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This page is a repeat in one of a series where I give my ideas on aspects of Reiki.  They are intended to give some "food for thought" and some are only my viewpoint.  While a number of Reiki facts are included, you should decide for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels right to you.
What It Means To Be A Reiki Shihan (Master)
While a seasoned Reiki Master may find they have little need of the thoughts here, perhaps there is something that the new or upcoming Reiki teacher will find helpful.
In the past 2 decades I have found that some Reiki Masters are uncomfortable using the term "master".  In original Japanese Reiki, there were 2 important terms used in the higher forms of Usui Reiki Ryoho.  One was “Shinpiden” which implied you had received the complete set of teaching from one of Usui Sensei's students.  Another was “Shihan” (teacher or model) which implied you were allowed to have your own students.  Not very many Reiki practitioners achieved both states. In the old society, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, few were raised to Shihan as there was only one teacher in a given area (usually a city and it's surrounding area).  Others, like several current members of the URR Gakkai, achieved “Shinpiden” but did not wish to become a Shihan.

The term “Reiki Master” was not used, and the method of teaching would have depended upon how long and how deeply you studied with Usui Sensei. Only Dr. Hayashi and Mr. Eguchi actually completed the 13 step training (to shichidan).   Sensei’s focus was ultimately that of spiritual growth, while his students Hayashi, Eguchi and Admiral Ushida preferred to add in a healing side to their teachings, calling it Usui Reiki Ryoho.  This is the side that was brought to the West by Takata-sensei.
The term “Reiki Master” was not used in old Reiki
While a traditional Japanese Shihan might be considered as a role model for students, the Master level in Western Reiki is not the same concept as in other oriental teachings.  Usually a Master of an oriental discipline implies that the individual is spiritually enlightened (or close) and without flaw.  In Reiki, a Master is simply someone who has the ability and knowledge to give a Reiki transformation (attunement) to another, and to assist them to the shihan level.  This holds true regardless of the individual's spiritual growth or personal beliefs.

Most non-Reiki people are not aware of this and so they may stereotype Reiki Masters along with other spiritual discipline Masters.  Indeed they will assume that the Reiki Master is an expert in the area of Reiki, in knowledge, and in power. The reality is that the expertise of a Reiki Master is a very individual measure.  Personally, I feel it depends on a combination of several traits, among them:
a) a desire to seek out more information about Usui Reiki Ryoho and Usui-sensei

b) experience in giving Reiki sessions to self and to others, and in teaching Reiki
c) a desire to learn other techniques in energy transmission and teaching
d) personal abilities to hold and transmit Reiki and other healing energies
e) the amount of time and effort spent on personal develpment and spiritual growth
f) the level of growth in displaying understanding, compassion and Love for others.
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H Sample Reiki 1 Class Pages
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H The Reiki Levels Explained
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What is Threshold Reiki?
If you are wondering what is different or unique about Threshold Reiki, do read this page. I think you will like the bonuses I often share with my students, especially at the master level. Note that all Threshold classes can be taken in distant format.  Click HERE for the complete article ...

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This is a BONUS class for any of my students taking the master levels in Threshold, Gendai or Komyo Reiki with me.  It includes studies of original traditional Japanese Reiju (attunement) as used in the URR Gakkai, Mr. Doi's own 3 reiju methods, an original Hayshi Reiju, plus my own Threshold Reiju.  Read the completearticle..
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Is Distant / Home Based Training For You?
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H.Do Distant Attunements Work?

When I became a Reiki Master in the fall of 1994, one class component was the concept of distant re-attunements. Then in March 1995 I received the 3 Tera-Mai attunements over the phone from the founder of that system.  
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These articles are intended more for those who are already studying Reiki or have completed their Reiki training.  Some pages offer food for thought, some are of a historical nature, some offer additonal knowledge, skills or methods, and some are based on my own personal experiences.  Many may be of interest to the new Reiki teacher to add as additional pdf handours iinto his or her classes.  Even those New To Reiki might find some articles interesting or helpful.

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H.Reiki in Everyday Life
After I had been teaching Reiki for a while, I joyfound that many students were just using Reiki at home as a healing tool, as if they were putting it on a  shelf to be used part time.  I began to teach ways to use Reiki to enhance our daily life Click for the article
Reiki History
H.Origin of the Reiki Attunement
One of the interesting aspects of a Reiki Denjuclass is the ceremony referred to as an "attunement" or "reiju". I've discovered that there is no one unique ceremony, but rather there are many versions to be found, both inside and outside Japan. Click here to read
Usui Origins
H.The Usui Gainen
The Heart of any Reiki system, they Usui Gainenbecame known as his Reiki Principles, Precepts or Affirmations. They are actually his concepts for living, called Usui Reiki Ryoho. Here is the original,  deeper translation.  Click here to read
Reiki Development
H.Perfecting Reiki Attunements
Many Reiki Masters may believe that the Perfectingpotential of a Reiki attunement lies in the teacher they learned from or the ceremony they learned.  Yet there are some effective, yet easy, methods to get clearer and stronger results. Click here to read
Understanding Reiki
H.Origin of the Term "Reiki"
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Kito know what the word meant at that time.  Terms originating in China are given ON readings and those developed in Japan are given kun readings.   Click here to read
The URR Gakkai
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In 1998 I was connected to Mr. Hiroshi Tanden Chiryo HoDoi and some of his students. Thanks to them, my friends and I began to learn the following old Reiki society techniques even before they were taught in the West. In 199 Hiroshi Doi came to Vancouver and taught us these URR Gakkamethods. Click here to read
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My Path To Reiki (i.e. My Bio)
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My Reiki Training History
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Alternative Healing Energies
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H Light Technique For Healing
You may have read about the idea of calling Light to yourself and then sending it to another person or a situation.  Click Here to Read

Bridge of Light To Trust
A reading meditation to help you work with areas in your life requiring more Trust.  It can also be used for other qualities. Click Here to Read

What is "Sharing from the Heart?"
I often sign off my emails with the words "Sharing from the Heart" or just simply "Sharing."  Some people ask about this so here is my explanation.   Click Here to Read
A Helpful Thought for Your Journey
"Learning how to stay calm and centered in your own energy while experiencing the energies, thoughts, and feelings of the people around you might be called "being transparent." When you are transparent, you can comfortably be with many different kinds of people. You can learn to enjoy what is positive about them and find ways to go even higher when you are around energies that are not as harmonious as your own.."
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