To understand what is Reiki Energy Healing we first need to understand the 3 main levels of Reiki. In this article I offer an overview of the 3 levels of attainment and the various attunements
Reiki healers are divided into three, some would argue four (and we will discuss further in the article) levels of therapeutic practice. The levels are achieved by receiving training from a Reiki Master Teacher and through the receiving of several staged attunements.
The attunements are said to be the catalyst for the Reiki Energy (which is the Universal Life Force energy and responsible for the healing which takes place within the body). After receiving the attunements it is said this makes the practitioner more able to become a clear conduit for passage of the Reiki Healing Energies.
At each stage the Reiki Tutee will also inducted by learning the several sacred symbols of Reiki. Each symbol represents a differing healing force energy and is used by the practitioner to guide specific healing energies for the treatment of self or others. These symbols, supposedly secret to the practitioners, are in fact now commonly known and can be found online.
What Is Reiki Energy Healing – The Three Levels
What is Reiki Energy Healing -The First Degree
In stage one Reiki healers are mainly focused upon clearing and cleansing their systems.
The Reiki Master will usually instruct in the history of Reiki, as well as their personal definition for what is reiki energy healing. They will also guide the tutee to understand the basic hand positions for healing.
There are a unique set or pattern of hand positions for self healing and for the healing of others. The sacred symbols, how to draw them and their usage will also be discussed. Tutees will receive the first attunement (of 4 parts) which links the tutees and the masters energies and begins a bodily cleansing which enables the physical body to more clearly channel the reiki healing energy.
The first degree is about self. About becoming a conduit and being open.
What Is Reiki Energy Healing – The Second Degree
The Reiki Second Degree Healers training focuses on the subtle body, or what we would call the aura. Tutees learn specifically three symbols- The Power Symbol, The Mental Symbol and The Distance Symbol which can be used to help focus energy for specific purposes.
They can also focus on the healing of others rather than self and can begin the practice of symbology and of hand positioning in order to practice distance or absentee healing.
What Is Reiki Energy Healing – The Third Degree or Master Level
The Reiki III healer makes a commitment to protect and further the practice of Reiki. This training allows the tutee to call themselves Master and to teach the practice of Reiki. This is where some controversy lies.
In some fields of Reiki it is said you should call yourself Master at third degree and only Master Teacher (4th Degree) once you truly have served and studied for a period of time. However this passage of time is left to the tutee to determine and therefore you may call yourself Master or Master Teacher when you feel it is right within yourself after receiving the 3rd Degree training and attunements.
The 5 Principles of Reiki
To understand fully what is Reiki energy healing we must be clear that it is not a type of religion, but a spiritual code of attributes formulated from 5 major principles.
- Just for today, I will not anger
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will be grateful for all my blessings
- Just for today, I will work with honesty and integrity
- Just for today, I will be kind to all living beings
Are their any risks in Reiki energy healing?
Reiki energy healing is about working with the Universal positive life force. This means it can only work for the positive good of a person without violating the human will. No harm can come to a patient as they must always have given their consent, they themselves must draw the Reiki energy from the healer (the healer is merely a conduit for the energy) and because it is universal life force energy it will only go where it is needed and when needed.
Reiki is used as commonplace alongside Western medicine and other alternative therapies such as homeopathy, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy; and does not ask the patients to change religious or other spiritual or lifestyle points of view. The therapy is only develop to help.