How to Choose a Great Reiki Instructor and Course

"When the student is ready, the master will appear". I was lucky that this was my experience, but it's not the case for everyone.

You may want to research a bit before choosing a Reiki Master Teacher. And rightly so. I've had a number of people contact me who want to be "re-attuned" after learning Reiki elsewhere, and others who haven't learned and are shopping around for the right teacher. To help you, here is what to look for.

The ideal Reiki Course will have:


  • About 16 hours of training. A Level One course is focused on Reiki only and is spaced over two or more days, but all completed within a week. 
  • A small group size. Two to eight students are ideal and actually manageable by an instructor. This way, you get the benefit of sharing learning with other students, who you practice with, while receiving enough individual guidance from your instructor. If there are more than eight students in the attunement room, don't be one of them.
  • Qualifying students. Attunements should never be given to those hospitalized, under 13 or to those who are more than three months pregnant. Anyone having terminated a pregnancy must receive a Reiki treatment by a practitioner fluent in spiritual healing prior to their course.
  • Four individual Reiki Level One attunements. Four attunements will give you the full ability to channel Reiki for yourself and informally for others.
  • Practice Time. At least one self-treatment over the course time, and at least two treatments on others under the guidance of the instructor. 
  • Reiki Manual covering Reiki History and Practice. The manual is a complement to what is taught in the class; history, theory and practice elements should all be present in a manual.
  • Ongoing / Continuing Education and Practice. Good teachers offer monthly Reiki Shares - where students come to practice Reiki with further guidance and coaching and receive treatments from other students and share experiences. 
  • In-person training. I can't stress this enough. Learning Reiki online is questionable to begin with and will not benefit you in the long run because you will lose out on a personal connection with the teacher, and a community to practice and continue practising with. If you don't have an instructor in your area, consider travelling for a course or getting a group to learn together and inviting an instructor to come to you.


By the end of your course, you will have experienced shifts in your sensitivity to energy, be encouraged to practice on yourself daily, and can confidently give Reiki treatments to others.

The Ideal Reiki Master Teacher will have:


  • The ability to read auras and sense energy congestion and the root cause of that congestion.
  • The ability to sense and help clear away emotional and spiritual blockages.
  • An understanding of what Reiki energy is and where Reiki healing comes from. 
  • A personal dedication to self-care (daily or regular self-Reiki practice, meditation and ideally other forms of self-care). 
  • Experience. A true Reiki Master Teacher has taken her or his Level Three / Reiki Master Course and waited at least a year with lots of training before taking their Reiki Master Teacher course, just to be able to teach Reiki Level One.
  • The ability to look at a prospective student and assess where they are energetically, rather than simply welcoming anyone who wants to pay to take a course at any level. 
  • The ability to clearly tell you where your own energy is congested and how to balance it.
  • The willingness to speak with you and answer your questions thoroughly before you take a course. 
  • An openness to having you contact existing students to inquire about the instructor / course.
After your training, your instructor should continue to provide ongoing support and opportunities for further learning and developing beyond your Level One course.


Re-Attunement?


Once you have completed your Reiki training according to the above requirements, you will have been properly attuned to channel Reiki for yourself and others and can harness Reiki for life. There is no need to be re-attuned. Even if you don't practice often, pick it up again by giving yourself a few consecutive daily self-treatments.

In fact, if you've been properly attuned to Reiki by a qualified instructor, you will notice a lot of development coming from your own daily self-practice. Like the saying goes, "You get out of it what you put into it". If however, you continue practising and feel as if something is missing, that you aren't developing a heightened sensitivity, you can always find a qualified instructor who you feel is the right one to be assessed by and receive training from.

Know that a new Reiki Master Teacher can only teach Level One and cannot start teaching Level Two students until one of her or his own Level One students returns to request to learn Level Two. One of her or his own Level Two students must return to request to learn Level Three before the Reiki Master Teacher can teach a newcomer Level Three, and the same goes for teaching Level Four, the Master Teacher Level. There is quality control built in. If the teacher doesn't have students returning to request a higher level of training, surely something is amiss.

Each Level has its own Training


Over time, you may want to take the Reiki Level Two course to learn how to send distance healing and find and clear away the deeper mental and emotional roots of symptoms. A Level Two course should be taught independently from a Level One course as it is a huge step forward and there are four distinct attunements for Level Two and these will open you up to be able to harness double the amount of Reiki energy. Taking a Level One and Level Two course together waters down your learning and would require eight attunements -- too powerful to experience all at once. The Level Three or Reiki Master Course is another leap forward, has four attunements and requires a high level of practice, experience and work with the instructor before the course can be taken. Level Four, which is teacher training or the Reiki Master Teacher course, requires at bare minimum, a full year of intense practice and preparation.

In many schools Levels One and Two are taught together and Levels Three and Four are taught together, which is an indication of poor quality of a course and lack of understanding of an instructor, and even of the instructor him or herself being improperly attuned or not attuned at all to Reiki.

Many students are eager to learn and develop, which is fantastic, but there is no substitution for thorough training and practice. Many people are eager to rush the process. This is the reason why few Reiki Master Teachers themselves are properly attuned and why Reiki has become so watered down. It is also the reason why many clients come to a Siam Reiki practioner and are blown away by the quality of healing they receive. I've been told by a client that one Reiki treatment was the equivalent of ten years of therapy!

Lineage


Many people ask me how Siam Reiki is different from Usui Reiki. All Reiki that is practised today has come through Master Mikao Usui. Although Reiki itself is timeless, Master Usui is the person who harnessed this energy and made it available for use in our modern day. The word "Reiki" is a Japanese word, simply because Master Usui happened to be Japanese. So no matter what school of Reiki you learn from, if it's called "Reiki", it is all Usui Reiki. The different lineages are branches of his students, including Mrs. Hawayo Takata, who took Reiki beyond Japan and taught it far and wide.

Siam Reiki is a very powerful lineage of Master Usui's, mainly because it has the highest standards known in Reiki and due to the purity of the Reiki energy channelled. Students in Siam Reiki develop an intuitive capacity that is cultivated and highly encouraged, the result being that they channel very powerful and specific healing that greatly benefits those they treat.

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No matter where you learn Reiki, if you are properly attuned by a true Reiki Master Teacher, you will notice that Reiki is a catalyst for change in your life. It opens up new understanding and is a wonderful tool for positive change, whether in the quality of health, relationships, success in work life, or spirituality. If you follow the guidelines here, you will have a great Reiki Course and instructor and in turn, Reiki itself will change your life.


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