Reiki One—Windy

Congratulations to Windy, from the Philippines, for completing her level one course! She’s now actively practicing on herself and others, and is pleased with the difference Reiki is making in her life.

Reiki Course Bangkok 2015 - Windy and Kit

We both really enjoyed this course, and for me it was the first time teaching in a great healing center in Bangkok called Concordia.

What is a Reiki initiation/attunement?

The question looks simple. The answer, I can tell you, is not. And I’ve been receiving and giving them since my first, in New Zealand, nine years ago.

But we can see that the question of the initiation is actually a fundamental one. Every Reiki teacher will tell you that it’s an essential part of the system. And we need to know what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it.

So I’m happy to tell you that after much time spent thinking and researching, after many drafts and re-drafts, and of course after many times actually doing initiations, I’ve got something new for you. It’s the answer, as best I can tell it.

This answer is a core part of every course I teach. It’s literally right there in the middle: Initiations is module two, and it sits after theory (module one) and before practice (module three). I’ve made this part of the course freely available to anyone that registers for this site, which will take just a moment of your time.

So don’t hang around: go and read my answer now.

Learn Reiki online—a waste of time?

When I first started teaching Reiki, I advised people not to take online Reiki courses. I said that nothing could substitute for a traditional in-person initiation (attunement). I suppose this is because I had received and given in-person initiations, found them to be both profound and powerful experiences, and just couldn’t imagine how such a transformational event could happen unless teacher and student were physically present with each other.

But I had never tried.

This changed when Monika, who lived in Laos, made contact with me. And now I’m left wondering how many times someone has gone through a distance Reiki course out of necessity, and has discovered what we discovered. There is no difference in the quality of the initiation, whether conducted in-person or by distance.

It works

Initiations are deeply moving experiences, which can change the course of someone’s life. As I was going through my own Reiki training, with only in-person initiations, I discovered this for myself. Some initiations were intense; some were gentle, but all of them were significant and powerful catalysts for change in my life. And what struck me when Monika and I made the intention to connect to each other for initiation, while I was in Thailand and she was in Laos, was that we both felt the same exciting power at work.

Six months later she sent me these simple words:

Reiki became part of my life. I practice every day.


She’s now a level two practitioner, integrating Reiki with her yoga and job as a child and developmental psychologist. For her the question of the effectiveness of the distance initiation is not a question at all. She knows that it works, or she wouldn’t be practicing Reiki today.

The fundamental lesson I learned is that Reiki is not limited by geography. Everyone that takes a level two course in Reiki is taught this, but to a skeptical mind—to my mind—this is hard to believe. It’s only through repeated personal experience, and these experiences have been deeply moving and humbling, that I have come to trust that Reiki can connect, in a life-changing way, people who are separated by geography.

Monika reflects on whether distance is an obstacle to learning Reiki:

But at the same time I belive that deeply having a special chemistry between the master and student is much more important than a “normal” situation…So I would advise potential Reiki students to follow their inner instinct when they choose a teacher. Especially in the case of a distance course.

If you’re considering learning Reiki, don’t let distance stop you from studying with the teacher you feel is right for you. Let your heart lead the way, and trust that it will find a way for you to open up to a life-transforming distance initiation experience.

Level Two Course Launched

I’m really happy to announce that the Reiki level two course is up and online, singing and dancing, ready for you. It’s been a journey getting here, climbing more obstacles than you would ever guess. Many have been technical, such as producing videos and organising online content. But I’ve also had a lot of questions about whether I’m ready to take on the responsibility of being a Reiki teacher. Although I was attuned to the master degree in 2007, and although I’ve been gradually developing teaching materials since then, it didn’t all fit into place at once. I’ve been teaching people here and there, through chance connections, only when the time felt right. I had a Reiki section over on my personal website, but I left a sign hanging there saying “I’m not teaching right now.”

op khan national park_10

Just over six years of standing at the water’s edge, unsure of when to step in. I’m sure that many Reiki teachers go through a similar process. But I’m through it, and I’m raring to go: this new website is a clear manifestation of that.

If you’re unsure, standing by the edge of something new in your life, say hello and have a look around the site. Reiki might be just what you needed.