Through a series of attunements, part of the initiation process for new Reiki
practitioners, a Reiki master employs the ancient sounds and symbols that attune an
individual's nervous system to a higher level of energy. A level is reached in which the
students , neither highly trained nor especially gifted, can experience more energy
flowing through their hands, giving them the power to heal themselves and others.
Reiki is taught in three levels or degrees. In Level I or First Degree, the participant
receives attunement or initiation to the Reiki energy by the Reiki master. This
permanently guides the person to greater healing power. The student learns how to do full
body treatments on self and others.
In Level II or Second Degree, the participant receives attunements which increase the
strength of the practitioner's Reiki energy. This primarily involves learning the sounds
and symbols which are used in advanced Reiki bodywork and absentee healing.
In Level III or Third Degree, the participant receives third-level empowerment and the
' final symbol'. It is taught mainly for personal growth. A person who has completed the
third level is able to give the Level I Reiki attunement.