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How Long Does It Take To Become A Reiki Healer

Prospective students often ask me how long it takes to become a Reiki healer. I guess it depends on how you are defining Reiki healer. If you want the ability to lay hands on yourself and others, that can be taught in one day, through a Reiki 1 Training course. But if you're talking about mastering the art and learning the full span of Reiki teachings as a Reiki master, then read on.

The amount of time it takes to become a Reiki healer can vary depending on your motivation and the training program you choose to follow. Some people choose to take a weekend workshop to learn the basic principles and techniques of Reiki, while others may choose to enroll in a more comprehensive program that involves more in-depth study and practice.

In general, if you want to become a Reiki healer you'll need to take the following steps:

  1. Learn about the history and principles of Reiki, including the Five Precepts. The history will help you understand the deeper philosophy behind Reiki healing and why it was created.

  2. Receive a Reiki attunement, which is a process that opens and activates your energy channels to allow you as a practitioner to channel Reiki energy more effectively. Do this with a teacher who is part of the traditional Usui lineage of Reiki.

  3. Practice self-treatment and treating others, typically under the guidance of a Reiki master. If you take an online course, take it from a teacher you can talk to and learn from over time. That way you can develop your skills properly.

  4. Receive additional training and attunements to progress through the levels of Reiki, typically referred to as Reiki II and Reiki III/Master. Although you will be a healer after the level one training, if you're interested in professional practice then you will want at least the second level of teachings. They are important to your Reiki mindset and skill level.

Overall, even though you can technically become a Reiki healer in a day, it can take several months to a year or more to become proficient in Reiki and to feel comfortable offering treatments to others.

Traditionally, the 3 Reiki level classes are spread out so that students can integrate and understand the teachings at each level. Here at Healing Heart Reiki, we ask students to wait 3 months before taking Reiki II Training, and 9-12 months before taking Reiki Master. This waiting period helps students to deepen their training, practice, and to incorporate other skills for living a grounded, joyful life.

Becoming a Reiki healer involves more than just learning the techniques; it's also a personal journey of self-discovery and growth. I continue to teach online and in person classes as a Reiki Master Teacher because I've come to believe, after laying hands on thousands of people over 15 years, that everyone should take Reiki 1 Training in order to reduce stress, clear their mind, and have better manifesting skills for this beautiful, amazing life. Perhaps I'll see you in class one day!

reiki blessings,


Dailey Amani Little, RMT

Healing Heart Reiki

PS: Here's a pic below from one of our Reiki Shares at Healing Heart Reiki.


DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She offers private sessions, and teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see:

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