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Course Description

Reiki is an Eastern healing philosophy, combined with basic universal spiritual principles, which ultimately serves its practitioners very well. It is a practice which honors the holistic needs of the body and spirit and integrates healing principles to ultimately enrich the entire being.


In this course, you will learn the basics of Reiki, as it is generally taught and practiced by Reiki Masters, and you will have a foundational understanding necessary for self administering its healing principles. We will touch on the history of Reiki as well as its different Eastern and Western branches, principles that govern the practice of Reiki, and both the basic and more complex philosophies concerning the body's energy and how it impacts the healing process.


At the end of the course, your understanding of Reiki principles and practices should be comprehensive and you should be ready to regularly implement the lessons. Through daily or weekly practice and regular meditation, you will prepare yourself to share your new knowledge and you will be ready to help heal others.
A distance attunement will be given

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Lesson 1: What is Reiki?

Experts in Reiki could easily agree that Reiki is a healing art. Reiki involves the same "laying on of hands" as so many practice in all parts of the world for the transference of healing power. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Introduction to Reiki
  • Review Video: Reiki Hits Mainstream Media on CNN
  • Take Poll: Reiki as Alternative Treatment
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1: Reiki and Energy
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: What is Reiki?

Lesson 2: The History of Reiki

It is clear that Reiki Healing was born in Japan, through the efforts of Mikao Usui, but thankfully it and other similar healing methods have been exported to the world at large. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Reiki as Explained by Mikao Usui; Reiki History
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: Historical Background of Reiki
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The History of Reiki

Lesson 3: Common Sources of Disease in the Body

In Reiki philosophy, the notion of Disease should first and foremost be reclassified as "Dis-Ease", a state in which the body should be in its natural state of biological 'ease', but isn't. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Diseases Cured by Reiki; Reiki and Illness; Reiki Healing Energy and Illness
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: Concept of Diseases in Reiki
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Common Sources of Disease in the Body

Lesson 4: Health Issues and How They Respond to Reiki

Reiki is the simplest of the healing arts; beyond hand positioning and faith in the Ki energy, there is really nothing else to learn. This simplicity is simultaneously Reiki's largest drawback. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Which Conditions Respond Well?
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: Reiki and Diseases
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Health Issues and How They Respond to Reiki

Lesson 5: The Five Reiki Principles

The five Reiki principles are principles based on universal truths for daily experiencing a happy and successful life. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Exploring the Principles of Reiki; Principles of Reiki and Their Significance
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: Principles of Reiki
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: The Five Reiki Principles

Lesson 6: Chakras and Meridians in Your Body

Although practitioners of Reiki distance themselves from "religious philosophies", especially in the West, Mikao Usui's personal religious background as a Japanese Buddhist cannot be ignored. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Chakras as Energy Centers; Nadis; Seven Chakras in Reiki
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 6: Chakras in Reiki
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Chakras and Meridians in Your Body

Lesson 7: Colors, Purposes and Functions Associated with the Chakras

Reiki healing energy tends to be absorbed by whatever Chakra needs it the most. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Colors and Chakras; Why Colors are Associated with Chakras?
  • Review Video: Chakra Colors and their meanings
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7: Colors Associated with Each Chakra
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Colors, Purposes and Functions Associated with the Chakras

Lesson 8: Choosing a Reiki Master

Many who discover the healing potential of Reiki are naturally fascinated and seek to gain further knowledge of it, even mastery. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Choosing a Reiki Master; Reiki Attunements and Levels
  • Review Video: Performing Reiki Attunement
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 8: First Degree Reiki
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Choosing a Reiki Master

Lesson 9: Preparations, Grounding and Meditation

Before a Reiki session, refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Eating very spicy foods or wearing strong perfume or cologne is inadvisable as they can be distractions. 46 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Preparing for Reiki Attunement; Reiki Exercises; Hayhouse radio
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 9: Lovingkindness meditation and other forms of meditation
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Preparations, Grounding and Meditation

Lesson 10: Healing Yourself

With Reiki, you can (and should) use healing on yourself wherever possible. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 12 Basic Hand Positions; Reiki Self Healing Guide
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 10: Hand Positions in Self Healing
  • Complete Assignment: distance attunement
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Healing Yourself

Lesson 11: Learning to Heal Others

A Reiki healing session should take approximately one hour from start to finish, as it includes approximately 17 hand positions requiring three minutes each. 59 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Hand Positions for Body; Hand Positions in Reiki Treatment; Traditional Hand Positions in Reiki
  • Take Poll: Performing Reiki
  • Complete Assignment: Performing reiki on others
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11: Hand Positions on the Front of the Body
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Learning to Heal Others

Lesson 12: Group Healing and Special Cases

Reiki healing can also be performed by a group, as long as all practitioners have First Degree Reiki experience (the original healers of the Hayashi Reiki Center in Japan worked as teams, and still do). 88 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Reiki for Pets and Animals
  • Take Poll: video presentations
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 12: Group Reiki
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Group Healing and Special Cases
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Reiki 1st Degree
Course Number: 7550380
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Spiritual Education
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dave Scarbrough
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define reiki.
  • Know the history of reiki.
  • Describe common sources of disease in the body.
  • Describe health issues and how they respond to reiki.
  • Define the five reiki principles.
  • Describe chakras and meridians in your body.
  • Describe colors, purposes and functions associated with the chakras.
  • Describe choosing a reiki master.
  • Describe preparations, grounding and the male-female ule exercises.
  • Describe healing yourself with reiki.
  • Describe learning to heal others with reiki, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "This is a great class. I've wanted to learn reiki for a while and couldn't take a formal class due to my busy schedule (I'm a single, working mother). Being able to log in early in the morning or late at night to look at my lessons and to do coursework was invaluable. If I couldn't have taken this course online, I wouldn't have been able to take it at all. I feel a sense of accomplishment! The video links contributed a lot to my understanding of the course. The accessibility of the instructor was very helpful too. He emailed me back with questions I had with thoughtful, helpful responses that contributed to my mastery of the subject." -- Avril M.
  • "Loved the entire course, loved the combination of practical and theoretical." -- Syl L.
  • "I found all the parts of this course helpful. The course was awsome as well as the instructor." -- Terrilynne C.
  • "Thanks to the instructor, I have a great experience with Reiki. This is wonderful and unforgettable. Excellent!" -- Cindylu F.
  • "All of it was very helpful. " -- Joanne W.
  • "To the instructor: Thank you for answering my emails. I found your course excellent and I am taking another one of your courses this week." -- Terry P.
  • "I liked the instructor, he contacts you immediately about any concerns you address to him." -- Mary B.

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