Usui Reiki Level II
Reiki Level II is a continuation of Level I. This level offers the students increased power and the ability to give absentia, or distant, Reiki treatments. In the Reiki Level II class, the teacher will reveal to the students the three Reiki symbols and how they can be used in Reiki treatments. In addition to learning the symbols' meanings, the students will also be able to practice drawing them.
Traditionally, Reiki Level II classes are not available to everyone. Not only does the student need to be already certified as a Reiki Level I practitioner, the instructor must sense that the student is ready to move forward to the next level. Teaching second-degree or third-degree Reiki to a person who isn't psychologically or emotionally ready for it, or is interested in learning Reiki simply for the money or prestige, would be a disservice to Reiki, the student, and the teacher.
Here are a few questions the Reiki Level I practitioner should ask himself or herself before considering going on to Reiki Level II:
Am I ready for this next step?
Can I feel Reiki sensations in my palms?
Do I have a general understanding of Reiki?
Am I using Reiki on a regular basis?
What are my reasons for wanting to move on to Reiki Level II?
Basic Class Overview — Reiki Level II
A Reiki Level II class takes approximately six hours to complete and is normally taught in two three-hour sessions, with a break between sessions. It could also be taught in one morning and an afternoon, but it is preferable to teach this class on a weekend, over a two-day period. The following is a sample syllabus for a six-hour Reiki Level II class.
Why do some Reiki practitioners call themselves “Reiki Sensei”?Because sensei is a Japanese word for “teacher.”
Friday evening: 7:00
Students are given a few minutes to meet and socialize. Typically, students will discuss their individual experiences as Reiki Level I practitioners and their reasons for deciding to take Reiki Level II.
Reiki Level I Review
The teacher gives a brief review of Reiki Level I, and then the students have the opportunity to ask any questions they have concerning Level I and anything else they want to know before they go on to Level II.
Reiki Attunement Rite
The first of two attunements is passed to the students.
The students are introduced to three distinct Reiki symbols (Power, Connection, and Harmony). Students learn how to precisely draw these symbols. They also learn about the power of the symbols and how to pronounce their names and spell them out properly. Sketchpads are provided for the students to use to practice drawing the symbols as they are taught.
The Reiki symbols are to be memorized by Saturday morning's class.
Saturday Morning Exam
Students are tested to make sure they can draw the Reiki symbols from memory, recite the symbols' names using correct pronunciations, and know the powers of each symbol.
Reiki Attunement Rite
Second attunement is passed to the students.
Working and Playing with the Symbols
Students learn the absentia Reiki formula and practice sending Reiki treatments to others. The remainder of the class is used to further explore the Reiki symbols. The class may conduct exercises and play games that involve the symbols.
End of Class
The class ends with a brief question-and-answer period. You are awarded a certificate for completion of Usui Reiki Level II. Congratulations!
Teddy Bears and Crayons
Reiki Level II is a fun class to take. The energy level in the classroom is both warm and playful. Remember, everyone in the class is already a Reiki practitioner, so the overall vibes are going to be great! The “memorization” requirement for learning the symbols can feel quite challenging and even a bit stressful for some, but the symbols are really not that difficult to learn. Relax. There is nothing to worry about. If you are struggling with the memorization task, your instructor will be able to help you.
At first you might find a Reiki Level II class to be reminiscent of both an art class and kindergarten class rolled into one. This is because you get to hug teddy bears and draw pictures on art paper with colorful crayons. You might have to be quick to get your hands on the purple crayon before another classmate beats you to it. (Purple is said to naturally carry the vibration of Reiki.) That's why it helps to go to your class fully prepared. Have your own purple marker or crayon tucked inside your pocket or purse. You might also be requested to paint imaginary symbols in the air with your hands. For exercises such as these, Reiki Level II energies will awaken the imaginative powers of the innocent child within you.
Purple (or violet) is the color that is commonly associated with carrying Reiki energies. The Japanese word for “purple” is murasaki (moo-rah-saa-kee).
The Coveted Reiki Chair
Prior to the arrival of students for her classes, Beverley Jean Voss, Usui Reiki Master, secretly places the Reiki Power symbol into one of the chairs in the living room where she teaches her Reiki classes. During class, she observes how each person naturally gravitates toward that particular seat. Whenever a student gets up from that Reiki-charged chair to go get a cp of tea from the kitchen or to use the bathroom, another student will get up from where he is sitting and plop down into the “hot” chair.
Throughout the class Voss watches amusedly as the chair becomes the coveted seat that everyone wants to sit in — even though none of her students have a clue as to why! Toward the end of the class she finally reveals her earlier clandestine action to the surprise and amusement of her students. Just imagine the reactions — what great fun for all! And what an incredible testament to the power of Reiki symbols!