Reiki "Master" and Teacher certification

Yesterday, I completed my Usui Reiki level III (Master/Teacher) certification.

So… what does that mean?

I've been wondering this for years: "What does the term 'master' really mean?" I've come and gone through a bunch of different theories.

Right now, the theory I like the most is that "master" doesn't mean that the person HAS mastered Reiki… as I really don't think that's possible with anything. There's always more to learn about everything. I know my Reiki experiences will continue to expand and I'll be forever learning more and more about it.

Once upon a time, I heard that the Reiki "Master" attunement is really the beginning of the journey with Reiki. I received my first level III (master) attunement in October, 2011, and my Reiki journey blossomed then. I feel that what this person said rings true for me—Level III is the introduction into a whole new-wide world. It's the beginning of something…

What Reiki Master means to me is that the person has been dedicated enough to learning Reiki that they've begun, and continue to experience all three levels of training—physical, emotional/mental, and spiritual.

The term "Master"—master of anything—means the person IS dedicated to mastering their chosen art over the period of their lifetime. Mastering something is never about getting to the end, and saying YES, I've finally GOT IT! It's about the journey of processing and working with the constant changing nature of it within each moment; it's about becoming that thing and carrying it with them in everything they do.

So, as a Reiki Master, that's what I do.

As a Reiki Teacher… well, I'm certified to teach and pass Reiki attunements, but I'm not yet drawn to doing it. I'm not really sure what the next step of my Reiki journey will be. I'm not sure if I'll ever teach people outside my circle of friends and family. I may, I may not. I really don't know what the future holds.

I'm here, now. And I guess the next step will naturally present itself when the time is right. I remain open to receiving that guidance at that time.

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