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Welcome to the third degree! The Reiki Third Degree completes the training in Reiki. It is not an end but a
new beginning. The symbol of third degree Reiki is the Dai Ko Mio which means the "great shining light".
The goal of level three Reiki is to learn to live always in the light. In Traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho, Reiki
Level III is the teaching degree where you learn the fourth Usui Symbol and where all the information is
given on how to pass Reiki on to others.
Teacher curriculum for this manual includes the traditional Usui symbols, attunements and the knowledge to
pass them. For those wishing to study the Usui/Tibetan Symbols and system visit theUs ui/Ti bet an P a ge.
The Usui/Tibetan Reiki's divide the third degree into two sections: Reiki IIIa, and Reiki IIIb. Reiki IIIa, from
what I have been taught and observed are various non-traditional add-on and new age techniques.
Some of these you will find in the Level IIIa Reiki Section included with this manual. Generally at the
Level IIIa, you would be taught these add-on techniques which include meditation techniques, a "Healing
Attunement", the Usui Master Symbol, the Hui Yin, the Violet Breath, Psychic Surgery, Reiki Crystal
Grids a Meet your Reiki Guide Meditation, and then given the Master Attunement. You are not taught the
attunement process or how to do it. At this point you are told you have a "Personal Mastery" level, or a
"Master Practitioner" level. The Master Attunement is done but the attunement process is not taught
and/or is withheld. The reality is that these "Master Practitioners" are Reiki Masters who have not been
taught the Attunement Process. At level IIIb they are taught two or three "Tibetan" symbols, and then
receive the same attunement again and then are taught how to do the attunements.
It is my personal belief that Master training in the West is for everyone. Not for the select few who
"qualify", or can afford a 10 thousand dollar fee, but for everyone. The world needs a great deal of
healing and the spread of Reiki will help that. I have found that some masters are very selective in whom
they train as masters. For some, the Master Degree is given only to those people who are willing and
able to completely dedicate their lives to Reiki. While that is wonderful for those who are able to do that,
it can also bring out the competitive nature in people who make their living from Reiki and have to
compete with other masters for students. My belief is that all are eligible for this wondrous gift.
Many people take the Master level to "complete" their Reiki training. There is in reality nothing to
complete and nothing to attain. It is a new beginning aand in many ways a return to simplicity that we
had when we learned Reiki I and had no symbols and just the energy. It is the greatest gift to be able to
share Reiki with others and it is a joyful thing to do and share in attunements.
The Reiki Master/Teacher (Level III) consists of learning the master symbol, receiving the attunement,
and learning the attunement process. For those wishing to learn the "Tibetan" symbols Fire Serpent,
Dumo, and Raku, visit the Usui/Tibetan Level IIIb Section of this manual.
A brief statement regarding symbols needs to be addressed. Symbols are exactly that, a symbol. They
aren o t the thing they represent. These symbols, like the level II symbols are representations of a
specific manifestation or property of the Reiki energy. They are not the energy themselves. As people
progress spiritually, they find increasing levels of simplicity. It is not uncommon for people to move past the
need to use the symbols and simply use the source energy directly.
Symbols are a stimulus and responce tool. The act of seeing them, drawing them or saying the name of
them is a stimulus that cause the responce of connecting to the energy in an attuned person. The symbols
also teach us that there are ways that we can focus on different aspect of the energy and use them.
Different arts developed from Reiki such as Seichim or Karuna are examples of using different symbols as a
way to focus on other aspects of the energy. In Usui's original system called Reiki Ryoho, the symbols were
taught to those that had difficulty connecting to the energy or little experience in energy work. They were a
tool to be used and let go when the connection to the energy was strong and mastered. They were like
training wheels to aid us until we grow and no longer need them. In Reiki Ryoho in Japan you would have
met weekly with your group and master and practiced healing. Then you would have done hatsurei ho and
received "Reiju" or an empowerment. After a year or more you might have been invited to learn the second
teachings. If you were taught the symbols at all, you would have been
expected to have moved past them before moving to the second teaching.
In Usui Shiki Ryoho of the Hayashi-Talaka lineage the symbols were of
greater importance. The system was set up to teach others faster than the
lengthy training in Reiki Ryoho. As a result the emphesis has to be greater on
symbols because people had to be able to connect to the energy. This
emphesis was given and instilled in Mrs. Takata's masters that she trained.
