Interested in learning Reiki? Here’s a handy beginner’s guide, which includes everything you need to know to be informed and get started:
Can anyone learn Reiki?
I get asked this question a lot and I can relate: I really wasn’t sure when I signed up for my first Reiki class years ago. The short answer is yes, each of us has a natural healing ability. Sometimes people feel overwhelmed or worried by this, while others aren’t sure where to start. Taking classes offers a structure and foundation to build on this ability.
There are 3 levels of Reiki training: beginning, intermediate, and advanced (or Reiki I, II, and III). Learning Reiki is a deeper experience than receiving a Reiki session because it allows you to take your healing into your own hands (literally) with a daily mindfulness practice.
What are the benefits of taking a Reiki class?
When you take a Reiki Level I class, you’ll learn about the 5 Reiki precepts, or principles to live by. These principles offer advice and a path to help us let go of anger and worry, to be true to ourselves, and to show compassion.
We can understand this advice intellectually, but learning Reiki offers us a way to go beyond this and embody the precepts through the hands on healing, meditation techniques, symbols and mantras (learned in Reiki II), and attunements. Imagine the benefits you would experience if you were less angry and fearful, and felt calmer and more centered, no matter what stress you encountered in your life.
But can’t I just learn Reiki online?
While technology has its benefits, learning Reiki at an in-person training offers many things you can’t experience online such as:
• Practicing giving Reiki sessions with the supervision and feedback of the teacher and fellow students.
• Giving Reiki during an in-person class allows for physical touch, which helps you trust that that the energy is flowing. For most students, this trust often develops over time with practice.
• Receiving attunements in person (vs. online) can be reassuring to our linear mind. Students are more or less sensitive to energy, and having the physical presence of the teacher in front of them during this spiritual blessing often sets the mind at ease that something is happening.
Read more about the benefits (especially if you’re considering offering Reiki professionally).
How can I find a qualified Reiki teacher?
There are many different types of Reiki classes available, and you want to find the right one for you. Questions to consider as you’re looking for a qualified teacher include:
- How long was the teacher’s own training and how long has s/he been teaching?
- Do they have a daily Reiki self care and meditation practice?
- How long is the class and is certification available?
- Does the teacher offer ongoing support through practice nights and advanced training?
Read more to find out how to find a qualified teacher and make an informed decision that’s right for you.
How can Reiki impact every aspect of your life?
My daily Reiki practice has improved my life in so many different ways (and it continues to!). Over time here’s what I noticed:
- positive changes in a chronic health condition
- the ability to let go of a negative relationship pattern in my dating life
- more clarity around how to make a career transition
- the ability to better handle my finances
- better time management
- an increase in my creativity as a writer
Read on to find out more about my personal journey with Reiki, as well as one student’s feedback on what she noticed in her own life, and open up to some possibilities of how Reiki can transform your own life in a positive and powerful way.
Want to gain insight from past Reiki students? Here’s more about learning Reiki from the student’s perspective:
A yoga teacher and busy mom of three discovered that less is more when it comes to Reiki.
And another student connected to her own inner wisdom after learning to give herself a daily 10-minute Reiki treatment.
Find out how learning Reiki helped one student deal with a break up.
The practice of Reiki helped another student manage her ego (no easy task!).
Ok, I signed up for my first Reiki class, what should I do to set my expectations?
Here are the elements that are usually covered in a Reiki Level 1 class:
- Discuss what is Reiki and the history of Reiki
- Receive 4 attunements, or spiritual blessings (also known as Reiju)
- Learn a Reiki self-care protocol
- Discuss the Reiki precepts, or principles to live by
- Discover Reiki meditations to focus the mind and center yourself
- Learn a Reiki chair protocol to use with friends and family
To get the most out of your class, have an open mind and commit to practicing the Reiki self care protocol for a minimum of 21 days. Notice any little changes such as how you sleep, how you feel when you wake, your energy levels, and your ability to focus and respond to stressful situations.
Want more? Here’s a bonus:
Here’s a Pinterest board I created all about learning Reiki.
Best of luck as you begin your Reiki journey, and here’s a tip from my first Reiki teacher. She always used to say: “Your hands are smarter than your head!” Wise words….
Have you been considering how to become a Reiki Master? There are many different options available, and here are some of the top questions to consider when choosing the right path for you:
What is your motivation?
Why do you want to become a Reiki Master? Some students are interested in their own self-development, deepening what they learned in Reiki I & II, while others are interested in professional practice, or adding Reiki to their existing healing arts practice. If you’re interested in becoming a professional practitioner you want to make sure you have comprehensive training, especially if you’re new to having a healing arts professional practice. If you’re not sure, it’s perfectly fine to see how this next level of training can bring Reiki into your life in a more powerful way.
How long have you been practicing what you learned in Reiki I & II?
Giving yourself time to practice what you learned in Reiki I & Reiki II is so important. Daily hands-on-healing self practice is key, as well as spending time meditating on the Reiki precepts. Yes, we can intellectually understand what the precepts mean, but embodying them–not worrying or holding onto anger and showing compassion to yourself and others–takes time and daily practice. Which leads me to the next question…
Why can’t you become a Reiki Master overnight?
