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The Inner Wisdom Path to Reiki

Reiki Workshops Available

Hands-on Healing (Reiki) With Reiki Master Teachers

Ann Williams-Fitzgerald and Greg Fitzgerald

Hands-on Healing (Reiki) is the means to access Universal Energy (Universal Life Force). Tremendous progress and development in Hands-on Healing has occurred in recent years. The procedures are offered in three levels - Levels One and Two can be learnt back-to-back in just one weekend (if so desired), or during the week by arrangement.

Reiki is not a belief system nor is it a religion. It has no dogma or cult to it. After attendance at the workshops no further involvement with Reiki groups is necessary, unless you wish it. Inner Wisdom Reiki support groups are run regularly.

The essence of Reiki is as alive today as it was hundreds of years ago when it was recorded in the Sutras. It continues to grow and expand through the teachers and students of Reiki and helps fill, in individuals and society, the need to be in balance and harmony with the Universal Life Force.

Reiki is simply being still, listening, healing, letting go and moving on.

Your Independent Reiki Master Teachers Ann Williams-Fitzgerald and Greg Fitzgerald encourages people to listen, to be in tune with their ability to re-connect with their inner knowing. This ancient Knowing develops, as we trust the simple yet profound healing that is available to us. Ann & Greg invite you to share this energy with them.

Learn to Trust - Play and Sing with the UNIVERSE.

Reiki, (pronounced "ray - kee"), written with lower case "r" is a Japanese compound word consisting of "rei" and "ki", together meaning "universal life force energy". It is defined as being that power which acts and lives in all created matter… "rei" describes the universal boundless aspect of this energy while the "ki" is the vital life force energy, which flows through all living beings. Ki means the same as "Chi" in Chinese, "Prana" in Sanskrit and "Mana" in Hawaiian."

Other sources show that rei represents the Holy Spirit, mystery, gift, nature spirit or invisible spirit, and ki represents the physical energy of nature, talent or feelings.

Reiki, with a capital "R", is a specific healing support system, divided into three levels or "degrees", which has been passed along from teacher (Reiki Master / Teacher) to student for the past hundred years since its rediscovery by Dr. Mikao Usui. It is based on Tibetan Buddhist traditions begun thousands of years ago. Reiki Master Diane Stein writes - "What is today called Reiki was known in India from the time of Guatemala Siddartha. It was partly described in the Buddhist Sutras (holy books), but more likely it was transmitted through oral teaching. It enhances the appreciation and understanding of all religions and philosophies by adding greater natural light to the comprehension and practice of each one's chosen pathway"

"The attunement is the difference between other touch healing systems and Reiki. Other systems may use hand positions over the chakras and work with Ki energy, but only Reiki has the extraordinary benefit of the Attunement process."

Level One - The Usui System of Natural Healing

First Degree (level One) Reiki is the beginning level. The training includes powerful and sacred First Degree activating initiations, information on the history of Reiki, a discussion of the various Reiki associations, and ways of applying this unique science. Specific hand positions covering the head and body, and their corresponding physical, mental, emotional and spiritual significance are extensively covered. Instructions are given on how to utilise Reiki with family, friends, plants, animals, food and water. The benefits of using Reiki in a group are discussed and an actual group treatment is experienced.

Reiki I is said to be a proximity modality, the practitioner needs to be physically close to the receiver to transfer the Reiki energy. The practitioner should be within 2" to 4" of the receiver. Although, when one fills their energy field with Reiki energy and this energy field interacts with another, then the Reiki will also affect the other energy field. By accessing energy through the feet upwards to the head, including the arms is the only way to ensure good physical health, which leads to improved emotional and mental health and ultimately spiritual health. Students receive four (4) attunements, which align and open them to the Yang Universal Life Force Energy and Yin Universal Life Force Energy.

The attunement to this level creates or awakens the healer. This is like plugging in and turning on a lamp in a house already wired for electricity. "The light is switched on when you put your hands down to heal. The ability to do Reiki is part of the human genetic code that has been wired into our DNA. The attunement turns on the light in a darkened house, reconnecting capabilities once universal but until now mostly lost"
"First Degree attunements focus on elevating the energy of the physical body, so that it may channel more intense healing energy."

