For Reiki practitioners who want to teach Reiki to others…

Christopher Tellez of San Francisco California receives his Reiki Master certificate from Brian Brunius of the NYC Reiki Center

Christopher Tellez of San Francisco, California receives his Reiki Master certificate from Brian Brunius of the NYC Reiki Center.

Reiki Mastery in the system of Usui Shiki Ryoho is only offered to students who have extensive experience in the practice of Reiki – practice grounded in daily self-treatment and regular treatment of others over several years. Students must make a commitment to their own personal development, try to practice the five precepts in their lives, and have a desire to practice and teach Reiki as a primary occupation.

What’s Involved

The Reiki Mastery Program is a two- to three-year apprenticeship. The master candidate must audit many classes taught by the Master, assist in teaching several classes at each level, attend Reiki circles and other volunteer opportunities, complete assignments of reading books and magazines, studying videos and audio files related to Usui Shiki Ryoho, and perform a research project. During the training, Master Candidates build their own Reiki businesses under the guidance of the instructor, develop a clientele, and create the materials they will use to teach classes and certify students. At the culmination of the two-year training, they will teach their own classes and be evaluated by the instructor.

Reiki master initiation and awarding of certificates to Simon John Light, New York City, May 22, 2022

Reiki Master Simon John Light received his Master certificate from Brian Brunius in New York City on May 22, 2022

The other significant component of the master training is extensive spiritual growth. It can be a very emotional process, and even physically uncomfortable at times. The student’s energy level will expand significantly, as Reiki makes many changes physically and emotionally in the student to prepare them for the duties of a Master Instructor.

Common Mistakes

It is common in the world today to enter the path of Reiki Mastery quickly, without much preparation. It is not a sign of success to have a fast initiation or a weekend master training. Don’t be afraid to take a few years to discern your commitment to Mastery. Take the time to ripen. If you are to be a Master, this desire and calling will not go away. It will come back to you over and over again. It will come from deep inside of you; it will be more than just a good idea. You will recognize the strength of your commitment to this system of Usui Shiki Ryoho expressed through several years of patient practice. When you are ready to begin, choose a lineage and a Master who can offer you the strongest and clearest connection to Reiki.

In an interview with Oliver Klatt, my Reiki Master John Harvey Gray, who studied for three years with Hawayo Takata,  wrote, “How do you teach something that you have not had experience using? The Reiki techniques may appear very simple, but without the hands-on experience that can be acquired only through on-going and concentrated practice, there is little substance for the Reiki Master to share with his or her students. For Hawayo Takata, Reiki was a way of being. Because of her extensive experience practicing, she imbued Reiki into every aspect of her life. Takata had a large, well-established practice in Honolulu, which kept her busy conducting Reiki sessions seven days a week. She kept this intense schedule for more than 30 years before she began to initiate masters. There is a maturity that comes from the practice. As for me and my wife [Lourdes Gray], living in Reiki has given us a deep sense of comfort and confidence in our teachings and a depth of knowledge that only comes from years of substantial study and experience. Do not try to rush it. Mastership in Reiki only comes after taking a thousand steps on one’s life path. Reiki Mastership is a destination, not a path.”

Photo of Clara Diebold receiving her Reiki Master Certificate from Brian Brunius of the NYC Reiki Center

Clara Diebold of Cambridge, Massachusetts receiving her Reiki Master Certificate from Brian Brunius of the NYC Reiki Center.

Get Started

Those who are sincerely interested in pursuing mastery should contact Brian Brunius at (212) 660-9918 to initiate a discussion.

NOTE: The main purpose for pursuing Master Training is to teach Reiki classes. Unless the student has a strong desire to teach Reiki, there is generally no compelling reason to commit two to three years of time and significant hours of work and expense to completing the Master Instructor training.