Reiki Master, Pamela Miles discusses the subtle art involved in learning Reiki.

by Pamela Miles, Integrative Health Consultant and Reiki Master

Let your Reiki hands teach you – Hawayo Takata

Reiki training teaches us how to learn Reiki. The Reiki master teaches us how to practice, and our practice teaches us Reiki. The more we practice, the deeper our understanding, respect, and love for this gentle, powerful healing art.  It is almost a technique-less technique, yet there is a subtle art to it, and significant discipline required to do less. Conviction in the efficacy of the technique develops as the student practices over a long period of time. Students acquire the courage to do less as they witness over time the wide-ranging benefits of Reiki. As the practitioner becomes inwardly more quiet, the inner pathways open more fully, the ability to carry Reiki is enhanced.

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone – Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

Takata taught 3 levels of Reiki practice, all of which are based in self-treatment. Each level functions in a specific way:

  • First degree – hands-on healing
  • Second degree – distant healing
  • Reiki master – initiate/train students to practice Reiki

Traditionally, First and Second degree training is usually given in group meetings with approximately 10 hours of class time. Reiki master training is an apprenticeship of at least a year. It is advisable to practice First degree Reiki on oneself daily for a minimum of 3 months before learning Second degree, and to practice Reiki 3-10 years before becoming a Reiki master.

Who can learn Reiki?

Anyone who has the interest can learn First degree Reiki, regardless age, state of health, intelligence or education. I have trained people with serious or chronic conditions such as cancer, HIV, Lyme, pneumonia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, injuries and post-operative healing, heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain syndromes, insomnia, headache disorders, infertility, back pain, mild and severe emotional instabilities, various women’s disorders, allergies, asthma, and auto-immune diseases. When invasive treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery are needed, Reiki self-treatment can provide great emotional and physical comfort, lessen side effects, and speed healing. Training students in unusual or challenging situations may require the expertise of a seasoned Reiki master who can be true to the system and flexible enough to work within limitations.

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