The relationship between a Reiki Master and a Reiki Student is an important one which should not be taken lightly. Reiki Masters share a little bit of themselves with every student and we create lifelong bonds. You must therefore make sure that you will get along well and, for the lack of a better word, will be able to “gel”. In addition, there are a few background facts and technical points you may want to consider, and questions you will want to ask of the Reiki Master, before deciding whether or not to enroll in a Reiki training course. Here is a list of questions to ask the Reiki Master as suggested by the UK Reiki Federation, and my answers to those questions:
|Questions to ask the Reiki Master||My answers|
|What style of Reiki do they teach?||Usui style of Reiki in the Japanese and Western traditions|
|Do they have a lineage (similar to a family tree) that goes back to the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui?||Yes. See it here. Each student also receives a copy of their lineage|
|Are attunements given in person? “Attunements” can be compared to spiritual blessings and is the most important aspect in the system of Reiki.||Yes|
|How many class contact/face to face hours are there.||16 hours|
|Are there any additional hours required to be put in?||No|
|Do they provide you with a manual?||Yes|
|Do you have to do case studies (i.e. treatments), and if so how many?||Not for Level 1. Level 2 students have to do six case studies over three months.|
|Are they insured?||Yes|
|How long have they been practising Reiki?||Since 2021|
|How long have they been teaching Reiki?||Since 2022|
|Where are classes held and is there parking nearby?||At my home in Mossel Bay and at YogaSteps studio in Moreleta Park. There is ample offstreet at both venues.|
|Are they a member of a professional Reiki organisation, if so which one?||Yes, the Reiki Guild South Africa|
|Are there any things which you will need to purchase prior to training?||No|
|What are the requirements if any, for certification at the end of the course?||No additional requirements for Reiki Level 1. Reiki Level 2 students receive their certificate after they have submitted their six case studies.|
|What is the cost?||R2,570 for Level 1; R3,170 for Level 2|
|How long do they say a student should wait between Reiki courses and the three levels of Reiki?||I recommend at least 3 months between Reiki Level 1 and Level 2 (Practitioner), and at least 12 months between Reiki Level 1 and Level 3 (Master).|
What if I still don’t know who to choose to reach me Reiki?
I would pick the person you like, and feel a connection with, over one with more experience, or over someone who is more well-known – as long as they are 1) qualified, 2) give attunements in person and 3) can show a clear unbroken lineage that goes back to Mikao Usui. Trust your intuition when choosing a Reiki Master. You can get a good sense of a the Reiki Master’s personality, their values and character by looking at their website and social media content.
For example, one of my students told me that she searched Google for a Reiki Course near Mossel Bay. The search brought up a few results but when she looked on my website her first thought was “This looks legit nice” and booked her Reiki Level 1 course with me. We got on very well, she had a fantastic two days learning Reiki, I loved teaching her and she is going to progress on to Reiki Level 2 with me as her Reiki Master.
If you are in doubt, book a Reiki therapy session with the Reiki Master, call them to ask questions, or just meet them for a coffee and then decide if this is the person you would like to teach you Reiki.