Reiki Music

Reiki, a holistic healing procedure, was originally established in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikao Usui. Since then, various forms of Reiki have developed and some of them make use of Reiki music. The music can be played on its own or during healing. If played during a healing session, it can enhance the effects of Reiki and the tranquil melodies can take you into a pacific state where energy flows uniformly through the body. If played on its own, Reiki music can put you in a meditative state.

Forms and effects of music

There are various forms of Reiki music. They usually have gentle tunes, but some Reiki masters have experimented with more diverse natured music. For those who do their Reiki without music; simple, gentle and soft music is recommended at the start. Reiki music can be either downloaded from the web or purchased on a CD.

It is believed that music is the language of soul and it can help people relax more quickly. Certain music therapies have been practiced since ancient times. Likewise, Reiki music can also speed up the treatment, however, is not compulsory to be played during a session.

Though Reiki has been practiced for nearly one hundred years, music has been integrated with it quite recently. Therefore, there is not a fixed set of rules to be followed. It all depends on the Reiki master or practitioner. Some practitioners prefer slow music and dim lights while others do their Reiki session in silence. A few Reiki practitioners believe natural sounds, like one produced by waterfalls, are the best form of Reiki music.

There are several forms of music that can be used during Reiki Healing session but fundamentally there are two types of Reiki music: any type of normal music and instrumental music explicitly labelled as Reiki music. Companies selling Reiki music online, offer a sample from the collection to help people choose the suitable genre according to their personal likings. Length of recording is also an important aspect. Most of the Reiki practitioners recommend that Reiki music should run the entire length of a session or at least should last for one hour.

As people like different kinds and genres of music, same goes with Reiki music. There is not a single perfect choice for everyone. The following are most popular types of Reiki music:

Reiki Specific:  There are several albums created specifically for Reiki, and allow the practitioner to synchronise his hand movements with it.

Mediation Specific: These are albums with soothing and relaxing music and are considered good for mediating during Reiki.

Natural Sounds: These albums contain rhythmic natural sounds like sound of waterfalls, oceans or chirping of birds.

Popular Music Not Reiki Specific: There are several main stream albums by top-notch singers that can complement a Reiki healing session.

The Sound of Human Voices: Some people find albums, e.g. choral albums, with a lot of human voices good for meditation.

When it comes to choosing Reiki music, the only thing that matters is personal taste. It is not necessary to learn about different music, simply choose the music that relaxes you.

Reiki Attunements

Learning Reiki is quite simple as it does not need any particular background, knowledge or intellectual capacity. Therefore, anyone can learn Reiki and can become a Reiki practitioner. Reiki attunement is the process through which one can become a Reiki practitioner. Only a Reiki Master can give attunements.

Levels of Reiki Attunement

There are three levels of attunements. With each attunement, the person is introduced to higher levels of healing and understanding the “Universal Spirituality”. The first degree attunement allows the student’s energy to flow out of his hands to heal himself or others. At the second degree, the student learns several sacred symbols and therefore can send Reiki healing over time and distance in order to cure mental and emotional issues. The third degree, also known as “master level”, makes the student a Reiki master. Now he can control the symbols and even attune others.

How it Works

The process of Reiki attunement is quite different from learning process of any other healing technique. It is simply transferred from the Reiki master to the student during a session. The attunement process opens three important chakras including crown, heart and palm chakras. Then the Reiki master creates certain energy patterns around his/her students which enter them through the opened chakras. This process also creates a superior bond between the Reiki source and the student. People have reported mystical experiences during a Reiki attunement such as outlandish visions, implausible healings etc.

After Effects and Prerequisites

Another important aspect regarding Reiki attunement is the enhancement in psychic sensitivity of the student. After receiving Reiki attunement, people have recounted amplified instinctive cognizance, opening of a third eye and other amazing psychic activities. Reiki attunement is a permanent learning method and once received it cannot be lost or forgotten.

Before receiving a Reiki attunement, students are advised to do certain things to cleanse themselves. These include refraining from smoking, eating meat, fish, fowl, sweets or other heavy meals and taking caffeine or alcoholic drinks for at least three days prior to the attunement day. They are also advised to spend more time with nature quietly and stay away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Some modern schools and teachers offer a blend of Mikao Usui’s system and an exclusive Tibetan technique. The reason behind this is that it is believed that Reiki originated in Tibet and thus using Tibetan techniques helps the students create a strong bond with origins of Reiki.

