What is a Reiki Master?
What is a Reiki Master? To put it simply, a Reiki Master is a person who has been attuned to Reiki energy, and has completed all three levels of training. A Reiki Master is now capable of teaching and attuning others.
But to really answer the question, “What is a Reiki Master?” – we need to take a look at what Reiki is, and it’s history!
What is Reiki?
What is the History of Reiki?
Dr. Mikao Usui
Reiki was discovered initially by a man named Mikao Usui. He was born in Japan in 1864, and passed in 1926. He was born into a wealthy family, and was heavily influenced by Buddhism and Qigong (Qigong is a movement meditation practice similar to Tai Chi.) Usui wanted to develop a healing modality that brought together the mind, body, and soul – one that was spiritual, but not tied to any religion. He hoped to create a healing modality that was easy to learn, easy to practice, and widely accessible.
Usui began to study ancient Tibetan Buddhist texts, and study in different monasteries. Around 1910, Dr. Usui decided that for 21 days, he would fast and meditate, with the intention of gaining the knowledge and wisdom he needed to create this healing modality he had in mind. On the 21st day of meditating on Mount Kurama, Usui was struck with insight and a flash of different healing symbols – which he then used to develop Reiki Healing. After practicing on himself, friends, and family, he opened his first practice in 1921. It is estimated that he taught Reiki Healing to approximately 2000 people.
Usui himself had very few rules or guidelines when it came to practicing Reiki Healing. Dr. Usui would scan the body intuitively, and go to the area needing treatment. He also would channel reiki with his eyes and breath.
Reiki Comes to the West
One of Dr. Usui’s students, Chujiro Hayashi, created the structure of Reiki Healing which we see today (the three attunement levels, hand positions, etc.)
Hawayo Takata, one of Hayashi’s students, is credited with bringing Reiki Healing from Japan to the West. She opened her first clinic in Hawaii and taught all over Canada, Europe, and the United States.
Kundalini Reiki Healing
Kundalini Reiki was created by master of meditation, Ole Gabrielsen from Denmark. Gabrielsen created the Kundalini Reiki Energy Healing method after spending countless hours communicating with a spirit named Master Kuthumi. Master Kuthumi is considered to be one of the members of the Spiritual Hierarchy who watch over our development as humans to guide us to higher levels of consciousness. Kuthumi expressed to Gabrielsen that he had a goal of Kundalini activation for humans, which would expand our level of consciousness and make peace, light, and love an immediate possibility for humanity.
Kundalini is a Sanskrit term from ancient India that identifies the rising of energy and consciousness which has been coiled at the base of the spine (root chakra) since birth. This Kundalini Energy is the source of all life-force energy (pranic energy, chi, bio-energy). Yogic science suggests that this energy is what actually triggers the formation of the child in the womb. Once triggered, it then coils 3 ½ times at the base of the spine to hold the energy field in stasis until we die, when it uncoils and returns to its source. Kundalini Reiki harnesses this specific energy.
Kundalini Reiki Healing is very intuitive – much like the most traditional form of Reiki Healing created by Usui. However, we will be learning some structure during our course so that you as a student have structure to start off with while you build your intuitive abilities. As you become more comfortable working with energy and your intuition, you can begin to work as intuitively as you like.
How do I Become a Reiki Master?
If you are interested in becoming a Reiki Master, you must take the three different levels of training and receive the attunements.
During your first reiki attunement, you will just be learning the basics of Reiki, and you will be attuned to reiki energy. You will begin to heal, clear blockages, and release anything no longer serving you so that you can become a clear channel for healing others. The focus here is on physical healing and self healing. However, you will learn how to utilize reiki to help heal other humans, plants, animals, food, and physical spaces.
The second level Reiki attunement teaches you how to conduct distance healings and past life/karma healings. The focus here is on mental and emotional healing. The second attunement with further progress your abilities, like turning a lightbulb to the second highest setting.
The Third (or Master Level) attunement will teach you more advanced practices & healings, as well as teach you how to attune and train others. The focus here is on spiritual healing. At this level, you learn to work with spirit guides & higher powers to facilitate your healings on yourself and others.
If you are interested in learning Reiki to practice on yourself or others, you can look for healers in your area who offer trainings. I encourage you to study with someone you admire, trust, and gel with. I also provide high quality online trainings & attunements, which can be found at the link below.