Some might find this controversial but I feel very strongly about the importance of having your Reiki Level classes at the right intervals and not back to back or over a period of days. This is why I feel this way, and again this is my feeling based on my own experience and also of the clientele I see that have taken their levels all in one weekend.
The traditional way of teaching Usui Reiki is for the level one class to be min 3 months in between, however I personally recommend more. Reiki to me is not something to rush, this is an energy shift and working on your own energy healing before jumping into the next level I feel is important. The level one is about self healing, and if you have not already been working on this prior to your level one then get ready for a change. Working on your own healing can result in emotional changes and feelings, you are clearing and releasing so during this time it is important to be aware of these shifts. The level one class traditionally is to be followed with a 21 day “cleanse” so to speak, this is how Dr. Usui developed Reiki, he did a 21 day healing cycle which involved fasting meditation and working on the chakra energy. The fasting part is obviously not going to be a major part of modern day reiki but should be considered, even looking at cleaning up your daily diet during your 21 day because you are letting go and releasing so drinking lots of water is key. So if a 21 day cleanse looks to be important than how can taking your level one and two back to back be viewed as the right method?
After receiving the level one attument your life will go through the changes and cleansing of energy, emotions and attachments that no longer serve you thus transcending your energy to a new level. For me level one was profound! I already had gone through several reiki sessions, and had started working with crystals and colors so my healing was already on the go. I truly recommend that you have at least one reiki session before taking your level one. After my level one I worked on my 21 day and my life started to change for the better. My understanding of my own emotions and of those around me became more clear, I found that friends I had were no longer on my same path and I had a harder time relating to them. So the thought of doing this so quickly without taking the time for myself scares me, and I am truly thankful for the amazing teacher I have.
So now you may be looking at level 2 (because level one made you feel so amazing you want to jump into the next one to keep that high going), which again is a major shift in energy. This shift will be more profound than your level one, you are now transcending higher and your energy vibration is much much bigger! So to jump in and take now your level three right after your level 2 without learning and growing with this new energy can be hard for most people. I describe it like learning to jump off the low diving board and just skipping to the highest one without practicing your technique off the second one. You are jumping into water without knowledge of the impact. This is Reiki energy, so all I ask is that when you are pursuing this path, take into consideration the impact it will have. Be respectful of time and yourself, there is no rush to receiving your level 3. It does not make you a better reiki practitioner nor does it ensure you will be more successful in business. Reiki healing is not taken with the end game being a practitioner to gain money, Reiki is about changing yourself and helping others with healing so they can also see that they have the power to be their own healer. Teaching is an honor not a right and should have someone doing this that has experience, follows the traditions and respects the energy to which they are giving. I won’t get into my views of the term Reiki master vs Reiki Level three, I will save that for another post….
If I offended anyone by this post I do apologize, this is only my feelings on the subject and I respect that others may view it differently. That is OK if you do, we are all in this for the same reason which is to enlighten and heal.
Santana, owner of The Soul Center