What is Reiki?1
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
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What is a Reiki Master?
There are three levels of Reiki training and all of them are necessary in the path of a Reiki Master.
The first level is the student level. The second level is the practitioner level. On the third and last level of Reiki training, a Reiki practitioner is said to receive the Reiki Master Level attunement.
However, the training doesn’t end here. There are two more refinement preparations that a person has to go through, although they are still officially part of Level Three Reiki training.
How Can I become a Reiki Master?
To become a Reiki Master, passing through the Level III attunement training is the first step. The second step is to be shown the master symbol. Reiki has many concepts and symbols that need to be understood by everyone who wishes to be a student, a practitioner, a master, or a teacher. The master symbol is one of the highest marks that a person learning Reiki can receive. Once you receive it, you officially become a Reiki Master.
However, being a Reiki Master doesn’t immediately mean that you can teach aspiring students.
Reiki Masters have one final training to go through if they want to be called Teachers.
Reiki Teachers are Masters that have been taught the ability to pass attunements to Reiki beginners. As such, they can train students to become practitioners, practitioners to become masters, and masters to become fellow teachers like them.
If you want to become a Reiki Master, you should first evaluate yourself what path you would like to take. If you merely want the title for prestige or to give you a sense of achievement, the Reiki Level III training should be sufficient for you.
However, if you intend to become a true Reiki Master, you have to work towards being shown the Master Symbol. If you also want to teach others Reiki, you must extend your training up until you are qualified to pass on the attunements to younger students