My Re-connection with Reiki, a Testimony of a Journey


As a Reiki Master and Teacher, I do know about the energy of Reiki and how it can change someone’s life for the better.

To experience the Reiki energy you will have two choices

  1. Become a client and receive a Reiki treatment
  2. Become a Reiki Practitioner

However, first I like to talk about the 3 Reiki Levels and what is included in each one of them. How long does it take and how long is the (waiting) time between the levels to move on.

Reiki Rosette

The 3 Reiki Levels


Reiki Level One

This Reiki level is the one, where everyone will start with to learn how to use Reiki, what is the History of Reiki and the life of Dr. Mikao Usui, who once re-discovered Reiki. are These are just a few, of the many pieces, of information the Reiki student will learn.

Hand positions for self-treatment and for treating others are amongst the content for this Reiki level.

The training will usually take a full day and a half and after the Reiki student has received its attunement he/she is ready to give Reiki, to others and to themselves.

There is a waiting period for at least 3-6 months ( to the discretion of the Reiki Teacher) before proceeding further to Reiki Two Level.

The practice is important!

Learn Reiki the Right Way
In-Person, from Me
Sylvia Mann

Reiki Level Two

To receive the second Reiki Level the student has to have received Reiki One first and has waited at least 3 to 6 months before being able to go to the next Reiki Level.

In Reiki two the student will recap all the information received in Reiki one and in addition will receive the three most used Reiki symbols to reinforce and strengthen the Reiki energy during a session.

After the attunement, the Reiki student will be able to use all the 3 Reiki symbols in their treatments, either for themselves or for others.

Information is given in how to set up a Reiki Practice, the proper use of a Client Intake form, Code of Ethics, etc.

This training will also take a full and a half days. Some comprehension testing will occur.

In recent years it became more and more apparent that some Reiki teachers will teach both Reiki Levels at once, which can take two to three full days.

I personally, will not do this kind of Reiki teaching, since I do value not just the art of Reiki teaching, but I also do believe that the individual Reiki student do needs its time to become acquainted with the Reiki energy and how to apply it properly.


Reiki Level Three

In this last Reiki Level both, the Reiki Master and Teacher Level are combined. However, it is possible to just receive the Reiki Master level without the Teacher Level.

These Reiki practitioners will call themselves Reiki Master Practitioner instead of Reiki Master, which always indicates that the person is also able to teach Reiki.

Lots of healing forms are being done with Reiki Level Three like performing an Aura Clearing, creating a Reiki Grid, working with Crystals, will be introduced, as well the use of the Reiki Master Symbol.

The training duration for this level will take two and a half to three days. Some comprehension testing will occur before the Certificate can be received.

These Reiki levels outlines are just a broad description of what can be expected in all Reiki Level training.

However, what I like to write about is the fact, that when we learn about how to use and apply Reiki on a daily basis we usually can and perhaps will fall off the wagon for quite some time.

This, by the way, can also apply to any other healing modality too. However, I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and this is my personal story about how I came to Reiki, in how I have used it and even stopped working with Reiki for quite some time and, by that I mean giving Reiki to myself.

Giving Reiki

My Reiki Story

Twenty-two years ago I became attuned to Reiki Level One and six months later to Reiki Level Two, but, before I even considered learning Reiki I was already acquainted with another healing modality, I might write about it in another post.

Nevertheless, I knew about Reiki for years prior to my decision to learn more about it. I personally always thought that it is interesting and I have received it a few times and was also pretty impressed with how I felt afterward.

However, I thought it isn’t for me and I never really bothered until one day it hit me out of the blue and you know how the saying goes, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear“.

And so it was, I found a wonderful Reiki Teacher where I have received my first two Reiki Levels or Degrees as it’s called.

I was very eager to apply it wherever I found the time or an opportunity. This went on for a couple of years until one day my life changed drastically. I left my country of origin to be with the man I loved and to live in his country.

It took years before I remotely thought of it to start to work with Reiki again. I had to deal with too many things at once and yes, using Reiki probably and, for sure in my opinion, would have helped a lot with the whole new situation.

Looking back, I certainly would have eased in much smoother with the whole integration process, however, I didn’t think of it at the time.

One time, though, I started writing to different owners of Massage Practices asking them if I could set up a table for one day a week to offer Reiki, only one woman replied.

We met and I introduced myself showed her my certificates told her about my work career before Reiki and offered her a complimentary Reiki session, not knowing if she will take me on or not.