This was codified into the "secret" and "sacred" practices that the Alliance
teaches and some other masters hold.
In Japan the symbols are common to many traditions and they are not secret.
Reiki is sacred, the symbols are kanji, or Japanese words. They are found on
temple walls, in books, in Buddhist practices, and all sort of other places in
plain view in Japan. Indeed, anyone with a Japanese dictionary could look
them up. The secretive belief, presumably, is that if the symbols are known
they will lose their power or that others will profane them or try to use them for
uses other than reiki, or to harm. The symbols have no power of their own.
They are a connection to the source, not the source itself. The symbols
cannot be profaned or used for harm, they represent the Reiki source, and
Reiki cannot be used for harm. The symbols are not sacred. They have no
inherant power other than as a focus or a medium and a tool. When the
connection to the energy is mastered, we move past them and work with the
pure energy itself.
The Usui Master Symbol has several meanings. The most common is "The
Great Shining Light". Another translation might be "Great Being of the
Universe Shine on Me." In Zen practice, I have seen it stated as "Treasure
House of the great beaming Light," and is symbolic of one's "Buddha Nature"
and of states of enlightenment.Dai Ko Mio
The spiritual body is thought to effect the physical body. There are many schools of thought, both Eastern
and Western that believe this. Healing at this level is thought to effect the spiritual body and can lead to
wondrous changes and at times, Miracles. The practice of Johrei uses channeling the Great Light of God
into people and the world for healing. The founder of Johrei, Mokichi Okada, writes in his book "Health and
Johrei onto people in need of healing it removes the clouds and cleanses their spiritual body. The Johrei
Fellowship exists worldwide and has done extensive medical research on the efficacy of Johrei. (Visit them
The Dai Ko Mio is a return to simplicity. The three other symbols together in one. Level one was the
simplicity of Reiki, trusting in the source and simply doing it. Level II is learning the ways the source
manifests and expands our conception of what the source can do. Level III, with the Dai Ko Mio brings us
back to the simplicity and the oneness. Like all Reiki Symbols, the Dai Ko Mio should be memorized if at all
possible, although even that is not necessary, just preferable. Memorizing is useful, because when doing
healings or attunements, it helps to be able to draw them quickly and correctly. The DKM, looks surprisingly
similar to the top of the White light symbol (johrei) that is used by the Johrei Movement worldwide. The link
becomes even more interesting because Usui almost certainly would have known and or studied with
Onisaburo Deiguchi who taught Mokichi Okada who founded Johrei. It was said that Morihei Tanaka who
founded Dei Rei Jutsu also had taught Usui and Okada. If nothing else there is some connection involved
with these practices that all developed and evolved around the same time in Japan.
The DKM is said to represent the Amida Sanzon, a triune of love light and harmony. These three together
represented the ultimate source in the same way that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost do. The DKM is the
"Greath Shining light". This was the source. Once you know the Dai Ko Mio, you can use it for any Reiki
use, even in place of the other symbols. This is both because as a triune symbol it contains the others, and
because it is the first step in moving from symbol reliance to just using the energy. Use it everywhere and
anytime you might want to use the others. Use the name of it as a mantra to meditate concentrating on the
Ultimate source of all, the great shining light and let it illumine your mind.
In Traditional Reiki training, there are four attunements for Reiki I, each different. There is an additional
attunement for Reiki II and III. In nontraditional methods, attunement methods vary greatly. Some have a
combined level I attunement, some use a combined level I and II attunements, and others use the same
process for all three degrees. Any attunement is a Ritual. Rituals generally follow a pattern whether you are
talking about a Catholic Mass or High Magick or Reiki Attunements. There are usually three parts to a ritual,
the Beginning, the Ritual action / Invocation, and the End.
The first part is the beginning. The Beginning is a call to the sacred. It differentiates that what is to follow is
going to be different. In a Catholic Mass the Beginning is when the priest processes in and Makes the sign
of the cross. He says, "Let us Pray" and follows with prayers. This separates what is to follow from daily life.
It is special. In Reiki, the beginning is when we start the attunement. It can be as simple as drawing the
symbols in the air, the preparation of the student by having them meditate, saying a prayer or statement of
intent or any other practice. The beginning in any Reiki Attunement is the Intent.
