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Level II Reiki

Reiki Level II
In Reiki I, you learn the basics of Reiki, the hand positions and how mind/body/spirit effects the body, and how you can utilize the Reiki energy force to help those in need. In Reiki II, you further this understanding by learning more about energy and how to utilize Reiki for those at a distance. This is often called absentee healing or healing by proxy. You learn the 3 sacred Reiki symbols and how they can be incorporated into a Reiki session.
Learning about the Reiki Energy
First of all this is sort of a misnomer, Reiki energy is really Divine energy. It is the energy lifeforce that is within all living things in the universe and is not in anyway just Reiki. It's important for me as a Reiki Master to make this clear. Many people who first take my Reiki I course come into the class with an understanding they they are about to receive something that no one else has.
That, frankly speaking, is hog wash and arrogant. All healing energy, no matter what method is used, is Divine in nature. So it's really all the same, comes from the same source and can be utilized in the same manner. The term Reiki energy has simply become a label to name something that so many have never thought of naming before.
Just remember, no one healing method is any better or worse than any other. The question each potential Reiki Channel needs to ask them self before taking the next step is, "Is this method right for me?". If so, then Reiki II will probably provide each person with a new understanding and expansion of their personal healing gift and talent. If not, then you may want to look for something else that truly feels right for you.
That said, let's talk about Reiki II.
Reiki II
Reiki II varies to some degree from Master to Master, on many different levels. Most Masters will not train a level I Reiki 6 months to 1 year after their first initiation. I follow this practice. From my perspective, this gives a person time to become familiar with what they learned in the level. To experience and gain knowledge from providing Reiki treatments. It allows time for the information of how to feel energy, utilize healing energy and become more aware of the cause and affects of thought and action on the physical body.
In my classes I begin with a review of Reiki I, but from a level of experience and growth. What the Reiki I channels learned and did during their time of practice. I spend less time on review hand positions and Reiki I concepts. If you're not familiar with these by now, then it's too soon for you to move one to level II. If you don't understand the basic concepts, how are you going to be able to be affective on the next level?
Let me paste a small piece of the Reiki Controversies here. In Reiki I a student will receive 3 attunements, to prepare and open them to 50% of the Reiki energy. In Reiki II, the 3 attunements finish the process and prepare the student to receive 100% of the Reiki energy. In Reiki III, the final attuement, prepares the new Master to call upon additional energy, sort of a boasting of the Reiki energy when called upon.
Now detractors point to the need for such attunements. Any one who is open to the Divine energy can call upon it and use it for positive intent. That's true. But it goes back to intent. The main intent of the attuement is for the student to officially make an open commitment to the Divine that they are here, ready willing and able to offer their physical, and spiritual bodies for the service of others. Now, if you asked God to send you light and healing for your sick dog, you would indeed receive the energy. And as you progressed with your private method of healing, the energy level you could accept through your body will also grow.
Reiki II Training
With all this preface to the training sessions, what actually happens in Reiki II? Two things.
First is the second level attunements. I like to think of these as the graduation ceremonies. Even in a Catholic sect there are varying levels of graduation for Priests and Nuns alike. Each level represents a new commitment of service to God. These attunements, for me, are the same thing.
Secondly, you learn the three Reiki Channeling symbols. Each one has a name and purpose. And this is where another variation comes from.
Reiki II Symbols
Reiki and the use of symbols began from it's origins in the use of the Reiki II symbols and the exclusive master's symbol. These symbols are not kanji nor can they be historically traced to specific calligraphy from the Orient. They most certainly are not Tibetan symbols as some western writers have claimed. Instead, they are combinations of symbology that have been established into Reiki to promote focus and concentration of the Reiki Channel to their healing recipient.
Each Reiki symbol is used for a specific purpose. This allows a practitioner to focus their intent of the healing on a specific type of energy. The Reiki II symbols are designed for the following functions.
  1. Chu Ku Rei - Call upon 100% of the Reiki energy and put it right here.
  2. Sei He Ki - Connecting to the subconscious mind. My mind to your mind, my spirit to your spirit, my subconscious to your subconscious.
  3. Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen - The Divine within me greets the Divine within you. To promote enlightenment and peace. Used to initiate an absentee healing.

The symbols have Japanese names, and two of them have strong associations with Japanese Kanji, the Chinese script. In Japan however, these symbols are only known by their numbers, ie: Symbol 1, 2 and 3. They are written in calligraphy art to show the beauty of the symbols. This lack of association with ancient connections should not be viewed as a diminishing the importance and effectiveness of these Reiki symbols. Dr. Usui as a practicing Buddhist certainly held knowledge of many sacred symbols. He designed these symbols as the keys to focus energy for the improvement of body and soul.

Hawaya Takata passed on her knowledge of Reiki to thousands of people. But she only initiated 21 Masters. Each of these masters however received a different set of Reiki II symbols. The names and general "outline" are the same, but some small nuances are indeed different. In addition to the pictograms, there are also some variations in meaning or usage. I will try to share additional information about each symbol on the following pages. But I encourage each person to do their own research about these symbols, their use, origins and purpose.

As I've said, I received my Reiki I and II levels from Rev. Beth Gray, and level III from Rev. Wilma Donald. I'm partial to Rev. Grays' system, probably because that's what I learned. But chose the one you like best and go from there.

Symbol 1 ~ Call upon 100% of the Reiki energy and put it right here.
Symbol 2 ~ Connecting to the subconscious mind.
Symbol 3 ~ Initiate an absentee healing.

Source: 1, h5, h6, h7, h8, h9, h10
Created: 03/28/1999       Updated: 03/10/2008


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