Read about choosing a Reiki healer, Reiki master and Reiki practitioner.
Choosing Reiki Healer
Reiki has gained tremendous popularity as a healing practice over the years. This is mostly because of the fact that it is secular in nature and is not associated with any particular religion or sect. Though this ancient healing technique is said to have originated in Tibet centuries ago, it was only in the early 1800s that the Japanese educator Dr. Mikao Usui sought to revive it. The idea of the Universal Life Energy lies at the core of the Reiki belief system. It employs the idea that vital energy must be restored to the body to enable it to promote health, healing and harmony. There are a number of Reiki masters who are willing to teach Reiki to others. However, selecting a Reiki teacher can be quite a difficult task. While there are many masters who are willing to teach, you still have to go out there and choose the best one possible. Here are a few tips to help you choose a teacher who is suitable for you:
Choosing Reiki Master
- Compatibility between the student and the teacher is very important. Take a few Reiki sessions from prospective teachers and see how you feel. Ask them questions and see if your philosophies and ideas match. Trust your intuition if you feel comfortable about a particular person and like his/her ideas then you are likely to enjoy learning from him/her. The sessions with random teachers will give you ideas on how each teacher works and the environment in which they work in. This will help you share their energy. Sharing energy is important before you decide on a teacher.
- The teacher should honor and respect you at all times. He/she must support you and aid the growth of your Reiki practice in any possible. The teacher must act with integrity at all times and must work towards your best interests.
- Ask your potential teacher about his/her experience with Reiki. If the teacher has not been practicing Reiki for some time before deciding to teach then the teacher is not likely to have the range of experience necessary for a teacher. Regular Reiki practice is necessary for developing awareness about the transmission of energy and is required for personal growth of the practitioner.
- Ask the teacher about his/her philosophy and approach to Reiki. These days there are a number of variations in the practice of Reiki. Usui Reiki is the fundamental form of Reiki, from where the different forms of Reiki have taken shape. Choose a teacher who provides a balanced approach and respects all other approaches.
- The cost of a Reiki class will depend on the type of material that the practitioner distributes. You may be given photocopied handouts or full manuals. Find out what you will get. Good reference material is essential, as you as you will have to integrate what you have learnt as you continue your Reiki practice.
- The cost will depend on the length of the classes as well. Individual classes may last from four hours to two days. A Level 1 class should be a daylong. If it is shorter, then the basic foundation is being compromised.
- In Reiki hands on experience in required. Therefore, find out how many experiential sessions the teacher will hold. Experiential learning is necessary to learn Reiki and this is possible only with enough practice. You have to understand the foundations and philosophy behind Reiki. The practitioner should give equal importance to both.
- Find out if the master will be willing to help and support you even after you have completed the requisite number of classes.
- Ensure that the teacher has the required approval from the appropriate licensing agency to teach you Reiki.
- Your prospective teacher should be willing to give you written information about the classes, fees, information on refunds in case of cancellation, requirements on your part, class, time and location, etc. You should receive a receipt for the payment of fees. This degree of organization is required for smooth functioning of the class.