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Course Description

Reiki is an Eastern healing philosophy, combined with basic universal spiritual principles, which ultimately serves its practitioners very well. It is a practice which honors the holistic needs of the body and spirit and integrates healing principles to ultimately enrich the entire being.

In this course, you will learn the basics of Reiki, as it is generally taught and practiced by Reiki Masters, and you will have a foundational understanding necessary for self administering its healing principles. We will touch on the history of Reiki as well as its different Eastern and Western branches, principles that govern the practice of Reiki, and both the basic and more complex philosophies concerning the body's energy and how it impacts the healing process.

At the end of the course, your understanding of Reiki principles and practices should be comprehensive and you should be ready to regularly implement the lessons. Through daily or weekly practice and regular meditation, you will prepare yourself to share your new knowledge and you will be ready to help heal others.
A distance attunement will be given.
What is Reiki?
Experts in Reiki could easily agree that Reiki is a healing art. Reiki involves the same "laying on of hands" as so many practice in all parts of the world for the transference of healing power. Such practice is closely related to the conveyance of love via the touch of one human being to another, or from one person to his animal. Indeed, we are touching beings, conveying love, compassion and healing through the human touch.

Most practitioners agree every living being exudes warmth and an intangible energy. Such energy is often referred to as the life source, but in the macro view of life that energy actually is a transferred energy from the source of life or life source itself. While it is widely believed that there is actually one ultimate source of life, it is also widely recognized that every living thing contains a portion of that life source's energy or substance. In Christianity, the life source is referred to as Spirit or breath of life. In scientific circles, the life source is referred to in metaphysical terms as "energy" or a universal energy. The scientific description is often used by Eastern practitioners, particularly those from Japan and China.

The cultural reference to energy can better be explained by examining the various names assigned to it by different societies and groups.

For the sake of simplicity, we will discuss the life source or energy as Ki [Japanese] or Ch'i [Chinese] in the content of this course since it is from these cultures that Reiki originates.

In a very literal sense, a person's life source is the origin of their life. When a person's Ki has left their body, they are dead; the life source has ceased to operate within their being. While we may think of this life source as spirit or energy, it is far more tangible than what could otherwise be thought of as an intangible element of life.


Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui of Japan at the turn of the 20th century. It is not a religion. Neither is it a New Age philosophy since it originated in the East before the advent of the Western New Age although many who adhere to New Age philosophy like to practice Reiki. But Reiki itself puts forth no religious philosophy. In surveying the landscape of Reiki practitioners, we easily find people of every faith and religion. Although its founder was influenced by Christianity--principally by the healing miracles of Christ--Usui also researched the Japanese, Chinese and Indian aspects of Buddhism.

Once he had learned the secrets of Reiki healing, Usui followed the examples of Christ and Buddha by choosing to heal the poor, without thought of reward. These were his first patients. Eventually Usui opted to teach the healing secrets when he found his healing was being taken for granted.


If anything can be said of Reiki and religion, it is that Reiki helps to develop our spiritual man inside our souls without the pomp of religious ceremony, the structure of a church or synagogue and without the recognition of a particular God. In other words, the practice of Reiki is one which seeks to get us in touch with _________ [God, Spirit, etc.] and help us to gain a greater understanding but without all of the rules of modern religions. In this aspect, Reiki may come under scrutiny or criticism by religious people for attempting to achieve spiritual things without any recognition [worship] of a deity.


Reiki is all about the body's energy and using the body's energy "channels" to balance, relax and heal it. The Western philosophies closest to Reiki are: meditation; massage; and prayer. Yet Reiki is none of these in itself.

When working with the body's energy, the practitioner seeks to discern the subtle energy field around the body. Frequently referred to as the body's aura, this subtle energy field is part of the exchange between the practitioner and the client in the laying on of hands.

In Eastern healing practices, such as the Chinese healing that is accomplished through acupuncture, the energy channels or meridians are an integral part of the process of realigning the body's energy and balance for the purpose of restoring health. In a similar sense, the practice of Reiki is one in which the practitioner seeks to realign the client's energy and facilitate healing to the body. The idea is that healing can occur whether the ailment is understood or even known if the practitioner can simply achieve a realignment of the body's energy. Thus Reiki practitioners do not technically heal others, they re-enable others to heal themselves by redirecting blocked healing energies.

When you think about it, all things in life require a balancing in order to function at their optimal level. It only makes sense that the body, its organs and its energy flow would work in the same manner. The underlying theory is that when the body's energy is in balance, the body will heal itself regardless of what ails the person. Even people with deep religious convictions should recognize that their creator made their entire body to function perfectly and in health when everything inside of it is in balance.