You may have seen Reiki Master trainings that can be done online or in-person in a very short time frame. Taking a training that takes place over a longer period of time offers you the ongoing support and guidance of your teacher. It also allows you to hear what your classmates are experiencing and ask questions as things come up. Most importantly, a longer training offers you the opportunity to practice and integrate what you learn.
Having a lot of practice under your belt is especially critical when you move into professional practice. Practicing Reiki is relatively easy compared to dealing with clients and the issues they bring to you for help. You want to have adequate preparation and experience.
I also wrote a book, Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business. It offers you an essential how-to guide to help you set up your Reiki business.
Why don’t I like the term Reiki Master?
I tend not to use the term Reiki Master as much, since the system of Reiki is such a life-long practice toward mastery! (Can you imagine calling yourself a “Master” of something after taking a weekend class?) As a Reiki teacher, I call it Reiki III training instead of Reiki Master training. You’ll need to figure out the term you feel comfortable using.
What’s the difference between online and in-person training?
The benefits of experiencing Reiki energy in person through the sessions, meditations, and attunements in class with the supervision of a teacher really can’t be compared to the disassociation of an online experience. (Even though I’m a big fan of technology, and it has its place for learning!) Not to mention, you can’t practice giving someone a full Reiki treatment on the massage table over the internet.
Here’s more on the pros and pitfalls of learning Reiki online.
What is covered in a Reiki Master training?
While trainings vary, typically you will learn the Reiki III symbol and mantra, Japanese healing techniques such as Byosen and scanning, how to work intuitively, and how to give Reiki table sessions and attunements.
How do you find the right Reiki teacher?
Here are some questions to ask to help you find a qualified Reiki teacher.
What is my #1 recommendation for becoming a Reiki Master?
Practice, practice, practice. My first Reiki teacher always used to say “remember, your hands are smarter than your head.” Practicing on yourself daily, giving Reiki treatments to others, and incorporating the Reiki meditations and precepts into your daily life will all help you become an amazing Reiki practitioner!
Live in NYC and interested in taking a Reiki Master (Reiki III) training?
I just published a book–Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business. Yikes! It took 3 years but at long last it’s finally done.
How This Book Can Help You
The process of creating and building a wellness business can be baffling, and is rarely covered in training courses.
In my book I share insights gleaned from my own experiences as I built my practice from the ground up, plus advice from other accomplished practitioners and teachers from a range of modalities including Frans Stiene, Gary Strauss, Joanna Crespo, Melissa Tiers, Sarah & Shawn Carson, Pam Herrick, and Maria Rodriguez. Lots of wisdom from this group!
This guide shows you how to:
–make a career transition
–find clients in person and online
–market to your ideal client base (even if you think you don’t like marketing!)
–handle the financial aspects of your practice
–build your confidence and avoid burnout
I also created a free online Business Starter Kit with practical and easy-to-use templates you can follow to manage client data, build an electronic mailing list, and keep track of income and expenses.
Whether you’re just starting out or want to expand your existing practice, this book is the blueprint. It’s ideal for wellness practitioners of any flavor–massage, Reiki, reflexology, hypnosis, acupuncture, Shiatsu, astrology, polarity, cranial sacral, etc.
You can read more about it and buy it here. And if you know someone who might find this book helpful please help spread the word. (It also makes a great gift!)
P.S.S. Watch the video about what prompted me to write this book.
As I mentioned a couple months ago, I hear from so many clients dealing with debilitating insomnia, and I’ve been wanting to share about hypnosis for better sleep.
According to the NIH, at least 40 million Americans annually suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional insomnia. If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, read below to find out how hypnosis can help.
You are getting sleepier, and sleepier….
Ok, that’s not exactly how it works (though making suggestions to your unconscious mind about how you want to feel is part of the story). But getting to sleep with hypnosis is more about active ways for you to feel more in control of your thoughts and how you feel in your body.
Not only does hypnosis relax you by helping your mind and body shift into parasympathetic mode (vs. sympathetic, fight-or-flight mode), but you’ll learn a valuable sleep hypnosis protocol.
This sleep protocol has interchangeable parts, because everyone is different and has specific issues about getting to sleep. You’ll be able to mix and match and create the perfect protocol customized just for you. Specifically, you’ll learn:
- how to deal with anxiety surrounding the fear of not getting to sleep or being able to stay asleep
- how to work with the neuroplasticity of the brain, and retrain your brain and body to overcome insomnia and sleep better
- 5 techniques to help you get to sleep easily (as well as deal with stress throughout the day)
- a self-hypnosis technique that may just provide you with magical dreams all night long (this is a client favorite!)
Want to really layer it up? Combine hypnosis with Reiki for an extra good night sleep!
Here’s what one client says:
I feel so much better since our last session, it’s amazing how fast you can see results! I didn’t need to take anything to help me sleep last night (that’s a first for as long as I can remember) and the techniques were so helpful and easy to use. I did wake up once to go to the bathroom, but didn’t toss and turn like I usually do, and was able to fall back asleep easily. I actually feel rested and relaxed today, which is quite a miracle. Thank you!–Joanne L.
Ready to sleep? Book a hypnosis session.