4 levels of Usui Reiki

If you decide to take a Reiki training, you will wonder what the meaning of these levels is.

I guess it is like everything we learn, we start slow, and get bigger and smarter.

In my Reiki lineage, we are taught four levels. All of them include one or more  attunements or empowerment process, but also practice, Q&A, history, techniques, how to’s.

The Reiki attunement, performed by a Reiki master teacher,  opens /activates /expands some energy channels throughout the trainee’s body, allowing universal energy, (Chi, Ki, Prana…) to flow through it. This brings self growth and significant changes to the person’s life.


1. Reiki Level 1:  First Degree: Because I am worth it.

Opens the energy channels, through attunements,  on a physical level, allowing the practitioner to connect to the universal life force energy, which flows from everywhere and condenses down to the heart and hands.

Many experience physical symptoms of energy in their palms after the first attunement  including tingling, coolness or heat. That’s why the first degree is often the most interesting/amazing.

The aim of this level is to learn to practice on ourselves, be commited to get better ourselves (health, life…) by practicing Reiki, on ourselves, regularily.

Because of the intensity of the attunement process, the physical body has to adjust and  most Reiki Masters recommend that at least 21 days to a full three months pass between receiving the Level 1 and Level 2 attunements (Level 1 is required to receive Level 2).

2. Reiki Level 2: Second Degree: Distance healing.

Level 2 is expanding the opening of the energy channels. It is the time we start practicing more on others . Level 2 also allows to forget about time and space and send reiki to anywhere on the planet, to the past and the future. This possibility makes this tool extremely versatile. However, it is to use with a strict ethical policy.

2d Level is a very interesting tool for ourselves, because so many wounds/blockages need to be healed from the difficult past. This is why level 2 is often the most difficult to achieve.

In order to be able to send distance reiki, the students receive Usui Reiki Symbols. It induces practice in drawing the symbols, studying their qualities etc.

In my lineage, we also learn, on level 2, how to program quartz cristals (to send Reiki 24/24).

3. Reiki Level 3: Third Degree & Reiki Master: Never alone.

Third Degree is called Master degree. Here, the student gets a more powerful attunement.

He/she gets to feel much more connected to the higher self/intuitive part. Consequently, life starts flowing much easier and difficult past pains/wounds start vanishing for good.

We continue sending distance Reiki and using the quartz cristals, in a more efficient and practical way (Reiki Grid).

The aim of this level is getting wiser and wiser, of course, more happy, joyful, humble,  authentic, keeping in mind that being a master is a pathway and never achieved.

4. Reiki Level 4:  Reiki Master Teacher: Transmit and be responsible.

The Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner who has received the energy and knowledge to attune new Reiki practitioners.

The levels 3 and 4 are separated in my lineage, although they are both called « Reiki Master »,  because not everyone feels like teaching. The transmission protocols are supposed to be  secret and sacred. The internet changes all that, of course, the core idea being to keep respecting those symbols.

Becoming a Reiki Master Teacher also represents a deep personal commitment to the Reiki practice, that’s why the student has to think of it seriously, let time pass, prepare to be a good teacher etc.



In short, everyone has to feel like going through the different levels and trainings or not. Because we all have different needs, some people are good with Level 1, some with Level 2 etc.

There is no rush of performance, time and hard/regular practice are the only good ally.

The Usui Reiki attunements provide a super-tool for an easier, healthier, happier life. We are free to use this tool or not, but if we do not use it on ourselves, we cannot expect our life to get much better.

There are plenty of different Reiki instructors and schools, everyone should choose which one they feel best for them.


Reiki attunement VS Reiju

Hereunder, a great article from International House of Reiki – Australia about the difference between Reiki attunement and Reiju, going back to the history of Reiki Usui.


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Anatomy for Reiki


Here you can find the PDF with more explanations about these organs and the back view (kidneys etc.)

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Making the religion/spirituality distinction:

From Reiki For Dummies by Nina L. Paul / with my comments below.

Reiki isn’t a religion, but it is spiritual. The distinction between spirituality and religion has caused a lot of confusion with regard to Reiki. These concepts are overlapping but separate. Spirituality is the belief in your connection with the divine, no matter whether you call it a higher power, God, spirit, soul, or even the stars. The purpose of spiritual development is to improve this connection and see the divinity within yourself and all around you.

Religion provides guidance on how to develop yourself spiritually. It tells you what the divine looks like and gives you frameworks of texts, places of worship, and guides to support you.

You can be part of a religion and not have a spiritual connection. You can have a spiritual connection and not belong to a religion.

