You may have experienced
Reiki sessions with a friend or family member and feel you now want to explore
Reiki with a more experienced practitioner, or you may be new to the healing.
Either way, if you are to invest time and money in sessions with a professional
Reiki therapist, it is worth spending some time seeking out someone who suits
You will be looking for
someone whom you feel to be on the same wavelength as you. Above all, your
Reiki therapist should be someone whom you will be able to talk to easily and
whom you can trust to help you progress in your development.
recommendation from someone who knows you well is often the best way to find a
good Reiki therapist, but you can also get in touch with professional Reiki
organizations, like the International Reiki Foundation, and ask them to recommend a
practitioner in your area. An excellent source of information on practitioners
operating around the globe is the
International Registry section of this site.
Because the basic techniques of Reiki are simple to learn and accessible to
everyone, it is important to make sure the therapist has sufficient depth of
experience. Professional Reiki therapists should have completed at least level
2 and are likely to have an ongoing relationship with their own master.
You may like to ask what
his/her lineage is. All "legitimate" Reiki practitioners will be able to trace
back their teachings in a direct line to Dr. Usui and be happy to explain how
they are connected to the first masters.
It is also useful to know how long the therapist has spent exploring Reiki and
progressing through the levels -- this can be a useful indication of how
seriously he/she takes the healing. Some people complete all three levels in a
weekend course. Many Reiki masters feel that this does not allow sufficient
time for the necessary understanding and spiritual development to grow.
What to look for
A good Reiki therapist will have many of the personal qualities that you look
for in a Reiki master. He/she should be friendly and open but professional and
respecting of confidentiality. You want, and need, someone who will be
sensitive to your needs and who is willing to answer any questions you might
have about the healing. Above all, you want to feel comfortable about talking
over any life issues you might have and to know that your therapist has
sufficient experience and knowledge to help you.
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