Reiki has 5 levels: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Reiki level 1 (the subject of this post), is the basic level. Even at this level, you have life-long access to Reiki energy and the ability to use Reiki energy to heal yourself and others.he traditional way to learn Reiki is to seek the help of a Reiki master. Searching the Internet, you’ll find plenty of resources offering to teach any level of Reiki. This might be through reading a book, receiving a Level 1,2 or 3 attunement via a YouTube video created by a Reiki master. Based on my personal experience, this post describes learning Reiki level 1 directly from a Reiki master. I won’t judge the other methods, but just say that this is the traditional path for learning Reiki.The dramatic expansion of Reiki in the West over the past twenty years means that there are a lot of new Reiki masters. For this reason, it is advisable to take time and care over your choice. If you know someone who has studied Reiki, ask them for a recommendation. If not, search for Reiki associations in your country of residence. They maintain lists of qualified Reiki masters, and you should be able to find one in your vicinity. As a way of evaluating prospective Reiki masters, consider receiving a course of treatment. Aside from being beneficial to your health, it will give you an idea of their skill level and whether you feel comfortable with them. Also, it is important to ask their lineage. It is like a family tree that can be traced back to the original Reiki master teacher: For instance, Reiki western teaching should lead back to, Mikao Usui, Chjiro Hayashi or Hawayo Takata. Also, note that lineages leading to Hawayo Takata should include one of the 22 Reiki masters that she taught. For a list of these 22 masters, please refer to this Reiki History post. Reiki master teachers often do seminars or workshops where they will teach Reiki level 1 (or above) to a group of students. The tuition fee for these workshops tends to be less, than 1:1 sessions.Reiki Level 1 is the starting point of Reiki. Any and all are allowed to learn from this stage. No prior knowledge is necessary. In this stage the focus is the self. Students learn to channel the healing power of Universal Life Force Energies.These energies are channeled through the crown of the head and into the heart and hands. Students also learn hand placements to heal the seven chakras of the body. Reiki is transferred more so than it is taught. The knowledge is transferred from the Reiki Master to the student. This is done through one, or a series, of attunements.