Christian | Standing Stones Healing Co.
Are there some guidelines or something on what a person should learn when you are taking Reiki classes? There are so many people teaching and so many prices.
Yes, this can be confusing for sure, especially because there is quite a bit of variety out there in terms of classes. Reiki has three levels. The following are the traditional levels, though each Teacher is different and may teach in a way that is different from the traditional levels and topics.
Level I: Shoden
Reiki basics and self-Reiki.
Level II: Okuden
Reiki on others and the first three symbols.
Level III: Shinpiden
Master symbols and teaching.
For Usui Reiki, generally, Level 1 covers Reiki basics and self-Reiki, Level 2 teaches the first three symbols, Reiki on others, and distance Reiki, and Level 3 is the Master level, Master symbols, and the ability to attune others and teach.
This does vary depending upon the teacher. For instance, you'll often see Levels 1 and 2 combined, and there is nothing wrong with this method, but it's not preferred by all teachers and students. There are also some teachers who teach the first symbol at Level 1 and other teachers who teach no symbols at Level 1.
Personally, I teach each level separately to allow the integration of the teachings. I especially advocate Level 1 as its own course and do teach it over several sessions so that we can first and foremost focus on self-Reiki, have a stronger foundation, and feel prepared if/when we want to move on to Level 2. You can learn more about how I teach Reiki 1 here. But this is not the only way or the way it must be done. What really matters is finding the right training for you at the right price.
Thank you, and blessings to your Reiki journey!