What is a Reiki Master?
Usui Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 1920s and consists of three levels of energy attunements. Before a Reiki practitioner can train for the Master level, which is the third level of Reiki training, they must have acquired ample experience, knowledge and of techniques and developed a deep connection with Reiki energy. Becoming a Reiki Master represents a deep commitment to the Reiki practice, a path one commits themselves to that can be mastered. Reiki Masters are able to teach and initiate others.
According to tradition, Reiki energy is transferred from Reiki Master to student during Reiki attunement. A Master’s lineage of initiation is his or her unbroken connection back through successive Reiki Masters to the founder Mikao Usui. It is through this lineage that the energetic connection to Mikao Usui and the original Usui System of Reiki Healing is maintained. While this is the traditional experience, there is less ongoing contact between masters and students today, so the lineage may not be as evident. I was fortunate to have studied under a teacher who maintained this lineage.