Some Reiki Master Teacher Questions

A version of these questions came through via email. I thought other people might be interested in the very thorough answers, too, so I’m posting an anonymous version of the questions with my replies:

I was wondering what was required of you by your Reiki Master Teacher in order for you to be attuned to that level?

Thanks for your message. I took Reiki Level 3 Master and then Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher in early 2002. These levels feature the same attunement and very similar material, but Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher focuses on how to teach the course, as well as how to give Initiation Attunements. Reiki Level 3 Master only teaches the Reiki Healing Attunement, not initiation ones. I was certified after taking both classes, but I ended up apprentice teaching for a year with my teacher, who was also my partner, and then husband.

We had both practiced other healing modalities, but I’ve found Reiki the most powerful when used regularly. My then husband had three different Reiki Master Teachers for his Level 3 training and extrapolated what he felt was most important and consistent from each of them. He had also studied with Buddhist monks, and so incorporated some of that material as background to Usui’s Buddhist heritage. When he got Lyme disease, I began teaching Reiki on my own and studied numerous Reiki books, kundalini yoga, and other healing and energy modalities.

In terms of what I require of my own Level 3 students, it depends on if it’s an in-person or private correspondence class for Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher. I stopped teaching just the plain Reiki Master Class, because I found so many students took that class not thinking they would ever teach, only to find that they now feel called to teach. They have the correct Attunement, but not the training or knowledge of Initiation Attunements. I teach Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher with the idea of “if you really want to know something, teach it.” Exploring this level through the lens of “if you were to teach Reiki 1, 2, or 3, how would you do so?” helps students to learn the material in a deeper way.

Students are certified after they complete the course, but I encourage ongoing practice, auditing of any classes I teach, and I am in process of creating some guided practice journals for both Levels 2 and 3. In-person Level 3 is usually a 1-day in person course from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a lunch break; however, I give handouts ahead of time, as well as exercises and future auditing opportunities. For private correspondence training, I offer six 1-hour long phone sessions, plus handouts, homework and practice requirements. About half my Level 3 students already received Level 3 training from a different Reiki Master Teacher, but take the training from me so that they feel much better prepared to train others.

I’ve trained many dozens of Reiki Master Teachers over the years, many who had other teachers before me, so I know that this level varies widely, both in cost and scope. I have had some students who did a year-long apprenticeship with different teachers for thousands of dollars, but in the end, they did not begin teaching on their own until training with me. I teach the Usui lineage with the Tibetan symbols, since that’s how I learned, and I find value in the Tibetan symbols. I try to strike a balance between thoroughness, some self-direction, and lower cost than a formal apprenticeship would require. Hopefully that answers your question.

Thank you for this valuable information. I guess my main question is based on what my current Reiki Master Teacher is implying and that is that I have to go thru some kind of crisis in my life in order to be attuned to Master Teacher. Is this normal with all Usui practices?

No, I wouldn’t say it’s a normal requirement. The Initiation Attunements are like telling the Universe, “I’m ready for the next level. I’m committed to this next level.” If you don’t have resistance, then things just open up in a natural way. Sometimes people have resistance, or old things come up that make the need for change obvious. It can occur before or after initiation, and many times initiation to Level 3 is more of a confirmation of being on path. I do not require anyone to have a crisis in order to be initiated. Embracing ones path usually helps to avoid crises, or at least make the most of them if they arrive anyway. 🙂

Applying to take Reiki Master Teacher training through me requires at least Reiki Level 2 Certification, plus some back and forth emailing to make sure I feel you’re ready and that we’re a good student-teacher fit.

About Those Triggers…

This February 2016 post wants to go up again. I can only marvel at the timing of the original post in my own life — just one week before I returned to PA to support my father’s passing and moving my mom into a whole new life. Doing so required me to assess who would thrive with my help, and who would not, because I could not be all things to everyone. That period also placed me in financial meetings under fluorescent lights for many hours per day, coordinating with contractors, realtors, funeral directors, church officials, extended family members, attorneys, and perfume wearing/chemical spraying in-home health care providers for my dad, mostly apart from David, and with minimal time for my usual high vibe foods. In short, 2016 was pretty much every personal trigger on steroids with surround sound and strobe lights!

But 2016 also brought things to a head for me and directly led to our relocation from Goshen to Kalamazoo. Despite all the in my face triggers and massive work in PA, I realized I did not miss Goshen (not even my huge garden) even a tiny bit. I also realized that I could not overextend myself to that level again. In the six months it took me to recover from my eight weeks in PA, David and I reassessed EVERYTHING. We decided to get married, and to move. Step by step, we righted the ship. It’s not that the previous ship was so wrong; it had felt right at the time, and we grew massive amounts in our five years in Goshen. The perfect storm of triggers just confirmed that we had served our time and were ready to expand in unknown ways. We now find ourselves so grateful and excited for our entire journey, especially what lies ahead.