Reiki, touch healing and other holistic therapies are gaining more and more credibility and exposure in Western culture as many people are becoming conscious of the flaws of our ultra-modern health care system.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: What is Reiki?

Experts in Reiki could easily agree that Reiki is a healing art. Reiki involves the same "laying on of hands" as so many practice in all parts of the world for the transference of healing power. Additional lesson topics: Reiki Hits Mainstream Media on CNN 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reiki as Alternative Treatment; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1: Reiki and Energy
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: What is Reiki?

Lesson 2: The History of Reiki

It is clear that Reiki Healing was born in Japan, through the efforts of Mikao Usui, but thankfully it and other similar healing methods have been exported to the world at large. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: Historical Background of Reiki
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: The History of Reiki

Lesson 3: Common Sources of Disease in the Body

In Reiki philosophy, the notion of Disease should first and foremost be reclassified as "Dis-Ease", a state in which the body should be in its natural state of biological 'ease', but isn't. Additional lesson topics: Reiki and Illness; Reiki Healing Energy and Illness 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: Concept of Diseases in Reiki
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Common Sources of Disease in the Body

Lesson 4: Health Issues and How They Respond to Reiki

Reiki is the simplest of the healing arts; beyond hand positioning and faith in the Ki energy, there is really nothing else to learn. This simplicity is simultaneously Reiki's largest drawback. Additional lesson topics: Which Conditions Respond Well? 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: Reiki and Diseases
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Health Issues and How They Respond to Reiki

Lesson 5: The Five Reiki Principles

The five Reiki principles are principles based on universal truths for daily experiencing a happy and successful life. Additional lesson topics: Exploring the Principles of Reiki 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: Principles of Reiki
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: The Five Reiki Principles

Lesson 6: Chakras and Meridians in Your Body

Although practitioners of Reiki distance themselves from "religious philosophies", especially in the West, Mikao Usui's personal religious background as a Japanese Buddhist cannot be ignored. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 6: Chakras in Reiki
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Chakras and Meridians in Your Body

Lesson 7: Colors, Purposes and Functions Associated with the Chakras

Reiki healing energy tends to be absorbed by whatever Chakra needs it the most. Additional lesson topics: Chakra Colors and their meanings; Why Colors are Associated with Chakras? 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7: Colors Associated with Each Chakra
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Colors, Purposes and Functions Associated with the Chakras

Lesson 8: Choosing a Reiki Master

Many who discover the healing potential of Reiki are naturally fascinated and seek to gain further knowledge of it, even mastery. Additional lesson topics: Choosing a Reiki Master 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 8: First Degree Reiki
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Choosing a Reiki Master

Lesson 9: Preparations, Grounding and Meditation

Before a Reiki session, refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Eating very spicy foods or wearing strong perfume or cologne is inadvisable as they can be distractions. Additional lesson topics: Preparing for Reiki Attunement; Reiki Exercises; Hayhouse radio 46 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 9: Lovingkindness meditation and other forms of meditation
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Preparations, Grounding and Meditation

Lesson 10: Healing Yourself

With Reiki, you can (and should) use healing on yourself wherever possible. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 10: Hand Positions in Self Healing
  • Complete Assignment: distance attunement
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Healing Yourself

Lesson 11: Learning to Heal Others

A Reiki healing session should take approximately one hour from start to finish, as it includes approximately 17 hand positions requiring three minutes each. 59 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Performing Reiki
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11: Hand Positions on the Front of the Body
  • Complete Assignment: Performing reiki on others
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Learning to Heal Others

Lesson 12: Group Healing and Special Cases

Reiki healing can also be performed by a group, as long as all practitioners have First Degree Reiki experience (the original healers of the Hayashi Reiki Center in Japan worked as teams, and still do). 88 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: video presentations; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 12: Group Reiki
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Group Healing and Special Cases
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define reiki.
  • Summarize the history of reiki.
  • Describe common sources of disease in the body.
  • Describe health issues and how they respond to reiki.
  • Define the five reiki principles.
  • Describe chakras and meridians in your body.
  • Describe colors, purposes and functions associated with the chakras.
  • Describe choosing a reiki master.
  • Describe preparations, grounding and the male-female ule exercises.
  • Describe healing yourself with reiki.
  • Describe learning to heal others with reiki.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Reiki 1st Degree
Course Number: 7550380
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Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (3,200 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $90.00 U.S. dollars

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