This was many years ago. In the meantime, I have received Reiki Level Three, taught Reiki a few times, which I really enjoyed, but I also started slowly swaying away from Reiki learning about other, also wonderful, healing modalities.

dr. mikao usui
Dr. Mikao Usui

Life works in Mysterious Ways

The years came and went. Life went on with joy and sorrow, old dreams went and new dreams appeared. For a while, things went well in my personal life as well as professionally. My holistic energies healing practice flourished and I had a nice contingent of clients.

I still gave Reiki to clients who wanted it but I also worked, mostly, with the other healing modalities. Nevertheless, everything went well until one brisk winter’s day an undiscovered injury brought everything pretty quick to hold.


That winter season was brutal with snow falling almost every day and when snow didn’t fall this was the only time to get out and remove it with a snowblower. Everyone knows, to live in the North, that fluffy snow isn’t a huge problem to remove but, icy and wet snow is.

I worked hard and I pushed myself to the limit. My husband could barely help since he is much older and also his health didn’t support him. I was on my own, living in the countryside with neighbors a bit further away didn’t make things easier.

Reiki Hands

However, I kept going but, I also discovered suddenly one day when reaching with my right arm to a top shelve to get a glass, that I couldn’t reach my arm high enough and it was combined with horrific pain.

I thought, okay, this is probably by overdoing it with the snow removal and that I have a sore muscle and perhaps it will go away soon. Wrong! It took me months before I finally decided to go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to get checked.

It wasn’t a sore muscle it was already a small tear in a muscle fiber around my shoulder joint, also known, as a Frozen Shoulder. The pain then was heavy and during the night I had to support my arm on a pillow because the pain was too unbearable to sleep without it.



I received treatments, all of the holistic nature (personally I really don’t trust Medical Doctors they are too quick with the knife) and, achieved some relief from pain and gained a wee bit of range of motion in my arm. However, not enough to be fully functional and doing my daily routine.

Washing my hair became a chore, not being able to support myself on the right side is also still an issue and certain sudden movements/rotations of the arm will stop it right away because of the excruciating pain being felt immediately.

Again, we humans are a funny breed because somehow we will adapt to certain situations and will make the best out of it. Even an injury, giving you a handicap, will not stop you to live your life and do what you have to do on a daily basis. You just do it!

This is now over 5 years and I do struggle, still, with some limitations in my right arm. I stopped treatments because it has gotten too expensive and there is also this obvious, “reaching the Plateau” thing, where you will not see any progress at all and you just have this nagging feeling you need to stop with everything.

Perhaps regroup and rethink a new and better strategy.


Twelve months ago, I woke up one morning and had the most vivid dream, of being surrounded by Beings calling themselves the “Higher Council“. I have no memory of the whole dream or what might have been said, but, I do remember being told to look at the Reiki energy, reading some articles and taking out some older Reiki magazines.

Altogether it reignited a huge spark and I started immediately a self-treatment session. I felt great afterward. I couldn’t believe why I had never done anything for so many years.

Giving Reiki to others was never an issue, I just did it. However, not giving Reiki to myself was never really on my radar. I have spoken, in the meantime, to a couple of Reiki practitioners, who actually did affirm to me that they too like to forget about themselves and that’s why they do meet twice a month to exchange Reiki with each other.

I do follow my personal daily Reiki routine. Every day I do a Reiki Movement Meditation, Reiki Masters should know what it is, you perform certain movements by standing upright and also do chant the Reiki Master symbol followed by self-created statements.

Reiki Benefits

This Reiki Movement Meditation can be done in more than one set. In my case, I spend about 15 minutes just doing one set. The size of each set doesn’t matter it is up to the individual person.

After I am finished, I do start a full Reiki self-treatment. Since I am in the swing of things, I do already feel subtle changes to occur. At least, I do feel much calmer, focused and centered.

Even my right, troubled arm seem to improve by getting stronger and do show more promising signs in its range of motion, only time will tell.


It doesn’t matter if you “only” have Reiki Level One or you are a Reiki Master/Teacher, the fact remains, that you are attuned and able to give Reiki to yourself and you should do it. Nothing more could be of benefits to you and to others, of course, when I say to you that you only can gain from it.


Find at least one day during the week when you will give Reiki to yourself and if you can do more, great, keep it rolling. You never ever can overdo it with Reiki.


