Usui Reiki Level III
There has always been a bit of confusion about how Reiki III practitioners are different from Reiki Masters and Reiki Master/Teachers. Basically, Reiki Level III is the Reiki Master Level of attunement. Here are the basic distinctions:
Reiki Level III — Title of practitioner who has received the Reiki Master Level attunement.
Reiki Master — Title of practitioner who has received the Reiki Master Level attunement and has been shown the Master symbol.
Reiki Master/Teacher — Title of practitioner who has received the Reiki Master Level attunement, has been shown the Master symbol, and has been taught how to pass attunements to others.
However, these distinctions are somewhat muddied because the title of “Reiki Master” is routinely used by all three categories of practitioners defined in the previous list. Many Master/Teacher practitioners will certify as a “Reiki Master” anyone who has received the Master Level attunement, regardless of whether or not he or she has been given the Master symbol, has learned how to pass attunements, or has received instructions on how to conduct Reiki classes.
When you make the decision to advance from Reiki Level II, it is crucial that you interview several teachers in order to find out what type of training you would receive from them. Also, ask yourself what your motives are for seeking advancement. Are you interested in becoming a teacher and passing on attunements to students? Or are you only trying to receive the Master Level attunement? Unfortunately, some students seek out Master certification only for the sake of title or prestige.