Level Two - Absent Healing, Reiki and Healing Symbols and 'The God Within'

Absent healing can prove to be a wonderful technique for sending energy to someone living elsewhere. Some really great results have been and are being achieved with absent healing. A vast range of highly effective Healing symbols (keys) has evolved through channelling from the Universe. These will be discussed and shared with students. The Reiki symbols evolved by Dr Usui will be taught. Students will receive a further two (2) attunements in level two.

Second Degree (level Two) Reiki is available to those who have completed First Degree, and want to pursue a higher more powerful level. It includes a powerful, sacred Second-Degree initiation, which attunes you to dynamic, multi-dimensional energy keys or symbols. These sacred symbols allow you to access many different levels or dimensions of energy. A discussion of the symbols and their origins as well as their precise usage is given. Specific techniques of absentee healing, personal transformation and healing mental/emotional disorders are also presented.

Reiki II is more versatile, it has specific keys for balancing emotional/mental aspects, focusing power, clearing unwanted energy, and transmitting Reiki at a distance.
During the Second Degree class, you are taught keys which help to focus your mind so that it can send the Reiki energy beyond time and space. These keys unlock the Reiki power for those who have received the Second Degree initiations. There is nothing magical about the keys. They serve only as focus points for the practitioner's mind, to enable the Reiki energy to be channelled to send absent healings, and to amplify it for mental/emotional healing.

The Second Degree attunement process provides a "quantum leap" in vibratory level, at least four times greater than First Degree, second Degree has great emphasis on adjusting the etheric body.

"Second Degree attunements work more directly on the etheric (bioplasmic) body and tend to stimulate development of the intuitive centre which is located at the pituitary gland."

"Reiki II as a whole, is like boosting your healing ability from a 9 volt current to a 240 power line"

Level Three - The Chelation System of Natural Healing, Understanding Spiritual Healing - Personal Growth (Pre-Masters)

Third Degree (Level Three - pre-masters) for Personal Mastery (Personal Growth) is for personal growth, transformation and increased enlightenment. It is available to those students who feel that they are ready for more but are not ready to go onto Master Teacher training. You will learn how to do attunements, which open the recipient to receive greater amounts of Reiki energy. These attunements are not initiatory, but are designed to help you access more energy when giving Hands-On or absentee treatments. You will also learn how to make a Energy Grid which brings in more light and love to the planet and sends continuous Reiki treatments as well as a procedure to remove particularly difficult energy blocks. Learn how to attune the feet. Level Three (Pre-Master) introduces the Mederi 'Healing Magic' Symbols, Seichim Symbols, Sai Baba Healing Symbols and also the three lost Dr Usui Symbols, as reintroduced by Sai Baba.

Level three is taught over one full day. The Chelation system was developed in the NASA program and is a natural healing method that really works and leaves the individual grounded. Activation of 'the God within' is perhaps the most perfect meditation offered. It puts the student back in touch with the Source and opens each individual's potential to maximise his or her creativity. It has exceptional healing potential in health and relationships and in obtaining life fulfilment.

Level III Reiki is for the student's 'Personal Growth' and covers the use of these wonderful symbols which are going to spearhead Spiritual Healing in the years to come. Students receive one more attunement which aligns and opens their energy centres to a heightened awareness to Reiki and the Universal Life Force and the Yin and Yang principles to bring about perfect balance.

All our students are encouraged to ask questions and answers will always be given. In Level One, there will be four attunements; two in Level Two and One in Level Three. An extensive manual and set of notes is given out to students for each level.

Reiki Master Training

Reiki Masters is the degree that denotes mastery, and it is required for teaching the Reiki Tradition and passing attunements.

Master/Teacher Level is for those students who wish to teach Reiki or the work with the Reiki Master symbol. It is necessary that a minimum of time has passed between Levels I & II plus continuous use of Reiki and a prerequisite of Third Degree (level Three) for Personal Mastery are completed before applying for the Master/Teacher level. This level requires a deep commitment to the integrity of the system and the integration of Reiki as a lifestyle. It gives you the complete science for activating First, Second, Third and Master/ Teacher degrees (including complete teaching notes for each degree). It contains advanced techniques in energy activation, balance, direction and modulation for healing, transformation, integration and inner-illumination. It is not just a step up in energy; it is a way of being. The Master/Teacher level is available only upon request and interview.