Note: The following book “Healer’s Digest” describes the authors struggle to establish a Reiki practice not knowing how and where to start. I personally have found this book honest and inspiring since it shows that it is possible to get there when you really want it.

Thanks for taking the time to read my Reiki testimony and if you are a Reiki practitioner or a Reiki Teacher, or neither of those, but you have at least once received Reiki as a treatment, feel free to share your own experience and leave a comment below.

Always have an outstanding day.






Author: Sylvia Kiliwia

Sylvia Mann has worked as a Geriatric Nurse and as a Nursing Instructor for many years. However, her passion also lies in holistic healing and seeking complementary healing modalities such as Reiki, Body Talk, EFT just to name a few. Spiritual topics about psychic abilities, the supernatural and more are also of interest to her. To be able to "heal yourself" is always the main focus to Sylvia when she writes an article to inform her readers.

26 thoughts on “My Re-connection with Reiki, a Testimony of a Journey”

  1. I have always known that Holistic practice holds the keys to most of our ailments and successes in life. The Reiki movement has caught my attention over the past few years, and finding your articles has helped me to have a basic understanding of the Reiki levels.

    Contrary to what mainstream science/medicine has to say, holistic practices like the Reiki movement get to the root cause of our problems and offer long-term solutions. There is always a spiritual side to life irrespective of your religious beliefs or orientation.

    Life isn’t a coincidence. It wasn’t by chance that you met your Reiki teacher. Thanks for sharing your amazing experience. I still have a lot of catch-ups to do. I am surely going to get one of these books to learn more about how I can experience total healing of body and mind from the Reiki movement.

    1. Thank you for your comment, appreciated.

      Yes, it takes a bit of time to get to understand how a holistic approach, like Reiki, can help us to speed up our body’s self-healing process and reading about is a good way to start. However, I also like to suggest by receiving a Reiki treatment for yourself will give you an experience of how it works.

  2. Thanks for sharing this article and experience with Reiki. I must say that this is my first time of hearing or getting to read about Reiki. I am convinced that this is gonna work for me as well as I have some personal issues am dealing with and lately I have been down emotionally and ó believe Reiki will work for me too. Thanks for sharing this article. 

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      It is, in my opinion, always a good idea to try new things out. Receiving a Reiki session is certainly the best step to do so. It will give you the personal experience and you can find out for yourself what is Reiki all about and how you personally will feel after a session. 🙂

  3. I really believe Reiki does work , it’s a wonderful healing process.

    I had Reiki for the first time a few years ago, during a massage treatment for a trapped nerve. After the massage, I was given Reiki, I have never felt so relaxed in my life.

    The sports therapist and Reiki consultant said he hadn’t had anyone respond to it quite as well as I had.

    Not only did I feel better physically but I firmly believe that after a few more sessions Reiki cured my anxiety issues.

    It’s marvellous.

    Your article is very informative and knowledgeable.

    1. Thank you, Louise, for your comment and sharing your personal experience with Reiki.

      Reiki, indeed, does work on so many levels at once and we don’t have to be consciously aware of it either.

      Personally, and as a Reiki practitioner, I too, can speak of many cases where Reiki helped a person to find, once again, more balance and healing in their lives.

      Reiki, certainly, is a wonderful healing method to be used and to be experienced.

  4. Hi there

    I think I have heard about Reiki before. But this first time I am reading and getting a clearer explanation about it. But Taking years to become a teacher or to graduate to the next level in Reiki what really makes me feel somehow about it. But the great advantage is the healing process without drugs or no contact between the healer and the healed. This is really wonderful  

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on the matter.

      I am also glad that you could find some answers about this healing method.

  5. Great Content and Information!
    What a concise and thorough article, I found the post very detailed and Informative. So so many useful tips and tricks all on one page! Wonderful! I bookmarked to look further.

    I have actually read about reiki but I havent tasted its benefits this much. This is the most comprehensive article I have ever read on this product and I can attest to the fact that there are good comments about the product on social media.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

      This is always my aim to educate and inform the visitor of my site so they, hopefully, will feel confident enough to explore the subject matter even further and perhaps will try it out for themselves.

      If you do so, I certainly would like to read about your personal experience with Reiki.

