Rei = universal or spiritual Ki = energy or life force
Reiki instruction and attunement is traditionally offered in three degrees. First Degree training allows the practitioner to self-heal and to heal those with whom she has physical contact. After several months of self-practice, a practitioner can go on to Second Degree training which allows healing over long-distance. After another year of practice at the Second Degree level, one can train to become a Reiki Master and attune others to practice Reiki. There are many variations of Reiki practice, most of which place much emphasis on their lineage back to Dr. Usui.
I am a second degree Reiki practitioner in the Unlimited Reiki System of natural healing. I received my first attunements in September 2005.