15.3.11

Tips to Choose Your Reiki Course...

" When the student is ready, the master appears" is often a true statement and not only in Reiki. However when deciding to take up a Reiki Course, a few important conditions need to come together. While this is valid for most certified courses of any kind and on any topics, choosing a Reiki course requires discernment between scams and objectively quality courses. Moreover, as Reiki is not a money-making  business but primarily a healing technique it may take long before one understands the actual purpose behind this feeling of  'going for a reiki course'. It may also happen that the master appears to you, in a way or another, and that you are able to read the signals adequately.


We have put together a few tips to guide your wish to take up a Reiki course and we will distinguish with a few key steps.

Levels of Reiki Skills and Knowledge:

There are 4 levels in Reiki training. 

Sho-den (Beginner);  Oku-den (Intermediate) ; Shinpi-den (Advanced)  and Jiki-den (Teacher).

Sho-den and Oku-Den belong to the Basic level and to a certain extend many people are satisfied reaching Oku-den. It gives a very good kick to self-healing, a substantive understanding of how the quantum (non-verbal communication) field of energy works, and allows to treat others in a very practical and efficient way. (In Japanese the word 'den' means level; as there are Den levels in martial arts)

At Shinpi-Den level, the practitioner becomes Master and receives a further initiation in healing which brings the capacities and skills to what i wold call a holistic level. It becomes difficult at that level not to walk the talk, as the mind and body connection is progressively blending with the energy field of the universe. In other words, doors get open, consciousness rises and the whole vibrational begins to change frequency. It is often called a significant healing step.

A Jiki-den level the master  learns to attune others and to teach. It is the last course level. At this level, the Reiki Master Teacher has acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to transfer to other people Usui Ryoho Reiki teachings. (Ryoho is a Japanese word for Method )

Tips to engage with a master:

1) Find out within yourself the purpose as to taking up a Reiki course

2) Set up the intention to follow that purpose and locate the best teacher for you

3) If this is your first level, when finding the course for you, make sure you will receive Usui Ryoho Reiki Natural Healing teachings - you should receive a Certificate from your course and a manual with guidances.

4) The fees for each level are set according to the country, the region, or the area, they vary within ranges from 150 to 250 Us for Reiki 1, 250 to 500 for Reiki 2; 500 to 750 for Reiki 3 and up to 5,000 Us for Reiki 4. These figures vary considerably between masters and countries and if you take up Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 together, in residential or not and if you are taking Reiki 3 and 4 together over a short or longer period of time. As a matter of fact the cost will appear to you as appropriate as it is. Here and now. I recently made a search with a Japanese friend of mine about Reiki in Japan and the cost charged for the courses. We browsed Japanese sites and we came up with the response that fees correspond to cost of life.

A Karuna Reiki (R) Master programme will be charged up to 1,000 US including manual, certification and registration with the ICRT.

5) Duration of the course vary from a minimum of 2 days up to a maximum of 5 days depending of the level;

6) Always ask the lineage of the master you are about to receive the training with. If the answer is fluffy, move on. A master is supposed to know how to present him or herself and introduce his or her practice with clarity and in a few sentences. The lineage should revert up to Mikao Usui the founder of modern Reiki in Japan in the early 20th century.

7) The course should include a clear presentation of the topics that will be treated;

8) Ask the master how the training is conducted - in individual or in group; if in group ask about the size of the group. Groups that are too large will not give you much time to practice or ask questions; an individual course may also easily convert into a psychotherapy unless the master is a great time-keeper and establishes clear boundaries.


9) Before the course, try to take some rest, limit partying or intake of caffeine and alcohol and especially try to meditate more than regularly and practice insight to deepen your connection with your intention. 

10) Go for the course in trust, and with open mind, confident your are giving yourself the best gift of indulgence which may open a brand new path for you.


These are basic tips. Your own judgment and choices are essential. Feel free to ask question and take your time. The fee you pay is not important. it is your fee that came your way. What is important is the quality of the teachings. These always have to be matching your own essence!

Wishing you to find the best master teacher to bring on this fabulous Reiki path!

In gratitude