  6. Nice article there on my reconnection with Reiki,i must commend you for a job well done for taking your time to write this article on Reiki. One of the things that really get me more interested in Reiki is your true love story I have not practice it before but there is nothing that will stop me from trying the level one if at all. I really felt inspired 

    1. I appreciate your comment on the matter and thank you for doing so.

      I will recommend learning about Reiki and, at least, taking the first level, no matter what your age might be. Children as young as 8 years old and elderly people way in their 80’s can do it. You only can gain benefits from it and it will never ever harm you either.

  7. it is very interesting learning new things, but what will be the duration to finish each level of the Reiki and on the first stage as a reiki undergoing training are there some people that can do it and what effect does it have for our health and as a reiki graduate do we need to learn any special language before we can perform the healing for some one or for somebody else

    1. Thank you for your comment and your question on the matter.

      Reiki can be easily learned by almost anyone. Children from the age of 8 years old are capable of learning about Reiki. The duration, mostly 3-6 months, between the levels is important because it needs a bit of time to absorb this healing energy and to get acquainted with it.

      When learning Reiki you need to understand that there is no rush at all to get to the next level, take your time and enjoy what Reiki can give you and what you will learn. 

      No special language to be learned either!

  8. Hey Sylvia,

    Am grateful for this information shared about the reiki healing method. Honestly I have not  heard of it before now. What exceptions are there for the users. 

    I would like to try Reiki in the nearest future. Would you recommend to anyone e who does not have prior knowledge of holistic energy ?Thanks for sharing your experience. 

    1. Thank you for your comment and question, appreciated.

      There are no expectations at all when using Reiki. The only thing I would mention is to be open-minded and feel for yourself how Reiki does work for you. To learn Reiki is easy but it also requires commitment and a true interest in the matter, that’s all.

      If you like, for the first time, to try Reiki out for yourself you always can do so, this goes for any kind of holistic energy treatments, no knowledge for this is required. Just enjoy and feel the experience it can give you.

  9. I had heard about Reiki in the past but it is the first time that I am reading exactly what is Reiki and also learning that it takes years to become a master/ teacher in Reiki just like any other college degrees. One of the advantages of healing by Reiki I feel is that there are no medicines involved and there is no physical contact between the healer and the healed. It thus brings out a very powerful aspect of the human capabilities as Reiki is able to heal without even a touch between the two.
    Your personal journey also makes for interesting reading and emphasises that if we know this art then we can use it in our personal lives as well.

    1. Thank you for your passionate comment and i couldn’t agree more that with Reiki our lives would be much healthier on all levels.

      I even do visualize that in the future Reiki will be taught already in Grade school since Reiki isn’t bound to any religion, it is non-denominational. Therefore it can be used by everyone. 🙂

  10. Hey Sylvia,

    Thanks for your this information about Reiki and your experience with it.
    I personally have never tried Reiki but I have heard of it before and would like to give it a try in the future.
    What kind of people would you recommend Reiki to?
    What other healing modalities have worked for you?

    Thank you =)

    1. Hi Miren,
      Thanks for leaving a comment and for your questions.
      I would recommend Reiki to everyone, old and young people, sick or healthy because Reiki is self-intelligent and works on levels we as humans wouldn’t think about it.
      I have also written about other healing modalities and you can find them also here on my website.
      They all are wonderful in their own right. 🙂


  11. The Reiki energy ones helped me with depression and other personal issues.
    I have experienced Reiki but never used it, perhaps I will do it know.

    Do you know how to find a good Reiki teacher?


    1. Clair, I would use either the “Yellow Pages” or if you have a bookstore perhaps a natural food store in your vicinity. There you might find information from alternative healthcare practitioners.
      Always ask questions before you submit to it.

      I hope that helped a bit. 🙂

  12. Thanks for this useful information on Reiki Sylvia and for sharing your story with Reiki as well!
    I have actually had quite a bad back for a while and have been to the Chiropractor with limited success.
    Do you think Reiki may be able to help me with this?
    I am willing to try some alternative methods to get some relief, and Reiki sounds very intriguing!
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Yes, Reiki can be used as a complementary holistic treatment when already in a Doctors care.
      This is the beauty of it.
      My suggestion to you is to check out the directory in your area where you live and find a Reiki practitioner.
      Give yourself time to the healing process.

      All the best to you 🙂

  13. I am a Reiki Master too and couldn’t agree more with what you are saying in your article.

    I went through something similar just a few years ago (had a leg injury) and a friend asked me “why are you not giving yourself Reiki”?

    This was the turning point for me and I started my self-Reiki treatment. Together with the physio, I received things went from grim to much brighter achieving a full recovery.

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