I want to add here that I have not included training to be a Master/Teacher in this discussion. Reiki Master apprenticeship is a very serious commitment that one makes! I have trained apprentices in the past and am willing to do so again.
I love teaching more than anything else in my life and feel deeply honored to play a part in 'birthing' another Reiki master.
Traditionally, a student was offered master training only when their teacher felt that they were ready. The student never asked. Perhaps this tradition was born of the Japanese culture, nothing more.
If a student of Reiki feels a deep desire to teach, I will be very happy to discuss apprenticeship training with them, whether they have trained with me previously or not.
Unlike many western Reiki teachers today, I demand a lengthy and rigorous training period, including sharing Reiki with others, keeping records, helping me with my classes each month, organizing their own classes under my tutelage, etc.
There is a minimum of a six months commitment.
It is true. Reiki Master training can be attained with a lot less commitment.
However, in my humble opinion, you get out of it what you put into it!
Reiki training, the 'journey', is the experience. I encourage everyone to take their time, to enjoy every moment. There is no need to rush!
I am willing and very happy to discuss the possibilities with anyone who is serious!
William Rand ends his article with the following suggestion:
"Be aware of how you feel about their answers and if they are responding in a loving manner that is supportive and empowering. Listen to your heart and you will be guided to the right teacher."