Roll up, roll up
Roll up, roll up, and get your Reiki Mastership here. No effort involved. Just visit this page, look at this, download this and pay your money. All done online.
You are now a super-power Reiki Master with amazing abilities, more than a mere mortal. You have your Reiki Master cape, your Reiki Master all-seeing eye, super-power intuition and phenomenal super power energy.
Is that what we think Reiki Mastery is all about? Is it a title that you earn by flipping a switch, paying by PayPal, going on a course for a couple of days and there you have it – you’re a MASTER.
Nothing more to do.
I don’t think that’s what Reiki Mastery is all about
It’s not an event, it’s a state of mind, it’s a form of commitment, it’s a journey.
It’s about how you behave and how you conduct yourself.
In Usui Sensei’s original system, Shinpiden level was a path to ‘satori’, a flash of insight that changes something in a fundamental way (something that comes through a long period of meditation, something that you work at by getting rid of your ‘baggage’).
The highest level of Reiki development was left open-ended, a lifelong journey, for you to progress as far as you could progress, through your own efforts.
In a hundred years that has morphed in some quarters into something that you can get in a leisurely afternoon surfing the Internet.
I prefer to use the term ‘Reiki teacher’ rather than ‘Reiki Master’ because the phrase ‘Reiki Teacher’ describes perfectly what most people at that level do, without all the added connotations of superhuman abilities.
When you become a Reiki Master, you start on the bottom rung!
For me, Reiki mastery begins when you have completed your RMT course, and you are on the bottom rung.
I know that some RMT courses are basically just about learning how to attune people, but they’re not all like that and many courses give you tools that you can use to develop yourself further, and your Reiki mastery is a journey of dedication and commitment, where you work on yourself long-term; it’s about self development, personal development, it’s about embracing mindfulness and embodying the precepts in your daily life, not seeking perfection but seeking to develop further over time.
So Reiki mastery is about how you commit yourself to work on yourself long-term, it’s about how you relate to other people in your daily life, how you relate to your students, it’s about the way that you ‘sit’ with the energy, it’s about your humility and your compassion and your forgiveness, and your contentment in the moment.
It’s not a piece of paper.
What comes to mind is the probably apocryphal story where, when attaining their martial arts black belts, students are told that, finally, they have reached the stage of being a beginner. It all starts there.
So next time you see one of those adverts telling you that you can become a super-power Reiki Master online just like that [clicks fingers], think about what Reiki Mastery really means and whether what you are being offered by these people is actually worth obtaining.
Over to you
So what do you think of these “become a Reiki Master overnight” or “train at all three Reiki levels in a weekend” courses?
Post a quick message below to let me know what you think about your journey with Reiki and whether it would have been enhanced by trying to do it all in the shortest possible time.
Planning on moving on to Master Level?
Our RMT courses stick closely to the original system that Usui Sensei was teaching and we provide you with a range of authentic techniques that you can use to develop yourself over time, for example self-empowerment methods, meditations and Shinto mantras.
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Author: Taggart King
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