What to Expect in a Second Degree Reiki Class

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The alternative medicine healing practice of Reiki was created in Japan in 1922. Therapists channel their energy into their patients through touch. There are three levels of Reiki training. Here are the outlines of the classroom structures I put to use in my traditional Usui Reiki classes.

Second Degree Class

Class Preparation - Traditionally, Reiki II class is not an open class, it is applied for. The student requests to advance from level one to level two. If the instructor (Reiki Master/Teacher) feels the student is ready for advancement then he will be accepted into the class. It is highly recommended that three months pass between the Reiki I initiation and Reiki II initiation.

Are You Ready to Advance to Level II?

Here are a few questions for the Reiki I student to ask herself/himself before moving on to Reiki II.

  • Are you ready for the second degree?
  • Can you feel when Reiki is drawing?
  • Do you have a general understanding of Reiki?
  • Do you use Reiki on a regular basis?
  • How often do you conduct self-treatments?
  • How important is it for you to learn how to do absentia Reiki?
  • Are you clear about your reasons for wanting to become Reiki II?

Reiki II Class is taught in two separate sessions, each is approximately three hours. Reiki II may be taught in one day with a lunch break between the two sessions but is preferable to teach in two consecutive days. Whereas in Reiki you received four attunements, in Reiki II you will receive two attunements.​​

First Reiki II Class Session

  • Brief Open Discussion
    Review of Reiki I. Why are you taking this class? What are your expectations? Do you have any questions about 1st degree Reiki?
  • Introduction to the Reiki II symbols.
    Taught names and pronunciations of the Reiki Symbols.
    Taught meanings (intentions) of each symbol.
  • Receive first of two attunements.
  • Drawing the Symbols
    There are 3 separate Reiki symbols to learn. It is important to learn how to draw them precisely. You must also learn the power of the symbols, and the proper pronunciation and spelling of them. Sketch pads and colored markers are provided. As we draw the symbols students begin to get impressions about them, intuitively perceiving the individual symbols and their unique energies. Although the symbols are often visualized in healing sessions it is utmost important that the Reiki II practitioner knows how to draw the symbol beforehand.
  • Homework Assignment
    The Reiki symbols are to be memorized.

Second Reiki II Class Session

  • Draw the symbols and write the names of the symbols for the instructor. Give the meaning (power ) of each symbol.
  • Review the use and power of each symbol.
  • Receive second attunement.
  • Experience the increased flow of the Reiki by placing the symbols into your body.
  • Discuss how Reiki has to be brought into the physical before it can be used.
  • Learn the step by step formula of using the symbols in sending Reiki long distance.
  • Practice sending absentia Reiki.
  • Learn how to use surrogates as a focusing tool for distance healing.
  • Taught how Reiki can be sent into the past or the future.
  • Question/Answer Period
  • End of Class - Congratulations, You are Reiki Level II.

About the Reiki Attunement Process

Reiki attunements open and expand the Ki-holding capacity or the Hara Line and clear energy blockages. They open a channel for the Reiki energy to flow from practitioner to client. The more a practitioner uses Reiki the clearer and stronger the flow becomes.The attunement process is what makes Reiki stand apart from other types of healing systems. Although others healing arts may use hand positions on the client, only Reiki has the wonderful benefit of the attunement process. For this reason, you cannot learn Reiki through reading about it, it has to be experienced. However, the markets are flooding with more and more informative books written about Reiki. Reiki can become a way of life if that is what you make of it.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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