Three levels of practice exist in Reiki training. Reiki Level I practitioners receive a one-to-two-day training session in which they learn hand positions, basic theories of Reiki and receive their Level I attunement. In traditional Usui circles, Level I practitioners are asked to practice and be engaged in self-healing for a minimum of three months before taking their second level training. Level II training involves learning symbols which are used to promote mental/emotional healing and distance healing. Again, in traditional circles, Level II practitioners are asked to continue practice for at least one year before beginning an apprenticeship with a master for further training. The master level of Reiki includes learning symbols for spiritual healing as well as learning the attunement process necessary for initiation into the practice. Reiki masters vary in their requirements for practice before receiving training for different levels. Some follow traditional timelines, others teach all three levels in one weekend.
Official Licensing Bodies
Currently no licensing procedure exists for Reiki practitioners. Some Reiki organizations have strict requirements for their members and provide their own certification. Some states are attempting to require that Reiki practitioners have massage therapy licenses. However, much controversy surrounds this attempt since Reiki is not a form of massage.
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