The Journey Begins
Becoming a Shinpiden/Reiki Master is not the end of the journey; it is only the beginning of your own personal and spiritual development. A Reiki Master; is not suddenly a better or wiser or more enlightened person than anyone else. It simply means that as a Reiki Master/Teacher, you are now able to pass on The Gift of Reiki to others. There is actually something really humbling about this degree. Usui Sensei decided to call this level “The Mystery Teachings”, because he knew that not everything that happens around us can be understood just by logic and mind. Certain things can only be experienced through your heart, in order to fully comprehend them, and make them an integral part of your life.
Passing The Gift
After receiving the appropriate Attunement and Ignitions of Usui/Holy Fire Reiki, we go on studying more advanced healing techniques. We learn the 2 Master Symbols, and how to master the Attunements, Placements and Ignitions processes. At this point we are ready to pass on and teach The gift of Reiki to others.
Placements and Ignitions
“Placements and Ignitions are done without the teacher physically interacting with the student. The teachers simply facilitates a short guided meditation to get the student into a receptive state of mind and then stops talking.
At this point the Holy Fire Energy takes over, and guides the student through the experience. This process provides the same benefits as Attunements do. It gives the student the ability to use Reiki energy and empowers the symbols. In the Master classes, empowers the teacher to give Placement and Ignitions”. William Lee Rand
The Attunement process is a powerful and sacred ritual needed for everyone who wants to become a Reiki practitioner. It marks the end of an old way of being, and the beginning of a new path. This opportunity is given by the opening of the energy healing channels which happens during a Reiki Attunement. The exact process is kept secret by the Reiki Masters to maintain the sacredness of the ritual. There are many different ways or methods of performing a Reiki Attunements. They all work, as long as
– the recipient is open and willing to receive the attunements.
-the intention of the reiki master is clear (the desire to pass on The gift of Reiki to the Reiki student)
The Reiju Empowerment is an offering of spiritual energy. It’s a ritual that dates back to the early teachings of Mikao Usui. It is always practiced in the more traditional Japanese lineages.
Reiju is Usui’s original way, a procedure that enables the recipient to channel Reiki. It is believed that it comes from Tendai Buddhism. This is where Hatsu Rei Ho and other Japanese Reiki techniques seem to have their roots. In the Japanese approach to Reiki practice, students would gather every single week and practice various Reiki techniques. At the end of the gathering, during meditation, the Reiki Master would give Reiju to every student as a mean of initiating further progress on the Reiki path.
It is said that Reiju was also used to “attune” (to use western term) students into higher levels of Reiki channelling. It is important to remember that Mikao Usui did not have a Master Symbol. Usui Sensei had only one Reiju Kai, attunement style, which was given to the student over and over. He did not have a different style attunement for each level. In Japan language, Reiju means: “accepting/giving energy”.
I can assure you, no words or logical explanations will ever be enough to
fully understand what can be experienced during an Attunement, a Placement or a Reiju. As said before, sometime the mind alone is not enough.
Hope this article helped to shed some light on same of the “mysteries” involved in the Third Level of Reiki. But again, direct experience is the best teacher you will ever find around.
“There is a perfect plan for your life that has always been present and waiting for you. This plan is exactly what is good, and right and healthy for you. This plan is not necessarily based on what your parents want for you, or what your friends or the culture says you need to do in order to be accepted. It is based on what will really make you happy. This plan comes from your core essence. Reiki can activate and help you follow this plan, which is your true spiritual path”. William Lee Rand