introduced and students are shown how to apply them, increasing their focus and intention whilst carrying out any treatments. Students are encouraged at this level to begin using and relying more on their intuition and intention to heal. The Reiki energy knows what it is doing and where to go, so students are taught that it’s very simple to apply the energy, when left to work on an intuitive basis. Distance healing is also taught at this level and students are encouraged to use this form of healing to both enhance their own lives and also to benefit the planet and all those that live within it.
Students are also taught the importance of keeping themselves well energetically as well as physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Third Degree – Reiki Three/Master (Shinpiden)
The third degree of Reiki enables the student to become a Reiki Master, over a period of time. This degree is often taught in two parts, the first is where the student becomes a Reiki master and the second is where the student learns how to teach Reiki, thereby becoming a Reiki Master Teacher. During this level students are ‘attuned’ to the Master level, which is a very powerful and beautiful attunement. This again, raises the student’s energy vibration to an even higher level and enhances the Reiki skills previously taught. Students are taught the Master symbols, which can then be used in the attunement process of others, if the student decides they would like to teach. Meditation, as a practice, is positively taught at this level, along with further energy exercises. This level is very much about deepening the understanding of the Reiki energy, being more consciously mindful, developing intuition further and consciously working with intention.
To become a Reiki Master Teacher, observation of Reiki classes being taught is essential, together with a strong understanding of teaching and learning styles.
Becoming a Reiki Master is another step along the road of spiritual development. The Reiki energy allows for continued personal growth and empowerment, which strengthens and enhances your life on a continual basis. At this level, the energies continue to increase and learning becomes a much deeper experience.
Please enquire further if you would like to be attuned to any of the levels.