Reiki is taught
in levels and through attunements performed by a Reiki master. Generally, there are three levels, but the Usui/Tibetan schools
added the level IIIa.
Reiki Level I
(Sho Den in Japan) is taught to those who want to use the Reiki energy. The information
are given by a Reiki instructor, trained to teach Reiki and to pass attunements. Traditional Usui systems use four attunements
for the level I. A Reiki Level I class includes, in general, the Reiki history, the Reiki principles and the hands
positions, when you send Reiki to you or to the others. Then the attunement is performed. Some schools use only
one attunement for the level I.
Some of the schools give information
about the effects of the energy to the organs and indications about the affections and how to treat them. Some schools give
information about charkas (energy vortexes).
At Reiki Level II (Oku Den in Japan) the three Reiki Symbols are taught and an attunement is
performed to the student. Reiki Level II is a greater commitment to Reiki. Some say this level heals on the emotional level,
like level I on the physical level. Many others think that Reiki works always on all levels. The student
learns the Power Symbol, the Mental/Emotional Symbol and the Distant Symbol. There are taught their meanings and their applications.
Some schools require a lenght of time before the level II can be taken.
II includes, in general, the three symbols, the Mental/Emotional healing, the Distant healing and another attunement.
schools add scanning and beaming.
Level III (Master Level) (Shinpi Den in Japan) is the Reiki Master Level. It is taught
the Usui Master Symbol (the empowerment symbol). This symbol completes the three symbols taught at Level II.
The students are trained to perform a Reiki attunement. This level includes the Usui Master Symbol, its meanings and applications,
the attunement process and instructions on how to teach others.
add three symbols : the tibetan Master Symbol, the Fire Serpent Symbol and the Raku Symbol. They also use, in the attunement
process, some Tibetan breathing techniques and the microcosmic orbit. The Usui/Tibetan schools added the Level IIIa between
the Level II and the Master Level. This new level is called Advanced Reiki Training.