Updated: Aug 7, 2019
There are a lot of Reiki teachers & Reiki styles out there. You've probably read so much that your head is spinning.
Reiki is both a spiritual path & a physical practice. What starts off as physical practice turns into something deeper. Reiki was a spiritual practice (and still is with a few Reiki systems) that underpins our physical, psychological & emotional health. Spiritual practice generally, is about developing & training the mind to turn inward where we become more resilient, positive & calmer. This is true of Reiki. No need to give up anything except for a little time to practice.
There are many Reiki lineages (a lineage is a like a family tree), most are classified as western & a few Japanese. Other styles may be called Reiki in the title but may not have their lineage going back to the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui. If this is the case, then it is misleading as Reiki, a Japanese word, originated in Japan. There are Reiki styles that have added in other modalities that bring complexity to these systems. So it will take a bit of research to have a sense of what suits you.
Reiki Association websites are the best places to start your research before looking at websites of Reiki Teachers. Each Reiki Association should have plenty of information on what to look for in a teacher. The two largest Australian Reiki associations, Reiki Australia & the Australian Reiki Connection, have profiles on Reiki Teachers with many having photos of themselves as well as their background & what style of Reiki they teach. This is always a good starting point. Australian Reiki Connection have teaching standards where they require teachers to state what are considered to be 'add-ins' to the system of Reiki.
There are also online courses in Reiki. While it is technically possible to become a Reiki practitioner, it is not the traditional way to learn. Reiki is a face-to-face tradition where your connection with your teacher plays an important part in your development. Reiki attunements or Reiju, a process that awakens Reiki within, may illicit emotional responses that some may find a little daunting. This is where support from your teacher can assist you. Even after your course, most teachers will support your path in Reiki. The other consideration is that Reiki associations will not accept those who have learned online & if this is the case, they will require retraining before meeting membership requirements.
Whatever your motivation, most of the time it will be a choice based on your ‘gut’ feeling. Do your research, make a list of teachers you like & don’t like. Call at least three perhaps book in a Reiki treatment with a teacher. In the end, someone will just fit. I wish you good luck in your search.
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