Cost of Reiki Attunement

Reiki attunement is very costly and as a tradition, it costs $10,000. The reason behind this is said to be that Mrs Takata, who introduced Reiki in the Western hemisphere, did it with the intent to force people to respect Reiki. She believed that western people might not respect Reiki the way it was respected in Japan. Therefore, she encouraged Reiki masters to charge their Western students a handsome fee so that they would honour it. However, many centres and teacher offer Reiki attunement at much lower prices.

Reiki Symbols


At second degree Reiki/Reiki Level II a Reiki healer is taught Reiki symbols created from Kanji, the Japanese writing system. These symbols give him the power to focus the energy of Reiki for particular purposes and even heal others without being physically present. There are four Reiki symbols found in Mikao Usui’s system. But with the passage of time, people added many more symbols. Actually, Reiki symbols do not possess any power in themselves but they are tools which can be used by a second degree Reiki practitioner or a Reiki master.

Many Reiki healers are of the view that Reiki symbols are sacred and must be kept secret except from those Reiki practitioners who are at Level II or Level III. On the other hand, some modern practitioners believe that they should keep the interested people fully informed about the whole healing process including symbols. However, Reiki symbols are now freely published in the books as well as on the internet.

Hawayo Hiromi Takata was a Japanese-American who was born in Hanamaulu, Hawaii. She has the credit for bringing Reiki healing to the Western hemisphere from Japan. It is generally assumed that she altered Reiki symbols in order to make them easier for Western Reiki practitioners to understand and draw.

Following are the four basic Reiki symbols. First three symbols are taught at second degree while fourth is taught at third degree. It is believed their aliases in English have the same power as their real names.


cho ku ray CHO KU RAY, also known as “The Power Symbol”, is pronounced as “choh-koo-ray”. The popular translation of CHO KU RAY is “Put all the power in universe here.” Its basic purpose is to upsurge the power or Reiki. This symbol may be used for anything that falls under Reiki, including on-the-spot treatment, cleansing negative energies etc.


sei hei ki SEI HEI KI, also known as “The Emotional/Mental Symbol”, is pronounced as “say-hay-key”. The popular translation for SEI HEI KI is “God and humanity become one.” It is primarily used for mental and/or emotional healing and relaxation.


hon sha ze sho HON SHA ZE SHO NEN, also known as The Long Distance Symbol or The Distance Symbol, is pronounced as “Hanh-shah-zay-show-nen”. The popular translation for HON SHA ZE SHO NEN is “May the Buddha in me connect with the Buddha inyou to promote harmony and peace.” Its basic purpose is to deliver Reiki regardless of time or distance i.e. it can even send Reiki to past or future or to a person in another place.



dai ko myo DAI KO MYO, also known as “The Master Symbol” or “The Reiki Master Symbol”, is pronounced as “dye-ko-me-o”. The popular translation for DAI KO MYO is “Great been of the universe, shine on me, be my friend.” It is the strongest symbol and creates a bond between physical self and emotional self. It usually brings permanent results and reinforces everything done in Reiki. It opens healing channels wider and allows the practitioner to work at a much higher frequency.

Just like any other aspect regarding Reiki, there exist several variants of these Reiki symbols.

Benefits of Reiki

There is a plethora of content describing the would-be benefits of Reiki and Reiki healing. Many individuals claim that Reiki helped them recover from ailments, sometimes even fatal diseases. On the flip side, medical science has not endorsed or repudiated Reiki or benefits of Reiki. Likewise, Reiki has been facing huge amount of criticism since its commencement. Therefore, it is recommended that Reiki should be used only to compliment your normal medical treatment instead of considering it an alternative to medicinal treatment. It is also advisable to consult a qualified health practitioner before taking Reiki.

Let us have a look at the potential key benefits of Reiki:

• As Reiki is a natural process, thus it does not have any side effects.

• Reiki is considered safe and effective not only for humans of every age but also for pets.

• The foremost benefit of Reiki is considered to be healing from diseases. These include even those diseases for which medical science has not yet succeeded in finding an effective cure. Reiki triggers human body’s natural healing ability besides improving and maintaining good health.

• Reiki is also used for stress reduction and relaxation. As it is a spiritual phenomenon which balances your off-balanced life energies (i.e. life force energy), therefore it brings calmness and releases tension. It helps reduce distress or sorrow in case of a loss.

• Some believe Reiki to be a cure for insomnia as well. As it reduces stress, therefore it can aid better sleep.

