by: Shelley Lincoln (aka MtnWaterWoman)

In my last article I gave a brief overview of Reiki, a brief history of Reiki, and how Reiki is applied from practitioner to client. In this article I will cover the Degrees of Reiki and what the Reiki student receives at each level of training.

The practice of Reiki is not a religion. Reiki practice is a healing art, a practice of helping self and others, and with the continued daily practice of Reiki the practitioner will gain self awareness, deeper spiritual understanding and insight as well as balance of body, mind, emotions and spirit. This benefit begins with the first Reiki initiation.

During the First Degree Reiki training the student receives what is called ?an attunement?. The attunement to the Reiki energy gives the student the ability to begin channeling the Reiki energy and apply it for healing of self or others. It is during this first degree the Reiki Master passes on by oral tradition the story of Reiki, the Reiki principles and the tradition of Reiki. The first degree training includes the basic hand positions for applying Reiki to self and others and the opportunity to practice whole body Reiki treatments with others in the class. The Reiki Master providing the training should observe and provide feedback and additional instruction to students during the practice.

The Second Degree Reiki training requires an attunement also. This attunement increases the Reiki power the student can channel. The student is also given the sacred Reiki power symbols and is required to learn to draw them as well as instruction on how to use them. It is during the second degree training the student also learns how to do ?distant, or distance healing? and mental-emotional healing. The student learns that distance, time and space do not exist in spiritual realms and Reiki is easily sent across time and space to the intended recipient.

The Third Degree, or Masters? attunement, again, broadens and deepens the level of healing energy the student can channel as well as significantly enhances the students? personal growth and development. This level was divided into two parts back in the mid 1980?s which allows students to have the masters? abilities minus the ability to teach or pass on Reiki.

The Master Teacher attunement gives the student the ability to teach and pass on the attunements to others. During this training the student receives the sacred Master symbols and is taught how to perform the attunements. This level is generally reserved for those who demonstrate life long dedication to Reiki.

Prior to beginning Reiki training the student should request the lineage of the Reiki Master. You can check this with the Reiki Alliance ( to affirm whether the Reiki Master you have chosen teaches from the traditional system of Reiki as set forth by Dr. Usui.

This is but a general guideline of what you can expect should you choose to learn Reiki. I hope you find this information helpful in providing a greater understanding of Reiki and the process of becoming a Reiki practitioner. Blessings.
Shelley Lincoln (Mountain Water Woman) is an experienced Reiki Master/Teacher and spiritual leader. Having spent over twenty five years studying and living her spiritual principles, Shelley freely shares her knowledge and experience with others. You’ll find her very approachable and supportive. Contact author at

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