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Reiki Training

If you are feeling called to be a practitioner in the Usui Natural Healing System of Reiki, contact me to schedule an individual training session, or book a small class training session, if available.

Reiki Shiki Ryoho
-Levels (or degrees)of Reiki Training-

Reiki level 1training is the foundation of your Reiki journey. This level focuses primarily on the self-healing journey of the student. Students learn the fundamentals of Reiki, comprehension of the energy field and physical anatomy, self-Reiki, Reiki techniques, and more.

Level 2 is the practitioner level.

At this level, the student learns ways to empower a healing session using symbols, distant Reiki, plant and animal reiki, how to have their own practice, deepens their understanding, and more.

Level 3 is divided into two parts (3a and 3b); the Master and Teacher levels.

In the Master level, students receive an additional symbol to empower Reiki, learn what it means to be a spiritual guide as a Master. Not all Reiki masters will want to teach Reiki. If one decides to teach Reiki, they will learn how to facilitate and lead small healing groups, and the attunement processes for all levels (i.e., the ritual of passing Reiki to a student).

Reiki Training

For all perspective students, it is important to know the Reiki lineage of the Reiki Master Teacher who will be instructing and attuning you to Reiki. Reiki lineage is important because it shows the origin of the Reiki energy that is passed on from generation to generation from Master Teacher to Student. It also provides a source of continuity and connectedness, and authenticates and validates the honored Reiki heritage that one has inherited. Beginning with Sensei Mikao Usui, who rediscovered Reiki in the early 1920's on Mount Kurama in Kyoto,  Japan, my Reiki lineage reveals my connection to the Reiki Master Teachers who came before me and highlights the purity of its source. When you complete your Master training and attunements to Reiki, you will be the eighth successive generation of Reiki Masters.

My Reiki Lineage
I am certified by my Traditional Usui Reiki Master – Barbara Carlton (Munro), Scotland.

This is My Traditional Usui Reiki Lineage (7th Generation).
1.    Sensei Mikao Usui
2.    Sensei Chujiro Hayashi
3.    Sensei Hawayo Takata
4.    Sensei Barbara Weber Ray (USA)
5.    Sensei Elspeth Walker (Scotland)
6.    Sensei Barbara Carlton (Munro) of Scotland, teaching in USA since 2003
7.    Sensei Karen Jenkins (USA)

(If being trained by me, you would be the 8th generation of Reiki Masters)


What is Reiki?

 Reiki is spiritual, universal life force energy for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness. It offers loving and supportive energy for deep relaxation, stress reduction, specific personal intentions or goals, recovery from illness or surgeries, release of addictive patterns and self-sabotaging behaviors, removal of negative karmic energy, and wholeness in all dimensions and aspects of life. 


Who can become a Reiki Practitioner?

Becoming a Reiki practitioner is for those who are interested in natural healing modalities and feel a call to be a healing agent  for the well-being of the self, others, and the world. Because Reiki is not a religion, anyone of any religion or no religion may become a Reiki practitioner. Reiki provides techniques that helps the practitioner to focus on channeling spiritual, healing energy to a person's physical body and the energetic bodies (the auric field that is composed of many layers and surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body). For religious ministers in the Christian faith, Reiki provides a framework in which to employ the biblical "laying on of hands" ministry. I offer Reiki training in three levels. If you are interested in training, let's connect to arrange a date and time for your training. 


Level 1- Self-Reiki and Reiki for family and friends

Level one or First Degree Reiki is primarily focused on self-healing. It is a one day training and provides the history of Reiki, Reiki fundamentals- which includes basic information on the energy field and human anatomy; a Reiki attunement -where Reiki is passed from the Reiki Master Teacher to the student through a traditional ritual (attunements are done at all levels); self-Reiki, and other Reiki techniques, and hands-on practice. It is followed by a 21 day self-Reiki detox/spiritual cleanse. Level one is primarily focused on one's personal well-being so that he or she may be a pure channel for the Reiki energy to flow.


Level 2- Practitioner

Level two or Second Degree Reiki is primarily focused on being a channel of Reiki energy for the healing and well-being of others (people, pets, animals, plants, the world). This training is one day of training and provides symbols for empowering a Reiki session, use of pendulum's to assess Chakras, insight on ways to conduct a distant Reiki session, a second attunement, resources in starting your own Reiki practice, practice on using the symbols, practice conducting your own distant healing session.


Level 3a- Master

Level three or Third Degree Reiki (known as Shinpiden) is for those who want to deepen their experience as a Reiki practitioner so that they may channel more refined, effective, and powerful levels of Reiki energy. This training takes place in one day if taught in one level,* and includes learning a new master symbol to strengthen all other symbols and to bring in an influx of higher vibrational energy, group meditation, attunement, and practice.