Why would a Reiki Master choose to teach more than 4 levels? The answer we have found most often is that there is so much wonderful information to pass on to the Master candidate. Rather than having the Master student apprentice for a year to learn the complete system, some teachers have chosen to add additional levels to the teaching. Specific lengths of time between classes are usually required to allow the energy to incorporate within the person and giving them a set amount of time to practice what they have learned.

The Master Degree attunement is used to initiate a Master. This attunement again amplifies the vibratory level and activates the Master symbol so it may be used to help others empower themselves. This is an important point, because it is essential for people to realise that it is their choice to receive an attunement.

A Reiki Master holds no lordly power over his or her students. A Reiki Master is simply someone who has chosen to accept greater responsibility for their life by acknowledging that he or she is indeed the Master of his or his destiny. As co-creator with the Absolute, he/she openly accepts the effects of causes, which she/he has created. By accepting this responsibility, the Reiki Master has empowered to us specific "ancient Tibetan technology" to help others further empower themselves.

Reiki is never sent, it is drawn through the channel. For example, if I lay my hands on you to do a treatment, you will draw appropriate amount of energy to whichever areas of your body need it. I am never drained in the process, as I too am treated as I "give" a treatment. As you give so you get.

Please understand that the Reiki practitioner never diagnoses, prescribes or treats in a medical way. "Treatment" here is used as a synonym for a Reiki "session", a specific ritual or form (as in the Japanese "kata").

"Reiki is not a belief system, therefor no mental preparation or direction is needed to receive and accept the energy. On the other hand, from the standpoint of the practitioner, since it is not a belief system, once the intention is clear to start (a session), it will always be activated when used as instructed."


Reiki has large effects on the body's energy centres. Thus it is helpful to understand about these centres (called Chakras).

The body has eight major chakras (including the Thymus chakra). These chakras are how the energy field breathes. They look like tornadoes or small vortexes. Each chakra correlates to a specific gland and organ, and emotional and mental state. The correlation even goes to colours, crystals, oils, sounds, exercises and foods. Each chakra is associated to a level of the energy field (soul).

Reiki is an off shoot from the Buddhist Qigong with an added Shontoist influence. Dr. Mikao Usui of Kyoto, Japan rediscovered this Universal Life Energy near the end of the 19th century. Its original origins date back thousands of years. There were five different strains of the Chinese Qigong that travelled throughout the world. All originated in Taoism, Buddhism or Confucianism. The Chinese called it Ying and Yang.
"The most common Qigong stream in both east and west is the probably the wide range of martial arts that employ mostly physical exercises to strengthen the body and mind in order to make them resistant in the event of physical or moral attack. They have also served as physical exercises for monks who spend the better part of their lives meditating and not giving enough attention to their bodies."
Confucian Qigong calms the mind making it receptive to moral wisdom. Taoist Qigong helps perfect the balance of body, mind and soul. Buddhist Qigong focuses on expansion on inner awareness. There has been much misinformation circulated about Dr. Usui.
Almost all German and English Reiki books claim that Dr. Usui was the principal at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and also studied at the University of Chicago. Archivists at both institutes claim he neither attended nor taught at those Universities.

It is also useful to note the following memorial inscription as translated in a book (Reiki Fire) by Frank Petter upon his visit to Dr. Usui's gravesite in Japan.

Someone who studies hard (i.e. practices meditation) and works assiduously to improve body and mind for the sake of becoming a better person is called "a man of great spirit." People who use that great spirit for a social purpose, that is, to teach the right way to many people and do collective good, are called "teachers". Dr. Usui was one such teacher. He taught the Reiki of the universe (universal energy). Countless people came to him and asked him to teach them the great way of Reiki and to heal them.

Dr. Usui had a wife named Sadko: her maiden name was Suzuki. They had a son and a daughter. The son, Fuji Usui took over the family business after Dr. Usui's passing. Dr. Usui was a very warm, simple and humble person. He was physically healthy and well proportioned. He never showed off and always had a smile on his face; he was also very courageous in the face of adversity. He was, at the same time, a very cautious person. His talents were many. He like to read and his knowledge of medicine, psychology, fortune telling and theology of religions around the world were vast. This life-long habit of studying and gathering information certainly helped pave the way to perceiving and understanding Reiki. (I think this refers to his experience on Mount Kurama.) Reiki heals diseases, but also amplifies innate abilities, balances the spirit, makes the body healthy, and thus helps achieve happiness.

