Do you have to complete all 3 levels of Reiki?
No, absolutely not, you may train at level 1 and finish your training there, slowly building a practice of self-healing into your life, taking your time, tapping into the energy when you feel you are able to. Living the Precepts, which start with 'Just for Today' which reminds us of the 'Here and Now', and being in the moment, enabling us to become more mindful. Even occasional 'connecting' with the energy is better than non at all!
Do you have to teach Reiki once you have completed all 3 levels?
No, absolutely not, the original system of Reiki was set up for a persons self-healing and spiritual development, it was nothing to do with healing others, this is an incredible side effect of Reiki. But if you would like to teach Reiki you can, once you have satisfactorily completed all 3 levels. Our Level 3 courses are split into 2 parts. Part 1 Reiki Master Practitioner, enables you to work with the energy at a higher frequency and you will now have developed a deeper understanding of energy work, whilst working with the 4th symbol in the system of Reiki, and have gained a deeper understanding of our connection with everything. Part 2 Reiki Master Teacher enables you to now teach if you so wish, it doesn't mean you have to though, some people just complete all 3 levels for themselves.
Can I get paid for healing others at Level 1 or do I need a Reiki Practitioner Certificate at Level 2 to work with the general public?
You cannot be 'paid' for healing work with the general public until you have your Level 2 Reiki Practitioner Certificate, it takes time to work with the energy, and to understand the energy, it cannot be rushed. And people do not pay for 'Reiki' they pay for your time.
We live in a Western society, why do we need to learn Japanese Reiki, how does it differ from Western Reiki?
Whilst we do live in a Western society, we are able to learn a Japanese practice that was developed by Mikao Usui, who for part of his life was a Buddhist Monk, he was alive at the time when many Spiritual practices were being set up in Japan, and he wanted a practice that was both simple and yet powerful, a practice that would heal a person, whilst developing them spiritually, enabling them to see things as they really are! Many Reiki teachers, teach Western Reiki, which basically means their teachings have come through a lineage with Hawayo Takata in, she brought Reiki to the West (America) many years after her training, and at a time when the Americans were still unhappy with Japan due to the war. So she changed the original teachings, out went the Japanese Ki (energy) and in came the Chakra system from India, out went the internal practices (as this is energy work), and instead an approach of 'hands-on' healing of others was adopted, so the practice became less about a person healing themselves and more about a person healing others.
Original Japanese Reiki is now practiced all over the planet. There are also many variations, many changes to the original system, such as Angelic Reiki, Dolphin Reiki, the list goes on. I like to keep things simple, and original, and powerful, and that is what this system gives us!
What are Western Attunements and Japanese Empowerments?
Western Attunements were developed later on in the original system, it was a way for the Japanese Imperial Army to quickly 'Attune' people to Reiki, to be able to have their Reiki awakened, so that they may work with the energy, and soon start to heal others during the war time. These Western style attunements then became common place in Reiki as a lot of the original system of Reiki stayed in Japan. What we now know is that Usui practiced and taught Japanese 'Empowerments' (also called spiritual blessings or Reiju), it does pretty much the same thing as Western Attunements but the whole process is much simpler, and it thought to enable the student to be more intuitive, as they develop their Reiki practices.
What we try to do here at 'Relax and Heal with Reiki' is practice the original teachings of Usui, as it is a much simpler practice for students, a simple daily practice at Level 1 of Hatsurei, which incorporates a little dry bathing, breathing work to cleanse and clear you, meditation, and a little self-healing. We can use the chakra system, as it is very useful, and it's fine to add in things that were not from the original system as long as students are aware what is and what isn't Original Japanese, and if they are simple and useful, rather than making the system busy and complicated!
If you have a question about Reiki, please feel free to ask. I have been involved in Reiki for over 15 years, and have trained with some of the best teachers out there, we have an incredible lineage. I am blessed, honoured and privileged to teach the Original System of Japanese Reiki. Blessings, Love and Light, Natalie Xx