Third Degree – Teaching Level
The Reiki Master level, as it is known to us in the West, is the final level in our Western system. The only reason for a student to do the Third Degree is if they wish to teach Reiki to others. In fact you cannot call yourself a Reiki Master until you have initiated someone else, even if you have received the Third Degree initiations.
It is recommended that a gap of at least a year is left between doing Second and Third Degree, as it takes about this long for the Second Degree energies to settle. Even then, the Second Degree student generally has to demonstrate a high degree of commitment to Reiki before their Reiki Master will deem them suitable and ready to move onto the teaching level. They need to treat themselves regularly (ideally, every day) to ensure that they have a full subjective understanding of the ways in which Reiki affects us on a personal level. They should have a broad experience of treating other people with a wide range of problems, to ensure that they have a full objective understanding of how diversely Reiki affects people on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. They also need to be capable of teaching others in a clear and concise manner, as well as being able to write a manual for their students. This should be an accumulation of knowledge and experience gained, as well as mistakes and lessons learned.
Upon initiation, the Third Degree student will be shown two final symbols. These are primarily used to initiate others into Reiki. They will then be shown the sacred rituals for initiating First, Second and Third Degree students. Personally, I am still amazed and in awe of the miracle that is the Reiki initiation. The spiritual secret of how it works is not disclosed even within Third Degree training. It just does. The revelations and possibilities that were opened up to the Second Degree student when confronted with sending energy across space and time are now compounded. The realisation that you can now give someone else the ability to heal themselves is nothing short of mind-blowing, and is a spiritual healing in itself.
The highest Divine gift of accelerated spiritual healing is what is given to those who devote themselves to bringing this loving, healing energy of Reiki to others. The powerful energy passed during attunements affects not only the student but the teacher also, and so just as treating yourself and others regularly accelerates your own healing and development, so initiating others increases the personal spiritual development of the Reiki Master significantly.
Third Degree opens up your full spiritual potential. It connects you intimately to The Divine, and in devoting yourself to the Divine Will of The Universe, you become a humble servant of Reiki. In exchange you receive the spiritual blessings of lessons in enlightenment. When you open yourself up fully to the Love of The Universe, health, happiness, and spiritual fulfilment are your gift.