How Can I Find a Reiki Master Teacher?
The way one "learns" Reiki is different from other types of healing techniques in that the ability to transfer energy is transmitted from Reiki Master to student during an attunement. You can learn about Reiki benefits and how it works by reading articles and listening to others who have experienced Reiki but it takes an attunement or initiation by a qualified Reiki Master to open the channels for you to perform Reiki.
One way to find a Reiki master is to ask friends that practice Reiki with whom they studied. You can also ask local practitioners of other complementary therapies, such as massage or shiatsu, because these practitioners often know other complementary therapy providers. Or you can check bulletin boards in yoga studios and health food stores or inquire if your local hospital has a complementary or integrative medicine service. Since Reiki is used by many people to cope with chronic illness, any local organization that offers services to people with illnesses such as cancer, HIV, fibromyalgia, or diabetes may have a list of community resources.
It is important to note that Reiki is not a standardized practice and so there is no guarantee that anyone using the title "Reiki Master" has the training and experience you seek in a teacher/mentor. For this reason, it's important to inquire into any Reiki master's background, and a credible Reiki master will welcome this inquiry. Cynthia at Essential Energy Healing is a proud member of the Canadian Reiki Association as a Certified Teacher. Why? This ensures a strong code of ethics for myself and my students along with a high standard of teaching at each level.
Many Reiki masters have websites or brochures that describe their training, experience and classes. If you do not find such information, it is reasonable to have a brief conversation to ask some questions.
In addition, be sure to ask about the Reiki master's teaching experience and classes (scheduling, fee, etc).
And finally, ask what opportunities the Reiki master offers for continued mentoring and group practice. Cynthia offers ongoing support and mentorship along with regular reiki shares for you to connect to your self-healing, working with others and to dive deeper into your Reiki practise.
Choose your Reiki master carefully, looking not only for a teacher who has the qualifications you want, but also for one with whom you feel a rapport.
A Reiki Master/Teacher does not have to belong to a professional organization to be a good and reliable teacher, but taking a look at the professional listings is a good place to start. In Canada you can check into The Canadian Reiki Association.
Cynthia has been a Member of the Canadian Reiki Association as a Certified Teacher for over 8 years and has been teaching and practising reiki in Central Alberta for 14 years.
Much love on your healing journey, Cynthia )o(