• Human body produces certain toxins which can be hazardous to health, Reiki can assist the body in cleansing itself from such toxins.

• Reiki is also supportive to human’s circulatory system and is also considered beneficial for individuals with high blood pressure.

• It has also been used as a breaking of several addictions e.g. drug addiction, alcohol addiction etc.

• It relieves pain caused by an illness or injury and also supports body’s immune system, which is actually the defence mechanism against diseases.

• It is helpful in eliminating or reducing the side effects of drugs for those who have been under a drug therapy for a long time, possibly after chemotherapy or surgery.

• Though Reiki is not constrained by any particular religion or belief, yet it can help spiritual growth as well as emotional clearing. People believe they feel closer to God after practicing Reiki.

• Reiki can be performed anywhere, anytime and does not necessitate a specific atmosphere.

• It can complement a standard medical treatment.

• It is useful for the duration of pregnancy, labour, and delivery.

• It is helpful for those who have disorders in their digestion system.

• Reiki can also promote creativity as it can assist in achieving focus.

• It can focus on a specific affected area or the whole body.

Reiki Training

Reiki training, especially outside Japan, is actually a three-step process to teach Reiki effectively. These three levels are First Degree Reiki, Second Degree Reiki and Third Degree Reiki or Master Training. Reiki training can be offered at Reiki schools, healing arts centres or even through a Reiki Master’s private tutoring. So, the costs of training may vary considerably. Before going into the details of these three levels, let us have a look at the prerequisites for Reiki training.

Prerequisites for Reiki Training

There are no hard and fast rules regarding prerequisites for Reiki training, however, some ethical ideals are deemed necessary. Most of the Reiki masters ask their students to come with an open mind and open heart. Furthermore, the students are required to respect the Reiki healing process, their clients, the techniques involved and Reiki tradition.

First Degree Reiki

First degree Reiki is also called Reiki Level I or simply Reiki I. In Japanese, first degree Reiki is known as ‘Shoden’ which literally means Entry/Elementary Teachings. This is the basic degree or level in which a student learns to heal himself as well as others. Students learn the basic hand placement positions and given several ‘Reiki attunements’. However, it is not mandatory to follow these hand positions as they are merely to get a start. In addition, the key concepts, assertions of the founder and the principles regarding Reiki are imparted.
The duration of first degree Reiki depends on the Reiki Master. Usually, there are four sessions which may continue for several days or sometimes there would be two sessions over two days. First degree Reiki training is generally offered in a weekend format. Reiki training is rather costly but Level I and Level II are less pricey. The price varies depending upon the school and/or instructor. First degree Reiki may cost around $100 to $150.

Second Degree Reiki

Second degree Reiki is also termed as Reiki Level II or Reiki II. The Japanese name of second degree Reiki is Okuden which literally means ‘Inner Teachings’. The student is educated several sacred Reiki symbols, which are believed to form a connection between the Reiki practitioner and the patient/recipient regardless of time and location. At this stage, the practitioners can Reiki the recipient remotely i.e. distant healing. One, two or even three new attunements can be given to the student, which are believed to enhance his capabilities.
In Japan, under Mikao Usui’s (the founder of Reiki) tutorship, majority of the students attained second degree after 10 and sometimes even 20 years. Most of them, never reached the third degree. Just like Level I, Level II is also taught in a weekend format but may cost $150 to $500 depending upon the school and/or instructor. In original Japanese Reiki, second level is not taught until the student exhibits certain skills. However, it is believed that traditionally, it was offered right after Level I.

Third Degree Reiki

Third degree Reiki is also titled as Level III, Reiki Master, Gokuikaiden (highest level), Reiki Teacher, or Reiki III. The Japanese name for third degree is Shinpiden which means ‘Mystery Teachings’. At this stage the student becomes a Master and can teach and attune others besides healing them. In west, it is offered as a single step while in Japan it is segregated into two distinct steps: Advanced Reiki Training or the Practitioner Level and Reiki Master.
Level III is typically arranged with the Master on a one-on-one basis as it is more wide-ranging as compared to the two basic levels. It is also much more expensive and can cost up to $10,000. This price is regarded as a tradition, yet many Masters have broken away from it and charge as less as $350.It is not evident whether Mr. Unsui charged his pupils or not. However, the society founded in his honour charges around $90 for admission, and $15 for every single monthly meeting.

Owing to the nature of Reiki and the way it propagated, one can find several variations in Reiki training as well as in the three degrees or Reiki mentioned above.

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