Classes: In the beginning, the masters most likely did not teach Reiki in the way we know today. Students came daily to be with their master and to practice. This is emphasized again in the story of Hawayo Takata as she learned from Chuijiro Hayashi. It is thought that when he came to visit Hawayo Takata, they needed to begin to teach in a different way because the circumstances were different. Eventually, the First and Second Degree classes emerged as separate time frames in which a portion of the teaching was passed on to the student.
This form of Reiki practice emphasizes preparation for each of the levels of initiation. This is represented by the length and timing of the classes, the monetary exchange for the teaching, and the commitment daily practice.
Preparation for mastery proceeds in daily life rhythm in accompaniment a chosen initiating master. This preparatory process is recommended for no less than one year and more are advised. The average time for preparation is 3 years at the time of this writing after the student has years of practice in the First and Second Degree.