In Reiki I, you learn the basics of Reiki, the hand positions
and how mind/body/spirit effects the body, and how you can utilize
the Reiki energy force to help those in need. In Reiki II, you
further this understanding by learning more about energy and
how to utilize Reiki for those at a distance. This is often called
absentee healing or healing by proxy. You learn the 3 sacred
Reiki symbols and how they can be incorporated into a Reiki session.
Learning about the Reiki Energy
First of all this is sort of a misnomer, Reiki energy is
really Divine energy. It is the energy lifeforce that is within
all living things in the universe and is not in anyway just Reiki.
It's important for me as a Reiki Master to make this clear. Many
people who first take my Reiki I course come into the class with
an understanding they they are about to receive something that
no one else has.
That, frankly speaking, is hog wash and arrogant. All healing
energy, no matter what method is used, is Divine in nature. So
it's really all the same, comes from the same source and can
be utilized in the same manner. The term Reiki energy has simply
become a label to name something that so many have never thought
of naming before.
Just remember, no one healing method is any better or worse
than any other. The question each potential Reiki Channel needs
to ask them self before taking the next step is, "Is this
method right for me?". If so, then Reiki II will probably
provide each person with a new understanding and expansion of
their personal healing gift and talent. If not, then you may
want to look for something else that truly feels right for you.
That said, let's talk about Reiki II.
Reiki II varies to some degree from Master to Master, on
many different levels. Most Masters will not train a level I
Reiki 6 months to 1 year after their first initiation. I follow
this practice. From my perspective, this gives a person time
to become familiar with what they learned in the level. To experience
and gain knowledge from providing Reiki treatments. It allows
time for the information of how to feel energy, utilize healing
energy and become more aware of the cause and affects of thought
and action on the physical body.
In my classes I begin with a review of Reiki I, but from
a level of experience and growth. What the Reiki I channels learned
and did during their time of practice. I spend less time on review
hand positions and Reiki I concepts. If you're not familiar with
these by now, then it's too soon for you to move one to level
II. If you don't understand the basic concepts, how are you going
to be able to be affective on the next level?
Let me paste a small piece of the Reiki
Controversies here. In Reiki I a student will receive 3 attunements,
to prepare and open them to 50% of the Reiki energy. In Reiki
II, the 3 attunements finish the process and prepare the student
to receive 100% of the Reiki energy. In Reiki III, the final
attuement, prepares the new Master to call upon additional energy,
sort of a boasting of the Reiki energy when called upon.
Now detractors point to the need for such attunements. Any
one who is open to the Divine energy can call upon it and use
it for positive intent. That's true. But it goes back to intent.
The main intent of the attuement is for the student to officially
make an open commitment to the Divine that they are here,
ready willing and able to offer their physical, and spiritual
bodies for the service of others. Now, if you asked God to send
you light and healing for your sick dog, you would indeed receive
the energy. And as you progressed with your private method of
healing, the energy level you could accept through your body
will also grow.
Reiki II Training
With all this preface to the training sessions, what actually
happens in Reiki II? Two things.
First is the second level attunements. I like to think of
these as the graduation ceremonies. Even in a Catholic sect there
are varying levels of graduation for Priests and Nuns alike.
Each level represents a new commitment of service to God. These
attunements, for me, are the same thing.
Secondly, you learn the three Reiki Channeling symbols. Each
one has a name and purpose. And this is where another variation
Reiki II Symbols
Reiki and the use of symbols began from it's origins in the
use of the Reiki II symbols and the exclusive master's symbol.
These symbols are not kanji nor can they be historically traced
to specific calligraphy from the Orient. They most certainly
are not Tibetan symbols as some western writers have claimed.
Instead, they are combinations of symbology that have been established
into Reiki to promote focus and concentration of the Reiki Channel
to their healing recipient.
Each Reiki symbol is used for a specific purpose. This allows
a practitioner to focus their intent of the healing on a specific
type of energy. The Reiki II symbols are designed for the following
Chu Ku Rei - Call upon 100% of the Reiki energy and put it
Sei He Ki - Connecting to the subconscious mind. My mind
to your mind, my spirit to your spirit, my subconscious to your
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen - The Divine within me greets the Divine
within you. To promote enlightenment and peace. Used to initiate
an absentee healing.
The symbols have Japanese names, and two of them have strong
associations with Japanese Kanji, the Chinese script. In Japan
however, these symbols are only known by their numbers, ie: Symbol
1, 2 and 3. They are written in calligraphy art to show the beauty
of the symbols. This lack of association with ancient connections
should not be viewed as a diminishing the importance and effectiveness
of these Reiki symbols. Dr. Usui as a practicing Buddhist certainly
held knowledge of many sacred symbols. He designed these symbols
as the keys to focus energy for the improvement of body and soul.
As I've said, I received my Reiki I and II levels from Rev.
Beth Gray, and level III from Rev. Wilma Donald. These are the
symbols I learned and how they were taught to me.
Symbol 1 ~ Call
upon 100% of the Reiki energy and put it right here.