For those interested in learnaing Japanese based teachings there are certain leneages to look for. A lineage is the line that is traced back through one's teacher to the founder of the system. No two teachers are alike as are no two courses and therefore it is impossible to state exactly who teaches what. When you study in a certain lineage you are never assured of a specific standard or information. Currently, there are no safeguards protecting you and it is your responsibility alone to choose wisely. Research (such as reading The Reiki Sourcebook by Frans & Bronwen Stiene will put you in good stead to have a solid understanding to direct questions from.
Here are some lineages that date from Usui and are Japanese based and are taught to students in the West:
Usui Reiki Ryoho
Usui Mikao - Taketomi Kanichi - Koyama Kimiko - Doi Hiroshi
Komyo Reiki Kai
Usui Mikao - Hayashi Chujiro - Yamaguchi Chiyoko - Hyakuten Inamoto
Gendai Reiki Ho (fusion between Japanese and West)
Usui Mikao - Takemtomi Kanichi - Koyama Kimiko - Doi Hiroshi
Usui Mikao - Hayashi Chujiro - Yamaguchi Chiyoko - Yamaguchi Tadao
There are a certain number of key levels taught in the Japanese system of Reiki today. This is generally three, though in some lineages either the secondn or third levels are divided up into two parts: creating four levels in total. Each level is taught with a break in between as at each level the student learns new techniques for developing Ki work and must become proficient in these before moving on to study further.
Most levels of the system of Reiki today are taught first in an intensive course with follow-up training occurring after the intensive is finished. The reason for this is that receipt of a certifivcate (generally received at athe end of the intensive) indicates that you are now beginning that level rather than completing it. As you are a beginner it is then expected that the real work should be begin for you to be able to progress to enter into the next level.
To fully undertsand the system of Reiki a prospective practitioner must first look at why he or she wants to learn in the first place. There are a number of avenues that can be taken. For example: you can complete a weekend course, or you can complete a weekend course and practice once a weekon yourself at a practice evening, or you can complete a weekend course and attend a weekly practice evening and incorporate a daily personal routine.
By just completing a weekend course some change can be expected along with a certain understanding of the system. Naturally the more you practice, the deeper the levels of change and understandiang that will be accesed. So within the system of Reiki there are different levels a practitioner can delve into, depending on his or her involvement.
To become proficient in anything one must pracice and for this a supportive course is of the essence. Support can come in many shapes and sizes. It is of importance that a teacher be available to discuss a student's technical and spiritual growth. Reiki practitioners areound the world ltoday often come togther to practice palm-healing on one anotehr - this wonderful support can be developed to be much more effective. The Japanese way is that Reiki shoudl be an ongoing study and practice groups can therefore be an extension of a Reiki course with the same five elements being practiced and discussed rather than just a 'sharing' of energy. In this way a student's learning is encouraged and developed. Surely you woudl like to know that what you are doing is correct and that your practice has not derailed at some point? Attendance at a regular practice group is very beneficial energetically to a student also - even though one may be working solely on the self. THere are similariaties here with attending the gym or practicing aerobics - you could just as well jump up and down at home to get fit but you do not. More to follow..