To teach this to others you should follow the five principles of the Meiji Emperor and contemplate them in your heart.

They should be spoken daily, one in the morning and once in the evening.
Don't get angry today.
Don't worry today.
Be grateful today.
Work hard today (meditative practice).
Be kind to others today.

Traditional and Modern (Independent) Masters and Practitioners

As Reiki has spread throughout the world, variations in its evolution have developed. The tree of lineage has developed three distinct branches: Traditional (Alliance), Radiance Technique and Modern - or Independent.

Masters of Reiki trace their line of teaching. The student identifies her statues in Reiki by her teacher, her teacher's teacher, tracing it back to Usui. The student was trained by Master A., who was trained by Master B, who was trained by Master C - all the way back to Dr Mikao Usui. This is called the student's lineage. Some claim the Reiki is stronger when the lineage is closer Dr Usui. Non-traditional (Independent) Reiki places less emphasis on lineage than Traditional Reiki. The point of non-traditional Reiki training is that the student or Master received it; it doesn't matter from whom. A Master of any lineage has her primary responsibility to Reiki and her students, and this is what is important. Many believe the strength of the reiki is solely based upon the quality of the attunements and instructions from the master to the student. This evidenced by the ever-growing number of Reiki Masters practicing the non-traditional method.

There has been much controversy concerning information about the American International Reiki Association (AIRA), the Reiki Alliance, The Reiki Network, and other organisations teaching Reiki. Mikao Usui taught and initiated many Reiki Masters and passed the information on as to the lineage and nature of Reiki. Reiki is a sacred science and sacred trust that promotes health, honour, dignity and respect for life. Derogatory remarks, unethical conduct, exclusivity, and ego enhancement have nothing to do the purity and integrity of the Reiki system. People may be trained in the specific techniques of Reiki and the Attunement Process, but only the Divine Self of the Reiki Master Candidate and the Presence of the divine can create a "Reiki Master".
Even the "Reiki Master" is but an apprentice in the use of Universal Light energy. When True Mastery is achieved, this plane of existence will be consciously mastered and transcended. There is a far greater Presence in the Universe than our mind can currently comprehend. Ultimately, you must choose in your own silent heart what is truth for you.

The Attunement

The word "attunement" also means "initiation", and that word in Sanskrit translates to mean "empowerment". Reiki empowers everyone who receives it, and also the teacher who gives it.

The Value of Attunement

If everybody has reiki anyway, why have a Reiki attunement? Without the attunement, we have poor or intermittent transmission of energy, as in a long distance phone call with interference on the line.

Without the attunement, healing facilitators tend to utilise their own being's energy (magnetic Healing)and deplete themselves, fear "picking up somebody else's stuff", and funnel/channel/transmit energy inconsistently. Also, there's a higher probability of passing along "negative" personal energy from the facilitator to the receiver.

Reiki is available to anyone who seeks it


Reiki Master training is available to any obviously dedicated person who wishes to reach out to help others and ease suffering.

Prerequisite: Level I, II & III (pre-Masters).

The Inner Wisdom Path to Reiki

Progressive Training Prior To 'MASTERSHIP INTENSIVE' Involves:

Participating and assisting in Reiki I & II workshops (for teaching Masters)

Reading the suggested reading as per list which is supplied on acceptance for training (All Masters)

Showing an active interest and participating in Open Houses and Reiki support groups. (All Masters)

A willingness to donate time to community services in your area. (All Masters)

Serving an apprenticeship spending time with the teaching Master. This not only enables bonding; it enhances learning and modelling through teaching and participation. (All Masters where practicable)

Four reasons why you may consider becoming a Reiki Master, they are as follows:-

Master Training Levels:

1) Self-Mastery: - for self-only.
2) Self Mastery & clinic services: - For self plus healings from a Master.
3) Reiki Master Teachers: - all of above plus teaching students Reiki.
4) Reiki Master Teacher/Trainers: -Self Mastery, clinic services, Teaching students & training other Reiki Masters.

For further information contact Ann or Greg:

If you want to 'come alive' contact Ann or Greg to arrange a workshop in your area/country or receive one-on-one training.



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