To take on Reiki Master training is actually quite a decision, not the least of which is actually working through the motivation for doing it. Do I want to teach Reiki, or am I just doing it for personal development? Do I just wish to enhance the healing side of my practice, in which case I could forgo teacher training? Decisions, decisions. In my mind there was never any doubt I would do the training, I guess I just needed some clarity. Your higher self has a way of making itself heard and understood when you may be dithering about taking one step or another that would serve your greater good.
“Have you started your Master training yet?”
It doesn’t come much clearer than that, and as the universe tends to do, things fell into place for me to start a part time practice at around the same time I commenced master’s training in February 2013. February 2014 was the attunement date, but the training continues to this day. Each session with a client, physically present or distant, situational support, reiki share or discussion with another practitioner, has reinforcement or new learning. Importantly, each self-practice has the potential for self-discovery and understanding. Reiki becomes very much a part, if not a way of life for a practicing Reiki Master.
Any Reiki training you take on suggests you have accepted an implied invitation to get to know and understand yourself better and with that understanding move towards self-mastery and raise your vibration. This continues with our personal practice and in offering Reiki to others. Each laying on of hands has the potential to raise our vibration. The changes can be profound at times, and more subtle at others. Self-awareness rises. Emotions become more strongly felt, more easily expressed and let go. Suddenly you are a clearer channel to Reiki than you were a few days prior, and also more aware of the energies around you.
With each of these clearings there is an emotional and sometimes a physical cost, often referred to as a healing crisis. The first experience of one of these can be unsettling, but the physical symptoms pass, and when they do you are changed. You either never want to go through anything like that again, or are curious to continue the journey but may be a little wary. Attunements are healings and of course can lead to a healing crisis. A healing crisis can happen after any Reiki treatment (including self-treatments), an attunement, during or after a Reiki workshop, at a Reiki share, a self-development workshop or even a meditation.. Fortunately they do not happen after every Reiki event otherwise even fewer would persist with it.
The Reiki Master training I experienced of a year or so, may seem to be long and arduous in this fast-paced day and age of the internet. Online and CD based training is available, as well as weekend courses. The trainee certainly has a wide choice, but I feel there are some very good reasons for taking a year or more to complete it with a suitable teacher. Probably the major one is that by raising your vibration over a period of time allows you to adapt and assimilate the heightened senses into your life gradually rather than attempting to just crank everything up to 11 in a very short time.
Because you have been Reiki attuned does not mean you automatically become a healer. It is a calling that requires dedication to practice to become proficient…at getting out of the way. We are also dedicating time to knowing ourselves better:
- Spending time each day exploring one’s hidden self takes discipline, and at times courage. Journaling the results of those explorations also takes time that you will most likely have to make.
- Completing tasks your guide assigns you no matter how strange it may seem. I prefer guide to teacher – teachers teach facts, in mastery you are on a journey of discovery with a guide to support you through the tough times, and to share your joyous times as well.
- Attending Reiki 1, 2, and 2E workshops as well as Reiki share, plus monthly meetings with your guide.
- Completing case studies on both people and animals for your healing practice and experience.
- Daily self-reiki for 30 minutes or more, over time teaches us how we respond to the Reiki energy applied to ourselves and others.
As you can see there is a fair bit of time required and this is just the beginning. Invariably after meetings or workshops you find yourself exploring what was said, dismantling your reactions to it, and disappearing down rabbit-holes a bit like Alice in Wonderland. When you begin Reiki Master training wholeheartedly you are “Through the looking glass” and you are at once, both Alice and Wonderland.
Ethics and Integrity
If you come across a person who had a “poor” experience of Reiki where do you think the problem lay? We know it wasn’t Reiki because it can do no harm, so it was either the client or the practitioner. Perhaps the practitioner said or did something that unsettled the client. It may have been the expectations of the client were unreasonably elevated. It is difficult to assess given that you only hear one side of the story. What I feel happens in many cases the practitioner becomes invested in the outcome of the treatment and tries too hard, and does not respect the needs of the client and their own response to the healing.
- try to force treatment on someone
- offer a negative comment instead of an affirming one or make something up ‘because it is expected’
- be pushy (hard sell) or unreasonably raise the expectations of the client.
- not be listening to their client, the various higher selves or their own reaction to the energy.
- they may offer a diagnosis or counselling – which is ok if you’re qualified – most are not.
Assisting at workshops is essential if you wish to become a Reiki Master Teacher. It is not just the material covered that is important, because you will soon realise each workshop is different depending on the varying needs of the participants. And they are F.U.N.
- Observing and learning how to support students especially in a group situation. There is more to this than meets the eye however, and it is useful for the Reiki Master Healer to have in their kit especially being aware people’s differing responses to energy.
- Understanding the importance and irrelevance of ritual. (There are two sides to every coin.)
- Preparing the space, physically and energetically for attunements and healing practice.
Carrying out several several case studies on people with previous experience of Reiki (attuned is best but not absolutely necessary) builds confidence and provides excellent feedback from the client with which to develop your practice.
- The case studies also help you understand any issues you may have around your expectations. Indeed by the end of the case studies you will understand that only those that are ready and able will choose to heal and we are merely observers, narrators, and facilitators. You may forget this periodically.
- Your notes from each case study session (6 per client) will highlight to your guide any issues you may have with offering feedback to the client, or indeed yourself.
You need to know your emotional triggers so you can manage them and deal with them at an appropriate time. There are some tricks to this but you will find each day the angel cards you pull will have a theme that persists until you address it. Meetings with your guide, and the the type of clients you attract may also be thematic if you have a practise. You will find at times your clients all seem to have very similar issues, with which you are all too familiar.
- In order to be present for a client, Your triggers, likes and dislikes i.e. judgement need to be kept under control.
- It is through understanding self, that we begin to understand and appreciate others.
- Ideally, your guide will aim to understand and acknowledge your feelings without becoming emotionally involved in them. To do so lessens their ability to guide effectively. Be like your guide – exhibit empathy rather than sympathy for others and especially yourself.
- Understanding spirit, the higher self and signals they may be using to get your attention.
The workshops, meetings and healings with your guide will inform your idea of how a professional practice would be run in this day and age. Some of the things covered include energy exchange, preparation, the space (noise etc), safety, etc. are very important for the client.
- What do clients expect?
- Professional organisations.
- What kind of practice do you wish to have: healing, healing and training, healing and training and new age methods such as Chakra balancing, pendulum use, crystals and so on?
- Children – working with them and the risks involved.
- What to do when a mentally unstable person seeks treatment.
Each of the topics headlined above can potentially raise so many issues worth exploring it would be possible to spend a weekend on each one alone. I struggle to understand how it would be possible to manage your journey into wonderland using online, CDs, or even a weekend course. Whatever method you choose, there will be more work to be done after attunement, probably much more after the shorter approaches, but then again, we’re all individuals.
Do you feel you have the dedication for Reiki Master training?
Letter of Intent
Hand writing (at least initially) a letter addressed to you and your (potential) guide where you outline:
- why you would like to undertake the Reiki Master training,
- what goals you have for yourself within the training, including whether you are doing it to become a healer, teacher or for personal development.
- what you intend to do to support yourself to fulfil those goals and support yourself in general during your training,
- what you would like from your guide during your training
- and anything else that you would like to say
Prior to commencing the training purchase a quality journal and transcribe or paste this letter into it. Your journal will need to have space for daily, weekly and monthly entries.
That will do for now