A lot of people who have heard of reiki often wonder what it is and how it can help with their health. They’ve also probably heard of reiki masters and wondered if they needed a master or not in order to practice reiki.
The truth is that you do need a reiki master, at least at the start of your healing journey, for a number of reasons. The first is that you will want to have an authentic practitioner with a high level of skill. Lots of people can say they know reiki, but a genuine master will be able to trace back their lineage, that is, their teacher, their teacher’s teacher, and so on, all the way back to the reiki master who systematized the teachings, Mikao Usui.
The second reason is to try the treatments, both in person, and from a distance. A reiki master can help you tune your energy even if you’re not in the same room with each other, which can be really useful if you have a very busy schedule.
The third reason is that a fully qualified reiki master with a verifiable lineage can serve as the gateway to your own journey of studying reiki and using it to heal yourselves, and perhaps even others. Level 1 studies would allow you to heal yourself. Level 2 studies would allow you to heal yourself and others, including your loved ones and even your pets.
In order to start studying in earnest, you would need to go through a ceremony with a qualified reiki master. The ceremony is known as an attunement.
The attunement helps you tap into the healing energies within yourself and harnesses the power and knowledge of the reiki for your own health and well-being of body, mind and spirit. You should get to know the reiki master first and be confident you will respect them as a teacher and work well with them before undertaking to have an attunement.
If you want to heal yourself, or others, the first step will be to find a reiki master that you like and feel you wish to learn from. In this way you can get your attunement and progress along this healing path as you wish, from Level 1 right up to the highest levels of mastery if you choose.