I share this now, because I know many people feel triggered on many levels right now. We don’t develop equally across all areas of life at the exact same pace. If you find yourself triggered, or find clusters of triggers in your face, recognize the opportunities trying to present themselves. As Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” What makes your soul laugh or cry? What makes your soul sing? Deal with the tears, but allow yourself to follow the song and laughter. Peace!

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With the veils continuing to thin, lots of people are getting “triggered” these days. This post is a short reminder of the choices a trigger moment presents:

  1. Time for Shadow Work: If you see, read, hear or experience something that gives you an extremely intense, possibly over-reaction or makes you feel like a victim, then it’s time to root around in the dark closet of your own psyche to find discarded, rejected, disowned or falsely portrayed parts of yourself. These might be beliefs you took on to please others but that do not allow you to live an authentic life. They might be past life issues bleeding through to this time around and distorting your perspective. They might be gifts you learned to hide because you didn’t know how to manage them. In any case, Shadow Work pays big dividends. You can find a lot of articles on…

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11/11 One-Day Flash Sale

Happy 11/11! Happy Veterans Day!

On 11/7, I felt led to post about Repeat Numbers, Signs and Manifestation. I never know why inspiration strikes. I just follow the guidance when signs and synchronicities lead the way. Today, they’re pointing towards a $111 and $1111 sale from 11:11 a.m. EST on 11/11/18 until 11:11 a.m. EST on Monday, 11/12.

$111 40-Minute Intuitive Session (any variety)

Save $66 off the usual rate, as well as $22 or $11 off November 2018 Monthly Specials. You may purchase these for yourself, or as gift certificates for someone else. Please contact me to sign up. Offer expires at 11:11 a.m. EST (same as NYC) on 11/12/18.

$1111 Manifestation Bundle

Package bundle includes:

7 one-hour intuitive/coaching sessions (value $1554)

1-hour Tarot check-in (value $111)

1-hour of Reiki support (value $85)

The 7 hours of intuitive/coaching sessions can cover medical intuition, soul readings, astrology, life path, property readings, life coaching, transition strategies, career support, past-life readings, or any other service detailed here. These 7 hours can be used in half-hour, 40-minute, 45-minute, or hour session increments.

The 1-hour Tarot check-in can be done as 2 half-hour Tarot readings.

The 1-hour of Reiki support can be completed as a single session or in 15-minute Reiki bursts.

(Package expires 12/31/2020.)

Save $639 with bundled services. Offer valid for one day only: 11:11 a.m. EST 11/11/18 thru Monday 11/12/18 at 11:11 a.m. Please contact me here to sign up.

 

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Autumn and Winter danced this morning, with lacinato and purple kale chaperones.

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Repeat Numbers, Signs and Manifestation

So many clients book sessions after seeing number sequences, signs and other synchronicities. They want to know if they’re “crazy” for believing in things not yet seen based on repeat numbers, dreams or coincidences. I usually say something like, “No, you’re not crazy, but interpretation is key. Let’s explore.” I include here the most frequent number “meanings” I encounter, based on 17 years as a medical intuitive and synchronicity guide. Individual results can vary, as the whole picture remains important, but this list will give you a good start:

Repeating 1’s tell you to watch your thoughts because you’re in a manifestation gateway. If you like your thoughts, great! If the 111’s occur with negative thoughts, explore your fears to see if making adjustments now will troubleshoot and strengthen the overall feeling of your intention. If you seek liberation, joy, or success, lean into those feelings as primary rather than any details you can’t logically work out. Align your thoughts with the way you want to feel, since your feelings about something = your lived experience. The details will sort themselves. 11:11 says things are moving in the direction of your thoughts. Make sure those thoughts align with what you hope to feel! Affirmation: “I use the power of my mind to delight my soul.” Continue reading

Full Circle, Crust 54, and Fall Beauty

Have you felt the full circle effect more than usual since we entered November 2018? We sure have! All sorts of long term goals, projects and details seem finally to be falling into place this month. We experienced this in a symbolic way on this Saturday’s day trip to Holland, Michigan. We last enjoyed the twilight here when we went  “Walking on Lake Michigan at Sunset” in January, to celebrate David’s new job.

We went this time to celebrate both of us feeling firmly established in our new career directions. He’s fully trained and feels competent and thorough; I’ve added astrology services and some additional writing projects. At long last, I’ve also decided how and which structural foundations to put in place for some very long term business projects.

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Much warmer than last January, Saturday’s views stunned in a different way, with light catching the wings of a hundred gulls.

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Timothy Glenn on A Fireside Chat: Recording of the October 27th Show

While David and I were off on our Traverse City Weekend Getaway, Timothy Glenn returned as a guest on A Fireside Chat with Zany Mystic:

Timothy J Glenn returns with another fascinating update on the “cosmic scene”.  Using astrology, he goes over the massive changes that are taking place now, which will reach a climax in 2020 and 2022.  If you want to know what the energies will be doing, as old paradigms crumble, this is a great show to hear!

Here’s the archived link for anyone who, like me, missed the live show.