Finding potential teachers
to interview may be challenging but well worth the trouble.
Personal endorsements from friends are wonderful but do not
The yellow pages in the
phone book are an excellent place to continue your search.
Large cities may have a Reiki category. Other suggestions to
look under are the headings of Holistic, Natural,
Complementary or Alternative Health. Healing, Spiritual
practice, Massage and Chiropractic also may list Reiki
professionals. Many teachers advertise in local and national
Health food stores often
provide a bulletin board for local practitioners to
advertise their classes and services. Metaphysical
bookstores are another good source of information. Check out
the public library, universities and community colleges.
Last but not least, search
the web for sites that include Reiki practitioner/teacher
pages. A thorough search will also bring up several sites
like this one, which provide
links to practitioner/teacher
Selecting the perfect
Teacher for yourself is a process. You will need to be clear
as to what is important to you concerning your upcoming
Reiki training. Keep in mind, certification as a
Master-Teacher does not necessarily guarantee experience,
quality of training or correct, deep and clear understanding
of Reiki. The following list of questions may be helpful in
your interviewing quest.
about the Master-Teacher
the Reiki Class
Questions to Ask
ABOUT THE MASTER-TEACHER
1. What is Reiki? A
qualified Master-Teacher should be able to offer a clear and
2. What is your lineage? The
Teacher should be able to trace their roots back to Dr. Usui.
3. How do you see your role
as a Reiki Master-Teacher? A Reiki-Master-Teacher is not a
master of Reiki. A Master-Teacher is one who has chosen to
allow Reiki to master their life. It is this process that
helps the Teacher to guide his/her students on the path to
4. Why did you become a
Reiki-Teacher? Teaching is a place of honor, responsibility,
and purpose. A Teacher who feels that sharing the word of
Reiki is a calling will surely be walking the Reiki Path.
5. How long did it take you
to achieve the Master level of training? The length of time
a person has invested in training will be an indication of
the commitment they have to Reiki and to Teaching.
6. Did your Reiki training
include an apprenticeship? Apprenticeship is not mandatory
to become a Master-Teacher, however those who participate in
such a program gain many teaching skills. They are taught
professionalism as well as how to teach.
7. How long have you been
teaching Reiki? Experience and commitment are always a plus
when learning anything new.
8. Do you have any long-term
students? A committed veteran Teacher will usually have
loyal, long-term students.
9. How do you use Reiki in
your personal life? A teacher must practice what they teach.
Daily self-sessions are an absolute!
10. Are you available to
your students after class? A responsible Reiki
Master-Teacher will provide on going support to his/her
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THE REIKI CLASS
1. What do your classes have
to offer? An experienced Teacher will have an abundance of
information to share about how they teach as well as what
they teach. A well-grounded, professional Teacher may
address all the remaining questions on this list.
2. Do you teach traditional
Usui Reiki? All teachers do not teach traditional Usui
Reiki. Over time many other strains of Reiki have surfaced.
Usui-Tibetan, Karuna®, Teri MaiTM, The Radiance Technique,
and Seichim are some of the best known.
3. What is the class fee?
Each Teacher will charge what he/she feels is appropriate
for their time and class materials. Level I and Level II
fees range from $100.00 to $500.00. Master-Teacher training
is dependent upon many factors. The fee may range between
$250.00 and $10,000.00. There are also Teachers who offer
classes by donation as well as sliding scale.
4. How long is the class?
Generally an informative well-structured Level I or Level II
class will be approximately 16 hours and taught in two days.
The length of Master-Teacher training is dependent upon how
extensive a program is chosen.
5. What is the maximum
number of students you allow in class? A small class of 4-8
students will best suit those who desire individual
attention, classmate bonding, and a close Teacher/student
relationship. Those satisfied with a fast paced,
informational class may benefit from a large class of 15 or
6. Will I receive an
attunement? One must have the appropriate attunements to
7. What material will be
covered in class? Material will vary between Teachers and is
dependent upon what style of Reiki is being taught. Each
teacher will bring to class his or her own thoughts,
feelings and experience. A class should offer a strong
foundation of information with a manual for referral after
8. How much time do you
allow for Reiki practice? Reiki is a "hands" on healing art.
It is imperative that students are given ample time to
experience and become comfortable with the energy.
9. Do you offer all levels
of Reiki training? Studying all levels of training with one
Teacher will strengthen the Teacher/student bond and enhance
your Reiki experience.
10. Will I receive a
certificate upon completion of class? A certified Reiki
Master-Teacher will always provide a certificate.
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QUESTIONS TO ASK
1. Was this person willing
and happy to give you his/her time? An informative interview
should last a minimum of 30 minutes. A dedicated Teacher
will be happy to give of his/her time to anyone interested
in learning about Reiki.
2. Was this person
comfortable being interviewed? A Reiki Master-Teacher must
be comfortable on both sides of the fence.
3. Did this person answer
your questions with mastery? Mastery involves knowledge and
humility. A Teacher must know their subject yet acknowledge
that there is always more to learn.
4. What did you learn about
Reiki from this interview? Teaching involves sharing the
word of Reiki in and outside of the classroom. An
enthusiastic Teacher will speak volumes about the subject
5. Did you enjoy listening
to this person? A pleasant voice is important. Remember that
you will be listening to this person for approximately 16
hours per workshop.
6. Do you feel it will be
easy to learn from this person? A Teacher who presents new
information in a way that is conducive to your learning
process will heighten your Reiki experience greatly.
7. Did this person
effectively answer your questions? An educated Teacher who
listens will be able to effectively answer most questions.
8. Did you find this person
professional? Professionalism is the finishing touch to a
qualified Reiki Master-Teacher.
9. Did this person seem
honest and sincere to you? A Teacher must have an unshakable
sense of integrity.
10. Would you enjoy spending
time with this person even if you were not interested in
learning Reiki? Choose a Reiki Master- Teacher who you will
truly enjoy. Reiki is a gift you are giving yourself. Make
it the very best!
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