Reiki Courses

"Sitting quietly,
Doing nothing,
Spring comes,
And the grass grows by itself."
(Japanese haiku)



Anyone who has a sincere desire to align himself/herself with the rhythm and flow of universal consciousness can easily learn Reiki.
In Komyo ReikiDo, students progress along the continuum of learning and growth in four stages: Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, and Shinpiden. Energy healing and spiritual development are intertwined throughout the four levels.
The purpose of the teachings and the practices introduced at each level is to help individuals access and recognize the Reiki state (their true nature), gain familiarity with it, deepen it, stabilize it (make it an unbroken experience), and integrate it into daily life.
Students receive specific attunements at each stage. (An attunement is a process which enhances resonance between personal Being and Universal Being.) However, the attunements only mark new beginnings. At each level, new doors are opened and students are invited to step into new territory. How far they will travel depends on their efforts. Students grow in depth, understanding, and ability through their own committed practice.
The Gendai Reiki Weekend Intensive Course for existing Reiki Masters covers all four levels.
For students from out of town, classes can be arranged as needed for all levels. Arrangements for convenient accomodation are also possible.
To enquire about the dates of upcoming classes, please contact Elyssa Matthews.

Shoden Course (Level I)

"Easy is right.
Begin right and you are easy.
Continue easy and you are right.
The right way to go easy is to forget the right way
and forget that the going is easy."

(Chuang Tzu)


Reiki Ryoho is introduced as the art of "not-doing"; students begin by "being as they are" and inviting the potential for harmony, health, balance, and reconciliation which already exists within them to manifest outwardly. This ability is so natural and so easily brought forth that even children can learn to practice Reiki in one day.

At this level,
students experience a first shift in consciousness,
engage their natural ability to heal with their hands,
learn how to treat self and others (including animals, food , and water),
examine specific hand placements used for specific ailments,
learn how to improve emotional balance and general well-being,
compare the energy healing model to the medical model,
learn how to bring health and harmony to their homes and work places by eliminating energetic toxicity,
learn ethical principles for healthy, balanced living,
learn about the philosophy of Reiki,
learn energetic practices designed to raise their level of energy and consciousness,
examine materials concerning the history of Reiki Ryoho and its founder, Usui-sensei,
learn how to distinguish between the myriad of options offered as Reiki today.

Length of instruction: one full day, (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and three half-day follow-up classes

Following the initial class, regular attendance of Reiki Practice Circles is strongly recommended.

Chuden Course (Level II)
"Put away all hindrances,
let your mind full of love pervade one quarter of the world,
and so too the second quarter, and so the third, and so the fourth,
and thus the whole wide world, above, below, around, and everywhere,
altogether continue to pervade with love-filled thought,
abounding, sublime, beyond measure..."

(The Buddha)

There is a deeper reality which underlies the world of physical phenomena. At this level, students begin to strengthen their connection to Universal Being and understand that Reiki Ryoho is the practice of love, harmony, and balance rooted in their core self and sincere intentions.

At this level, students
experience a further shift in consciousness,
understand that anyone can mentally connect to any target in the universe and learn how to perform distant healing,
understand that health is naturally restored when mental/emotional balance is re-established,
learn how to perform mental/emotional healing,
begin to heal the effects of past trauma and karma,
begin to attract positive, healthy, harmonious future consequences,
begin to create inner and outer harmony, for the benefit of self and others,
begin to heal relationships,
learn how to discover the origin of a disease and treat at the source,
begin to practice self-understanding and self-acceptance and develop greater respect for self and others,
practice self-purification and self-growth techniques,
continue to improve their concentration skills and to raise their level of energy and consciousness,
begin to share the benefits of Reiki with a larger number of people.

Length of instruction: one full day, (10a.m. to 6p.m.)

Regular attendance of Reiki Circles continues to be strongly recommended.

Okuden Course (Level III)
"Love yourself and be awake - today, tomorrow, always.
First establish yourself in the way, then teach others and so defeat sorrow.
To straighten the crooked,
you must first do a harder thing: straighten yourself.
You are your only master. Who else?
Subdue yourself and discover your master."

(The Buddha)

Students qualify for this level of instruction if they
have demonstrated commitment to their personal Reiki practice,
have experienced consistently the effects of Reiki in daily life,
have reached a certain level of character refinement and understanding,
have developed a certain level of sensitivity in their energy healing practice,
are ready to commit to a deeper spiritual practice for the purpose of further psycho-spiritual integration.

At this level
the relationship between teacher and student becomes truly significant; therefore, in addition to specific class time, there are numerous one on one discussions and impromptu meetings which address the student's needs, questions, and concerns as well as support growth, deep healing, the development of inner peace, wisdom, and the on-going opening of the heart;
students work towards deepening and stabilizing the "Reiki state", thus eventually becoming foci of harmony themselves and bringing healing to every aspect of their lives, their relationships, environment, and communities through simple, spontaneous, correct action which proceeds from the stillness of the heart;
the emphasis is placed on inner practice involving concentration and meditation.

The ideals of this stage become the work of a lifetime:
"Live in joy, in love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy, in health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy, in peace,
Even among the troubled.
Look within, be still,
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of the way."
(The Buddha)

Length of instruction: open

"Go forth into the world
for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many,
with compassion for the world;
reveal the spiritual life, complete and pure in spirit and in form."

(The Buddha)

This level is for those students who wish to become teachers themselves. The title of Reiki master awarded at this level does not imply that Reiki mastery has been achieved. Reiki masters are simply students who feel called to teach and who continue to learn through teaching. True mastery, rather than being a matter of receiving an initiation, is the result of a life committed to practice.

At this level,
further emphasis is placed on understanding the nature and purpose of Reiki,
Reiki philosophy is revisited,
students examine the duties and standards involved in being a Reiki teacher,
students learn how to give attunements and Reiju,
students receive support in the establishment of a teaching practice.

Length of instruction: open

Gendai Reiki Weekend Intensive Course
"When we live from the very ground of our being,
we do not live from self.
we simply play our part in the universe,
happily doing what reality gives us to do."

(David Brazier)
This comprehensive fast-paced course is for existing Reiki Masters, both new and experienced, who feel that there might be more to the practice than what they have already learned and who wish to return to the roots of Reiki.

Participants receive four manuals (Shoden, Okuden, Shinpiden, Gokuikaiden) which they can use in their classes.

The course material includes
Reiki philosophy (a discussion of the nature and ultimate purpose of Reiki Ryoho),
an overview of Reiki facts, fantasies, and theories - what we know, what we think we know, and what we would like to know (stressing the importance of discrimination and impeccability),
a discussion of the Reiki symbols in the context of Reiki philosophy (their origin, meaning, and ultimate purpose),
specific hand placements for treating specific ailments,
original healing methods developed by Usui Sensei,
original meditation and energetic practices to enhance the level of energy flow, deepen the inner connection, and raise the level of consciousness,
Gendai style attunements, Reiju ("booster attunement" offered at Reiki Circles/ Shares) and self-Reiju (a method of re-attuning oneself)

Offered in two formats: one-on-one or small group

Length of instruction: two full days (10a.m. to 6p.m.) and three half-day follow-up classes