Reiki provides a means for spiritual growth. No matter what your religious background, you’ll find that the principles are relevant and don’t conflict with your religious practice. In fact, Reiki should enhance your personal religious connection. The spiritual aspects of Reiki enable you to do the following:

  • Connect to a higher source: You use prayer and meditation to connect to God or the higher power of your own beliefs. Spiritual connection provides the never-ending supply of Reiki energy.
  • Channel the higher energy: Reiki healing energy is not from the practitioner but comes through the practitioner from God or another higher power.
  • Keep spiritually healthy: Just as you maintain your physical health with nutritious food, fresh air, and exercise, you also need to maintain your spiritual health. Prayer, meditation, quiet times, and spiritual exercise (doing kind acts) can help in this regard. Reiki uses the following spiritual tools: Reiki principles, meditation, and symbols and chanting.
I would add this:


  • A Reiki practitioner is only a channel for Reiki energy. This energy cannot be manipulated.
  • The Reiki practitioner got his abilities from an initiation-protocol given by a Reiki Master Teacher.>>  attunement of Reiki energy with the subtle energy system of the human body
  • Everyone can be a Reiki Master Teacher.
  • A Master Teacher is a person that reached the level of Teacher.
  • When a person heals, it is only because the person triggered his/her self-healing process, whatever the technique or medication used.
  • The Reiki practitioner is only (but important!)  a guide for the receiver.
  • The Reiki practitioner shall not judge anything or anyone.
  • The Reiki practitioner shall stay humble in any circumstances.
  • The Reiki practitioner observes and puts his/her hands according to his/her observations.
  • The Reiki practitioner does not persuade anyone and keeps his/her beliefs for him/herself.
  • The Reiki practitioner sends the person to the doctor or hospital if needed.
  • Reiki is a energetical healing technique used more and more in complementary therapy in Europe and the US.
  • Reiki energy goes through every material/clothes.
  • Reiki is compatible with every therapy.
  • The Spiritual aspect of Reiki comes through the 5 Reiki Ideals
  • The final goal of Reiki is to become a better person every day.
  • Treatments and trainings have a cost like every other service.


  • A magical power or a gift.
  • The Reiki practitioner is not allowed to diagnose any illness.
  • The Reiki practitioner does not heal anyone and does not pretend it.
  • The Reiki practitioner does not promise any healing.
  • The Reiki practitioner has no right to give opinion about any illness, medications, diagnosis, therapeutic choice etc
  • Reiki does not replace any other medicine or therapy.
  • The Reiki practitioner does not replace the doctor.
  • During a Reiki session, the Reiki practitioner does not use any drug substance or any kind.
  • Reiki Master Degree does not imply a special degree of wisdom, intelligence, spirituality, or any kind of gift.
  • Reiki is no dogma.
  • There is no obligation of any kind with Reiki.
  • There is no reducing freedom practice or teaching.
  • Reiki is not a religion.
  • There is no central or pyramidal organisation in Reiki.
  • There is no guru in Reiki.
  • There is no requisite financial participation.
  • Reiki is not a sect.

What is a Reiki Initiation?

An initiation (or « attunement ») is made by a Reiki Master Teacher, putting him/herself at the disposal of the universal energy which will work through him/her.

What is a Reiki initiation?

An initiation (or « attunement ») is made by a Reiki Master Teacher, putting him/herself at the disposal of the universal energy which will work through him/her.

Therefore, no Super Powers involved, just a knowledge that we do not have.

The Reiki initiation allows the person who asked for it to be able, at the end of the two days course, of channelling the energy of Reiki through his/her hands and this for all his/her life.

This « attunement » must be done 4 times (for the 1st degree called SHODEN in all cases), on two days.

It must be accompanied by a teaching on how to use this energy – its instructions for use – , the specificity of each degree, different techniques bequeathed by the elders of our lineage, why when and how, on the origin of this tool and especially on the ethics of  Reiki. That is why two days are necessary and often a tight schedule.

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les Kotodamas

Au commencement était le Verbe…

Les Kotodamas sont des sons auxquels on prête une vertu sacrée.

Apparemment, en japonais, « koto » voudrait dire mot et « dama », esprit.

D’après Masami SAIONJI: « Les mots sacrés sont des vibrations s’écoulant directement de la source divine universelle : énergie concentrée d’amour absolu et d’harmonie. Les mots sacrés sont les moyens par lesquels nos espoirs remplis de lumière et nos idéaux sont manifestés dans ce monde par le pouvoir de la conscience divine. »

L’esprit du mot?

Les mots auraient-ils donc un pouvoir de création?

Quoi qu’il en soit, les Kotodamas sont utilisés dans la pratique du Reiki Usui, à partir du 2e degré. Pourquoi 2e degré?

Car c’est à ce stade qu’est intégré l’apprentissage de symboles, qui correspondent à des sons, qui peuvent être dits ou chantés.

Ces sons ont une grande capacité bénéfique tel qu’expliqué dans cet article de Reikiforum.

Si les mots ont un esprit et une action sur la matière et que nous voulons un monde meilleur, ne devrions-nous pas n’utiliser que des mots splendides au quotidien?


Aim of Reiki

Rather than grasping, channeling, or otherwise manipulating energy, Reiki is a method that allows us to invite (招) happiness/ good fortune / many blessings (福). This happiness, these many blessings are also the medicine for many illnesses. Worded another way, inviting this peace of mind is a method (Ryoho 療法) of dealing with many stresses and overall dis-ease.

Beautiful beautiful article from Andrew ANDERS

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