Miracles are only things that happen under laws we don’t yet understand. Virginia Samdahl.
In the world of Reiki, a great deal of emphasis is placed on Reiki “Lineage”. Reiki is a tradition passed down from Master/Teacher to student. Therefore, the lineage of a Reiki Professional is also passed down. A practitioner’s lineage is basically their “spiritual” family tree.
The following is an explanation of the terminology found within a lineage of Reiki:
Spiritual Lineage is the “Family Tree” of the passing of Reiki from Master/Teacher to Student. An Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Practitioner should be able to trace their Reiki “Family Tree” back to Dr. Mikao Usui, Founder of Reiki.
Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki is simply the Japanese term given to the Japanese holistic healing modality of Reiki, and is interpreted as, “Usui method of spiritual life-force energy healing therapy”.
A Master/Teacher is one who has completed courses in and has been attuned to Reiki Level I (or “Shoden”), Reiki Level II (or “Okuden”) and the final level of Reiki, “Mastery” (or “Shinpiden”). Once mastery is achieved, the Practitioner is then able to teach and give attunements to new students of Reiki. Some lineages add an additional level, Reiki IV (or “Shihan”), designated as Master/Teacher and Reiki III is considered Master Practitioner.
An “attunement” (or “reiju”) is a sacred process, initiation, and/or meditation with a specific purpose and intent performed by a Reiki Master/Teacher. The Reiki attunement process is how one becomes a Reiki Healer. Being attuned to Reiki gives one the ability to easily access the Reiki energy (“ki” or “chi”) for the purpose of healing a person or situation. Only a Reiki Master can give Reiki attunements.
Reiki I is an introduction to the history of Reiki, an explanation of Reiki Precepts or Principles, the learning of hand placements, a look at ethics, and an “attunement” to Reiki I. After a Reiki I attunement, a Practitioner is able to give Reiki Therapy to self and to others.
Reiki II focuses on sending Reiki energy from a distance (in a form of meditation) into past, present or future circumstances which have caused a disruption in the flow of life-force energy within an individual. The Reiki student learns how to focus Reiki energy to an individual, whether present or not, at any distance and without time constraints, to facilitate or “channel” the flow of Reiki.
Reiki III or Reiki Master/Teacher focuses on the process of teaching and attuning others to the practice of Reiki. A good Reiki Master/Teacher (will also instruct students on how to set up and run a Reiki Practice.
Reiki IV is a variation of the Usui Reiki Tradition of which Reiki Master Practitioner and Reiki Master Teacher are divided into two levels.