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Continuing Education for Reiki Masters

For people who are already Reiki Masters, this section provides information on opportunities for exploring the practice of Reiki Master in the company of other masters.

Paul Mitchell describes the workshops he and Phyllis offer in this way:

"I experience a common desire among Reiki Masters to deepen their own practice, healing, and teaching. Reiki Masters want to sit with, share with, and hear from those who received the teaching from Hawayo Takata. They want to be with Phyllis Furumoto as Mrs. Takata's successor. These intensives answer that desire.

"In these intensives, the integrity of the circle of Reiki Masters moves each of us to a deeper level of questioning, of understanding, and of inspiration. I always come away with a deeper appreciation of the gift I received from my teacher and of my responsibility to this gift and my practice."

The Master Intensives

Responding to a call from the international Reiki Master community in 1992, Phyllis Furumoto and Paul Mitchell began to explicitly articulate the form of the Usui System of Reiki. The result of their work is offered to Reiki Masters through a series of educational workshops.

Reiki Masters who attend Usui I and II intensives receive the form of Usui Shiki Ryoho as practiced and taught by Phyllis Furumoto and Paul Mitchell. It is their hope that with this knowledge, individual masters and the Reiki community can return to a common practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho.

Who May Attend

These Master intensives are open to all Reiki Masters regardless of training or organizational affiliation. Some experience in teaching is recommended as a point of reference for the material presented.

Usui System of Reiki Healing I

This intensive focuses on understanding the essence of Usui Shiki Ryoho through a general and personal exploration of the elements of the Usui System. It is an opportunity for Reiki Masters to review their own history and beliefs about Reiki.

The elements of the Usui System:

  • Form of teaching
  • Treatments
  • Spiritual lineage
  • Spiritual precepts
  • Initiations
  • History
  • Money
  • Oral tradition
  • Symbols

In addition, the training explores "appropriate timing" in accepting master candidates. Phyllis and Paul do not teach the forms of the symbols nor the initiation ritual.

Usui System of Reiki Healing II

This intensive is open to Reiki Masters who, after completing Usui I, demonstrate a commitment to practice the Usui System of Reiki Healing, Usui Shiki Ryoho.

Participants cultivate a common language and understanding of the Usui System as a healing art and a spiritual discipline. Details of the elements of the form are presented within the context of oral tradition. Participation in this intensive deepens understanding of the essence and clarifies the form of the Usui System.

The intensive includes:

  • First and Second Degree initiation: form and practice
  • Second Degree symbols: form, use, and teaching
  • Initiation of masters (discussion, not instruction)
Before registering for this intensive, a master needs to:
  • Attend the Usui System of Reiki Healing I
  • Complete the $10,000 US mastery commitment
  • The Initiation of Masters in the Usui System: The Master's Preparation

    This intensive serves all Reiki Masters, whether they are consciously preparing to initiate masters or not. Participation in Usui I or II is not required.

    The initiation of masters calls for mature experience, knowledge, and informed reflection to properly assess what this responsibility will demand. Many masters have felt alone in this process of preparation.

    In this intensive we reflect on our own preparation as Reiki Master candidates and take a compassionate look at our subsequent development as Reiki Masters. We examine the ways Reiki Masters serve as initiators, teachers, and mentors to our students, and develop our understanding of these different roles. We also explore the dynamics of the master/master candidate relationship.

    Discussion topics:

    • Aspects of mastery: initiator/teacher/mentor/student
    • Master/master candidate relationship: general
    • Master/master candidate relationship: personal
    • Decision to initiate masters