The next phase is the Ritual action / Invocation. The ritual is the structure of what we are doing. Saying
prayers, doing readings and other practices are an example of ritual. They are steps to be followed to bring
about the desired action. An invocation calls forth the power we wish to manifest. In a catholic mass, we call
forth the power of God to be in our midst. By using the ritual of saying psalms and prayers and readings, we
bring forth more clearly the manifestation of God in our lives. By using the ritual of consecrating bread and
wine the God is brought forth in presence in body and wine. Wiccan practitioners and practitioners of Magick
(such as Hermetic Magick) will recognize how their own practices fit into this pattern. In a Reiki Attunement,
we use the structure of the ritual actions along with the symbols to invoke the reiki energy and bring for the
purpose of connecting the student with the reiki energy. The dirty little secret of reiki is that any attunement
will work. There are crown to crown variants, short forms, long forms, traditional forms, singular master
attunements (my personal favorite) and many many others. All are reiki and all work.
The Last part of a Ritual is the End. The end is the finish to the process and lets all know that it is finished
and complete. In a mass the priest says, "the mass is ended go in peace", and the people reply "Thanks be
to God". In a Reiki attunement, the process can be as simple as giving an affirmation to the person, telling
them "It is done" or "It is complete", to telling them "This attunement is done, you are a Reiki Master now
and forever". Generally the end has little or no formal ritual attached to it, since the formal ritual is over.
The reason that I have discussed Rituals here is to demonstrate that the Ritual is a process. You can modify
them as are warranted to suit your needs. The Usui attunements have been modified by many people who
have added symbols, taken away parts, added parts and all sorts of other things. Make the ritual work for
you and your students. Having said all that the only caveat is do not make what ever you do a distraction. I
have seen some people into the bells and whistles attunement experience. They burn incense, have music,
special lighting, candles, perform ceremonies to the goddess, catholic rituals, kaballah\u2026\u2026 All of that is nice,
and may provide the recipient with grand ceremony, but remember they are not necessary. My preference is
SIMPLICITY. I do not play music. I do not burn incense. In my opinion, the more simple the better, anything
else detracts from the experience of the attunement and the connection to the Reiki Energy. As in all things,
you decide how you wish to do them.)
The only real important part of the attunement is the intent. It can be done by intent and the energy alone. If your intent is clear, there is nothing that you can do wrong in the attunement. If you make a mistake do not fret! Either re-do the section or action, or trust that the reiki will correct it and intend it be so. I have seen attunements as simple as holding the person's hand and sending the energy in up the arms to the chakras to one's as complex as involving incense, candles and ceremonial dance type actions. It is the actual doing of the attunement that is sacred, not necessarily the process. The process seems to matter little if the intent is clear and focused.
Distant Attunements are also possible and appropriate and just a perfect as their hands-on counterparts. It is done by using the distant symbol and visualization and intent. The Master/Teacher visualizes the symbols entering the Crown Chakra of the recipient and move through the aura. He or she can visualize each of the attunement steps, and see and feel them taking place. You can use a picture of the person or a teddy bear or other representation to assist when doing them. More information on Distant Attunements can be read about in my article,"Distant Attunements"
at least three "traditional" attunements (all different), Usui/Tibetan attunements, Tibetan/Usui attunements,
Short forms, and others.
What follows is an attunement set that I developed. It would most appropriately be classified Non-
Traditional Usui Reiki and uses the four Usui Symbols. It uses a standard form for all three levels. This is
offered here for your review. As in all things, use the attunement that resonates best with you. If you are
interested in different attunements, or wish to learn other attunements, my book The Reiki Attunement
This is an attunement process that I developed. It is in the Usui Tradition. This attunement is used for all
three levels with the modifications for the second and third level in patenthesis. The first level attunement is
repeated 4 times with a minimum of an hour between attunements. Attunements may be repeated as often
as the person likes. They are always pleasant to receive. Reiki Shares and other gatherings of
practitioners are a good place for the beginning reiki teacher to practice.
Begin by saying a "prayer" of intent, either silent or out loud. Ask for the help of the Reiki Source to do a
perfect attunement for this person. If you have spirit guides, "reiki" guides, Angels, Ascended Masters, etc.,
you can ask them to assist that this be a perfect attunement for this persons highest good. (Angels, guides
and other "helpers" are not necessary for the attunement to work.)
