“We are all cells in the same body of humanity.”
The Reiki system as Mikao Usui developed knows three degrees or levels through which you gradually open up for a great amount of high vibrational energy. All other Reiki systems are based on the original Usui Reiki Ryoho.
Usui called the first degree in Reiki Shoden, or First Teaching. This is the practitioners level in which you learn to heal yourself and physically present persons. After having received the initiation(s) (traditionally 4, non-traditionally 1) all you have to do is to lay your hands on someone or something with the intent to heal and the energy will flow through you. The Reiki symbols are placed in your aura and chakras but they are not revealed to you.
This second level is called Okuden, or Inner Teaching, in Japanese.
The most important thing in Okuden is learning to do absent or distance healings. You are taught how to heal people or animals not present, and how to send energy to a goal or situation. You will receive another attunement which allows you to further open up your energy system, and it is believed that the amount of energy channeled with Reiki II is twice as much as the energy of Reiki I. Three symbols and their mantras are now given, so you can consciously learn to make use of them.
Shinpiden, or Mystery Teaching, is the third and highest level in Reiki. It is the full empowerment. You will receive a final attunement and learn to work with the fourth symbol, the master symbol. The amount of energy you channel with Reiki III becomes much stronger. You’ll become able to teach and initiate others in Reiki, and that’s why third degree Reiki is usually called Reiki master/teacher level.
Other Reiki branches may add more levels to their system, but these extra levels do not supply extra energy, it simply means that there are more sub-levels.
Originally it took two or more years to become a fully empowered Reiki channel, but in these times of greatly accelerated energy we need less time in between the several degrees. Nowadays there are even singular attunements which raise your vibration and energetic openness immediately to the level of Reiki master/teacher.
Authors Details: Anja Heij – Unknown Web Site