Level 3b- Teacher 

*Level three may be taught in two levels for those who want to also be a teacher. The first level is for Master training. The second level is if one wants to become a teacher. For this, training is focused on structuring class outline/agenda, how to do the attunement process, and practice of all three levels of the attunement process.


What to do prior to Reiki training or Reiki Attunement?

A process of purification is recommended prior to a Reiki attunement. This will allow the attunement energies to work more efficiently and create greater benefits for you. The following detox plan is recommended but is not required.
1. Refrain from eating any meat for three days prior to the attunement. Many types of meat often contain antibiotics, added hormones, and toxins in the form of pesticides and heavy metals that may make your system sluggish and throw it out of balance. 
2. Consider a water or juice fast for one to three days, especially if you already are a vegetarian or have experience with fasting.

3. Minimize or eliminate use of coffee and caffeine drinks. They create imbalances in the nervous and endocrine systems. Avoid caffeine drinks on the day of the attunement.
4. Avoid alcohol for at least three days prior to the attunement

5. Minimize or avoid sugary foods, chocolate, and processed foods. 

6. If you smoke, cut back, and smoke as little as possible on the day of the attunement. 

7. Meditate an hour a day for a least a week using a style you are familiar with or simply spend this time in silence. 

8. Reduce or eliminate time watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading newspapers.

9. Go for quiet walks, spend time with nature, and get moderate exercise. 

10. Tune into your body and how you feel.

11. Release all anger, fear, jealousy, hate, worry, and negative emotions up to the light. Create a sacred space within and around you. 
12. While Reiki is not a religion, practitioners often view it as a spiritual practice because Reiki is perceived by many to be a spiritual energy that comes from the Universe/God/Source/Higher-Self/Spirit or whatever name one may use to describe the All that Is. It is advisable to prepare spiritually with prayer and be open to higher spiritual energies and experiences.

What is the attunement process like?

Each level is consists of an attunement whereby the Reiki energy is transmitted to the student through the Reiki Master Teacher via a ritual or ceremony. The students are guided to meditate, seated in a comfortable position, while the Reiki master attuned them, through the use of symbols and gentle touching of the hands and head. The attunement is sealed with a final blessing and students remain seated, experiencing the Reiki energy until they feel like it is settled within them.  The attunement is considered to be a spiritual experience that each student may experience differently. Some may notice increase in intuition, mystical experiences, visions, healing, a warmth in the hands, or other sensations. William Rand describes what happens in the attunement in the following way.

During the attunement, the Reiki or spiritual consciousness makes adjustments in the student's chakras and energy pathways and also in deeper parts of one's consciousness to accommodate the ability to channel Reiki energy; it then links the student to the Reiki source. These changes are unique for each person. The Reiki Master . . . is a channel for the attunement energy flowing from spiritual consciousness (Rand, Reiki: The Healing Touch, 5).

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Yes. Some people, in the days or weeks following an attunement, may have what some practitioners call a "healing crisis." That is due to the influx of Reiki energy that releases energetic blockages as it settles into the body; the body goes through a detoxification process. Symptoms may vary among individuals. Some people do not experience any detox symptoms at all. Some reported symptoms one may experience are dizziness, increased heart rate and respiration, chills, flu-like symptoms, and suppressed emotions rising to the surface. I take measures to reduce the severity of any potential healing crisis by sending distant Reiki the evening prior to the attunement. After an attunement, instructions will be given on how to enhance the benefits of the Reiki energy that you have received and to aid in the detoxification process as you begin your own personal journey towards wholeness. In taking self-love measures following your attunement (which is designed to bring inner healing and energetic re-alignment), you will be able to effectively pass Reiki onto others.

Benefits of Attunements

Receiving a Reiki attunement to be a Reiki practitioner has many of the same benefits as receiving Reiki for healing. It may help to detoxify the body, release stored, unprocessed emotions, restore health and vitality, improve emotional wellbeing and happiness, offer clarity of soul-purpose, establish  connectedness with one's higher self and with Source/God/Universe/The All That Is, infuse one with a positive outlook on life, inspire passion and dreams, help manifest intentions, awaken and enhance intuition, gain confidence, walk in spiritual power, actualize one's fullest potential, balance Chakras, heal the body, improve relationships- including one's relationship with his or herself, help one to experience positive outcomes in all dimensions of life, and more. As a practitioner, your Reiki attunement will also help you to experience joy in being a conduit for the loving and supportive energy of Reiki.

If you would like to be trained in Reiki, or have any questions, message me via this website,

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