Draw the Power Symbol on your palms, Crown and Heart Chakras, intending them to open to the Reiki
Source and Light. Cleanse the room by drawing the four Usui Reiki symbols in the air in front of you. This
not only can clease the room but sets the tone for the beginning as a sacred event.
On the back, draw the Cho Ku Rei from slightly above the top of the head and down the back of the student,
ending at the base of the spine. Place both hands on top of the head to get an energetic rapport with the
Breathe in visualize the Dai Ko Mio. Exhale the Breath into the Crown Chakra blowing the Dai Ko Mio in
gold into the Crown Chakra, and move it through the middle of the student's head, and into the base of the
brain. You can guide it with your hand.
Above the head, draw the Usui Master Symbol and repeat "Dai Ko Mio" three times. Again visualize the
symbol moving into the into the Crown Chakra, through the head and into the base of the brain, guiding it
with your hand. Do the same with the Sei Hei Ki, the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, and the Cho Ku Rei.
Signal the student to raise their hands held in prayer position to the top of their head. Draw the Power
Symbol in the air over the hands. Then picture the Symbol moving into the hands, down into the Crown
Chakra, through the head, and into in the base of the brain saying the name of the power symbol three
times and guiding the Symbol with your hand. (Repeat this with the Sei Hei Ki and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen for
level II, and with the Dai Ko Mio for level III.)
Move to the front and place the students prayer-held hands in front of the heart. Draw the Power Symbol in
the air in front of the middle of forehead (brow or third eye chakra). Then picture the Symbol moving into the
brow chakra. Guide it in with the hand if you want. Say the name of the power symbol three times. (For
Level II do the same with the Mental/Emotional Symbol and the Distant Symbol. For the Master Level, use
all four symbols, remembering to repeat the name of each symbol three times).
Draw the Power Symbol in the air in front of the heart chakra. Then picture the Symbol moving into the heart
chakra. Say the name of the power symbol three times. (For Level II do the same with the Mental/Emotional
Symbol and the Distant Symbol. For the Master Level, use all four symbols).
Next open the student's hands like the cover of a book so they are next to each other palms up facing the
ceiling. Place you left hand under their hands and with your right hand draw out the Power Symbol on the
hands on the Palm. Say the name of the power symbol three times. Then lightly slap the hands three times.
(Only the Power symbol is placed in the hands in level I, the Distant symbol and mental /emotional symbol
are placed in the hands in level II, and all four of the symbols are placed in the palms in the Master level.)
Bring the student's hands together in prayer position, and move them back in front of the student's Heart.
Blow over the hands, down to the Solar Plexus, then up to the Third Eye and Crown, and back over the
Move behind the student. Place your hands on the student's head. Use a positive affirmation and repeat it to
yourself three times, Intend it to be accepted by the student. (Some examples might be: "You are a perfectly
attuned", "you are a competent Reiki Healer", or "you are filled with Divine Love and Wisdom", or any other
affirmation that is significant to you or the student. You can say them out loud if you prefer.
Open your hands and look down through the Crown Chakra, visualizing through to the root chakra. Intend
that the beautiful great shining light of the Reiki Source send a ball of light into the heart and fill all the
Move your hands to the student's neck, and then place the right hand on top of the head and the left at the
base of the skull. Visualize a door and then draw the power symbol on it and see the door being closed. Say
to yourself, "I seal this Attunement with Divine Love and Wisdom". Intend that the Process is sealed and
complete and the student is now forever connected directly to the Reiki Source. Say, "you forever
connected to the Reiki source."
Place your hands on the student's shoulders briefly experiencing the moment with them. Say, "We have
both been blessed by this attunement".
Move back to the front of the student. Hold your palms toward them. Visualize a white mist surrounding you.
Breath in and be filled with this white light mist of reiki. Blow the mist at the student allowing the final
energy of the attunement to bless the student.
Say, "the attunement is complete". Afterwards, wash the hands to ensure that the energetic connection with
the student is broken.
Occasionally, there are times when we as Reiki Masters would like to share Reiki with someone (a friend,
family member, loved one) and the limits of distance prevent us from being there with them. Distant
Attunements are one way to bridge this gap and to allow us to be able to share this great gift with others.
Distant Attunements are easy to perform if you are familiar with a "hands-on" attunement procedure. There
is no special procedure to perform, just some slight modifications to the regular attunement set you are
familiar and comfortable with. The modifications will be described below.
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