The Journey to Becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher

During the different stages of your training, you will be initiated into the many secrets of traditional Shinpiden.

Reflecting on the time it takes to train an initiate into Shinpiden, as well as the required tuition, one will notice the difference between what and how The Reiki Preservation Society teaches new Masters in the Third Degree (Shinpiden) in comparison to most other schools and teachers. Patience is required of the student being trained due to the greater volume of teachings in a traditional Shinpiden training environment.

By committing yourself to these courses, you enter a higher level of the Reiki practice, and embark upon an exciting part of the Reiki journey. These intensive courses prepare you to teach the different levels of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

The word “Shinpiden” means “Mystery Teachings.” And that’s exactly what the Third Degree is about – transferring the mysteries of Reiki to you, and readying you to pass that knowledge to new students. It is a challenging, immersive experience.

Most importantly, when you start the Third Degree training, you begin entering into a lifelong practice that will shape you and your path for years into the future.

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Wondering What to Expect from these Courses?

Each aspect of the Third Degree brings you deeper into the Reiki practice. You’ll emerge from each level with a more intimate understanding of the art, with high-level techniques, and with tangible skills that will help you effectively pass these teachings on to your future students.

Let’s take a closer look at the distinct stages:

First Degree Teacher Training Course: Shihan-kaku “Assistant Teacher”

Prerequisites: First Degree (Shoden), Second Degree (Okuden), Application, Interview

In this course, students will learn how to teach the First Degree (Shoden) course and receive:

  • An overview of the Third Degree Training Courses: so you are prepared moving forward 
  • A thorough history of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho: and the reasons of its importance in student training 
  • A deeper appreciations of the 5 Reiki Principles: in relation to the practice and to yourself 
  • Instruction on how to perform the traditional four First Degree initiations: with plenty of practice time 
  • The deeper knowledge of why each part of the initiation is performed: its purpose and its function 
  • A greater understanding and experiencing of the lineage: so you know what the art is growing from 
  • And much more…

After successful completion of the course and examinations, you will be initiated as a First Degree Teacher (Shihan-kaku) and able to teach the First Degree (Shoden) course in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

This course is offered in either a monthly apprenticeship format, or an intensive 5-day training format.

Please Note: Existing Reiki Masters or Second Degree students of other lineages must first complete the Foundations: First and Second Degree Review course.

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Second Degree Teacher Training Course: Shihan “Teacher” 

Prerequisite: First Degree (Shoden), Second Degree (Okuden), Third Degree Part 1: Shihan-kaku (may be taken concurrently)

After successful completion of the course and examinations, you will be initiated as a Second Degree Teacher (Shihan) and able to teach the Second Degree (Okuden) course in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

Shihan training is usually offered in an intensive, two-day training format.

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Third Degree Teacher Training Course: Dai-shihan “Head Teacher”

Prerequisite: First Degree (Shoden), Second Degree (Okuden), Third Degree Part 2: Shihan

This course prepares you to train and initiate other Reiki Masters. After successful completion of the course and examinations, you will be initiated as a Third Degree Teacher (Dai-shihan) and able to teach all the Third Degree (Shinpiden) courses in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

Dai-shihan training is normally offered in a four to five day intensive training format.

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Why the Third Degree?

Have you completed the First and Second Degree courses, and feel deeply moved by, and excited about, Reiki? Are you interested in learning how to teach Reiki to others? Do you want to be in a focused environment with like-minded students who are equally passionate about this practice?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Third Degree is for you. Here, you’ll delve into the deepest parts of the practice, and gain the qualifications to teach Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho and become a member of The Reiki Preservation Society.

Expect a powerful, moving experience that leaves you inspired, energized, and fully prepared for the challenges and joys of becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher.

About Your Reiki Master: Robert N. Fueston

Internationally respected Reiki Master/Teacher Robert N. Fueston has been practicing and teaching the system of Reiki for over 20 years, and has written the book on the traditional system of Reiki. He is the founder of the Reiki Preservation Society, member of the Takata Sensei Archive’s team, and a member and archivist for The Reiki Alliance.

Choose Your Course Dates Today – Class Size Is Limited To Three Students.

This is to provide each student with personalized attention and to facilitate the best learning environment

Congratulations on this important step forward, and on moving into a new stage of your Reiki Journey.


Please Note: The word “Reiki” refers to the “Cosmic Energy”. The specific system taught at The Reiki Preservation Society is called Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.